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Govt. College Bhoranj Tarkwari, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh

Co-Educational Institution, Affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University Shimla,
Accredited by NAAC, Ministry of HRD Govt. of India
GC Bhoranj

Botany Department

Established in 2008, the Botany Department forms an integral part of our college, dedicated to exploring the intricacies of plant life and their interactions with the environment. It stands out as the sole department within the college boasting its distinctive logo and motto. Drawing inspiration from the Aitareya Brahmana, the department's motto, " प्राणो वै वनस्पतिः " translates to " Life is due to Plants."

Providing a wide array of courses and research opportunities, the department caters to students keen on unraveling the complexities of plant biology, ecology, and evolution. Our esteemed faculty, comprised of knowledgeable and seasoned professionals, is devoted to guiding and educating students in the realm of botany.

Through immersive laboratory and field experiences, students gain a profound understanding of the plant kingdom and its pivotal role in global ecosystems. The department places a strong emphasis on fostering critical thinking, problem-solving, and scientific inquiry, cultivating the skills necessary for success in botany, and contributing to advancements in the study of plant life.

Ultimately, the Department of Botany assumes a pivotal role in preparing students for rewarding careers in plant science and related fields. Simultaneously, it nurtures a deeper appreciation and comprehension of the natural world, reinforcing its significance in our lives.

Prince Thakur

Assistant Professor (Botany)

