Welcome To Our Department
As all are aware Plant Science has a prominent role in academics and research and development. The destruction of the rain forests has made the need for research more imperative and has spurred efforts to catalogue the plant biodiversity in these environments. Efforts to feed the growing populations in developing nations have also given plant scientists a cutting edge with genetic engineering and the creation of transgenic crops. By taking a multidisciplinary approach to studying the relationship between plants and people, the department is trying constantly to stimulate interest in students more to plant sciences and encourage them to take up further studies in these areas. By exposing students to society’s historical connection to plants, we hope to instill a greater appreciation for the botanical world.
Established in 1947 and granted academic autonomy in 2016 by the University Grant’s Commission, the department has also vested with the power and freedom for framing the curriculum to cater the needs of students in Botany of the region and time. A new curriculum and syllabi for the students from 2019 admission has been framed by the esteemed members of the BOS in Botany, with the limited freedom vested upon it for satisfying the local, regional, national and global requirement of the subject. We whole heartedly welcome all the plant science lovers to pursue the courses offered in the department.
Leadership in Quality Science Education, Research & Innovation, through Teamwork, with a focus on basic scientific research and development Department of Botany, St Albert’s College, Ernakulam, has a mission to achieve a high level of excellence, in research as well as post-graduate education, without sacrificing the leading position established by the department, in the field of education and outreach, on the patterns and processes of life, with a focus on plants and their environments.
To develop the Department as a leading centre of Plant Sciences in the Country.
- Established. 1946
- UG 1947
- PG 1964
- Research Centre 2007
- Certificate Program 2019
- First PhD Degree awarded from the Department 2019
- Platinum Jubilee 2022
- OTHER UNIQUE FEATURES
- Only Department with Registered Online Digital Herbarium (Regd. to Index Herbarium USA) among M.G. University with Acronym (SAC)
- B. Sc. Botany
- M. Sc. Botany
- B.Sc. Subsidiary Botany
- Ph.D. Programme
- Certificate Program in Herbarium Techniques (3 Months)
Message from Head of Department
For the past 75 years since its inception in 1947, the Department of Botany, St Albert’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam, is committed in igniting and moulding enthusiastic young minds. The Undergraduate program in Botany was introduced in the year 1947 followed by the Postgraduate Programme in 1964. The Department was identified and recognized as a Research Centre in Botany under Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, in the Year 2007 and the first Ph.D. Degree in Botany was awarded in 2019. A digital herbarium was started in 2015. The registration for the Herbarium from Index Herbariorum (NewYork Botanical Garden, USA) with Acronym SAC in 2018 was another feather in the cap. The certificate course in Herbarium Methodology started in 2021equips the students with the skills in herbarium techniques.
In 2016, when the college was granted academic autonomy by the University Grants Commission, the department was vested with the freedom to frame the curriculum to cater the need of the hour. The Board of Studies in Botany has been revising the curriculum and syllabi since then to satisfy the local, regional, national and global requirement. The multidisciplinary approach to study the relationship with plants and people, inculcates a deep interest in plant science and encourages students to focus more on research in all the diverse branches of plant sciences. With the full-fledged research facilities and highly qualified faculty members, the Department is well equipped to promote experimental learning and high-end research.
We appreciate and acknowledge the extensive support, constructive criticisms and suggestions received from Alumni, Botanists, Educationists, BoS members and others during the years of evolution of the Department to greater heights.
Established in 1947 Department of Botany St Albert’s College, Ernakulam is preparing knowledge seekers in Botany for the past 73 years. With its UG program introduced in 1947 followed by the Postgraduate Programme in 1964.The Department was identified and recognized as the research centre in Botany under M G University, Kottayam in the Year 2007 and the first PhD Degree in Botany was awarded in 2019. Adding another feather to the glorious existence, the Department has got registered Online Digital Herbarium, only Department with registered online Digital Herbarium (Regd. to Index Herbarium USA) among M.G. University with Acronym (SAC). The Department is all set to celebrate its Platinum Jubilee in 2021-2022 with wide range of programmes.
In 2016 as the College was granted academic autonomy by the University Grant’s Commission, the department has also vested with the power of framing the curriculum to cater the needs of students in Botany. A Certificate Program in Herbarium Methodology was started in 2019. The BoS of Botany has successfully revised and implemented the new curriculum and syllabi for the students of 2019 admission to satisfy the local, regional, national and global requirement of the subject.
The immense support, helpful criticisms and suggestions received from every corner have made us go from strength to strength in all the diverse requirements as teachers in the field of Plant Science and to the Society as well. We wish to acknowledge most gratefully, the support received from Friends, Botanists and Educationists who have helped during the passing phase of the Department. As all are aware plant science is assuming a prominent role in research once again. However, in Botany program a steady decline in enrollment is also evident. By taking a multidisciplinary approach to study the relationship with plants and people, we hope we can stimulate interest in plant science and encourage students to focus more on research from UG onwards in all the diverse branches of plant sciences.
As we know the most difficult task in any establishment is to lead from the front we place on record our greatest gratitude to the highly able leaders the Chairman, the Principal and all the associating staff of the College, every member of the Board of Studies in Botany who were sincerely involved and supported in all the endeavors during the process of heading Department to the possible extent these days. I am sure those days are not far for the Department to climb the greater zeniths of glory with its students and staff coming out in flying colors the days ahead.
Let me conclude reminding the word of such a different and humblest of all human being and a man who lived his life full of gratitude…
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has a cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. – Albert Schweitzer.
Dr. K Madhusudhanan
Head of the Department