Department of Botany

About the Department

     Botany is the subset of biology that specifically focuses on plants which are correspondingly the reservoir of novel natural products. Many of the natural products that they produce are useful to humans. Besides foodstuff, plants are the resources for other human requirement like medicines, papers, furniture, fabrics, etc. Therefore the study of plants is very significant for sustainable life. The visionaries of the college are met with the requirements of this peculiar subject in the higher educational institutions. Thus evergreen Botany department has come into existence in Vivekananda College.

     The Botany Department started in the year 1982 with UG & Allied Botany. Since the beginning of the course the faculty members are experts in the fields of Botany viz. Mycology, Herbal Botany, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Tissue culture, etc.
     In order to create job opportunities and entrepreneurs moreover smart soft skills to the students, two separate well equipped microbiology and tissue culture laboratories with sufficient chemicals and sophisticated instruments such as Students microscope, Binocular microscope, Laminar Air Flow, tissue/bacterial Culture chambers, Autoclave, Environmental shaker with incubator, Hot air oven, Colorimeter, pH meter, Digital balance, Microcentrifuge, Electrophoresis Colony counter, Smart class rooms, etc. The department has sound stock of herbarium and collection of digital resources for teaching and learning process. The department library facilitates the students to locate their reference materials. Till date, the library has nearly 2340 books with national & international standard. Moreover, we have CSIR-JRF/NET & SET EXAM assisted recent edited books like Molecular Cell Biology by Lodish et al., Biochemistry by Stryer et al., Developmental biology by Gilbert, Plant Physiology by Lincoln Taiz et al., etc. & Selected books. The learners get opportunities such as filed visits and industrial trips to enrich their knowledge and meet their urge in this competitive learning environment.

     The department provides zoology and chemistry as allied subjects. Undergraduate students have Non Major Elective courses in their programme. Apart from the core curriculum, the department also offers a number of extra certificate courses such as Horticulture and Medicinal Botany, etc.
     Under the shadow of Swamy Botanical Association (SBA), students meet, expert lectures and various other student development programmes has been benefitted for the students. Several experts from national/regional institutions have frequently visit and deliver lectures on inevitable topics in the emerging fields of Botany and interdisciplinary streams. SBA, an association of students, is also functioning with following objectives:

  • To maintain Herbal and Ornamental garden in the College Campus

  • To train the students to prepare herbal formulations

  • To exhibit the details of all flora in college campus

     Prof S. RAJARAM served the dept. as founder HOD for the longest term (35 years) and retired in the year 2013. Prof G.SENTHILKUMAR rendered his service as Associate Professor for nearly three decades and retired in the year 2014. Dr P.T. MANOHARAN had elected to Madurai Kamaraj University as Academic Council, Senate and Syndicate Member and worked as an Additional Controller of Examination in DDE, MKU, earned name and fame to our Department and to the institution. Both Dr P.T. MANOHARAN and Dr. N. LAKSHMANAN were recognized supervisors for guiding PhD scholars and retired in the year 2016 and 2019 respectively. Dr. V. RAMESH and Dr. T. SELLATHURAI are also recognized supervisor for guiding PhD scholars and Dr. V. RAMESH has received Summer Research Fellowship from Indian Academies of Sciences viz. INSA, IASc and NASI, received Lecture workshop grant worth of Rs.149,000/- from Indian Academies of Sciences viz. INSA, IASc and NASI, and Best Young Faculty Award by Novel Research Academy. Recently he has selected for Young Scientist Fellowship from TNSCST, Chennai during the academic year of 2019-2020. The faculty members are contributing to the academic field by editing journals & Books. They have been on the editorial boards and acted as referees in the academic journals.


To meet the growing global needs by educating students to excel in botany with a human touch.


To provide the best learning experience in understanding the basics of botany and laboratory techniques with professional excellence and also produce academically proficient, professionally competent and socially responsible graduates in Botany.


Goals & Objectives

  On doing the course Students will be able to:.

