Department of Botany
- About the Department
- Vision & Mission
- Goals & Objectives
- Programmes Offered
- Digital Herbarium
- Digital Flora
- Department Library
- Sessional Question Papers
- Summative Question Papers
- Association / Club
- Seminars / Workshops
- Placement & Job Opportunities
- MoUs & LoCs Signed
- Innovative Practices & Best Practices
- Consultancy Services
- Future Plans of the Department
- Notable Alumni
- Roll of Honour
- Student Strength
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
2. Medicinal Botany
✔ Microbial Secondary Metabolites.
✔ Medicinal Mushrooms.
✔ Molecular Biotechnology.
|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|
DIGITAL FLORA OF VIVEKANANDA COLLEGE
Please click on the below links to view the plant details
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|
|6||Taxonomy of Angiosperms||110|
|8||Embryology of Angiosperms||17|
|16||Plant Breeding & Horticulture||86|
Please click on the below links to view the Previous Year Question Papers
|End Semester Examinations Nov-2015||End Semester Examinations April-2015|
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|
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|
✔ Swamy Botanical Association –carries out club activities like Student Soft skill Development Programmes, Guest lecturers etc.
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.
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
|3||22.09.2021||Department of Biotechnology & Botany
Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi
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
|2||06.01.2022||Department of Botany, Saraswathi Narayanan College, Perungudi, Madurai– 625 022||Click Here|
✔ Peer team teaching to achieve cent percentage results.
✔ Field cum Lectures.
✔ Student Centric Learning
✔ Blended Learning
✔ 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
✔ Mushroom cultivation
✔ Medicinal Plants
✔ Organic Farming
✔ Biofertilizer production
✔ To develop Post Graduate department of Botany into a leading research centre as a milestone into the history of our college.
✔ 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
|2||2002||P. Deepan Chakaravarthi||78|
|12||2012||M. Maruthi Thangam||78|
|13||2013||P. Amal Raj||71|
|15||2015||B. Karthick Selvan||72|
|19||2019||R. Vishnu Chakkaravarthi||80|