Department of Botany established in the year 1967 was nourished & developed under the able leadership of several renowned botanists of the country noticeably Dr. S.P. Singh, Prof. K.S. Bhargava, Prof. C.L. Mandhar , Prof. J.S. Singh, Prof. R.S. Mehrotra, Prof. M.L.H. Kaul, Prof. S.N. Bhambie, Prof. L.C. Lamba, Prof. Keshav Trehan, Prof. D. Mukherjee, Prof. N. K. Matta, Prof. S.R. Gupta, Prof. Ashok Aggarwal and Prof. B.D. Vashistha. Presently, the department has two Professors (Dr. Narender Singh and Dr. Neelu Sood), one Associate Professors (Dr. C.B. Singh) and two Assistant Professors (Dr. Somveer Jakhar and Dr. Yogesh Kumar). At present, Prof. Neelu Sood is Chairperson of the department.
The vision of the department is to develop scientific and technical capabilities to become centre of excellence in plant sciences so as to provide expert services to research organizations, industries and educational institutes in Phycology, Plant Tissue Culture, Ecology, Biodiversity characterization and conservation, Stress physiology, Molecular biology, Seed storage proteins, Ethnobotany and Natural plant product development. The aim is to develop institutional linkages and implement effective management systems for best human resource generation.
INFORMATION ON RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Current Areas of Research
INFORMATION ON ACHIEVEMENTS:
In the present day context of global climate change, and its impact on biodiversity, we are studying biodiversity of different regions of North India Medicinal and aromatic plants represent an emerging area of research in the department with a focus on agrotechnology, ethnobotany, plant identification, and utilization. In vitro propagation protocols have been developed for many important medicinal plants. Biological diversity and the indigenous plants are being analyzed for bioprospecting. A Patent entitled ‘Liposomes as delivery vehicles in plant cell and tissue culture has been developed by Professor Neelu Sood. It is of industrial application for in vitro scale up production of secondary metabolites and biopharmaceuticals of therapeutic significance. A novel approach towards ‘Harvest from pollution and PCTK (Persons Carrying Traditional Knowledge) concepts have been strengthened through research in the department.
International Awards/Achievements of faculty members:
1. Prof. Narender Singh, Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, UK
2. Prof. Neelu Sood, Salzburg Seminars Global Alumni, Austria
Achievements of Students:
It is an honor for Kurukshetra University that 27 students of Botany Department have successfully qualified National level competitions such as NET-JRF (9 students), NET (6 students), GATE (8 students) and ARS-NET (4 students) during 2018-19. Students have a high track record of placements in research and academic insititutes.
About 700 research papers/scientific articles have been published so far in the journals of National & International repute. The department has produced about >100 Ph.D. students so far in the various disciplines of Botany. Several research projects sanctioned by various funding agencies have been successfully completed in the department. Many faculty members have visited abroad for higher studies & advanced training in their respective areas as well as for participating in International conferences/congresses. The faculty members also hold the membership of various National and International associations & societies. Several eminent Professors & Scientists from various other Universities/ Institutions have been regularly visiting this department and have delivered lectures useful to our PG level students. Research Scholars & faculty members of the department are carrying out research in collaboration with many premier institutes of the country.
Botanical Garden & Herbal Garden:
The Department has a Botanical and Herbal garden along with a state of art Twin Glass House facility having a collection of rare and economically important plants such as Elaeocarpus sp. (Rudraksh), Ephedra, Ginkgo biloba, Ruscus, Rauwolfia serpentina, Aurocaria, Buddleja (Butterfly plant) etc., Bambusetum facility is also under development. Besides seasonal plants number of foliage plants are raised, multiplied in nursery and transplanted. A small Forest prototype has been raised for forest ecosystem and ecological experimental studies of postgraduate students.
Departmental library has a collection of approximately 2000 classic and recent books in Botany along with M.Phil and Ph.D. theses in departmental library . The department has very healthy academic atmosphere and a congenial teacher-taught relationship.
