Department of Botany

About the Department

Botany is the subset of biology that specifically focuses on plants. Plants are 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, paper, furniture, fabrics etc. Therefore the study of plants is very significant for sustainable life. The visionaries of the college realized long back the requirement of this peculiar subject in the higher educational institutions. Thus evergreen Botany department came into existence in Vivekananda College.
The Botany Department was started in the year 1982 with UG & Allied Botany. It emerged as a post graduate department in the year 2017. The department has four sanctioned teaching staff and 2 academic support staff (technical) and administrative staff. Currently there are 5 faculty members in the department, 3 are aided & 2 as management appointee.
In order to provide hands on training to students, two separate well equipped laboratories with enough 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 etc. The department has a good stock of herbarium and collection of digital resources for learning purposes. The library in the department helps the students to locate their reference materials. Right now, the department library has nearly 2220 books of national & international standard. Apart from this, several field/industrial trips are arranged to expose the students to the nature and also to the industrial environs.
Students are studying zoology and chemistry as allied subjects. Non Major Elective courses are conducted for our college under graduate students. Apart from the core curriculum, the Department also offers a number of extra certificate courses such as Horticulture, Energy Resources, Mushroom Cultivation and Medicinal Botany etc.
An Association has been formed in the department in the name of Swamy botanical Association (SBA) to organize students meet, expert lectures and various other student development programmes. Several experts from national/regional institutes are frequently invited to deliver lectures on leading topics in the emerging fields of Botany and interdisciplinary titles. SBA 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 plants 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 30 dedicated years and retired in the year 2014. Dr P.T. MANOHARAN 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 the College. Both Dr P.T. MANOHARAN and Dr. N. LAKSHMANAN are recognized supervisors for guiding Ph.D students.


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

To give very good learning experience and lab technical skills.


To produce proficient, professionally competent and socially responsible graduates.

To produce Green India and sustain healthy environment.

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.

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

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

Programmes Offered






Ph.D. (Full Time / Part Time)

Certificate Courses

1. Horticulture

2. Medicinal Botany

S.No Name Photo Designation Profile
1 Dr. V. Ramesh Assistant Professor & Head (i/c)
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.




  Ph.D Completed – 1, Ph.D Doing – 3.

Department Library

Well equipped library. It contains more than 2220 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. & Selected books

Board of Studies – University Nominee (from 09-06-2021 to 08-06-2023)
Dr. N. D. Kannan

Assistant Professor

Department of Plant Biotechnology

School of Biotechnology

Madurai Kamaraj University

Madurai – 625 021


Swamy Botanical Association – carries out club activities like Seminars, Guest lecturers etc.

Seminar and Workshops

One Day workshop on quail rearing and management on 18th July 2019.

One Day state level seminar on “Recent Advances on Biological Sciences” on 7th march 2019.

Two day Science academies Sponsored Lecture Workshop entitled “Recent trends in Biological Sciences” during 11 &12th Dec 2018.

One Day National Level Hands on Training on “Organic Vegetable Garden-Bringing Natural Health to Home” on 30th January 18

One day Hands on Training on “Nilavembu Kudineer Preparation for Local People in and around College” on November 4th 2017

Placement & Job Opportunities

Placements of students of this Department are placed in various Schools, Colleges, Universities within Tamil Nadu, National laboratories, Universities abroad and Industries.

Memorandum of Understanding Signed

SEVA – MoU Signed – Veterinary Medicines.

Innovative Practices

Peer team teaching to achieve cent percentage results.

Field cum Lectures.

Best Practices

Our students prepare Nilavembu kasayam (Andrographis paniculata) for the treatment of dengue fever and give it to the students of our College, schools, family members in the staff quarters and also to the local people in and around the College, very well appreciated by all. Moreover, Organic vegetable also given to our hostel mess.

Consultancy Services

Mushroom cultivation

Medicinal botany

Vegetable growing seedling sales and Ornamental seedling sales

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