Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala
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40th All India Botanical Conference of The Indian Botanical Society to be Held at Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab from September 15-17 2017, First Circular.

Department History

Date of Establishment of the Department: 1-2-1967

The department of Botany at this University was established on February 1, 1967. It was the fourth department in the Faculty of Science being started after Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The work for its establishment and development was initiated by Prof. S. S. Bir assisted by a team of dedicated teachers. Presently department has 8 Professors and 4 Assistant Professors. The department caters to PG teaching to M. Sc. Hon's in Botany (2 year), M. Sc. Hon's in Botany (Five Year Integrated Course), M. Phil and Ph. D. students. For the students of M. Sc. Hon's in Botany (FYIC) there is an exit option after 3 years and such students will be entitled for the award of B. Sc. Hon's in Botany and those continuing for five years will be eligible for the award of B.Sc. Hon's in Botany and M. Sc. Hons. in Botany Degree. For all classes, semester system was introduced from the session 2003-2004. So far, 110 students have been awarded Ph. D. Degrees. For different courses being run by the Department the eligibility is as follows:

(I)    M. Sc.   Hon's in Botany                                                              50% Marks in B. Sc. with Botany as one of the subject.
(II)   M.Sc. Hons. in Botany (Five Year Integrated Course)                50% Marks in 10+2 with Biology as one of the subject
(III) M. Phil                                                                                        50% Marks in M. Sc. (Botany) Admission through Entrance Test
(IV) Ph. D.                                                                                          50% Marks in M. Sc. (Botany) Admission through Entrance Test

                Most of the students of this department have taken up teaching as their profession. Some of them have gone in for higher studies, research jobs, administrative services (I.R.S., I.F.S., P.C.S., etc.) and some even have floated their own enterprises.

 

 

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Faculty (Click on Faculty Name for Bio data)

S.No.

Name

Designation Qualification Specialization Distinction
/ Awards
Publications/
Projects* (Number only)
Conferences/
Seminars Attended
Contact Information

1.

Dr. Raghbir Chand Gupta

Professor

(Re-Employed)

M.Sc., Ph.D. Cytogenetics Nil

Books: 03
Papers: 156
Projects : 7

80

Telephone:0175-2206521
Mobile: 94174-91981

Email:
guptarc53@rediffmail.com

2.

Dr. N.S. Atri

Professor

(Re-Employed)

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. Mushroom, Mycology, Systematics Mushroom Culture, Plant Pathology. Nil

Books: 4
Papers: 145
Projects : 7

45

Telephone: 0175-3046266 &
094178-10754

Email: narinderatri04@yahoo.com; fungalbio2007@rediffmail.com

3.

Dr. M.I.S. Saggoo

Professor

(Re-Employed)
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. Cytogenetics, Environmental mutagenesis Gold medal in M.Sc.

Books: 04
Papers
National : 63
International : 10
Projects : 4

National : 52

International : 5

Mobile: 919888080327

Email: msaggoo@gmail.com

msaggoo@rediffmail.com

4. Dr. V. K. Singhal

Professor

(Re-Employed)

 
M.Sc., Ph.D. Plant Systematics, Cytogenetics and Forestry Nil

Books: 03
Papers
National : 33
International : 94
Projects : 5

85

Telephone: 0175-2206611

Mobile: 98726-46611

Email: singhal_53@rediffmail.com

5. Dr. Amarjeet Singh

Professor

(Re-Employed)

 
M.Sc., Ph.D. Plant Ecology 06

Papers
National : 28
International : 2
Projects : 1

20

Mobile: 098767-68918

Email: amarjeetsingh@yahoo.co.in

6. Dr. J.I.S. Khattar(HEAD)
Professor M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. Physiology & Biochemistry of Cyanobacteria & Environmental Microbiology Nil

Books: 1
Papers
National : 15
International : 35
Projects : 7

55

Telephone:
0175-3046265 (O)
0175-2220986 (R)

Mobile: 94172 42986
Email:
jisk_pbi@rediffmail.com
7. Dr. Munruchi Kaur
 Professor

M.Sc.,M. Phil., Ph.D.

Mycology & Plant Pathology Gold Medal in
M. Sc.

