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Department of Botany
Department of Botany
  • Introduction
  • Career Options
  • Staff Members
  • Activities
  • Staff Achievements
  • Student achievements
  • Striking features
The Department was established in 1961. Botany was taught as a part of Biology upto   Jr . BSc . In 1979 Botany was started as a Degree course in Sr. BSc and then continued as 6 units in the Three year degree course.

The other courses include M.Sc by papers, M.Sc by research in Angiosperms and Ph. D. in Botany. Botany is about study of plants and their relationships with other plants and other sciences; Biodiversity, Medicinal Botany, Phytochemistry, Pharmacognosy, Biostatistics, Ecology, Instrumentation, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

The Department takes a conscious effort to expand its teaching program bringing together novel developments in the field with traditional areas of Botany through field excursions and projects.  The students are coached and encouraged through remedial teaching and academic guidance.

Our mission is to strive for an excellent environment for learning and research in Botany / plant sciences and produce graduates and post graduates equipped with skills necessary to fulfill their role in contemporary society.

Our vision is to maintain our position as the premier department of higher learning and research in Botany / plant sciences and to further commit ourselves to academic excellence.
There are various opportunities for graduates and post graduates in Botany
Taxonomists in Oil exploration ,ONGC  with specialization in palynology, In Botanical Survey of India as Taxonomist, anatomist, Herbalists, Naturopathy Bioinformatics, In Forest department and Wildlife Sanctuaries as Forest Ranger, Conservator, DFO

Environmental biologists, environmental engineers, environmental modelers and environmental journalists. Environmental scientists are employed by mines, fertilizer plants, textile and dying industry, food processing units, etc. Industrial sector: Environmental scientists work towards maintaining an ecological balance, biodiversity and wasteland management, and the preservation of natural resources. Candidates aspiring to join an NGO generally need a B.Sc. or M.Sc. Environmental Botany

Forensic science is broadly grouped into three types: Medical, laboratory and field science.

Medical / Data medicine - is a broad medical subject which includes forensic pathology, psychiatry, psychology, forensic medicine and odontology (dentistry).
Laboratory sciences - include chemistry, biology, toxicology, ballistics, fingerprints, questioned documents and marks & impressions.

Field sciences - include crime scene investigation which incorporates areas such as fire and explosion scenes and clandestine drug laboratories.

Forensic linguists, Forensic engineer, Forensic artists, Forensic pathologists, Forensic anthropologists , Forensic psychiatrists and psychologists ,Forensic dentists , Clinical forensic medicines experts , Forensic entomologists , Forensic chemists.

Officers get monthly salary more than Rs 20, 000. The salary of Horticulturists and scientists varies between Rs 18, 000 and 25, 000.

The salary of horticulture professionals in private sector is more as compared to public sector. They get handsome salary apart from other benefits as fixed by the respective firm/company.

Molecular and Cell Biologists find employment opportunities in research labs established by Government of India or in the R&D departments of various private drug companies. They can work on developing therapeutic drugs to working on stem cell research and in many other areas within the medical development field.The salary of Molecular Biologists is satisfying both in government and private sectors. However, private companies working on research and development (R&D) for drug development offer more salaries and benefits to the professionals. The average monthly salary varies between Rs 15, 000- Rs 30, 000.
  • 1Dr. Sashirekha
    Suresh Kumar
    Associate Professor,
    Head, Member of Senate
  • 2Dr. Meenakshi VaidyaAssociate Professor
  • Dr.Shailaja NairDr.Shailaja NairAssociate Professor
  • Dr. Ulka ChodankarDr. Ulka ChodankarAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Bindu GopalkrishnanDr. Bindu GopalkrishnanAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Yojana G. DesaiDr. Yojana G. DesaiAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Udaysinh Prataprao BhosaleDr. Udaysinh Prataprao
    Bhosale
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. (Ms.) Manisha ChotraniDr. Manisha ChotraniAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Meeta MathurDr. Meeta MathurAssistant Professor
  • 1Dr. Sashirekha
    Suresh Kumar
    Associate Professor,
    Head, Member of Senate
  • 2Dr. Meenakshi VaidyaAssociate Professor
  • Dr.Shailaja NairDr.Shailaja NairAssociate Professor
  • Dr. Ulka ChodankarDr. Ulka ChodankarAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Bindu GopalkrishnanDr. Bindu GopalkrishnanAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Yojana G. DesaiDr. Yojana G. DesaiAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Udaysinh Prataprao BhosaleDr. Udaysinh Prataprao
    Bhosale
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. (Ms.) Manisha ChotraniDr. Manisha ChotraniAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Meeta MathurDr. Meeta MathurAssistant Professor
  • On 1st July, 2016, the Department of Botany, participated in the tree plantation drive organized by the Maharashtra Government Forest department and Police department at Palghar Shirgaon beach on the occasion of VANAMAHOTSAV. Dr. Sashirekha and Dr.Bindu accompanied 40 students.
  • Department of Botany, NISARG, programmed their annual inter-collegiate competition, “SAPTAPARNI”, on the 29th of August, 2016. 
  • Botanical excursions was conducted to Pachmari- Jabalpur for the BSc and MSc students from 21 – 26th Dec 2016. Dr. Sashirekha, Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan and Mr. U. R. Rathod accompanied the group.