Know about the core concepts in the subject namely the plant kingdom.

✔ Exhibit proficiency in selected laboratory skills.

✔ Make use of knowledge in the field of horticultural, Mushroom, and Medicinal botany in their day today life.

✔ Acquire Skills on Microbiology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics techniques.

✔ Get involved in activities through which serve society for its welfare.

✔ Apply their skills in government, academic or industrial organizations and research institutions.

✔ Giving basic degree to become teaching professionals.

✔ Preparing them for various competitive examinations.

UG Programme Offered


PG Programme Offered



Ph.D. (Full Time / Part Time)

Certificate Courses Offered

1. Horticulture

2. Medicinal Botany

S.No Name Photo Designation Profile
1 Dr. V. Ramesh Assistant Professor & Head
2 Dr. T. Sellathurai Assistant Professor
Management / Self Financing
3 Dr.C.Soundar Raju Assistant Professor
4 Dr.V.Kumarasamy Assistant Professor

Research Area

Microbial Secondary Metabolites.

✔ Medicinal Mushrooms.

✔ Biofertilizer.

✔ Mycology.

✔ Photochemistry.

✔ Molecular Biotechnology.

Research Guide

Sl.No. Name of  the Guide Number & Recognition Certificate No. of PhD Registered/Completed
1 Dr. P.T.M. Manoharan 1236 – Certificate 1
2 Dr. N. Lakhsmanan 1108 – Certificate 1
2 Dr. V. Ramesh 2019/20 – Certificate
2 Dr.T. Sellathurai 2047/21 – Certificate


Sl.No. Name of  the Faculty Journal Publications Books & Book Chapter Conference Proceedings
1 Dr. P. T. M. Manoharan Click Here Click Here Click Here
2 Dr. N. Lakhsmanan Click Here Click Here Click Here
3 Dr. V. Ramesh Click Here Click Here Click Here
4 Dr. T.  Sellathurai Click Here Click Here Click Here
5 Dr. C. Soundar Raju Click Here Click Here Click Here
6 Dr. V. Kumarasamy Click Here Click Here Click Here



Please click on the below links to view the plant details


List of Plants in Alphabetical Order
Aegle marmelos
Araucaria heterophylla
Azadirachta indica
Borassus flabellifer
Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Carica papaya
Cassia fistula
Casuarina equisetifolia
Citrus limon
Cocos nucifera
Couroupita guianensis
Dalbergia latifolia
Delonix regia
Ficus racemosa
Ficus tinctoria
Gmelina arborea
Lawsonia inermis
Mangifera indica
Manilkara zapota
Melia dubia
Millettia pinnata
Mimusops elengi
Moringa oleifera
Musa acuminata
Peltophorum pterocarpum
Phyllanthus acidus
Polyalthia longifolia
Pterocarpus santalinus
Roystonea regia
Samanea saman
Santalum album
Syzygium cumini
Tectona grandis
Terminalia catappa
Thespesia populnea
Vitex negundo
Wrightia tinctoria 
Acorus calamus
Aloe vera
Andrographis paniculata
Calotropis gigantea
Catharanthus roseus
Centratherum punctatum
Chamaecostus cuspidatus
Cissus quadrangularis
Coleus aromaticus
Curcuma aromatica
Eclipta prostrata
Euphorbia tirucalli
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Jasminum grandiflorum
Justicia adhatoda
Kalanchoe pinnata
Mentha spicata
Morus alba
Phyllanthus niruri
Piper longum
Polygala elongate
Ricinus communis
Sauropus androgynus
Solanum trilobatum
Stevia rebaudiana
Tabernaemontana divaricata
Vitex negundo
Withania somnifera 
Artemisia pallens
Centratherum punctatum
Chrysopogon zizanioides
Colocasia esculenta
Cymbopogon citratus
Mentha piperita
Ocimum tenuiflorum
Solanum nigrum
Acalypha devappa
Acalypha wilkesiana
Adenium obesum
Aglaonema commutatum
Aglaonema earnesto
Allamanda blanchetii
Allamanda cathartica
Artabotrys hexapetalus
Asparagus meyeri
Asparagus sprengeri
Codiaeum variegatum
Combretum indicum
Cordyline fruticosa
Cuphea hyssopifolia
Cupresses aurea
Cycas revoluta
Dracaena marginata
Duranta erecta
Duranta speciosa
Excoecaria bicolor
Ficus benjamina
Ficus panda
Furcraea foetida
Gardenia jasminoides
Graphtophyllum pictum
Ixora coccinea
Lantana camara
Nerium oleander
Nyctanthes arbor-tristis
Portulaca grandiflora
Tabernaemontana divaricata
Tecoma stans
Anthurium andraeanum
Areca catechu
Bougainvillea glabra
Bougainvillea peruviana
Caladium bicolor
Caladium florida
Callisia repens
Chlorophytum comosum
Chlorophytum ocean
Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
Coleus prostratus
Epipremnum aureum
Licuala grandis
Pandanus baptistii
Pandanus dubius
Pandanus odorifer
Plectranthus prostratus
Polyscias guilfoylei
Polyscias scutellaria
Rhapis excels
Schefflera arboricola
Thaumatophyllum xanadu
Tradescantia pallida
Tradescantia spathacea
Tradescantia zebrine
Wodyetia bifurcate
Zephyranthes rosea

