Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
Bethune College

Department of Botany

Bethune College : Botany Department

Course Details

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
 

Intake Capacity:
UG: 36
PG: 21

Syllabus
https://www.caluniv.ac.in/CBCS/UG-Botany.pdf
https://www.caluniv.ac.in/CBCS-PG/Botany.pdf

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, 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). Mrs. Sally Lewis joined this department in 1939 and subsequently became the Head of the combined departments of Botany and Biology. In 1958 the B.Sc. Pass classes in Botany, 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. Honours course in Botany started with three students in the year1961.
The Postgraduation course in Botany commenced in 2005 with 20 students under the ambit of University of Calcutta with three special papers 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.

 

Infrastructure

  • Library: The Central Library has 3910 books; 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: Class rooms with ICT facility are available in 6 classrooms. 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.
     

Research

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 last two semesters, as a part of their curriculum. Currently the department is running DBT-STAR project for the undergraduate students.
 

Extension Activities

Seminars/Conferences/Lecture organized by the department

Funding Agency Seminar / Conferences / Workshops with Date Speakers No. of participants
Bethune College :3rd Sanghamitra Sanyal Memorial Lecture "On Correct Scientific Name: A Nobel Job in Taxonomic Research ". 17th October, 2020  View Lecture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4d5ESP9WvQ&feature=youtu.be 

Dr. Debabrata Maity, Assistant Professor, Taxonomy and Biosystematics, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta. Youtube
Bethune College International Webinar on "Human Ailment: Basic Research and Clinical Implications", 22nd August, 2020
View Lecture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLbMTBJtl3U 
 
Dr. Anirban Bhar
Assistant Professor,
PG Department of Botany,
RKMVC College, Rahara, WB

Ananya Mukherjee
FullSTack Engineer, Renaissance Computing Institute, UNC, CH, NC, USA
 
 
Bethune College Webinar on "Coastal areas of West Bengal: Botany and Beyond", 18th July, 2020
View Lecture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua5Xg9yprPI 
 
Dr. Anirban Roy
Research Officer,
West Bengal Biodiversity Board

Dr. Rathindra Nath Mandal
Principal Scientist,
ICAR-CIFA
 
260
Bethune College Departmental Seminar with an International speaker on "Plant Ecology and Developmental Biology"
8th January, 2020
Dr. Shinjini Goswami, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Bilogy, Miami University, USA 40
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
42
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 50
Bethune College One day seminar on "Trends in Plant Science"
25th March, 2019

Prof. Ambarish Mukherjee, Retd. Professor, Department of Botany, Burdwan University
Prof. Rita Kundu, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta
Prof. Radhanath Mukhopadhyay, Retd. Professor, Department of Botany, Burdwan University
.

75
Bethune College Departmental Seminar on "A journey from nothing to everything" 7th May, 2018

Dr. Pratip Kumar Palit, Former Principal Scientist, CRIJAF

45
West Bengal Biodiversity Board

National Seminar on "Urban Diversity : Documentation and Conservation" 6th & 7th March, 2018.
 

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 (Former Principal Scientist, CRIJAF)

Dr. Subhendu Mazumdar
(H.O.D. Department of Zoology, Shibpur Dinobundhoo Institution (College))

150
Bethune College

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

60
Bethune College in collaboration with Central National Herbarium, Shibpur, Howrah.

Workshop on  "Herbarium Techniques and Plant" Nomenclature "4th to 5th May 2017"

Dr. V. Sampath Kumar, Scientist 'D', CNH, BSI,

W. Arisdason, Scientist 'C', Hqrs., BSI,

Gopal Krishna, Bot. Asst., CNH, BSI

Sangita Das Chowdhury, AJCBPDF, Hqrs., BSI

Avishek Bhattacharjee, Scientist 'B', CNH, BSI

Mr. Tapas Kumar Mondal, Field Assistant, CNH, BSI

Subir Bandyopadhyay, Scientist 'B', Hqrs., BSI
 

19
Bethune College

Departmental Seminar on "Tinkering Secondary Metabolism through in vitro manipulation" 19th September, 2016.

Dr. Abhijeet Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, University of Burdwan 50
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 52

Departmental Prizes/Scholarships

  • 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.