Dr.(Ms.) Sashirekha Sureshkumar

  • Participated in workshop on T.Y.B.Sc syllabus and has been appointed as an Organising Committee member. 
  • Participant at a Workshop on “Challenges emerging from RUSA and New education Policy”. 
  • Published two papers :   
  • * Raut Asmita and Sashirekha S (2016) Insight into Endophytic fungi in medicinal plants – A Review, Int. J.of. Life Sciences, Special Issue, A7:102-106.  ISSN: 2320-7817  (Print) SJIF  Impact Factor 4.23 
  • * Usmani Asra and Sashirekha S (2016) Fusarium oxysporum as a potential fungus for bioremediation, Int. J.of. Life Sciences, Special Issue, A7:52-56.  ISSN: 2320-7817 (Print) SJIF  Impact Factor 4.23
  • As Chairperson of Mycological society of India Mumbai unit,  conducted the National conference on Fungi from Diverse habitats and biotechnological applications in collaboration with Dnyansadhana College, Thane on 2nd and 3rd Dec 2016 
  • Presented and won third prize for oral presentation Fusarium oxysporum as a potential fungus for bioremediation at the National conference on Fungi from Diverse habitats and biotechnological applications in collaboration with Dnyansadhana College, Thane on 2nd and 3rd Dec 2016 
  • Presented a paper titled Insight in endophytic fungi in medicinal plants – a review at the National conference on Fungi from Diverse habitats and biotechnological applications in collaboration with Dnyansadhana College, Thane on 2nd and 3rd Dec 2016 
  • Participated in the DBT sponsored Star Scheme Activity, One day Training program entitled “Skill Enhancement for Trainers” organized by K C College at Rambhau Prabodhini, Keshavshrushti on 12th Dec 2016.  
  • Advisor,  Advisory Committee of G. N. Khalsa College, under the DBT – STAR COLLEGE SCHEME from 2015-16 
  • Member, Students Greivance Redressal Committee of University of Mumbai (Ad-hoc) 2016.
  • Relected as Member Executive of  Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU) 2016-18
  • Subject expert  V C nominee for CAS of Asst. Prof. stage1 – stage 2 at SIES college on 13th April 2016
  • Subject expert  V C nominee for CAS of Asst. Prof. stage1 – stage 2 at Khalsa college on 2nd May 2016
  • Convenor, Field Botany workshop organized by Department of Botany on 25 and  26th Jan 2016. 
  • Delivered a talk on Fungi  Search  And  Identification   Methods at the Field Botany workshop organized by Department of Botany on 25 and  26th Jan 2016. 
  • Member, Organizing committee, the 55th annual Fruit and Flower show held on 30 & 31st January 2016 at Munshi Nagar Bhavan’s college , organized by the National Society of the Friends of the Trees and Bhavan’s College
  • Coordinator, National Seminar  on Conservation of Trees – Perspectives and Strategies
  • 2nd February 2016,  Supported by YES Bank, Organized by Bhavan’s College, Andheri In Association with the National Society of the Friends of the Trees 
  • Presented, Oral paper titled “ Modifications of the mycelia in fungi used for mycoremediation of industrial effluent” at the National Conference on Emerging trends in the Fungal Biology and Plant Protection on 16 -18th Feb 2016 at Centre for Advanced Study in Botany, Institute of Science , Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
  • Presented, Poster  titled “ Preliminary investigation of organic acids production from selected filamentous fungi” at the National Conference on Emerging trends in the Fungal Biology and Plant Protection on 16 -18th Feb 2016 at Centre for Advanced Study in Botany, Institute of Science , Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
  • Co-chaired a technical session at the National Conference on Emerging trends in the Fungal Biology and Plant Protection on 16 -18th Feb 2016 at Centre for Advanced Study in Botany, Institute of Science , Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

