To provide an opportunity for the under - privileged and the first generation learners to get a basic understanding of plant science and prepare them for either higher learning or self-employment.
Botany is the scientific study of plants. "Plants," to most people, mean a wide range of living organisms from the smallest bacteria to the largest living things - the giant sequoia trees. By this definition plants include algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants
Plants have intrigued people for thousands of years. They provide aesthetic beauty as well as materials for our basic needs. Today our world presents new and complex problems that were never dreamed of a century ago. For instance, increasing human population is linked to environmental problems of gigantic proportion.
One of the best things about plant science is the number of different specialities and career opportunities from which you can choose. This diversity allows people, with different backgrounds, aptitudes and interests, to find satisfying careers in plant biology.
Among the careers available to a person who enjoys outdoors are positions as an ecologist, taxonomist, conservationist, forester, or plant explorer. His work may take him to exotic lands. It may allow him to live and work outdoors. A person with a mathematical background might find biophysics, developmental botany, genetics, modelling, or systems ecology to be exciting fields. Someone with an interest in chemistry might become a plant physiologist, plant biochemist, molecular biologist, or chemotaxonomist. Many people do not realize that most of the basic biological processes are the same in both plants and animals. Plants, however, are easier to grow and manipulate.
The department has an eminent faculty working for the students and with various research programmes in the fields of Phytochemistry, Tissue culture, Stress Physiology Plant Physiology and Aero Biology.
A beautiful botanical garden with 125 local and endemic medicinal plants and an Arboretum is also being maintained