Department Library

Well equipped library. It contains more than 2340 books that include both recent edition text and reference books. Moreover we have CSIR NET EXAM assisted books like Molecular cell Biology by Lodish et al., Biochemistry by Stryer et al., Developmental biology by Gilbert, Plant Physiology by Lincoln Taiz et al., etc.

S.No Book Name No.of Books
1 Algae 23
2 Fungi 25
3 Bryophytes 13
4 Pteridophytes 14
5 Gymnosperms 14
6 Taxonomy of Angiosperms 110
7 Economic Botany 19
8 Embryology of Angiosperms 17
9 Anatomy 34
10 Evolution 12
11 Plant Physiology 94
12 Computer Science 24
13 Cell Biology 92
14 Plant Pathology 29
15 Ecology 144
16 Plant Breeding & Horticulture 86
17 Biochemistry 140
18 Genetics 81
19 Microbiology 115
20 Food Technology 32
21 Medicinal Botany 114
22 Biotechnology 222
23 Bioinformatics 60
24 Paleo Botany 7
25 General Botany 819
Total 2340
Please click on the below links to view the syllabus
Academic Batch Syllabus
2015 – 18
2016 – 19
2017 – 20
2018 – 21
2019 – 22
2020 – 23
2021 – 24
2022 – 25

Results of End Semester Examinations of Final Year B.Sc.,Botany

Academic Year Month and Year No. students Appeared No. students Passed Percentage of Pass Percentage
2017-18 April 2018 38 25 65.7
2018-19 April 2019 28 28 100
2019-20 April 2020 20 20 100
2020-21 April 2021 22 22 100
2021-22 April 2022 25 25 100
2022-23 April 2023 17 17 100

Results of End Semester Examinations of Final Year M.Sc.,Botany

Academic Year Month and Year No. students Appeared No. students Passed Percentage of Pass
2018-19 April 2019 1 1 100


Swamy Botanical Association –carries out club activities like Student Soft skill Development Programmes, Guest lecturers etc.

Soft Skills Development Programmes Conducted

Sl.No. Total No. of Programmes List of Programmes Conducted
2017-18 04 Click Here
2018-19 04 Click Here
2019-20 05 Click Here
2020-21 02 Click Here
2021-22 09 Click Here
2022-23 04 Click Here

Placement & Job Opportunities

Our Botany Department Students are placed as a teacher in various Schools, Colleges, Universities within Tamil Nadu, and as a scientist in various laboratories and research Universities/Institutions in both India as well as abroad.

