Departments / Botany

Overview

Vision

To develop human resources for preserving the synergy of nature by expanding the horizon of knowledge in Plant Sciences.

Mission

To achieve academic excellence in botanical education and research, producing competent entrepreneurs, committed to the cause of conservation and promotion of plant life.

History of the Department

Department of Botany was established in the year 1993 by introducing B.Sc Course in Botany with a sanctioned student intake of 24. Sanctioned intake has been increased in the successive years and reached to 40 in the current academic year. In 2014, Department has upgraded as PG Department by introducing PG programme in Botany. Department started UGC -Career oriented add-on certificate course in Tissue Culture in 2014-15. Later, this one year certificate course has been raised to two years Diploma and three years advanced Diploma in 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively. In addition, Department also undertakes certificate course on Food and Nutrition as part of skill development programme.

Department has organized 4 National Seminars viz: UGC sponsored 3-day National Seminar on ‘Ecotechnologies and Evergreen Revolution’ in 2009, UGC sponsored 2-day National seminar on Nanobiotechnology in 2011, KSCSTE sponsored two day national seminar on ‘Know the plants, Grow the plants’ in the academic year 2014-15 and KSCSTE sponsored two day national seminar on ‘Habitat Restoration and Butterfly Conservation’ in 2016-17. Faculty members of the Department has published more than 70 papers in National and International peer reviewed journals and presented more than 40 papers in National and International Conferences. Three Minor Research projects sponsored by UGC and one Science Popularization Programme funded by KSCSTE were successfully completed by the faculty members. Department ensures an atmosphere of experiential learning for its students by providing them the opportunities to interact with the eminent personalities of various Research Institutions and to understand the research works going on in these Institutions.

Department has signed an MoU with M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Kalpetta, Wayanadu for establishing a RET garden in the campus for conserving Rare, Endangered and Threatened species. Another MoU has been signed with Research Department of Botany, St. Thomas College, Thrissur for utilizing the laboratory facilities of Botany Department for carrying out short term research works of PhD students of St.Thomas College, Thrissur. Department also has MoU with State Museum and Zoo, Thrissur for establishing and maintaining Butterfly garden in the Zoo.

Collaboration/ Linkages

Sl. No Name of the Institution Purpose Date
1 Research Department of Botany,
St. Thomas College, Thrissur
Research Extension 10-10-2017
2 State Museum and Zoo, Thrissur Bio-diversity conservation 31-7-2017
3 M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, Kalpetta, Wayanad Conservation of Rare,Endangered and Threatened plant species 1-12-2014

Achievements

Academics

Sl. No Name of the student Rank /Award Organization Level Date/Year
1 Blessy Santhosh Qualified UGC JRF National 2019
2 Amrutha Qualified UGC JRF National 2019
3 Athira Krishnan Qualified UGC JRF National 2018
4 Neenu A Santhosh Qualified UGC JRF National 2017
5 Alisha Valsan Qualified UGC JRF National 2017
6 Qualified UGC JRF National 2017
7 Sinny Francis VII Rank- MSc UGC JRF National 2015-17
8 Whylgreen Jose V Rank- MSc Calicut University University 2014-16

Co-curricular & Extra-Curricular

Sl. No Name of the student Rank /Award Event Organization Level Date/Year
1 Madhurima Mohan First Paper presentation competition St. Mary’s College, Thrissur Intercollegiate 21-6-2019
2 Divyamol Geever Second Poster making competition Bhoomithrasena Club, St. Mary’s College, Thrissur Intercollegiate 21-06-2019
3 Thingal A.K. and Irene Babu Second Paper presentation competition Carmel College, Mala Intercollegiate 24-9-2019
4 Riya T.C. Gold medal Junior National Power lifting Championship-unequipped Indian Power lifting Association National 2019
5 Jyothi Lakshmi Silver Medal Junior National Power lifting Championship-unequipped Indian Power lifting Association National 2019
6 Riya T.C. Gold medal Intercollegiate powerlifting championship Calicut University University 2019
7 Riya T.C. Silver medal Intercollegiate powerlifting championship Calicut University University 2019
8 Anjali Girijan First Paper presentation competition Little Flower College,Guruvayur Intercollegiate 6-2-2019
9 Anjali Girijan Third Paper presentation competition St. Mary’s College, Thrissur Intercollegiate 1-3-2019
10 Gayathri Velayudhan Second Poster making competition St. Mary’s College, Thrissur Intercollegiate 1-3-2019
11 Irene Babu Second Marian Agrifest St.Mary’s College, Thrissur Collegiate 2018
12 Jyothi Lakshmi First Junior State Power lifting Championship Kerala State Power lifting Association State 11-08-2018
13 Jyothi Lakshmi Second National Classic Power lifting Championship Indian Powerlifting Association National 11-08-2018
14 Dhuva C Binny Fourth Intercollegiate Speech Competition Co-operative Society District 22-10-2018

