Department of Botany

Since 1980

3 Programmes
13 Faculty
249 Students
48 Publications


Botany is the scientific study of plants. 'Plants,' to most people, mean a wide range of living organisms from the smallest algae to the largest of living things - the giant Sequoia trees. By this definition plants include algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants.

Many people do not realize that most of the basic biological processes are the same in both plants and animals. Plants, however, are the primary producers and provide the necessary living requirements for the entire animal kingdom. Plants have intrigued people for thousands of years. They provide aesthetic beauty as well as materials for our basic needs.

One of the best things about plant science is the number of different specialties and career opportunities from which we 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 the outdoors, are positions such as ecologist, taxonomist, conservationist, forester, or plant explorer. Their work may take them to exotic lands. It may allow them 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.

The Department of Botany has been rendering the service for the rural and downtrodden people in and around Tiruchirappalli by imparting higher education in Botany since 1982. The UG and PG laboratories are furnished with modern facilities and modern teaching aids.

The department has an eminent faculty working for the students and carrying out various research mostly in the areas of Medicinal plants, Phytochemistry, Tissue culture, Stress Physiology Plant Physiology Nanotechnology, Plant breeding, and Aero Biology.

A beautiful botanical garden with 125 local and endemic medicinal plants and an Arboretum is also being maintained.


Envision to impart fundamental knowledge of the plant sciences that will transform to comprehend the planet earth, providing holistic approach on innovative teaching, entrepreneurship skills and research with social ethics that reaches the society with a focus on plants and their role in balancing and protecting the Environment.


  • Bestow academic environment that contributes towards creating socially responsible citizens with adequate skills in reflective thinking, leadership, team play, scientific temper with lifelong learning.
  • Create a stimulating environment that facilitates intellectual growth, providing time and freedom to experience "Powerful Pedagogies", such as research, service-learning and internships; promoting scientific approach to learning.
  • Exhibit an environment of excellence by providing a comprehensive set of courses in Botany that enhances the technical competency.
  • Foster nature conscious stewardship, responsibility and entrepreneurial skill development, multidisciplinary research through interdisciplinary learning and teaching in biological science.

Programmes & Certificate Courses Offered


  • B.Sc. Botany
  • M.Sc. Botany
  • Ph.D. Botany

Certificate Courses

  • Certificate Programme in Naturopathy and Traditional Healthcare

Best Practices of the Department

  • Green Wealth Ecoshop & Ecocafe – Platform for linking students to improve their entrepreneurship skills and providing green wealth scholarship for the needy students of the department
  • Ark Club - Involvement of students in various social activities by helping the poor and needy people.
  • Woods Reading Club – To increase the reading habitat of students and to get wide knowledge on recent research news among the students.
  • Blossom News Letter – The Department Association activities, programmes, students achivements and special skills of the students were released in the Blossom news letters that reaches all students.
  • Sylven Springs – An annual talent hunt Intra departmental competition for the students of Botany department to identify the hidden talents among the students.
  • Plant for the Day – To create interest among the students to knowing new plants with their medicinal uses and its importance.
  • Heber Incubation Centre – Heber Rural and Sustainable development Center
  • Production and training of low-cost Banana sucker, Azolla cultivation, Horticulture, Mushroom Cultivation, Apiculture, Aquaponics and Compost technology.
  • Field Trips – As part of curriculum students are taken to different forest areas in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka for their field study on interaction between plants and environment.


  • Dr. V. Anand Gideon,
  • Head and Associate Professor,
  • Department of Botany,
  • Phone: (0431)2770136
  • Mobile: :+919443756054
  • Fax : +91431 2770293