Students Section
 

  • Results UG
Year Candidates appeared

First class

Rank
2020 22 22 -
2019 25 15 1st
2018 17 13 3rd
2017 19 18 2nd
2016 21 18 5th
2015 18 16 3rd
 
  • Results PG
Year Candidates appeared First class
2020 18 08
2019 21 21
2018 21 19
2017 19 19
2016 19 18
2015 19 19

 

  • Achievements of Present Students -

Academic Achievements

Name of Student Achievement
Priyanka Das & Manisha Mal (PG Sem-IV-2020) Presented poster entitled " Cancer, a genetic and yet non-inherited monoclonal uncontrolled proliferation- a threat to middle aged-woman" at National Seminar on "How to Checkmate Cancer-the Emperor of Maladies by Department of Zoology, Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandira on 6th March, 2020.
Taniya Upadhyay, Priyanka Das, Saadya Shabab, Amisha Roy Chowdhury, Manisha Mal & Sarbori Layek (PG Sem-IV-2020) Awarded best poster presentation award for poster entitled "Cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of heavy metals (cadmium & lead) in eukaryotic test system (Allium cepa L.)" at 'State level seminar' on Environmental issues conducted at Bethune College on 24/02/2020
Chandreyee Dey, Ankita Chowdhury, Debarati Ghosh, Dipanwita Khamaru, Najnin Khatun (PG Sem-IV-2020) Characterization of 4 Viral outbreaks that originated from animals at 'State level seminar' on "Environmental awareness: Vector borne diseases and pollution hazards " conducted at Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Govt. College on 19/02/2020
Debarati Ghosh (PG Sem-IV-2020) Awarded best presentation award for presenting poster entitled "Characterization of metallothioneins.......in silico approach" at International Conference on AFPSA-2020, at Department of Botany, University of Kolkata on 24th-25th August, 2019
Taniya Upadhyay & Chandreyee Dey (PG Sem-IV-2020) Presented a poster entitled "Comparative study of indigenous protein rich rice cultivars of West Bengal" at International Conference on AFPSA-2020, at Department of Botany, University of Kolkata on 24th-25th August, 2019
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)
 

Stood third position in poster presentation in the National seminar on "West Bengal Biodiversity and Conservation Scenario in 21st Century" organized by Sakhawat Memorial School in collaboration with West Bengal Biodiversity Board on 25th February 2018.

Presented poster in the National Symposium on "Facets of chemistry in materials and biology", 16th- 17th February, 2018 at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
 

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.

Excursion:
 

Place Visit Date Year of  the Student
University of Kalyani 12th March, 2020 UG Sem-II & PG Sem-II
AJC Bose Botanic Garden, Shibpur, Howrah 26th February, 2020 UG GE-II & PG Sem-II
BCKV, ICAR-AICRP, Mohanpur 20th February, 2020 UG Sem-IV & PG Sem-II
AJC Bose Botanic Garden, Shibpur, Howrah 14th November 2019 UG Sem- III
Subhas Sarobar and New Town 23 September 2019 UG Sem-I & III
BCKV, Mohanpur 20 September 2019 PG Sem- III
Shillong and Guwahati 25-30th April 2019 PG Sem-II
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 Dooars,
and adjoining areas
8-16th April, 2018

PG Semester II 2018

Nalbon (BHOJER HAAT), South 24 parganas 10th December 2017

All students

Kalimpong, Dooars, and adjoining areas

26th February - 4th March 2017

PG Semester II 2017

Purulia

15-18th November 2017

UG 2nd year 2017

Kerala

8-18th April, 2016

PG Semester II 2016

Darjeeling

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

  • Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities at the College/University/State level and prizes won
Name of Student Achievement
Minakshi Roy (UG Sem-IV, 2020) Secured 3rd position in Drawing & painting section on "Gender Dimensions of COVID-19 organized by All India Women Conference, East Calcutta Constituency on 26th June, 2020
Shreya Bhattacharya, Anusrita Kundu, Suchismita Kumar, Anwesha Banerjee & Supriya Pathak (UG Sem-IV, 2020) Video uploaded for online competition on "Gender into urban climate change initiative in regards of present vovid-19 crisis" organized by All India Women Conference, East Calcutta Constituency on 27th May, 2020
Pracheta Palit (UG-3rd year, 2020) Secured 1st position in Quarantine Chef cooking contest by Kolkata Tales on 29.04.2020
Taniya Upadhyay (PG Sem-IV-2020) Completed certificate course in 'Information Technology Application' under Jan-2019 to Jun-2019 duration from Youth Computer Training Centre, Government of West Bengal.
Swarnima Chakraborty (UG-3rd year,2020) Secured 2nd position in Quiz Competition at Vidyasagar College for women on 100th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar on 26.09.2019
Ruma Sultana (UG 2nd Year,2018) 'Annual Regional Programme' held in Murshidabad, Event: Rabindrasangeet-2nd Position, 23.01.2018
Shamvobi Nath (UG 3rd Year,2019) i. Attended Crafts Of Passion (COP) JAM, Vol I & II
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