Placements

Sl. No Name of the student Batch Institution Designation
1 Rispa Jhons 2018 Sitharam ayurveda pharmacy Botanist
2 Ranjini K B 2018 Mahatma Gandhi University University Assistant
3 Sr.Delfeena Thomas 2017 Paul Public school,Maharashtra Teacher
4 Sabitha V B 2017 Higher Secondary Education Board of kerala HSST Junioor Botany
5 Sreeshma P S 2017 Coffee Board, Bengaluru Extension inspector
6 Angel Mary V P 2011 South Indian Bank Clerk
7 Neenu Maria jose 2017 Kerala state education board LPSA

Programme (Courses offered)

Major Programmes

Sl. No Name of the Programme Aided/Self Financing Duration Student Strength Complimentary Courses
1 B.Sc Aided 3 Years 36 Zoology
Chemistry
1 M.Sc Self-Financing 2 Years 12

Student Capability Enhancement Programmes

Sl. No Name of the Programme Type Duration Student Strength
1 UGC Add -on course Tissue Culture Certificate 1 year 36
2 UGC Add -on course Tissue Culture Diploma 1 year 36
3 UGC Add -on course Tissue Culture Advanced Diploma 1 year 36
4 Food and Nutrition Certificate 1 year 36

Research

Seminar / Workshop/ Conference Conducted

Sl.No Title Level Organising/ Funding Agency Date
1 National Seminar on
“Habitat Restoration and Butterfly Conservation"
National KSCSTE 7th and 8th February 2017

Consultancy & Extension

Extension

Sl.No Name of the Faculty Type of Extension Beneficery
1 Dr. Sr. Meena K Cheruvathur Flood Relief Operation Thrissur Area
2 Dr. Sr. Meena K Cheruvathur Cultural exchange programme Villagers of Dhanu, Maharashtra
3 Dr.Regi Raphael K Invited Talk on “ World Environment Day” St.Mary’s U.P.School, Chiyyaram
4 Dr.Regi Raphael K Question Paper Setting St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakkuda
5 Dr.Regi Raphael K Question Paper Setting Vimala College, Thrissur
6 Dr.Regi Raphael K Complementary Degree Practical Examination Vimala College, Thrissur
7 Dr.Regi Raphael K B.Sc Practical Examination St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakkuda
8 Dr.Rekha K Invited Talk on Environment conservation Sacred Heart convent
English Medium L. P. School, Thrissur
9 Dr.Rekha K Question Paper Setting St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakkuda
10 Dr.Rekha K Question Paper Setting Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam
11 Dr.Rekha K Scrutiny of Answer Paper St. Thomas College, Thrissur
12 Dr Sr Meena K cheruvathur Inaugurated SASTHERAMELA Sacred Heart school Thrisur
13 Dr Sr Meena K cheruvathur Invited Talk on Environment Day Sacred heart Higher secondary school