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Vivek Chand

Assistant Professor

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Sh. Baldev Raj


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Courses (DSC/DSE/AECC/GE/SEC)Course NameCourse CodeCourse OutcomeTeaching Methodology and e-resources
B.Sc. I Year
DSC-IA Biodiversity (Microbes, Algae, Fungi and Archegoniates) BOTA 101 In this Biodiversity course for first-year students, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of Microbes, Algae, Fungi, and Archegoniates (Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms). By course completion, students will proficiently identify and categorise these organisms, appreciate their ecological roles, and understand their impact on ecosystems. Practical applications will enhance observational and analytical skills, fostering a sense of responsibility for biodiversity conservation. This foundational knowledge sets the stage for advanced studies in botany and ecology, providing a deeper understanding of the complex web of life. Our teaching methodology blends the traditional chalkboard approach with cutting-edge technology to create a dynamic and engaging learning environment. In our classrooms, we utilise the traditional chalkboard method for its timeless effectiveness. Meanwhile, our Botany laboratory is equipped with a state-of-the-art 86-inch Interactive Flat Panel Display, transforming it into a smart laboratory. This allows us to harness digital learning tools and e-resources, enhancing the teaching-learning experience for our students. The integration of technology not only facilitates a deeper understanding of botanical concepts but also prepares students for the digital landscape of modern education. Moreover, for online and virtual classes, we leverage the Google Meet platform, ensuring a seamless transition to remote learning while maintaining the same level of interactive and collaborative instruction that defines our in-person classes. This combination of traditional and technological methods underscores our commitment to providing a well-rounded and adaptable education.
DSC-IB Plant Ecology & Taxonomy BOTA 102 In our first-year Plant Ecology and Taxonomy course, students will develop a thorough understanding of fundamental ecological principles, including plant communities and ecosystem dynamics. Simultaneously, they will acquire essential skills in plant taxonomy, covering botanical nomenclature, classification, biometrics, numerical taxonomy, and cladistics. By the course's conclusion, students will be adept at analysing and classifying plant life, providing a solid foundation for advanced studies in plant biology and ecology.
B.Sc. II Year
DSC-IA Plant Anatomy & Embryology BOTA 201 In the Plant Anatomy and Embryology course for second-year students, participants will gain a deep understanding of plant development. The curriculum covers meristematic and permanent tissues, organ structures, adaptive and protective systems, secondary growth, the structural organization of flowers, and processes such as pollination, fertilization, and embryo development. Through theoretical knowledge and practical applications, students will develop analytical skills vital for future endeavours in plant science and related fields.
DSC-IB Plant Physiology & Metabolism BOTA 202 In our second-year Plant Physiology and Metabolism course, covering Plant-water relations, Mineral nutrition, Translocation in phloem, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Enzymes, Nitrogen metabolism, Plant growth regulators, and Plant response to light and temperature, students will gain a thorough understanding of key plant physiological processes. By course completion, they will proficiently analyse and comprehend plant-water relations, mineral nutrition, translocation in phloem, photosynthesis, respiration, enzymes, nitrogen metabolism, and plant growth regulators. The course aims to equip students with the theoretical and practical insights necessary for informed analysis and research in plant physiology and metabolism.
SEC-I Biofertilizers BOTA 203 In our second-year Skill Enhancement Course on Bio-fertilizers, students will explore sustainable agriculture, covering Fertilizers, Rhizobium, Actinorrhizal Symbiosis, Azospirillum, Azotobacter, Phosphate Solubilizing Organisms, Cyanobacteria, Mycorrhizal Association, and Organic Farming. By the end, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of bio-fertilizers, their role in enhancing soil fertility, and practical skills in their application. The course aims to equip students with expertise in sustainable agricultural practices and environmental stewardship.
SEC-II Gardening & Floriculture BOTA 204 In our second-year Skill Enhancement Course on Gardening and Floriculture, students will gain comprehensive skills in Landscape Gardening, Garden Operations, Design Principles, Propagation, Ornamental Plants, Commercial Floriculture, and Post Harvest Management. By the course's end, participants will be proficient in planning and executing landscape projects, understanding garden design principles, and cultivating and caring for ornamental plants. This course aims to equip students with practical skills, providing a solid foundation in gardening and floriculture for real-world applications.
B.Sc. III Year
DSE-IA Economic Botany & Biotechnology BOTA 301 In our third-year course on Economic Botany and Biotechnology, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of economically important cultivated plants, including cereals, pulses, vegetables, spices, beverages, oils, sugar, and medicinal plants. The course also introduces the foundational principles of biotechnology. By its conclusion, students will proficiently analyse the economic significance of cultivated plants and comprehend the potential applications of biotechnology in plant sciences, preparing them for future endeavours in these fields.
DSE-IA Analytical Techniques in Plant Sciences BOTA 302 In our third-year course on Analytical Techniques in Plant Sciences, covering Imaging, Cell fractionation, and Radioisotopes, students will acquire advanced skills for analysing plant structures and functions. By course completion, participants will proficiently use imaging techniques, conduct cell fractionation, and understand the applications of radioisotopes in plant science research. This course aims to equip students with the expertise needed for innovative research in plant biology.
DSE-IB Cell & Molecular Biology BOTA 303 In our third-year Cell and Molecular Biology course, covering Techniques in Biology, Cell Structure, Organelles, Membranes, Cell Cycle, Genetic Material, Transcription (Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes), and Regulation of Gene Expression, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of fundamental cellular and molecular principles. By the course's end, participants will be skilled in biology techniques, possess knowledge of cell structure and functions, and understand genetic material and gene expression regulation. This course provides a solid foundation for advanced studies and applications in biological sciences.
DSE-IB Bioinformatics BOTA 304 In our third-year Bioinformatics course, students will gain proficiency in utilizing bioinformatics databases, understanding biological sequence databases, and applying advanced techniques in sequence alignments and molecular phylogeny. The course equips students with practical skills to employ bioinformatics in diverse biological contexts, enhancing their capacity for data-driven research and problem-solving in the evolving field of biological sciences.
DSE-IB Genetics & Plant Breeding BOTA 305 In our third-year Genetics and Plant Breeding course, students will gain a thorough understanding of genetic principles and their applications in plant sciences. By the course's end, participants will proficiently analyse heredity patterns, comprehend sex-linked inheritance, linkage, crossing over, mutations, chromosomal aberrations, plant breeding methods, crop improvement, and quantitative inheritance. The course aims to equip students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills for advanced research and application of genetics and plant breeding principles in agriculture.
SEC-III Medicinal Botany & Ethnobotany BOTA 306 In our third-year Medicinal Botany and Ethnobotany course, students will gain a deep understanding of traditional medicine, ethnobotanical research methods, and the legal aspects surrounding plant-based healthcare. By the course's end, participants will be knowledgeable about traditional medicinal systems, tribal plant usage, and the vital role of ethnobotany in modern medicine. The curriculum aims to equip students with a comprehensive perspective on the integration of medicinal botany and ethnobotany, preparing them for ethical and legal considerations in utilizing traditional plant knowledge in scientific and healthcare contexts.
SEC-IV Mushroom Cultivation Technology BOTA 307 In our third-year Mushroom Cultivation Technology course, covering Traditional Systems of Medicine, Ethnobotany, Plants Used by the Tribal, Methodology of Ethnobotanical Studies, Role of Ethnobotany in Modern Medicine, and Ethnobotany and Legal Aspects, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between traditional plant knowledge, ethnobotanical studies, and modern medicine. By the course's end, participants will analyse traditional medicine systems, explore tribal plant usage, and master ethnobotanical study methodologies. The course aims to equip students with practical skills and insights into the legal aspects, preparing them for contributions to Mushroom Cultivation Technology.
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