Semester wise Three Year B.Sc. Honours Course (under CBCS), University of Calcutta
Semester wise Two Year M.Sc. Course (under CBCS), University of Calcutta
About the Department
Botany has the distinction of being the first science subject to be taught in The Bethune College. Miss Hemaprova Bose, Head mistress of the collegiate school, also took the responsibility of teaching the subject as lecturer during 1903-1914. The course was affiliated to the I.A. standard of the University of Calcutta (1918-19). The college was affiliated to I.Sc. of The University of Calcutta in 1923-24.
Mrs. Sally Lewis joined this department in 1939 and she subsequently became the Head of the combined departments of Botany and Biology. In 1958 the B.Sc. Pass classes in Botany, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Zoology were started. In 1960 the combined departments of Botany and Biology split into two distinct departments as Botany and Zoology and these were shifted to the new Science Building. In 1961 the Honours course in Botany started with three students.
The Postgraduation course in Botany
was commenced in 2005 with 20 students under the ambit
of University of Calcutta. From the session 2015-2016,
the PG Department has introduced the Semester System of
evaluation. Three special papers are offered viz.
Cytogenetics & Genomics; Plant Physiology & Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology & Plant Biotechnology. From the
session 2018-19 the PG course has been undertaken
directly by the University of Calcutta and the present
intake capacity for student is Twenty-one.
- Library: Departmental Library has 300 books; Book Bank has 150 books in Botany.
- Laboratories: Cytogenetics (2), Biochemistry (1), Molecular Biology (1),General lab (2), Tissue culture (1)
- Special equipment/Teaching aid: Six Class rooms with ICT facility are available. Available instruments in the department are Gel documentation system, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, colorimeter, PCR, Centrifuge, Double distillation plant, Laminar air flow etc.
- Herbarium: A herbarium consisting of plant specimens belonging to more than 100 families of Angiosperms is present in the department. Besides, there are Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms specimens as well.
- Medicinal Plant Garden: A medicinal
plant garden consisting of about 40 plant
species is present in front of the Chandramukhi
Bhavan, maintained by the Department.
The departmental teachers are involved in research and publications in different area of plant sciences. Every year postgraduate students of Botany submit dissertations, supervised by the departmental teachers in their final semester, as a part of their curriculum.
Dr. Saswati Laha, has recently
completed a UGC minor Research project vide Ref. No.
PSW-046/ 13-14 (ERO) ID NO. WC2-021 DATED 18th March
2014 Titled: Characterization of Genetic Diversity of
selected rice (Oryza sativa L.) landraces of West Bengal
in relation to salinity stress tolerance and
accumulation of higher polyamines.
Seminars/Conferences/Lecture organized by the department
|Funding Agency||Seminar / Conferences / Workshops with Date||Speakers|
with an International
speaker on "Plant
8th January, 2020
|Dr. Shinjini Goswami, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Bilogy, Miami University, USA|
|Bethune College||Departmental Seminar with an International speaker on “C4 Biology-Leaf anatomy and photosynthesis'', 26th July, 2019||
Dr. Jolly Chatterjee
Post Doctoral Fellow at IRRI, Manilla, Philippines
|Bethune College||2nd Sanghamitra Sanyal Memorial Lecture on "Bacterially produced polyhydroxyalkanoates green plastic of 21st century" 10th April, 2019.||Prof. Amal Kanti Paul, Retd. Professor, Department of Botany, Burdwan University|
|Bethune College||2nd Sanghamitra Sanyal Memorial Lecture on "Bacterially produced polyhydroxyalkanoates green plastic of 21st century" 10th April, 2019.||
Prof. Amal kanti Paul, Retd. Professor, Department of Botany, Burdwan University
One day seminar on
"Trends in Plant
25th March, 2019
Department of Botany,
|Bethune College||Departmental Seminar on "A journey from nothing to everything" 7th May, 2018||
Dr. Pratip Kumar Palit, Former Principal Scientist, CRIJAF
|West Bengal Biodiversity Board||
on "Urban Diversity :
Conservation" 6th & 7th
Prof. N.D. Paria (Professor of Botany, Netaji Subhas Open University, Formerly Vice Chancellor, Vidyasagar University and Ex Professor and Head, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta)
Prof. Ruma Pal (H.O.D., Department of Botany, Calcutta University)
Dr. Anathbandhu Das (H.O.D., Department of Botany, Utkal University)
Dr. Madhuparna Banerjee (Birsha Agriculture University, Jharkhand)
Dr. Punarbasu Chaudhuri (Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta)
Dr. Neera Sen Sarkar (Department of Botany, Kalyani University)
Dr. Kanad Das (Botanical Survey of India, Shibpur, Howrah)
Dr. Rajib Gogoi (Botanical Survey of India, Shibpur, Howrah)
Dr. Pratip Kumar Palit
1st Sanghamitra Sanyal Memorial Lecture on "Science and Entrepreneurship as a tool to ensure Global Sustainability" 13th February, 2018
Dr. Deborshi De, CEO Smart Management Consultancy and founder Director of Vedantic Organic Research Foundation & Vedant Agrobiotech Ltd. West Bengal
|Bethune College in collaboration with Central National Herbarium, Shibpur, Howrah.||
Workshop on "Herbarium Techniques and Plant" Nomenclature "4th to 5th May 2017"
V. Sampath Kumar,
Scientist 'D', CNH, BSI,
Departmental Seminar on "Tinkering Secondary Metabolism through in vitro manipulation" 19th September, 2016.
