The Department of Botany is established in 1971. It is one of the leading departments in the field of teaching and student activities. After Autonomy, in keeping pace with the advances in various aspects of plant sciences, the department has introduced the courses like Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Plant Biotecnology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Plan Pathology, Instrumentation in Botany, Pharmacognosy, Gardening and Landscaping, Plant Breeding, Biostatistics etc. The Department has academic autonomy and has been revising its syllabi every two years. the department has successfully implemented the credit system for grading the students. the department is known for the teaching, learning and the results. It is also known for strict implementation of rules and regulations formulated time to time by the college administration.
The department has undertaken the students projects in the areas of Plant Pathology, Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, Medicinal Plants, Aerobiology etc. Presently the department has started M.Sc. Degree Course in the academic year 2017-18. The M.Sc. degree course is spread over four semesters. At present the students are admitted to the M.Sc. degree course on the basis of their scores in the B.Sc. degree.
During the first year of M.Sc., the students are taught core courses in Botany. During the second year, besides the core courses, the students also carry out the projects. The examinations of B.Sc. and M.Sc. students are held as per the credit system rules laid down by the autonomous college. It involves continuous assessment that is internal assessment and semester end examination. The Curriculum of the B.Sc. and M.Sc. has been designed by taking into account the competitive examinations and NET and SET examinations.
The department regularly organises the student seminars and botanical excursions. The students association viz. 'Symbiosis' is very active in the department through this association various events are organised for the students. The department has organised a regional workshop on "Status of Threatened Medicinal Plants and their Conservation" on March 2012. The department has very successfully organised National Conference on 'Plant Pathology' on March 2013. Four students of the department are the winners of University Gold Medal which is specified for the subject Botany. Seven students of the department are the University Merit Holders.
Departmental Activities Academic year 2017 2018 Department of Botany • The Department of Botany has arranged parents students meet, Inaugural Function of M.Sc. Botany and Welcome Function of M.Sc. I & B.Sc. I on 1st August 2017. • Organized Guest Lecture of Dr. B.S. Nagoba, Deputy Dean MIMSR medical college Latur. • Organized Quiz Competition activity of B.Sc. and M.Sc. Botany Students. • Celebration of Teacher day Programme by Students association. • Inauguration of students Seminar activity • One day visit of B.Sc. III Students to national oil seed research centre, Latur and Department of Botany, Govt agricultural college, Latur. • Organized Guest Lecture of Dr. Shivraj Nile Associate professor, Konkuk University Seoul, South Korea. Scientist on Soyabean Waite Processing & Management. • Organized board of studies meeting for syllabus framing of M.sc Botany. • Participation of students ofM.sc and B.sc III in international conference at COCSIT College Latur. • Ceremony of farewell function of B.sc III on 2 nd may 2018