Event Calendar

Sl.No Event Title Type Details Event Date
1 An exhibition on the topic- ‘Reuse of the plastic materials’ Exhibition An Exhibition and demo class on making crafts using
waste plastics was conducted for
the students by Mrs Shanta Tony.
5/6/2018
2 Workshop on making Paper bags and Paper files Workshop Mrs Rekha and Mr Vidhyadharan
from IMMOWSE Training centre
(Govt. approved training centre for
self-employment Programmes, Thrissur)
7/6/2018
3 Competition on Making of useful
products from waste plastics’
Competition An inter-departmental competition
was conducted for the students to exhibit
their creative thoughts on the topic
‘Useful products from waste plastics’.
4/7/2018
4 Ozone Day Celebration Intercollegiate
Powerpoint Presentation competition
As a part of celebrating world ozone day 2018,
Bhoomitra club of botany department conducted
an intercollegiate power point presentation
competition on the topic “ Keep cool and carry on
Montreal Protocol” on 18 September 2018
18/09/2018
5 Veetilorukariveepu Environment day celebrations Distribution of Curry leaf plants to the
representatives of the teaching,
non-teaching staff and students of St. Mary’s College, Thrissur
05/06/15
6 Exhibition on Soil and its Conservation World Environment day Celebration Demonstrations of different ways
and means to correct soil acidity, different practical
and cost effective methods based on utilization
of local resources for the production of organic vegetables,
05/06/2015
7 Distribution of tree saplings Environment Day Celebrations Distribution of tree saplings to the
representatives of old students, staff and
students of St. Mary’s college, Thrissur.
9th June 2016
8 Bhoomi Environment Day Celebrations -Club activity A versification competition was arranged
for students of St. Mary’s College, based on
the theme. Sixty two students from various
disciplines participated in the competition
June 17th 2016
9 Pulses and their importance Marian Monsoon Fest Dept. of Botany arranged an exhibition
on in life. Sale of various pulse seedlings
was also arranged in the exhibition.
4th and 5th August, 2016
10 Shalabholsavam Science Popularisation Programme Host plants and nectar plants of Butterflies
were distributed to the selected institutions
including schools and colleges.
A training programme was also conducted on Butterfly gardening.
1st November 2016
11 Wetland Visit World wetland day celebrations A trip was conducted to Kanimangalam
kole wetland and Azhikode wetland
to observe World
27 th January, 2017
12 Establishing Biodiversity Gardens in Schools Medicinal plant conservation programme Distributed plants belonging to different
groups like medicinal plants, hydrophytes
and xerophytes to various schools.
June 2nd 2017
13 Organic farming and sale of vegetables Club activity An exhibition on “Organic farming
and sale of vegetables and seeds” was
conducted in association with Bhoomitra club
20th June 2017
14 Establishment of Butterfly Graden KSCSTE project- Science Popularisation A butterfly garden was established
at State Museum and Zoo jointly by Dept.
of Botany and Zoology on
1st August, 2017
15 Medicinal Plant Exhibition Medicinal Plant Awareness arranged a stall on medicinal plants
in the Flower Show conducted by Thrissur
Agrihorticultural Society held at Thekkinkad ground
19th January 2018
16 Cleanliness Awareness International wetland day celeberation students of Botany department along
with sports students of the college cleaned
Karthyani temple pond at chembukavu, Thrissur on
16th February 2018
17 Sale of winter vegetables Bhoomimitra club activity A winter vegetable and seedling
sale was conducted in association with on
7th December 2017
18 ‘Reuse of the plastic materials' KSCSTE sponsored Environmental
Day Celebrations
An exhibition on various items like
flower vases, show pieces, flowers etc.
made from waste plastic materials
were displayed in the exhibition.
A demo class on the making of crafts
using waste plastics was conducted for the students
5-6-2018
19 Eye camp Alumniae Elder Marians Activity At govt. l.p school, pattikkad in association
with alumniae Elder Marians organised a free eye
camp in collaboration with the departments
of Microbiology and Botany
11/10/2018
20 Ozone day celebration Bhoomithra club As a part of celebrating world ozone day
2018, Bhoomitra club of botany department
conducted an intercollegiate power point
presentation competition on the topic
“ Keep cool and carry on Montreal Protocol
18/09/2018
21 Seed balls throwing drive- Bhoomitra club activity Members have thrown the prepared
seed balls in to the forest tracks along
the Wayanadu – Muthanga Wild life Sanctuary
18/09/2018

MOODLE

Sl. No Name Video Link
1 Inspirational- Education Video Link
2 Inspirational- Botany Video Link
3 Pteridophytes- Stelar Evolution Video Link
4 Angiosperm Taxonomy Video Link
5 Genetic Engineering Video Link
6 Plant Physiology Video Link

Academic Links

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