|Dr. Abhijeet Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, University of Burdwan|
|Bethune College||Departmental Seminar on "Genomics to Proteomics - A Bioinformatic Approach"1st October, 2015||Dr. Mandira Mukherjee, Head, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Biotechnology, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata|
- Giridranath Mitra Memorial Prize: Two Prizes For standing first in Botany Honours and for securing highest marks in Botany General Examination.
- Hemaprova Bose Memorial Prize: Awarded to the student who stands first in Botany Honurs.
- Nityananda Sarma Memorial Prize: Awarded to student who secures first position in M.Sc Examination.
- S.N Sengupta Memorial Prize: Awarded to student who secures first position in M.Sc Examination.
- Sanghamitra Sanyal Memorial Prize: Awarded to the student for securing highest marks in each special paper of M.Sc Examination.
|Year||Candidates appeared||First class|
Student participation in Seminars and exhibitions outside College:
|Name of Student||Achievement|
|Prarthana Chatterjee (PG Sem-IV-2019)||Awarded Certificate of Appreciation for presenting poster entitled "Undermining the potentiality of plants in HIV therapy with special emphasis on bioinformatics approach" at International Conference on Biotechnology & Biological Sciences 'Biospectrum', at Unversity of Engineering & Management Kolkata on 8th-10th August, 2019|
|Rittika Ray (PG Sem-IV-2019)||Presented poster entitled 'Alkaloid Biosynthetic pathway: a Bioinformatics approach' at International Conference on Biotechnology & Biological Sciences 'Biospectrum', at Unversity of Engineering & Management Kolkata on 8th-10th August, 2019|
|Debosmita Kundu (PG Sem-IV-2019)||Presented poster entitled 'Standardization of a rapid micropropagation protocol for the medicinal herb, Bacopa monnieri(L.)Pennell.' at University of Calcutta sponsored National Seminar on "Advancement in Plant Sciences: An Insight" on 30th September 2019.|
|Puja Chakraborty (PG Sem-IV-2019)||Presented Poster entitled "Bread Wheat: cytology in the genomic era." at University of Calcutta sponsored National Seminar on "Advancement in Plant Sciences: An Insight" on 30th September 2019.|
|Debarati Ghosh (PG Sem-IV-2019)||Awarded the Best Paper presentation for her paper entitled 'Characterization of metallothionines and Phytochelatin synthases: a Bioinformatics approach' in the International Conference on AFPSAA-2020 at University of Calcutta with BSI, Jan 24-25, 2020.|
|Tania Upadhyay and Chandreyee Sarkar (PG Sem-IV-2019)||Presented poster entitled 'Study of five Indigenous protein rich rice cultivars of West Bengal' in the International Conference on AFPSAA-2020 at University of Calcutta with BSI, Jan 24-25, 2020.|
|Subhagata Sarkar (PG Sem-II-2019)||Attended '7 Days hands-on –workshop on Molecular Biology Technoques', 17th-23rd Jan,2020, organized by Department of Botany, CU|
Prarthana Chatterjee and
Rittika Roy (PG Sem II, 2017)
third position in poster
presentation in the
National seminar on
Conservation Scenario in
21st Century" organized
by Sakhawat Memorial
School in collaboration
with West Bengal
Biodiversity Board on
25th February 2018.
|PG Sem III students (2017)||Participated in the International Seminar on "Frontiers in Biological Sciences", 30th December, 2017 at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.|
|PG Sem II students (2017)||
Workshop on "Advances in Biological Techniques", November, 2017 at Raja Peary Mohan College, Uttarpara.
|PG Sem III students (2017)||
Presented three posters in the International Conference on "The green planet: past, present and future", 21st- 23rd December, 2016 at Department of Botany, University of Calcutta.
|Ananya Mukherjee||PG Sem IV 2018||Indira Gandhi Single Girl Child Scholarship|
|Antara Banerjee||PG Sem IV 2018||Indira Gandhi Single Girl Child Scholarship|
|Sudipta Sadhukhan||PG Sem I 2018||Post Matric Scholarship to Sc/ST/OBC students.|
|Lusi Halder||PG Sem I 2018||Post Matric Scholarship to Sc/ST/OBC students|
|Pramita Chakraborty||UG SemII 2019||
Swami Vivekananda Merit-Cum-Means Scholarship Scheme.
