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

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, 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.

 

Infrastructure

  • 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.
     

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 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.
 

Extension Activities

Seminars/Conferences/Lecture organized by the department

Funding Agency Seminar / Conferences / Workshops with Date Speakers
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
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

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
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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

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))

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

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
 

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
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

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

Under Graduate

Year Candidates appeared

First class

Rank
2019 25 15 1st
2018 17 13 3rd
2017 19 18 2nd
2016 21 18 5th
2015 18 16 3rd
 

Post Graduate

Year Candidates appeared First class
2019 21 21
2018 21 19
2017 19 19
2016 19 18
2015 19 19

 

Academic Achievements

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)
 

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.

Studentships/Fellowships:

Name Year Fellowship
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.

Excursion:

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 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

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
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 JNU, Delhi);
Studied M.Sc. At University of Delhi
3. Swagata Bhattacharya UG-2015 GATE-2018  
4. Debaparna Datta UG-2016 GATE-2018, ICAR-NET- 2018,
TIFR-ACTREC,
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
6. Debasruti Boral UG-2016 NET-2018(LS) M.Sc in Botany, Delhi University;
JRF at Calcutta University
 
7. Ishita Barary PG-2016 RET(CU) Joined as JRF at Visva-Bharati University
8. Shalini Das PG-2016   Assistant Executive HR at
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
11 Nibedita Roy PG-2016   Data Management Analyst at
Accenture Solutions Private Limited
12 Pinki Khan PG-2017 GATE-2018 Project fellow at CU
13 Chandrima Singha PG-2017   Associate at Wipro
14 Debarati Gupta PG-2017   DST-INSPIRE Scholar, RET(CU),
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
19 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