 

  •  Students' Progression : Achievements of Ex-Students
SL. NO. NAME UG/PG with Year Academic Achievement Present Position
1 Prarthana Chatterjee PG-2019   Ph.D student at School of BioSciences and Technology at Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
2 Anisha Mandal PG-2019 GATE-2020  
3 Debarati Gupta PG-2017   Subject matter expert at Study Mode Technologies Pvt.Ltd.
4 Shilpi Biswas PG-2019 GATE-2020  
5 Antara Banerjee PG-2018 SET-2020  
6 Rittika Ray PG-2019 GATE-2020  
7 Rituparna Chakraborty PG-2019   Assistant teacher at Don Bosco School, Berhampore, Mushirdabad (2020)
8 Labony Mondal PG-2017   Assistant teacher at Wellan Gouldsmith Scool, Kolkata (2020)
9 Tarmim Nisa     Assistant Teacher at Voice Public School, Umarpur City, Murshidabad
10 Ankita Ghosh PG-2016   AG-IIII (technical) in Food Corporation of India
11 Anasua Bondhu PG-2016   Assistant Manager at Axis Bank (2019)
12 Alakananda Saha PG-2017   Central Warehousing Corporation(2019)
13 Srijita Datta UG-2018   Cabin crew at Vistara
14 Apaala Basak UG-2016   Graduate Research Assistant at University of Missouri - Columbia
15 Joyati Sengupta UG-2016   HSBC Electronic Data Processing (India) Pvt. Ltd.
16 Anwesha Mondal UG-2017 SET-2018, NET - JRF 2019(UGC) Rank-81, GATE 2020 (Rank-230) Ph.D student at Department of Botany, CU
17 Saparja Saha UG-2017 NET - JRF 2019(CSIR) Rank-128 Passed M.SC from Department of Botany, CU
18 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
19 ShreyaGhosal UG-2017 NET LS 2018-109, GATE 2019- 1005 Ph.D student at IIT-Kharagpur
20 Sushree Ghosh PG-2012 NET-2017 (LS) PH.D student at Kalyani University
21 Paramita Chaudhari UG-2015 NET-2015 (LS) M.Phil (Life Sciences at JNU, Delhi);
Studied M.Sc. At University of Delhi
22 Swagata Bhattacharya UG-2015 GATE-2018  
23 Debaparna Datta UG-2016 GATE-2018, ICAR-NET- 2018,
TIFR-ACTREC,
CSIR-NET 2018(Rank 10th)
 
Scientist , TSO at Bhaba Atomic Research Centre
24 Joyati Sengupta UG-2016 GATE-2018 M.Sc. Student at Hyderabad University
25 Debasruti Boral UG-2016 NET-2018(LS) M.Sc in Botany, Delhi University;
JRF at Calcutta University
 
26 Ishita Barary PG-2016 RET(CU), GATE-2020 Joined as JRF at Visva-Bharati University
27 Shalini Das PG-2016   Assistant Executive HR at
B3NET Technologies Pvt. LTD.
28 Juhi Bal PG-2016   Co-ordinator at Nokia Solutions and Network
29 Srimati Ari PG-2016 NET-2019 (LS), ICAR-NET (2019), GATE 2019 Guest Lecturer at Uluberia College, Howrah
30 Nibedita Roy PG-2016   Data Management Analyst at
Accenture Solutions Private Limited
31 Pinki Khan PG-2017 GATE-2018 Project fellow at CU
32 Chandrima Singha PG-2017   Associate at Wipro
33 Dipanwita Sarkar PG-2017   Assistant Teacher in Primary Govt School from TET
34 Prakriti Chatterjee PG-2017   Project Assistant at Presidency University
35 Pallavi Dutta Banik PG-2017   Subject matter expert at Study Mode Technologies Pvt.Ltd.
36 Zarfishan Shaukat PG-2017   Junior associate at SBI
37 Minakshi Bain PG-2018 GATE-2019  

 

Important Links :

Links to study material/websites/fellowships:

https://www.caluniv.ac.in/
http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in/scholarship.html
http://www.csirhrdg.res.in
http://www.gate.iisc.ernet.in
http://bsi.gov.in
http://www.tifr.res.in
http://www.bsip.res.in
http://www.boseinst.ernet.in
http://www.scholarshipsinindia.com
http://www.nii.res.in
http://www.iisc.ernet.in
http://www.icrisat.org
http://www.nipgr.res.in
http://www.du.ac.in/du