As part of Course curriculum of UG and PG, the Department organizes educational tour for the students to acquaint them with the floral diversity and vegetation of different Phytogeographical areas.
|Place Visit||Date||Year of the Student|
|Shillong and Guwahati||25-30th April 2019||PG Sem-II|
|BCKV, Mohanpur||20 September 2019||PG Sem- III|
|Subhas Sarovar, Kolkata||23 September 2019||UG Sem-I|
|Rice Research Station, Chinsurah||17 October 2019||PG Sem- III and I|
|University of Kalyani||7th February, 2019||UG Sem-I and PG Sem-II|
|Taki, North 24 Parganas||17th December, 2018||UG Sem-I, Part-II, III, PG Sem-I|
|Sikkim||18th-25th November, 2018||UG 2nd|
|Subhas Sarobar and Rajarhat||30th August, 2018||UG Sem-I 2018|
Lava, Rishop, Jaldapara
and adjoining areas
|8-16th April, 2018||
PG Semester II 2018
|Nalbon (BHOJER HAAT), South 24 parganas||10th December 2017||
|Kalimpong, Dooars, and adjoining areas||
26th February - 4th March 2017
PG Semester II 2017
15-18th November 2017
UG 2nd year 2017
8-18th April, 2016
PG Semester II 2016
3-8th November, 2016
UG 2nd Year 2016.
Every year students also visit the Central National Herbarium and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah. Local excursions are also arranged in College campus, Salt Lake, New Town and adjoining areas
iii. Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities at the College/University/State level and prizes won
|Name of Student||Achievement|
|Swarnima Chakraborty (UG-3rd year)||2nd position in Quiz Competition at Vidyasagar College for women on 100th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar|
|Ruma Sultana (UG 2nd Year)||'Annual Regional Programme' held in Murshidabad, Event: Rabindrasangeet-2nd Position|
|Shamvobi Nath (UG 3rd Year)||
i. Attended Crafts Of
Passion (COP) JAM, Vol I
ii. Attended Dance the Haf, Kolkata, 2018
iii. Attended Souls on Fire, Kolkata, 2018
iv. Participated in UMANG Dance Battle, 2017 Event
v. Participated in Techno-India Western Dance Competition 2017, 2018
Achievements of Pass students:
|SL. NO.||NAME||UG/PG with Year||Academic Achievement||Present Position|
|Alakananda Saha||PG-2017||Central Warehousing Corporation|
|Apaala Basak||UG-2016||Graduate Research Assistant at University of Missouri - Columbia|
|Anwesha Mondal||UG-2017||SET-2018, NET - JRF 2019(UGC) Rank-81||Passed M.SC from Department of Botany, CU|
|Saparja Saha||UG-2017||NET - JRF 2019(CSIR) Rank-128||Passed M.SC from Department of Botany, CU|
|Jhilik Chakraborty||UG-2017||GATE 2019-38,NET 2019-37,TIFR 2019,IIT JAM 2017- 109, DU 8, BHU 58||Ph.D student at IIT-Kharagpur|
|ShreyaGhosal||UG-2017||NET LS 2018-109, GATE 2019- 1005||Internship in CSIR-CCMB on plasmodium parasitology|
|1,||Sushree Ghosh||PG-2012||NET-2017 (LS)||PH.D student at Kalyani University|
|2.||Paramita Chaudhari||UG-2015||NET-2017 (LS)||
M.Phil (Life Sciences at
Studied M.Sc. At University of Delhi
CSIR-NET 2018(Rank 10th)
|Scientist , TSO at Bhaba Atomic Research Centre|
|5.||Joyati Sengupta||UG-2016||GATE-2018||M.Sc. Student at Hyderabad University|
M.Sc in Botany, Delhi
JRF at Calcutta University
|7.||Ishita Barary||PG-2016||RET(CU)||Joined as JRF at Visva-Bharati University|
Assistant Executive HR
B3NET Technologies Pvt. LTD.
|9.||Juhi Bal||PG-2016||Co-ordinator at Nokia Solutions and Network|
|10||Srimati Ari||PG-2016||NET-2019 (LS), ICAR-NET (2019), GATE 2019||Guest Lecturer at Uluberia College, Howrah|
Data Management Analyst
Accenture Solutions Private Limited
|12||Pinki Khan||PG-2017||GATE-2018||Project fellow at CU|
|13||Chandrima Singha||PG-2017||Associate at Wipro|
Joined as JRF at Calcutta University
|15||Dipanwita Sarkar||PG-2017||Assistant Teacher in Primary Govt School from TET|
|16||Prakriti Chatterjee||PG-2017||Project Assistant at Presidency University|
|17||Pallavi Dutta Banik||PG-2017||Subject matter expert at Study Mode Technologies Pvt.Ltd.|
|18||Zarfishan Shaukat||PG-2017||Junior associate at SBI|
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