Dr. (Ms.) Meenakshi Vaidya

  • Incorporated in ‘Asia Pacific Who’s Who’: Vol. XIV – 2016
  • Recipient of the S. Radhakrishnan award as an Educationist by International Human Rights Council on 3rd September 2016.  She also published five research papers in an international journal with impact factor 6.805.
  • Attended a workshop on T.Y.BSc Revised syllabus, and a workshop on Examination pattern revision for FYBSc. 
  • Delivered a talk on career options in Botany at Sathaye College. 
  • Resource person for Fruit & Vegetable carving workshop at Rizvi College, Bandra on 17th September 2016. 
  • Attended the F.Y. Syllabus Workshop at Jai Hind College
  • Presented a paper titled Use of Vegetable Waste as food supplement at 2nd International Conference on New Challenges in Biotechnology & Molecular Biology in the Context of 21st Centiry (NCBMBCC)  from 27th   to 29th  February 2016, organized by Indian Society of Genetics, Biotechnology Research And Development, Agra, India at St. John’s College, Agra.
  • Presented a paper along with Hitesh Shingadia titled LPC For Waste Management at 2nd International Conference on New Challenges in Biotechnology & Molecular Biology in the Context of 21st Centiry (NCBMBCC)  from 27th   to 29th  February 2016, organized by Indian Society of Genetics, Biotechnology Research And Development, Agra, India at St. John’s College, Agra.
  • Presented a paper titled LPC For Waste Management at 2nd International Conference on New Challenges in Biotechnology & Molecular Biology in the Context of 21st Centiry (NCBMBCC)  from 27th   to 29th  February 2016, organized by Indian Society of Genetics, Biotechnology Research And Development, Agra, India.
  • Meenakshi Vaidya & Hitesh Shingadia: Doxorubicin Hydrochloride Induces Developmental Defects In Chick Embryos Vis-A-Vis Ameliorative Role Of Vitex Negundo Linn. On Biochemical Constituents In Amniotic Fluid In WJPR Volume 5, Issue 4, 2016: 1763-1773. ISSN: 2277-7105, Impact factor 6.805
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Role of anatomy in the study of stomata in ten members of the family Arecaceae (Palmae) in The Journal For Developmental Biology Photon 115(2016) 125-130. ISJN: 2385 – 4732: Impact Index 4.18. 
  • Chachad D. P. & Vaidya Meenakshi S.: Stomatal Studies On Some Selected Plants Of Malvaceae In WJPR Volume 5, Issue 3, 2016: 1060-1068. ISSN: 2277-7105, Impact factor 6.805 
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Use Of Stomatal Complexes In The Identification Of Some Species Of Aglaonema Of Family Araceae Juss. In WJPR Volume 5, Issue 2, 2016: 1614-1620. ISSN: 2277-7105, Impact factor 6.805
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Study of Stomata in fifteen species of  Litsaea Lamk. Of Family Araceae Juss. in Asian Journal of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Research Issue-1(Vol. 6) 2016, 1- 11. E-ISSN: 2278-3229.
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Study Of Trichomes In Some Species Of Litsaea Lamk.' In WJPR Volume 5, Issue 2, 2016: 1069-1077. ISSN: 2277-7105, Impact factor 5. 990
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Anatomy- An Important Tool For Identification Of Some Species Of Dieffenbachia And Colocasia Of Family Araceae, Juss. in Asian Journal of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Research Issue-4(Vol. 5) 2015, 156- 162. E-ISSN: 2278-3229 
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Role of Anatomy in the Study of Stomatal Complexes in Nine Members of The Family Palmae. In WJPR Volume 5, Issue 1, 2016: 1074-1081. ISSN: 2277-7105, Impact factor 5.99
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Study of Stomatal Complexes in Some Species of The Genus Litsaea Lamk. In WJPR Volume 5, Issue 1, 2016: 851-863. ISSN: 2277-7105, Impact factor 5. 990
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Variation in Types of Stomata found in some species of Araceae Juss. In WJPR Volume 5, Issue 1, 2016: 701-709. ISSN: 2277-7105, Impact factor 5. 990
  • Meenakshi Vaidya & Siddhi Thakur: Role of Anatomical studies in the identification of Actinodaphne hookeri Meissn. in WJPR Volume 4, Issue 12: 1215-1225, , ISSN 2277-7105, Impact Factor 5.990
  • Meenakshi Vaidya & Haroop Guleria : Anatomical Studies of Schleichera oleosa (Lour.) Oken. in WJPR Volume 4, Issue 12: 1178-1188,  ISSN 2277-7105, Impact Factor 5.990
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Antimicrobial Activity of Holarrhena antidysenterica Wall. in WJPR Volume 4, Issue 12: 1139-1142, ISSN 2277-7105, Impact Factor 5.990
  • Meenakshi Vaidya & Hitesh Shingadia: Anatomical Studies of The Medicinally Important Plant Ruta graveolens Linn. in WJPR Volume 4, Issue 10: 1778-1784, ISSN 2277-7105, Impact Factor 5.990
  • Meenakshi Vaidya: Anatomical Study Of Marketed Samples of The Bark Holarrhena antidysenterica Wall. In WJPR Volume 4, Issue 10: 1349-1356