✔ In order to create self employment, we also given hands on training to prepare value added plant based products, mushroom cultivation, biofertilizer/ organic manures preparation etc. to our students. So, our students are also become a small scale entrepreneurs.

Please click on the links below to view the year wise selected student list.

Academic Year 2015 – 16

Academic Year 2016 – 17

Academic Year 2017 – 18

Academic Year 2018 – 19

Details of MoUs Signed and Activities Conducted

S.No. Date of Signing MoU Name of the Organization MoUs  Activities Conducted
1 09.09.2021 Sustainable-agriculture & Environmental Voluntary Action (SEVA), 45, TPM Nagar, Virattipathu, Madurai-625016 Click Here 2
2 15.09.2021 Empower Trust, no. 3/207, Solakanni Amman Koil Arch, Vellakalpatti, Edumalai (PO),
Tiruchirapalli District. – 621 007
Click Here 1
3 22.09.2021 Department of Biotechnology & Botany
Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi
Click Here 1

Details of LoCs Signed and Activities Conducted

S.No. Date of Signing LoC Name of the Institution LoCs  Activities Conducted
1 01.12.2021 Department of Botany, Shri Sakthikailash Women’s College
Click Here 1
2 06.01.2022 Department of Botany, Saraswathi Narayanan College, Perungudi, Madurai– 625 022 Click Here

Innovative Practices

Peer team teaching to achieve cent percentage results.

Field cum Lectures.

Student Centric Learning

Blended Learning

Best Practices

Every year, on the monsoon period, our students prepare Nilavembu kasayam for the treatment of viral fever, cold and given it to the students of our College, schools, and family members in the staff quarters and also to the local people in and around the College.

Production of Organic vegetables and given to our college mess.

Preparation and marketing skills valued added plant based products like Hair oil and Malt powder

Consultancy Services

Mushroom cultivation

✔ Medicinal Plants

✔ Organic Farming

✔ Biofertilizer production

Future Plan

To develop Post Graduate department of Botany into a leading research centre as a milestone into the history of our college.

Notable Alumni

Dr. A. Manimaran, Principal Scientist, Monaghan Biosciences Ltd. Monaghan, Ireland.

Dr. V. Shanmugaiah, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbial Technology, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University Madurai- 625 021.

Dr. M. Pandi, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University Madurai- 625 021.

Dr. S. Suresh, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Directorate of Distance Education, Madurai Kamaraj University Madurai-625021

Dr. G. MahendraPerumal, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Botany, VHNSN College, Virudhunagar – 626 001.

Dr. M. Muhilan, Researcher, Ecological Genomics Lab., Centre for Genomics- UNAM, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Maxico

Roll of Honour Particulars
S.No. Year Name (UG) Marks(%)
1 2001 P.Sivasamy 75
2 2002 P. Deepan Chakaravarthi 78
3 2003 S. Chinnachamy 78
4 2004 J. Rajakumar 78
5 2005 S. Balakrishnan 73
6 2006 M. Jegatheesan 82
7 2007 V. Ramesh 85
8 2008 M. Ganesan 74
9 2009 M.Pandidurai 80
10 2010 M. Ananthakumar 69
11 2011 D. Rajakumar 74
12 2012 M. Maruthi Thangam 78
13 2013 P. Amal Raj 71
14 2014 V. Thamaraikani 71
15 2015 B. Karthick Selvan 72
16 2016 R. Karnan 71
17 2017 M. Sivakumar 76
18 2018 P. Venkatesh 73
19 2019 R. Vishnu Chakkaravarthi 80
20 2020 M. Balaji 72
21 2021 V. Sivakumar 87
22 2022 U. Hariharan 85
23 2023 J.S. Dhaneesh 82
Students Strength Particulars
S.No. Year of Admission Strength (UG) Details
1 2015 40 Click Here
2 2016 33 Click Here
3 2017 28 Click Here
4 2018 24 Click Here
5 2019 25 Click Here
6 2020 25 Click Here
7 2021 11 Click Here
8 2022 13 Click Here
9 2023 14 Click Here