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Department of Botany

The Department of Botany was started as a part of the Department of Biological Science in 1954-55. Pass course in Botany was started in 1961-62 and the department was formally separated from the Department of Zoology in 1984-85. Honours course in Botany was introduced in the department in 1988-89. Since its inception, the department has lived up to its reputation with consistent good results both in honours and general courses. The department organizes frequent excursions to have a comprehensive idea on the floristic composition of different regions of India. It also publishes a wall magazine 'BOTANICA' bi-annually.

The department has an honours laboratory, a general laboratory. A biochemistry laboratory and a teacher's room. The department also possesses a museum, a herbarium, a seminar library, a student's library and maintains three gardens including a medicinal plants garden.

Faculty and their research interest:

Dr. Sutapa Kumar (Rai), M.Sc., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ph. No. 9433346882; 9231430488
Research interest:
1. In vitro propagation of ornamental-plants / endangered or rare medicinal plants.
2. Genotoxic- effects of food additives, food additives, food preservatives, food colours and pesticides.
3. Ethno Botanical studies in the suburbs of Kolkata.

Dr. Alokananda Jana (nee Mukherjee), M.Sc., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ph. No. 91-33-2354-4290; 9836513691
Research interest
1. Molecular botany in relation to morphogenetic events.
2. Biodiversity

Dr. Kuntal Narayan Chaudhuri, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph. No.+91-33-2417-3057
Research interest
1. In vitro propagation of endangered species of Indian medicinal plants.
2. Improvement of secondary metabolite productivity in economicially-important plants by in vitro culture, transgenesis and metabolite engineering.
3. Screening for anti-microbial and anti-oxidant activities in indigenous plant species.
4. Plant bioassay to assess toxicity of environmental pollutants.
5. Inventorying plant biodiversity in general and indigenous medicinal plants in particular, in the per-urban areas of Kolkata.
6. Study of the representation of plant forms in the art of ancient India.

Smt. Meenakshi Mukherjee, M.Sc.

Assistant Professor and Head
Ph. No.+91-33-2397-30720; 9836135849
Research interest
1. Study of the effect of phytoalexin mechanism on the resistance of pulses.
2. Study of the effect of air pollutants on roadside plants.

Dr. Asis Kumar Pal, M.Sc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interest
1. Leaf inhabiting fungi of mangrove plants.

Smt. Mita Bose, M.Sc.(Env.Sc), B.Ed
Graduate Laboratory Instructor

Laboratory staffs:
Shri Samar Maity, Laboratory Attendant
Shri Dushasan Jena, Laboratory Attendant
Shri Dipak Sadhak, Laboratory Attendant
Shri Tapan Dutta, Laboratory Attendant
Shri Sukanta Jena, Laboratory Attendant
Smt. Sabhyata Hati, Laboratory Attendant (TS)


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