Dr. (Ms.) Shailaja P Nair

  • Attended the F.Y. Syllabus Workshop at Jai Hind College
  • Participated in two day workshop on “Field Botany” organised by the Department of Botany, Mithibai College held on 25th and 26th January 2016.
  • Participated in the National seminar “Conservation of trees – Perspectives and Strategies” organised by Bhavan’s College in association with National Society of the Friends of the trees held on 2nd February 2016 at Bhavan’s College, Mumbai. 
  • An offsite workshop on "Sustainable Quality Enhancement" was organised by Mithibai College, IQAC for the faculty at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodini, Uttan, on 18th- 19th March 2016. It included a "Kaizen" session, presided by the Principal and coordinated & facilitated by Prof. V.V. Dalvie.
  • Presented a Paper entitled ‘Pharmacognostic studies of Euphorbia thymifolia Linn.and Jatropha gossypifolia Linn.at International Conference on innovative trends in economics, commerce, engineering, technology and management held conducted by St. Joseph College of arts and commerce, Virar, in association with International Association of Academicians and Researchers (INAAR) on 6th February, 2016 at St.Joseph College, Dist. Palghar.
  • Published a Paper entitled ‘Pharmacognostic studies of Euphorbia thymifolia Linn.and Jatropha gossypifolia Linn. in International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research ISSN 2277 – 9302 Vol.V, Issue 10 (III) February 2016, Pg 48-51.

Dr. (Ms.) Ulka Chodankar

  • Attended the F.Y. Syllabus Workshop at Jai Hind College
  • Attended TWO days workshop on “Sustainable quality enhancement” at UTTAN on 18th  and 19th March 2016
  • Member of  INTERNAL  QUALITY  ASSURANCE  CELL.
  • Appointed as NAAC TASK FORCE   CO-CHAIRPERSON for  NAAC
  • Member of  organising  committee for   FIELD  WORKSHOP IN  BOTANY  HELD  in Janauary 2016
  • Appointed as INFORMATION   OFFICER  FOR  MITHIBAI  COLLEGE  from JANAUARY2016   onwards.

