Department of Botany established in the year 1971, is one of the leading departments of Padmashri Vikhe Patil College running academic programmes at UG, PG and Research level with the support of eleven teachers of whom eight are Ph.D holders. It is recognized as a star department under UGC- CPE Programme (2007) and is also sponsored by DST under FIST program in 2008.
Under graduate courses are offered under restructured, general and vocational streams with only Botany as special subject at third year level.
Nursery development and Horticulture which are the job and skill oriented courses coupled with project work forms an attractive interdisciplinary component of restructured stream offered to the students from Science as well as Arts faculty.
In 1986 PG programme was introduced on self financing basis thus helping rural students to pursue higher studies and fulfil their dreams.
Considering the infrastructural facilities and staff available for the students to pursue Ph.D studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University has approved our department as a research centre in 1989. So far thirty students have been qualified for doctoral degree from this centre and twenty one students are pursuing research work under the supervision of five research guides in the areas of mycology, seed pathology, phycology, plant breeding, ethnobotany, biofertilisers, medicinal plants etc.
The department has introduced Seed Technology course in 1994 under the Vocationalisation of first degree education scheme sanctioned by UGC which has fetched employment to most of the students in reputed seed industries. At present this course is totally self financed.
The staff members are actively engaged in research and extension activities. A number of research papers (67) have been published in National and International journals and also presented in the seminars, conferences in India and abroad since previous assessment by NAAC.
Two major research projects, one financed by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India and one by UGC have been successfully completed. In addition eight minor research projects funded by UGC and Savitribai Phule Pune University have also been completed in the department after the previous assessment by NAAC. At present one major and three minor research project works funded by UGC and Savitribai Phule Pune University are being carried out. All these stand a testimony to the enhancement of research activities and continuous involvement of staff in research work.
So far the department has organised three National level seminars/conferences and six university level workshops.
The department has collaboration with Seed industries, Agriculture University and Botanical Survey of India for research activities and with NGO Ashwamedh Herbal Products. Collaboration with seed industries is particularly for on job training as well as employment purpose.
There are six laboratories in the department out of which three laboratories are exclusively for under graduate students, two for post graduate students and one for the research students. All the laboratories are well equipped with modern instruments purchased out of grants provided by Management, UGC, DST, DBT and Savitribai Phule Pune University for development and research projects.
The botanical garden is well maintained with ex situ conservation of some rare and endangered medicinal plants collected from Western Ghats. Such plants are multiplied and planted at different places in collaboration with forest department and taken care of by the department as an extension activity. The concept of Nakshtra garden to create awareness for conserving sacred and Nakshtra based plants was implemented in last year by our department which has received applauds from the common people.
Polyhouse constructed with the financial assistance from Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India is an attractive feature of the department in which ten different flowering varieties of gerbera are cultivated to meet the demand of Gerbera flowers in the market. The flowers are sold at reasonable rate in the market.
Apart from library consisting of 335 books and 13 research journals subscribed by the staff, the department also maintains herbarium wherein 800 plant specimens are categorised and preserved for reference.
Four staff members are on the editorial board of International Journal of Plant Sciences, Muzaffarnagar. Some are life members of International Journal of Plant Sciences, Muzaffarnagar, and Advances in Plant Sciences, Muzaffarnagar, Asian Journal of Experimental Biological Sciences, Agra and Journal of Indian Botanical Society.
Two staff members were awarded with the Best Teacher Award in the year 2001 and 2007. One staff member was honoured with the young scientist award by the Society of Applied Sciences, Agra in the year 2009 and two were awarded with the certificate of excellence by Academy of plant Sciences, Muzaffarnagar and Society of Applied Sciences, Agra in the year 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Two post graduate students Mr. Vilas G. Jadhav and Mr. Rahul Adhav were selected as members of Savitribai Phule Pune University team for the Avishkar- (a students’ research) competition which is the brain child of the Chancellor, held at Mumbai and Solapur in the year 2008 and 2010 respectively.
The department is enriched with learning resources such as charts, museum specimens, slides, models, herbarium and modern facilities like computers, internet, LCD which help the students in independent learning.
|Sr. No.||Name of teacher||Designation||Qualification|
|1.||Dr. R.D. Borse||Head & Associate Professor||M.Sc. Ph.D.|
|2.||Dr. P.Gopal Reddy.||Associate Professor||M.Sc. M.Phil. Ph.D.|
|3.||Dr. Mundhe B. F.||Assistant Professor||M.Sc. B.Ed. Ph.D.|
|4.||Mr. Gholap D.N.||Assistant Professor||M.Sc.|
|5.||Dr. Kharde M.N.||Assistant Professor||M.Sc. Ph.D.|
|6.||Dr. Wabale A.S.||Assistant Professor||M.Sc. Ph.D.|
|7.||Dr. Giri S.P.||Assistant Professor||M.Sc. Ph.D.|
|8.||Miss. Aher A.A.||Assistant Professor||M.Sc.|
|9.||Mr. Gulve V.S||Assistant Professor||M.Sc.|
|10.||Mr. M. G. Gavit||Assistant Professor||M.Sc. NET|
|11.||Miss. M.D. Kakade||Assistant Professor||M.Sc.|