department of BotanyP.M.B. Gujarati Science College, Indore


Botany Department was established in 1965, being a Biology department previously. After the establishment of Science College, post graduation in Botany started in 1974 due to sincere efforts of Prof. R.M. Patel, the doyen of the Department. First batch of students passed out in 1976. Till date 38 batches have successfully completed their post graduation degree and each year about 5-6 students secured positions in the merit list of D.A.V.V.

About The Department

During last 30 years, the Department has provided facilities in research of high order both in quality and quantity. The Department has a cluster of eminent teachers and researchers whose contribution deserves reverential acknowledgement. There are well furnished and well equipped laboratories for undergraduate and post graduate classes.

The Museum of the Department was set by Prof. R.M. Patel. Subsequently Prof. R.P. Shah and Dr. C.M. Solanki carried out the up gradation of the Museum. The Department has well maintained Botanical Garden with unique and rare plants, including plants of medicinal value.

There is a Departmental library for postgraduate students, which has 726 books along with science magazines and journals. It helps in providing the latest information about the subject.

Department of Botany has been recognized as research centre for Ph.D. work by D.A.V.V., Indore.

Dr. J. Sikka, Dr. S. Ray and Dr. M. Adhav, Dr. C.M. Solanki and Dr. O.P. Joshi are recognized as Ph.D. supervisors in D.A.V.V. Indore. There are about 20 students working for their Ph.D. research work under their guidance. Dr. S. Ray has been appointed as an examiner for evaluating Ph.D. thesis.


The Department has organized seminars and workshops from time to time for the upgradation of faculty members. To name a few-

  • Regional seminar on “Sports and Environment” funded by UGC Regional Office, Bhopal.
  • National seminar on “Assessment, Conservation and Management of Threatened flowering plants” Sponsored by UGC CRO, Bhopal and Shri Gujarati Samaj, Indore.
  • Workshop on “Assessment of threatened medicinal and economically important plants of Malwa ecoregion sponsored by M.P. state Biodiversity Board, Bhopal.

Botany department has taken initiative in the revision of syllabus at post graduate level. The Department has also prepared a guideline of approx. 30 practicals for undergraduate students. Department provides platform to eminent teachers, researchers, workers and P.G. students for academic discussions to enrich latest knowledge in the field.

Keeping in view the fast changing scenario of the world the department has taken few steps for the benefit of the students which include lectures of renowned professors and subject experts on important topic related with the syllabus. Seminar by the students and presentations on various topics are followed by discussion. “Parent Teacher Association” meetings are held at Post Graduate level for developing better understanding with students. The Department provides enough material to P.G. students in the form of charts and diagrams along with the comments. The faculty uses latest teaching technique such as LCD and PPT presentations for P.G. students. Regular Tutorials are also arranged for Up gradation of weak students. The Department is arranging special classes to teach “Basics of Botany” to P.G. students, making them well prepared for competitive exams.

Department of Botany is organizing local as well as outside Botanical excursions for M.Sc. students regularly.

The Department has also an “Alumni Group” which organizes various academic activities time to time.

The existing status of the department is the outcome of the efforts, devotion and attachment of each and every member of the staff. In last few years many eminent teachers like Prof. P. Marathe, Prof. N. Warang, Prof. A. Bhatnagar and Dr. O.P. Joshi have given their valuable contribution and retired, leaving behind many pleasant memories.

Various Courses Run By Department

  1. M.Sc. (Botanay) with intake capacity of 30 students.
  2. B.Sc. with intake capacity of 440 students.

Our Faculty Members

Name of Faculty Designation Qualification Experience Awards Appoint Status
Dr. Santosh Nagar Principal M.Sc. (Botany), M.Phil, Ph.D. (Pursuing) 40 Years Gold medal for securing first position in order of Merit in M.Sc. exam. by Jall charity trust. UGC
Dr. Jaishree Sikka Asst.Professor, Head M.Sc. (Botany), Ph.D. 28 Years Young Scientist Award in MP Science Congress, Bhopal, 1986
“Jan Vigyan Mitra Sammaan”. – Vigyan sabha, Indore. (1995)
Smt. Ramibai Nahta Smruti Puraskar (1999).
Member of board of studies, Kasturbagram Institute, 2004-2006
Member of board of studies, MJB Govt. Girls PG College, Indore 2012-2014
Dr. Sudip Ray Asst.Professor M.Sc. (Botany), Ph.D, 22 Years Nominated as a coordinator, Malwa Eco region by M.P. state Biodiversity Board, Bhopal.
Appointed as expert in Taxonomy to prepare phyto inventory of 8 district Malwa-Nimar Eco region 2015.
Appointed examiner for Ph.D. Viva-Voce examination by Amarwati University and Nagpur University
Dr. Madhavi Adhav Asst.Professor M.Sc. (Botany ), Ph.D. 17 Years Gold Medal for securing first position in order of Merit by Shri RC Jall charity trust (1995)
Best oral presentation with cash award in “National Symposium on Frontiers in plant sciences” (Sponsored by UGC-SAP-II) Osmania University, Hyderabad. (2001)
Prof. Vidya Dubey Asst.Professor M.Sc., B.Ed. 08 Years Vanya jeev Ratna Award. SGS
Dr. Krishna Manderia Asst.Professor M.Sc. (Botany), M.Phil. (Env. Mgt.), Ph.D. 05 Years Young Scientist Award (2004), M.P. Science Congress, Bhopal. SGS
Dr. Smita Shrivastava Asst.Professor M.Sc. (Botany), B.Ed., Ph.D. 05 Years SGS
Prof. Preeti Parashar Asst.Professor M.Sc., M.Phil, B.Ed., D.M.L.S., Ph.D. (Pursuing) 03 Years SGS
Prof. Priya Trivedi Asst.Professor M.Sc.(Botany) , Ph.D. (Pursuing) 03 Years SGS
Prof. Charulata Shah Asst.Professor M.Sc. (Botany), M.phil., Ph.D. (Pursuing) 01 Years 2nd Winner Awarded by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Poster presentation at DAVV, Indore. SGS

Botanical Garden

Department has well maintained Botanical Garden with unique plants including Gymnosperms, Angiosperms and Medicinal plants.

Museum-Carl Linnaeus Museum