Department of Botany

The Department of Botany aims to form citizens who are globally competent in plant science and are self reliant role models for the society. We wish to imbibe in our students a strong sense of responsibility for the environment and make them into crusaders for a green earth. Established in 1954 the department has consistently managed to ignite a passion in students to conserve nature and natural resources.

The department was also once headed by the towering botanist, the late Rev. Fr. Dr. Cecil .J. Saldanha, whose achievements have inspired hundreds of students and continues to be a guiding light to the Department and the College to this day.

Head of the Department: Dr. Betty Daniel
PG Co-ordinator : Dr. K B Purushothama
The department of Botany at St. Josephs College was started in 1954 Botany was taught only at B.Sc level with only the CBZ combination. In 1986, the Post Graduate and Research Centre was established and the department offered M.Sc under affiliation to Bangalore University.

Presently, the programs offered by the department include four undergraduate courses with a maximum intake of 70 students each. The post-graduate programme intake was 20 until 2014 after which it was increased to 30. In the final year of the Master's programme, four elective papers are offered by the department (two elective papers per semester) and students specialize in any two of their choice. It is mandatory for all the post-graduate students to work on a short term project in the 2nd year (3rd and 4th semesters) in the electives offered by the department which involves various areas of research like Advanced Plant Physiology, Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Taxonomy and Microbiology.

Undergraduate programmes
▪ Chemistry, Botany, Zoology (CBZ)
▪ Microbiology, Chemistry, Botany (MCB)
▪ Chemistry, Environmental Science, Botany (CEB)
▪ Chemistry, Botany, Biotechnology (CBBT)

Postgraduate programmes
▪ MSc Botany

Certificate courses
▪ Bioinformatics (120 hours - 4 credits)
▪ SAS programming (120 hours - 4 credits)

The department has a total of 15 teaching staff, of which there are 10 aided staff, all of whom are Associate Professors with Doctoral degrees and have over 25 years of teaching experience. There are 5 unaided staff with 4 Assistant Professors and 1 Lecturer.

The department aims at promoting a culture of academics and research amongst to students. Keeping this in mind, students are encouraged to take up various research topics of their interest and present their work in various National and International conferences and publish papers as well.

The Research Centre is also actively involved in guiding students for their M.Phils and Doctoral degrees. Six of the staff members are the recognized guides for Ph.D. in Bangalore, Bharathiar and Bharathidasan Universities and have successfully guided 16 Ph.D. candidates. The present members of faculty have guided 9 candidates to complete their Doctoral degrees.

Department has conducted several State and National level seminars, workshops, and conferences and constantly strive to create such knowledge sharing platforms throughout the year. The department publishes an International Open Access Journal named- Biovistas - International Journal of Biological Research (IJBR), ISSN -2321-0524 to encourage teachers and students to publish research papers. It can be accessed at

The laboratories are equipped with major instruments for research – PCR machine, GEL doc , stereo zoom microscope, binocular phase contrast microscope with photomicrographic attachment , UV-VIS spectrophotometer etc along with a well established plant tissue culture lab and taxonomy lab.

B.Sc and M.Sc students are taken on local and out station Botanical tours respectively to gain knowledge in Plant Systematics. Industrial visits and visits to institutes like FRLHT, NIMHANS etc are also organised.

Web based interactive smart classes for theory and practicals are conducted along the tradtional chalk and talk method. Stereo zoom microscopes and a special innovative device named Luminous focusing system” interfaced with LCD projectors binocular microscopes with built-in cameras and laptops are available to enable student for in depth observations and photography. Plant taxonomy practical sessions are conducted through an online connect to the JCB Herbaria of Indian Institute of Science which is a digital herbaria based on the monumental work of Dr. Cecil .J. Saldanha’s “Karnataka flora’’ (volume 1 and 2 ). All his herbarial collections are converted into digital herbaria.

The Department maintains a green house for research purposes. At the UG and PG level, students are trained with techniques of preparation of herbaria and also about the preservation techniques too.

Currently, funds from Research Projects (from various funding agencies), College of Excellence (CE) Grants have been used to procure a few instruments and to renovate some labs. The department is also funded by DBT for Star College Status. From 2017, the department has also received grants from FIST.

UG Syllabus PG Syllabus