Books: 1
Papers: 51

National : 25

International : 4

Telephone:0175-2227473

Mobile: 09988195434

Email:
munruchi@yahoo.com; munruchi@gmail.com

8. Dr. Davinder Pal Singh
 Professor M.Sc., Ph.D. Phycology Physiology & Biochemistry of Cyanobacteria Nil

Books: 1
Papers:33
National : 10
International :23
Projects : 4

35

Telephone: 0175-5017926
Mobile:98761-60834

Email: dp.khokhar@rediffmail.com
9. Dr. Manish Kapoor
Assistant Professor M.Sc., Ph.D. Floriculture, Landscaping

(i) Gold medal in B. Sc.
Agri (Hons.)

(ii) Merit
Certificate in
M. Sc.

Papers: 19

20

Telephone:

Mobile:09417057589

Email: jdmanishkapoor@yahoo.com

10. Dr. Geetika Sirhindi
Assistant Professor M.Sc., Ph.D. Plant Stress Physiology and Biochemistry Nil

Papers
National : 6
International : 19
Projects : 3

National : 20

International : 5

Mobile: 9417807407

Email:
geetikasir123@gmail.com,
geetikasir123@rediffmail.com

11. Dr. Arneet Grewal
Assistant Professor M. Sc., Ph. D. Cytogenetics, Environmental mutagenesis Nil

Papers
National : 6
International : 6
Projects : 1

11

Mobile: 9417173865

Email:
arneetgill@gmail.com

12.

Dr. Avneet Pal Singh

Assistant Professor M. Sc. Ph. D. Mycology & Plant Pathology M. Sc. Gold Medal Papers
National : 8
International : 18
Projects : 1

18

Telephone: 01679-242143

Mobile: 9501036143

Email: avneet7@rediffmail.com


* Projects: DSA -I of UGC , FIST of DST & Strenghting and Upgradation of Botanic Garden of MOEF & CC

Thrust Area

     Cytogenetics
     Mycology & Plant Pathology
     Algal Physiology
     Angiosperm Taxonomy
     Plant Physiology
     Ecology


Significant Achievements

    1. An important feature of the department is its well laid out 12 hectare Botanical Garden and 10 hectare Plant Conservatory with special features of Tropical House, Cactus House, Fern House, Poly House, Net House and experimental area for growing plants for research being carried in the department.
    2. Cytomorphological diversity of flowering plants has been explored from the forests of Pachmarhi hills ( Central India ), Nilgiri and Palni hills ( South India ) and N. W. Himalayas including trans-Himalayan cold deserts.
    3. Exploration and evaluation of phytochemical diversity of some important medicinal plants.
    4. Cytotaxonomy of ferns has been carried out from Central India, South India and Eastern and Western Himalayas.
    5. The floras of Patiala, Sirmour, Chamba, Kullu districts have been published.
    6. Extensive and intensive cytological analysis has been carried out on legumes, composites, trees, weeds, grasses and plants belonging to Labiatae and Acanthaceae.
    7. Systematics of Basidiomycetes fungi with particular reference to order Agaricales and Aphyllophorales from Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir have been carried out.
    8. Survey of post harvest diseases of fruits, vegetables and multi-purpose tree species of Punjab.
    9. Cultivation studies on the agro-waste materials have been carried out on commercially important mushrooms viz. Lentinus squarrosulus, L. conatus, L. torulosus, Calocybe indica and Pleurotus florida.
    10. Extensive studies on physiology, biochemistry and genetics of cyanobacteria and cyanophages have been made.
    11. Mechanism of akinete differentiation in cyanobacteria has been studied.
    12. Phytoremediation potential of Azolla and blue green algae has been studied.
    13. Biodegradation of Pesticide by cyanobacteria
    14. Production of Natural colour from Microalgae.
    15. Production, characterization and applications of exopolysaccharides from cynobacteria.
    16. Biodegradation of Pesticide by cyanobacteria.

      The Department has well established and internationally recognized Herbarium and Museum, having more than 5000 plant specimens. Another important aspect of the department is that it has a rare Botanical Photo Gallery.


Courses Offered and Admission Criteria
(Note: A Softcopy of the syllabi should also be provided so that it can be linked to last column)

S. No.

Course

Duration
(years)

Seats

Eligibility

Admission Procedure (Through Entrance Test/Direct)

1.

M.Sc. (Hon's in Botany)

2 Years

30

Botany as one of the subject at Graduate level

Through Entrance Test

2.

M.Sc. (Hon's in Botany)

FYIC

20

10+2 (Medical)

Through NEET Merit 

3.

M.Phil.

1 and a half year

10

M. Sc. in Botany/ Hons. in Botany

Entrance Test

4.

Ph. D.

3 Years

 

M. Sc. in Botany/ Hons. in Botany or allied subject

Entrance Test


Major Research Projects, Minor Projects

S.No.

