DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY
The Department is engaged in teaching Botany to students of Botany (H) and B.Sc. Life Science. A full-fledged Botany Department was established in the College only after the introduction of B.Sc. honours programme in 1990. Since then, a committed team of highly qualified and motivated teachers have raised the Department to a level of excellence. Presently, the Department offers botany courses in B.Sc. (Hons.) and B.Sc. Life Science programmes. Few of these courses are also open to students of other departments as the Generic Elective Courses. In these courses, students are taught the fundamental subjects such as Diversity, Morphology, Anatomy, Taxonomy, Physiology and Biochemistry of plants and also the modern disciplines including Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology, Plant Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, Plant Improvement and Conservation, and Industrial and Environmental Microbiology. Skill enhancement courses have been added covering Ethnobotany, Medicinal Botany, Biofertilizers, and Intellectual Property Rights.
The faculty of the Department is devoted to both teaching and research. Teachers have publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals and books. Many of the teachers have been actively engaged in framing curricula, revising syllabus and writing e-lessons for school as well as college courses. The faculty conducts workshops for botany teachers of the colleges to keep them updated on the recent advancements in various areas of plant science. Teaching in the Department is done using not only the traditional chalk and black-board but also through charts, live and herbarium specimens, power-point presentations, nature walks and field visits. In the present situation, due to the pandemic, online classes are being conducted efficiently by the faculty using Google platform. The USP of the department is accessibility of the staff to students. Teacher mentors are assigned to groups of students to guide and mentor them at every step.
Students interested in pursuing research are sent to intern with scientists at National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, under the Science Setu, a bridge programme between National Institute of Immunology, Delhi, and Dyal Singh College, during the summer and winter breaks. The CUBE (Collaboratively Understanding Biology Education) Programme, an initiative of HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education) which is a national centre for TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), Mumbai, guides students to carryout simple research projects at their convenience. Under this programme our students have presented their work at CUBE meets in Goa (2018) and in HBCSE (Mumbai) 2019 and have won awards. Research internship programs are conducted by the Department. Many innovation research projects have been successfully completed by teachers and students of the Department.
The Department has three well-equipped laboratories with projectors for power point presentations. Modern equipments such as laminar flow cabinet, autoclave, BOD incubator, incubator-shaker, photo-microscopes, digital balances, electrophoresis units, UV transilluminator are available for practical and research activities. A Botanical Garden is being maintained by the Department where medicinally and economically important plants are grown. The Department also manages a Museum of wet and dry preserved specimens and a small Department Library functioning with the books contributed by the faculty of the Department.