Dr. (Ms.) Bindu Goplakrishnan

  • Attended the F.Y. Syllabus Workshop at Jai Hind College
  • Presented paper on “Wetland vegetation of Nagla Block (SGNP)” in the proceeding of International Conference on “Ecosystem Services of Wetlands: Ardrabhumi – 2016, organized by B.N.  Bandodkar College of Science, Thane. ISBN: 979-81-923 628- 3-0 (2016).
  • Published Research Paper “Pharmacognostic evaluation on seeds of Madhuca longifolia (Koen.) Macbr. var. latifolia (Roxb.) A. Cheval”; Pharmacogn. J 8(1): 37-41 ISSN : 0975-3575. (2016)
  • Attended one-day conference organized at the initiative of Vijnan Bharati. Mumbai on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Kalina  Campus of University of Mumbai, Entitled 'COP 21: Building Synergies, Shaping Actions'
  • Participated in National Seminar “Conservation of Trees-Perspectives and Strategies” organized by Bhavan’s College, Andheri in Association with National Society of the Friends of the Trees conducted on 2nd February 2016.
  • Worked in Post SSR preparation Worked in Post SSR preparation in the Research and ground team for NAAC Reaccreditation for the College.
  • Worked in the organising committee for Vrukshavalli and Field botany workshop organised by the department.

Dr. (Ms.) Yojana G. Desai

  • Attended the T.Y. Syllabus Workshop at Jhunjhunwala College.
  • Poster presentation in International conference at B.N. Bandodkar College on 16th & 17th January. Thane. -SUSTAINABILITY OF PELTOPHORUM PTEROCARPUM (DC) BACKER. IN SALT LAND
  • Worked in Post SSR preparation in the ground team for NAAC Reaccreditation for the College.
  • Worked in the organising committee for Vrukshavalli and Field botany workshop organised by the department.

Dr. Udaysinh P. Bhosale

  • Attended the T.Y. Syllabus Workshop at Jhunjhunwala College.
  • Member of editorial board of “International Research Journal of India”
  • Attended TWO days workshop on “Sustainable quality enhancement” at UTTAN on 18th and 19th March 2016

Dr. (Ms.) Manisha Chotrani

  • Attended the T.Y. Syllabus Workshop at Jhunjhunwala College.
  • Worked in Documentation Committee for NAAC Reaccreditation for the College.
  • Worked in the organising committee for Vrukshavalli and Field botany workshop organised by the department. 

Dr. (Ms.) Meeta Mathur

  • Attended the T.Y. Syllabus Workshop at Jhunjhunwala College.
  • Worked in Post SSR preparation for NAAC Reaccreditation for the College.
  • Worked in the organising committee for Vrukshavalli and Field botany workshop organised by the department. 

  • The Department of Botany achieved 100% result.
  • Arpita Doshi won third prize for a presentation titled “ LED lights leads the way” at Eureka – 2016 held on 1st December 2016 organized by G M Momin women’s college.
  • Ms. Zeeba Ghaznavi, MSc-Botany secured 89.33%.
T.Y.B.Sc. BOTANY RESULTS OF SEMESTER – V 2015-16

Sr. No.

Name of students

Percentage

Grade

1.       

CHHAYA SHINGE

94.75

O

2.              

PRIYANKA PATKAR

93.37

O

3.                

SAYALI A. NAIK

93.25

O

4.           

SUFIYA SHAIKH

91.75

O

5.             

PRACHI DOSHI

90.87

O

6.            

ARWA HUSSAIN

90.12

O

7.             

UMANG GALA

89.37

O

8.              

PIYALA JANA

88.5

O

9.               

DRASHTI SHAH

87.75

O

10.          

SHALINI PATEL

86.87

O

11.            

VAISHALI KARELIA

86.37

O

12.             

NIDHI SHAH

86.5

O

13.         

ANKITA

86

A

14.          

SHEEZA S. CHARANIA

85.37

A

15.             

CHITAL KATHROTIYA

84.75

A

16.         

CHIRANJEEV G. ROY

83.5

A

17.    

SHRADDHA BHRADWAJ

81

A

18.           

NAMIRA KHAN

80.75

A

19.

HASTU JANGID

68.74

A

20.       

RAVINDRA VISHWAKARMA

65.9

A

  • State of the Art Laboratories and Class Rooms.
  • Practical learning.
  • Student Friendly Surrounding.
  • Museum of Plant Specimen.
  • Instruments and Equipments. 
  • Performance Improvement Program (PIP). 
  • Extra Coaching for students. 
  • Excellent Departmental Library with updated volumes. 
  • Consistent Academic Performance. 
  • Very supportive Alumni. 
  • Inculcating Social sensitivity among students. 
  • Botanical tours and Research Institute Visits. 
  • Projects.
  • Excellent Faculty.
  • Good Lab Support Staff.
  • Regularity in attendance, class participation. 
  • Parents Meet.