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Welcome to Department of Botany

Course overview

Established in 1967. The B.Sc in Botany covers all areas of study & scientific research involving plants. Plants & other photosynthetic organisms are the ultimate solar-powered biological systems selected by evolution. Botany involves the study of all plants, including algae (e.g. seaweeds to diatoms), mosses, ferns, gymnosperms (e.g. trees) & flowering plants (i.e. seed plants). This includes wild plants and also plants cultivated or grown by humans (e.g. crops). The study of plants also allows unique perspectives into the history and cultural evolution of societies across the globe. Students will study plants at many levels including ecosystems, communities, species, individuals, tissues, cells and molecules (e.g. genetics, biochemistry and biotechnology). From the time of Gregor Mendel to the present, many of the most exciting and leading discoveries in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry, physiology, biodiversity and ecology have been made by plant scientists.

 The department has also initiated the M.Sc Programme in Botany in the year 2015- 2016


The department is having collaboration with research institutions and agencies like Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi; National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Vellanikkara; Kerala Agricultural University, Vellanikkara; College of Forestry, Vellanikkara; National Medicinal Plant Board, Trivandrum; M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Community Agro-biodiversity Centre, Wynad etc., where the students are free to visit and do their project work with expert advice.


 The key objective of this course is to promote environmental awareness among the student population as well as in the society in an interesting and informative way. We are actively pursuing this by organizing lectures, talks, discussions, walks, film shows, field trips and other events that are of a botanical nature. Our events are both educational and enjoyable for those who share a botanical interest.


Courses offered
  • B.Sc Botany main with Chemistry and Zoology/ Physics Complementary programmes
  • Certificate/Add on Course in 'Herbal Cosmetology'
  • M.Sc Botany (Self Financing)
Scope of Course

The completion of these courses enables and equips the student to opt for higher studies in any of the following areas.

  • Teaching
  • Scientific Research
  • Self Employment - Nursery management, Tissue Culture, Mushroom Cultivation, Flower arrangement
  • Landscape Designing
  • Floriculture
  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Science
  • Environmental Science

Government Organizations that provide oppurtunities for M.Sc Botany Graduates are:

  • Department of Conservation & Land management
  • Public health Service
  • Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Department of Agriculture
Curricular activities

In addition to the conventional teaching methods, the students are involved in participatory learning activities like,

  • Field trips and study tours for geographical and floristic studies
  • Exposure visit to research institutions
  • Departmental seminars on topics like Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources, Diversity of Kerala Forest, Biopesticides, Organic Farming, Orchid cultivation and marketing, Ethno botany and Medicinal plants etc.
  • Lectures by illustrious alumnae
Extra-Curricular activities
  • Quiz competitions
  • Cultural programmes- dance, music, drawing, painting, pookalam, drama etc.,
  • District, State and National level competitions
  • NCC
  • NSS
  • Nature camps
  • Sports
Special Highlights
  • Plant Tissue culture Laboratory with sophisticated equipments
  • Microbiology Lab
  •  Endangered Medicinal Plant Garden
  • Herbal Park in association with OISCA - International
  • Botanical Garden consisting of more than 500 plants including valuable medicinal plants
Outreach Programmes

Lectures cum awareness programmes to the public on topics like

      • Biopesticides and Organic farming
      • Vermicomposting
      • Plastic pollution
      • Kitchen gardening
      • Health and hygiene,
      • Soil sample survey and suggestions for improvement
      • Promotion of medicinal plant cultivation & its significance
Innovative Teaching Techniques

Apart from classroom teaching, seminars, debates, discussions and workshops are held for the students. Charts, OHP, LCD- Internet and other innovative teaching aids are also employed for the study. Modern technologies are introduced by visiting research organizations and acquaintance with experts in relevant areas.


The department include 4 regular faculty members and 4 guest lecturers who are efficient teachers with excellent academic backgrounds.  Minor research projects funded by UGC is completed by two of our faculty members. Research projects for B.Sc students are also carried out in related disciplines.



Contact Details

Contact Person:

Smt.Smitha P.S




Assistant Professor

Department of Botany

Vimala College, Thrissur-09


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