INFORMATION ON SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES HELD RECENTLY :
Name of Seminar/Event
D e s c r i p t i o n
Ozone Day Celebrations
Students of Botany Department participated in the event. Various competitions like Rangoli, Poster making and slogan writing were held.
Fit India PM Seminar
Students of Botany Department participated in the event.
Swatch Bharat Abhiyan
All the faculty members and students of Botany Department participated in the event.
Rostrum Stage 1
Innovation Day Celebrations
Seminar on “Ecotoxicology”.
Around 100 Students participated. Eminent personalities like Prof. SV Krishnamurthy
(Kuvempu University, Shimoga, Karnataka) delivered the lecture.
Students visited various botanical Gardens in Panchkula.
Seminar on “Scope of Innovations in Plant Sciences”.
Around 100 Students participated. Eminent personalities like Dr. Archana chugh, IIT Delhi and Dr. S.S Gosal, Director, PAU, Ludhiana delivered the lecture.
Students of different departments of Kurukshetra University and colleges of Haryana participated.
Project on Rosa damacena and
Research Scholar Amit Phogat (prize Rs.70000)
Online Intradepartmental Competition
Around 100 Students Participated. Competitions like Poster Making, Poem and Pictorial Representation were conducted online.
Online Celebration of International Biodiversity Day
(A)Around 180 Students Participated from states of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pardesh and Himachal Pardesh. Competitions like Poster Making, Slogan and Essay Writing were conducted online.
(B) Online National Quiz Competition was held in which around 100 students participated from states of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pardesh and Himachal Pardesh.
Around 20 students participated. Competitions like singing and Dancing were conducted online.
Online webinar “EDU-KUBOT” A National Web Series-cum-Training Program”.
Training Program for M.Sc and PGDF in Floral Biodiversity and Field collection training. Dr. Promila Pathak, Panjab University, Chandigarh was the Resource Person of the event.
Online webinar “EDU-KUBOT 1.0” A National Web Series-cum-Training Program”.
Dr. R.S Jolly, Ex-Director, IMTECH, Chandigarh (CSIR) was the Resource Person of the event.
Online webinar “EDU-KUBOT 2.0” A National Web Series-cum-Training Program”.
Online webinar “EDU-KUBOT 3.0” A National Web Series-cum-Training Program”.
Dr. Rajiv Angrish, Retd. Professor, Dept. of Botany, CCSHAU, Hisar
Online webinar “EDU-KUBOT 4.0” A National Web Series-cum-Training Program”.
Dr Rajesh Jalota
Senior Environmental Officer
(Energy & Extractive)
South West Queensland
World Ozone Day
Dr. Smita Chaudhary, Dean Life Sciences delivered the lecture to around 150 students
Online webinar “EDU-KUBOT 5.0” Habitat Conservation and Management of Medicinal Plants in India”.
Dr. Vaneet Jishtu, Scientist-D, Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla
Online Webinar “EDU-KUBOT 6.0” on “Feeding and Fueling the future: Climate Resilient Crops for Enhanced Production of Food and Fuels”
Om Parkash Dhankher Professor in Crop Biotechnology Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Room 320 Paige Lab, 161 Holdsworth Way University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01002
Online Webinar “EDU-KUBOT 7.0” on “Plant Based Products: Sustainability vis-à-vis Pro-Ecological Economy”
Dr. Suchandra Dutta, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, R.D and S.H National College, Bandra, Mumbai
Various Achievements of Students of Botany:
1.Rostrum Final 1st Position Tanya Kaushal Msc
2.National Level Online Ppt. Presentation Participation Aashish Msc. Final
3.Online Inter departmental Comp.
Slogan 2nd Amita Msc. Final
Essay 1st Tanya Msc. Final
Essay 2nd Priyanka Msc Pre
4. National Level Poetry compettion 1st Tanya Msc. Final
5. KUTIC Project on Rosa damacena and
Wild varieties Rs.70000 Amit Phogat
6. Research paper In vitro seed germination 2nd Kavita Dhaiya
Potential of Viola canescens.(National Conference
Organized by Univ. of Rajasthan ,Jaipur)