The Department was established in 1956. It offers B.Sc Botany course and Horticulture as the open course. The role of Botany as a branch of study is gaining more and more relevance and significance in this post-modern era. Directly related to plant life and ecology, it touches all aspects of human existence as plants are the sustaining force of life in this universe. Our aim in teaching this subject is to impart in our students a love towards plants, an awareness of the need to protect and preserve the infinite variety of flora, to encourage the young minds to take up research in this field, to promote sustainable development, to conscentize our students on the adverse impact of technology and industrialization and ultimately to work for the building up of a society based on the values of love and truth.
The present generation is no doubt nature conscious but as botanists we feel that our contribution to this cause is greater as we are more in communion with nature. With this conviction we move ahead with our mission to save our soil, to save our water, and in turn save nature. The co-curricular and the extension activities undertaken by the department reflect this goal.
The Department maintains a botanical garden having a good collection of indigenous medicinal plants, astrological plants etc. There are two well-equipped practical labs. There is a well-functioning Biotechnology research lab. Our research lab is provided with instruments like laminar air flow, centrifuge, spectrophotometer, autoclave, incubators, shaker, double distillation unit etc. The facility is utilized by the staff and students for the various project works. The Department maintains a museum with a collection of over 250 specimens and also has nearly 200 herbariums. There is good collection of books of latest books in the Departmental library. Department is equipped with Computers with internet facility.
Legal awareness Programme for Women Empowerment Mrs. Jyothy Narayan rendered a class on gender sensitization and women empowerment to the students of the Department of Botany on 18th August, 2016.
The present generation is no doubt nature conscious but as botanists we feel that our contribution to this cause is greater than that of anyone else as we are more in communion with nature. With this conviction we move ahead with our mission to save our soil, to save our water, and in turn save nature. Our aim is to impart a love towards plants, an awareness of the need to protect and preserve the infinite variety of flora, to encourage the young minds to take up research in the field, to promote sustainable development, to concertize our students on the adverse impact of technology and industrialization and ultimately to work for the building up of a society based on the values of love and truth. The co-curricular and the extension activities undertaken by the department reflect this goal. The department has a good collection of medicinal plants and conduct orientation classes for the students and the public on the role of indigenous medicinal plants in curing diseases and regaining better health.
- Activity Report 2016 -17 Download
Report of activities of Department of Botan y during the academic year 2016-17
Reading Week celebrations
In connection with reading week celebrations, the department organized an Editorial writing competition on the topic “relevant current issues”.
In connection with Ozone Day celebration , the department and Bhoomitra Sena club organised a collage competition on 25-09-17.
On 17/09/2017, In connection with World Ozone Day celebration ,the Department Conducted a poster exhibition for the students of the departments.
Interdepartmental Pencil drawing competition
On 03/10//2017, In connection with Wild Life Week celebration , the Department Conducted an interdepartmental Pencil drawing competition on 03/10/2017.
In connection with world nature conservation day, a talk by Sri.K V Dayal, a famous environmentalist ,was organized by the Department. The principal ,Dr.Sheena George inaugurated the session.Students of Botany ,Zoology and Bhoomitra Sena club attended the seminar.During the session the programme officers of ATREE handed over books on nature and environment to the dep
On 21.08.17, Botany Association was inaugurated by Sri. Venugopal R ,retired Block Development Officer, Alappuzha.The programme was felicitated by the principal, Dr. Sheena George and Dr. Rr Nisha Nair,HOD. The resource person rendered a class on Zero Waste Management. This was followed by welcome to the first semester students.
To create awareness on the importance of medicinal plants and to popularize common medicinal plants, each week a medicinal plant is exhibited by the second year B.Sc. Botany students and its common name, botanical name, family and medicinal uses are described. We are also providing the seedlings of these plants. Through this programme we are trying to popularise the important medicinal plants and their uses.
Environmentally related days such as world environment day, ozone day and water day are observed. In connection with this, posters exhibitions and competitions are conducted every year.
Experts from various fields are invited and students are given the opportunity to interact and clear their doubts. Students are allowed to participate in various workshops conducted by other institutes and learn new techniques in research.
A UGC sponsored National Seminar on Conservation of Wetlands-A Multidisciplinary Approach â€“II was conducted by the Department on 11th and 12th of January 2012. The Conference was held to create awareness among students regarding the urgent need to conserve our wetlands.
In collaboration with Koonpura- The mushroom cultivation and promotion society, Thiruvananthapuram, various classes were given to interested parents and members of the society.
Dr.Marykutty Abraham, Head of the Department of Botany has initiated a research programme in Kuttanadu paddy fields. The study aims at paddy cultivation using organic manures-Jeevamritha and increased benefits with it. This is an eco-friendly method of cultivation. Further works are in progress.
Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and Environment (ATREE) in association with the Department of Botany, St. Josephâ€™s College for Women , Alappuzha conducts various activities to create awareness among the young students about the need to preserve our wetlands which are facing various threats. Activities like plastic free campaign, seminars, surveys, paper presentations by the students etc. are conducted regularly.