Title of Research Scheme

Sponsoring Agency

Name of Principal Investigator(s)

1.

Plant Conservatory-Biosystematics of Punjab Sedges

Punjabi University Patiala

Dr. S. S. Bir

2.

Cytological studies on woody taxa of Himalayan and Central Indian Forests

U. G. C.

Dr. S. S. Bir & Dr. B. S. Gill

3.

Cytogenetics of Indian Trees

Punjabi University , Patiala

Dr. S. S. Bir & Dr. B. S. Gill

4.

Biosystematics of grasses and sedges of North Western and Central India

U. G. C.

Dr. S. S. Bir

5.

Biosystematics and Ethnobotanical studies on North Indian Mushrooms

Punjabi University , Patiala

Dr. S. S. Saini

6.

BSI District Flora Project (Chamba district)

Botanical Survey of India

Dr. M. Sharma

7.

Physiological and genetical studies on sporulation in blue-green algae

U. G. C.

Dr. T. A. Sarma

8.

Physiological, biochemical and genetical studies on Vaucheria

U. G. C.

Dr. T. A. Sarma

9.

A genetical study of glutamine metabolism and its relation to nitrogen fixation and sporulation in blue-green algae

CSIR

Dr. T. A. Sarma

10.

Studies on temperature sensitive mutants of cyanophage N-1 active against Nostoc muscorum

CSIR

Dr. T. A. Sarma

11.

Repair mechanism in nitrogen fixing blue green algae

UGC

Dr. T. A. Sarma

12.

Mechanism of action of growth regulating substances in the production and differentiation of callus on stem cuttings of important timber tree species

UGC

DR. P. Kumar

14.

Pyrenomycetous fungi of North West India

UGC

Dr. J. S. Dargan

15.

Biology of wood rotting fungi and its role in wood degradation of North-West Indian trees

CSIR

Dr. J. S. Dargan

16.

Pyrenomycetous fungi of Eastern Himalayas

UGC

Dr. J. S. Dargan

17.

Cytogenetic effects of water contaminated with industrial effluents

UGC

Dr. M. I. S. Saggoo

18.

Studies on North-West Indian Agarics

UGC

Dr. N. S. Atri

19.

District Flora Project Gurdaspur District ( Punjab )

BSI

Dr. S. S. Bir

20.

DOEn Index to chromosomes of Indian Pteridophytes

Deptt. of Environment & Forests

Dr. S. S. Bir & Dr. S. C. Verma

21.

Taxonomy of Indian Pteridophyta "Pteridophytic Taxonomy Laboratory" Project

Punjabi University , Patiala

Dr. S. M. Vasuveda

22.

Aphyllophorales of North West India

UGC

Dr. Gurpaul Singh

23.

Biosystematic and ethnobotanical survey of North Indian Mushrooms

UGC

Prof. S. S. Saini & Dr. N. S. Atri

24.

A search for probable genetic probes for the transfer of ‘nif’ genes from Nostoc muscorum mediated by Cyanophage N-1

CSIR

Dr. T. A.Sarma

25.

Reproductive Biology and Germplasm Evaluation and Conservation of N. W. Indian Trees of Social Foretsry Importance

UGC

Dr. B. S. Gill & Dr. V. K. Singhal

26.

Cytogenetics of Ornamental compositae

UGC

Dr. R. C.Gupta

27.

In situ monitoring the genotoxic potentialities of polluted sites in Patiala

UGC

Dr. M. I. S. Saggoo

28.

Biosystematics of Avena Linn from North West India

UGC

Dr. (Mrs.) M. Sidhu

29.

Cytogenetics of Hardwoods from the forests of Chamba and Kullu Hills of H. P.

UGC

Dr. V. K. Singhal

30.

Studies on Russulaceous fungi of Western Himalayas

UGC

Dr. N. S. Atri

31.

Evaluation of Indian Medicinal plants for their potentialities of counteracting cytotoxicity of known environmental chemical agents

UGC

Dr. M. I. S. Saggoo

32.

To evaluate the Potential of immobilized algae to Scavenge heavy metal ions from polluted aquatic systems

CSIR

Dr. J. I. S. Khattar

33.

Mycoflora associated with multipurpose trees of Punjab

UGC

Dr. J. S. Dargan

34.

Morphophysiological studies on growth and development of certain species of Araucaria and Podocarpus

UGC

Dr. P. Kumar

35.

Reproductive biology of crop weeds of North West India

UGC

Dr. (Mrs.) M. Sidhu

36.

