Botany

Department Profile

Department of studies in Botany, Davanagere University was established in 2012 and has been offering Botany education at Post Graduation level to eligible students with B. Sc Botany graduation. The course offers an outstanding platform to understand the various aspects of plant science ranging from basics to the advanced level. The curriculum has been designed in such way that the students should be able to take up either teaching or research as their career in future.

The students of Botany subject have wide career opportunities in Botanical Survey of India, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, National Beaureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Central Drug Research Institute, Plant Quarantine Divisions, Civil services such as Indian Forest Service, State Forest Service, and Seed Industries etc.

Every year the department conducts one week study tour to the vegetation rich areas, various national and international research laboratories, seed industries, biotechnology industries in order to visualize and learn the ongoing research and advancements in the plant sciences. Students are also being encouraged to participate in several conference/symposia organized by different institutes of the country. The departments have well established laboratories with a good number of equipments. Botanical society has been started since from last year mainly to engage the students with extracurricular activities.

Vision

The department is constantly making efforts to enhance the quality of teaching, research and motivating the students to acquire sound knowledge and helping in developing leadership qualities.

Mission

The main objective of the department and course is to enable the students to be placed in well recognized professions, or entrepreneurs with a commitment to work hard for the benefit of the society.

With the coordinated service of experienced, hard working and inspiring young faculties, thorough training has been given to make the students updated in plant sciences. The faculties in the department have been updating their knowledge base by attending various conferences, workshops, seminars in India and abroad in addition to organizing these events. The department has published a good number of research papers in peer reviewed journals.

The students have been guided to face UGC-NET/JRF, CSIR-JRF/NET, GATE/SLET/TOFEL/GRE examinations.

 

(ii) Departmental Thrust Areas of Research

  • Plant biodiversity, Pteridology, Ethnobotany, Medicinal Plants
  • Microbial diversity, Molecular Phylogenetics, Natural Products Chemistry
  • Phytochemistry, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Biological Control, Plant Biotechnology
  • Advanced Plant Physiology, Plant Tissue Culture, Environmental Science

(iii) Faculties; 05

Sl. No. Name Qualification Designation Specialization
1 Dr. Ramalingappa M. Sc., Ph. D Professor and Co-ordinator Microbiology
2 Dr. Divakara, S. T M. Sc., M. Phil., Ph. D Teaching Assistant Seed Pathology/Molecular Biology and Molecular Phylogenetics/Biological Control
3 Dr. Suresha, H. R M. Sc., B. Ed., Ph. D Teaching Assistant Aquatic Microbiology
4 Mrs. Kavitha, K. J M. Sc., B. Ed Teaching Assistant --

 

Course Structure

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I Semester

(Theory Papers)

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II Semester

(Theory Papers)

1 Microbiology 1 Cytology and Genetics
2 Algae and Bryophytes 2 Developmental Biology and Plant Anatomy
3 Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms 3 Plant Physiology
4 Plant Systematics and Economic Botany 4 Plant Biochemistry
  Practical Papers   Practical Papers
5 Microbiology 5 Cytology and Genetics
6 Algae and Bryophytes 6 Developmental Biology and Plant Anatomy
7 Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms 7 Plant Physiology
8 Plant Systematics and Economic Botany 8 Plant Biochemistry
 
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III Semester

(Theory Papers)

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IV Semester

(Theory Papers)

1 Molecular Biology 1 Medicinal  and Aromatic Plants
2 Biophysics, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics 2 Plant Biotechnology
3 Ecology and Environment 3 Dissertation/Project work
4 Specialization; A. Plant Breeding and Evolution

B. Seed Technology

4 Plant Pathology
5 Plants and Human welfare (Elective paper)    
  Practical Papers   Practical Papers
6 Molecular Biology 5 Medicinal  and Aromatic Plants
7 Biophysics, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics 6 Plant Biotechnology
8 Ecology and Environment 7 Plant Pathology
9 Specialization; A. Plant Breeding and Evolution

B. Seed Technology

   

 

Facilities in the Department

Well equipped laboratory with good number of Microscopes, Stereomicroscope, Spectrophotometers, Centrifuge, Microwave oven, Laminar Air Flow chamber, Soxhlet apparatus, UV-Cabinet.

 

Awards, and Recognitions Received by the Faculty

Year Name of the Faculty Name of the Award/Recognition and Institutions which awarded
2012-2013 Dr. Divakara, S. T Award: Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi (DST)-International Travel award; International workshop on “Detection Techniques for Mycotoxins in the Food Chain” at Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Bari, Italy.
2012-13 Dr. Suresha, H. R Award: Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi (DST)-International Travel award; for going to Italy.