Eco-physiological investigations on food legumes with special reference to proteins, aminoacids, saccharides, alkaloids and phenolic products

UGC

Dr. Amarjeet Singh

37.

Studies on Thelephoroid fungi that effect timber and its tree species from North West India

UGC

Dr. Gurpaul Singh

38.

To screen blue-green algal germplasm from Paddy fields of Patiala district with biofertilizer potentialities

UGC

Dr. J. I. S. Khattar

39.

Departmental Research Support under Special Assistance Programme Part I of UGC

UGC

Programme Co-ordinator
Prof. T. A. Sarma (April 1999- March 2004)

40.

Bumble bee diversity and its role in conserving the high altitude vegetation germplasm in the Himalayan region

Ministry of Environment & Forests Govt. of India

Dr. M. I. S. Saggoo

41.

Fungal and Insect diseases of forest trees of Punjab and their management strategies

Govt. of Punjab

Prof. J. S. Dargan

42.

Departmental Research Support under Special Assistance Programme Part II of UGC

UGC

Co-ordinator Prof.
Prof. R. C. Gupta

43.

ASIST of UGC

UGC

Co-ordinator Prof. R. C. Gupta

44.

FIST

DST

Co-ordinator Prof. R. C. Gupta

45.

Evaluation of cyanobacterial strains from paddy fields for pesticide degradation

CSIR

Dr. D. P.Singh – PI
Prof. J. I. S. Khattar – Co-PI

46.

A search for cyanobacterial strains producing novel exopolysachharides 

CSIR

Prof. J. I. S. Khattar – PI
Dr. D. P. Singh – Co-PI  

47.

Brassinosteroid regulated antioxidant defence system of Brassica juncea L. under temperature stress using biochemical and molecular approaches

UGC

Dr. Geetika Sirhindi

48.

Exploitation of extremophilic cyanobacteria for the production of phycobiliproteins as natural colours

UGC

Prof. J. I. S. Khattar

49.

Departmental Research Support under Special Assistance Programme Part III of UGC

UGC

Co-ordinator
Prof. R. C. Gupta
Deputy Co-ordinator
Prof. N. S. Atri

50.

Diversity analysis and bioprospecting of thermophiloic cynobacteria from North-Western Himalaya for industrial value addition

SERB-DST

Prof. J. I. S. Khattar – PI
Dr. D. P. Singh – Co-PI
(2013-2016)

51.

Effect of 28-homobrassinolide oxidative and sugar metabolism and reproductive potential in Brassica juncea under temperature stress

UGC

Dr. Geetika Sirhindi
(2013-2016)

52.

Comparative study of Jasmonic Acid and Methyl-Jasmonate effect on photosynthesis, growth and antioxidant defence system of Brassica oleraceae L.

SERB-DST

Dr. Geetika Sirhindi
(2014-2017)

53. Diversity of poroid and resupinate, non-poroid agaricomycetous fungi in Punjab DST Dr. Avneet Pal Singh
(2014-2017)
54. Optimization and Lab scale Production of carotenoides from micro algae. CSIR Prof. D P Singh (PI)

Prof. JIS Khattar (Co-PI)

55. DSA-I Under SAP UGC Prof. JIS Khattar (Cordinator)

Prof. Munruchi Kaur (Co-Cordinator)

56. FIST DST Prof. JIS Khattar (Cordinator)
57. Strengthening and up gradation of Botanic Garden MOEF & CC Prof. JIS Khattar (Cordinator)


INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITIES
 

A)  Herbarium and Museum: The Herbarium and Museum was established in the Botany Department in 1967 and is presently housed in a separate building adjacent to the department. The ground floor of the building is devoted to the Museum whereas the first floor to the Herbarium. In the museum, the materials are displayed group-wise in museum jars and show-cases numbering more than 2050. In this section large numbers of specimens of cultivated plants of Punjab showing symptoms of common diseases are preserved. Photographs of Indian medicinal plants, exotic cacti, Indian forest types, mushrooms and individual trees are also displayed. Paintings show the history of vegetation in various geological eras. Fossil specimens of Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms are also procured for study purposes. A separate section is made for economic plants. species of important timbers of Punjab showing annual growth rings are also displayed. Besides, research publications and books published from the department are also displayed for consultation by the researchers. Plants for museum are collected from the Eastern and Western Himalayas, Punjab and adjoining states, Okha Port, Rameshwaram, Kodai Kanal, Ooty, Palghat, Pachmarhi, Mysore, Calicut, Valley of flowers, Darjeeling, Hem Kunt, Badri Nath, Kinnaur, Kedar Nath, Gangotri, Rohtang Pass, Churdhar Peak, Yamunotri, Kashmir Valley, Mt. Abu, Chakrata, etc.  The herbarium is considered as one of the best amongst the Indian Universities. It has been recognized by the International Bureau of Plant Taxonomy, Netherlands with PUN as its abbreviation. It has a collection of nearly 65,000 Angiosperms, 4600 Pteridophytes, 2,500 Fungi and 600 Algal specimens which are well preserved/mounted, identified and catalogued. The angiosperm flora is separated into two sections as Monocots and Dicots, and is further arranged according to Bentham and Hooker's system of classification. The herbarium is especially rich in collection of Indian Pteridophytes which are arranged according to Jermey and Crabe's system of classifications.

B)   Photo Gallery: Botanical photo gallery, a unique feature of the department, is housed on the top floor of the Herbarium & Museum building of the department. It has been divided into ten sections which include Agriculture, Indian forests, Plants and Human Welfare, Poisonous plants, Ornamental plants, Sacred plants, Ferns, Fungal Diversity, Rare and Endangered plants and Horticulture. Nearly 300 photographs have been displayed in these sections. In the Gallery there is a separate section for the display of portraits of eminent scientists.

C)   Botanic Garden: The Botanic Garden attached to the department is well laid and spread over an area of 12 hectares of land with sound underground irrigation facilities, concrete roads and zigzag paths. The major plantations in the garden are on the basis of Bentham and Hooker's Natural System of Classification of plants'. About half of the area of garden is under 'Arboretum' where broad-leaved indigenous and exotic trees, high altitudinal conifers and flowering trees of aesthetic and recreational values along with timber trees occupy a place of prominence. The plant wealth of the garden includes 450 species of trees, shrubs and climbers from various regions of Himalayas and other parts of the country. Each plant is provided with a name plate, giving information about the botanical name, family and country of origin. Two green houses, one glass house and a tropical plant house are of special interests which have a fairly good collection of succulents, ferns and other shade-loving plants. The Tropical plant house stands out as good attraction which has facilities for providing artificial rain. The Rosarium has a collection of 48 types of roses and Bougainvillea garden houses 36 types of Bougainvilleas. The desert garden has a collection of over 60 cacti and succulents.

D)   Plant Conservatory: In order to conserve the vanishing flora of the Punjab State, a plant conservatory was established on September 17th, 1976 in the Botanic gardens which is spread over 10 hectares of land and is a research oriented project. In addition to the conservation of germplasm of indigenous and exotic plant wealth, major emphasis is being given to the collection of economic and timber trees along with introduced flora so that the successfully established species be released for cultivation in the various parts of the state.

E)  Poly-House, Net-House: Ministry of Environment & Forests, New Delhi has provided a grant of Rs. 14 lac for the Improvement of Infrastructure facilities existing in the Botanical Gardens of Punjabi University, Patiala. One Poly-House and one Net-House have been developed in the conservatory of the department. Poly house is air-cooled, temperature regulated with mist spray to control and maintain relative humidity. Poly-house is meant for Micro-propagation and conservation of rare and endangered plant species. Net-house is also equipped with automatic mist spray system and is suitable for hardening of plant species.

F)  Herbal Garden: A well laid out herbal garden has been established in the plant conservatory section with about 100 medicinal plants.

G)  Departmental Library: About 8,000 books related to different fields related to botany and allied subjects is available in the Departmental library. Nearly 20 journals are available to the researchers. On-line facility for other journals is also available.

H)  Central Instrumentation Lab: All the main research equipments are kept in fully Air-Conditioned centralized lab. Entry in the logbooks by the research workers is obligatory. Instruments are used by teachers, research scholars and M. Sc. & M. Phil. students of Botany Department as well as scientists from other departments such as Biotechnology, Zoology, Human Biology and Pharmaceutical Studies of this University, teachers and students of Thapar college of Engineering and Technology, Patiala and various Degree Colleges of Patiala. In another room, the distillation units and instruments to be operated at room temperature are kept (like AAS, Metabolic Shaker, Incubator, etc.).

I)       Research Labs: Pertaining to Molecular Cytogenetic, Mycology Culture, Algal Physiology and Bioinformatics has been established in the Department.

 


Contact Us
Head Prof. J.I.S. Khattar
Tele: 0175-304-6265(O)
Fax: 0175-304-6265

Faculty:
Professors:08
Assistant Professors:04


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