University of Delhi

Alipur, Delhi - 110036

About Department

The Department of Botany at Swami Shraddhanand College was established in 1967, with its Honours course introduced in 1989. The Department started with its first faculty member Dr. J. L. Bhat, former Principal, SSN College. Today this department has 13 Faculty members and 10 Laboratory staff. Faculty members are specialized in various fields like Microbial Biotechnology, Genomics, Nanotechnology, Environmental Microbiology, Plant Physiology, Pharmacology, Phytopathology, Reproductive Biology, Tissue Culture and other fields. Both teaching and research are inseparable components. Most faculty members have several years of teaching and research experience. The Department has been awarded research projects from various funding agencies like DBT, UGC, DU etc. which involved students from Honours and Life Science courses. The students of the Department are also involved in dissertation, which helps the young minds to create and practice knowledge.

Teachers inculcate interest in students towards research by conducting indepth practicals in well-endowed laboratories. The supportive and friendly attitude of teachers and lab staff create conducive environment for learning. Various audio-visual aids like demo-videos, short documentaries, models, pictures, powerpoint presentations etc. are used to impart knowledge to student in an efficient manner. The Department has three well equipped laboratories with LCD projector, one preparation room, one central facility instrumentation room and a Botanical Garden. For all round development of students, they are encouraged to participate in academic and extracurricular activities. Department also organizes Laboratory visit, Industrial visit, Botanical excursions from time to time, provide exposure and insight to students. Faculties of the Department are known to be very approachable and happy to help students.

Faculty

Prof. Geeta Saxena
Professor
: M.Sc., Ph.D
: geetasaxena@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Dr. Renu Garg
Associate Professor
: MSc., M.Phil.,Ph.D
: renugarg@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Dr. Sadhana Babbar
Associate Professor
: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
: sbabbar@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Dr. Rekha Joshi
Associate Professor
: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
: rjoshi@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Prof. Parveen Garg (Principal)
Professor
: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
: parveenssn@yahoo.co.in View Profile
Mrs. Madhulika Singh
Associate Professor
: M.Sc., M.Phil., PhD (Pursuing)
: madhu.ssnc@gmail.com View Profile
Dr. Bhoopander Giri
Associate Professor
: M.Phil., Ph.D
: bgiri@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Dr. Anil Kumar
Assistant Professor
: M.Sc., M.Phil.,Ph.D
: anilkumarbotany@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Dr Kiran Bala
Assistant Professor
: B.Sc, B.Ed, M.Sc. Life Sciences and Botany, Ph.D
: kiranbalain@yahoo, kiranbalain@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Dr. Shibaji Baghar
Assistant Professor
: M.Sc (Botany Stream), Ph.D (Environmental Science)
: shibaji@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Dr. Bhawna Saxena
Assistant Professor
: MSc., Ph.D
: bhawna@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Dr. Anuradha Yadav
Assistant Professor
: M.Sc.,M.Phil,Ph.D.
: anuradha@ss.du.ac.in View Profile
Dr. Pradeep Kumar
Assistant Professor
: M.Sc. (Botany), Ph.D
: pradeepkrdu@gmail.com, pradeep@ss.du.ac.in View Profile

Alumni

S.No.

Name

Designation

University/Institution

Batch

Email

1.

Dr. Sanjai Saxena

Professor

Thapar University, Panjab

1989-1992

ssaxena@thapar.edu

2.

Ms. Nivedita Sharma

Head Operations and Customer Service

Accentiv India Pvt. Ltd.

1989-1992

nivedita_sharma@yahoo.com

3.

Dr. Ishwar Singh

Assistant Professor

Hansraj College, University of Delhi, Delhi

1992-1995

ishwarsdedha@gmail.com

4.

Dr. Prashant Pant

Head & Assistant Professor

Post Graduate Departmemt Of Botany, Government College Daman, UT

1999-2002

prashantpant15@gmail.com

5.

Dr. Shweta Subramanium

Assistant Professor

Central University, Bilaspur, Chattisgarh

2004-2007

subramaniums@gmail.com

6.

Dr. Ravi Gupta

Ramalinga Fellow, DBT

Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi

2004-2007

dr.ravigupta@jamiahamdard.ac.in

7.

Dr. Rajneesh Ranjan Jha

Assistant Professor

Department of Finance and Accounting, IBS Hyderabad, IFHE University

2007-2010

rajneeshranjan.jha@ibsindia.org

8.

Dr. Usha Khatri

Post-Doctoral Associate

Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), USA

1999-2002

ub38@hunter.cuny.edu

9.

Dr. Vineet Singh

Assistant Professor Botany

ANDC College, University of Delhi, Delhi

2007-2010

 

10.

Dr. Mayank Dhar Dwivedi

Research Associate

Botanical Survey of India, MoEF& CC

2007-2010

mayankdwivedi10@yahoo

11.

Dr. Shivani Mishra

Manager QC

Food Corporation of India, District Office Shakti Nagar, Delhi

2007-2010

shivani.mishra1989@gmail.com

12.

Divya Aggarwal Chhabra

Copy Editor

MTG Learning Media Pvt. Ltd., Gurugram

2007-2010

divyaaggrwl1989@gmail.com

13.

Bhanu Joshi

Manager Training

FleetX.io, Welldone Tech Park, Gurugram

2007-2010

bhanujoshi1@outlook.com

Technical Staff

Image

Name

Designation

Sh. Raj Singh Rana

Lab Assistant (Permanent)

Smt. Sushila Devi

Lab Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Satish Chander

Lab Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Ganesh Giri

Lab Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Raj Kumar

Lab Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Dayanand

Lab Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Jagbir Singh

Lab Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Arvind

Lab Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Sandeep Kumar

Lab Assistant (Contractual)

Sh. Sandeep

Lab Assistant (Contractual)

Programs / Courses

Course/ Programme

Sem

Core Course

Skill Enhancement Course (SEC)

Discipline Specific Elective (DSE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.Sc.(H) Botany

 

I

Microbiology & Phycology

 

 

Biomolecules & Cell Biology

 

 

 

II

Mycology & Phytopathology

 

 

Archegoniatae

 

 

 

III

Anatomy of Angiosperm

Any One
1. Ethnobotany
2. Pt Diversity and Human Welfare
3. Floriculture

 

Economic Botany

 

Genetics

 

 

 

 

IV

Molecular Biology

Any One
4. Biofertilizer
5. Medicinal Botany
6. Mushroom Culture & Technology
7. Nursery & Gardening

 

Ecology

 

 

Plant Systematics

 

 

 

V

Reproductive Biology of Angiosperm

 

DSE-I Analytical Techniques in Plant Science

Plant Physiology

 

DSE-II (Any One)
1. Biostatistics
2. Natural Resource Management

 

VI

Plant Metabolism

 

DSE-III
Industrial & Environmental Microbiology

Plant Biotechnology

 

DSE-IV (Any One)
1. Bioinformatics
2. Plant Breeding

 

 

 

B.Sc. Life Science

I

Biodiversity

 

 

II

Plant Ecology & Taxonomy

 

 

III

Plant Anatomy & Embryology

Biofertilizer

 

IV

Plant Physiology &Metabolism

Medicinal Botany

 

V

 

Ethanobotany

(Any One)
1. Cell and Molecular Biology
2. Bioinformatics

VI

 

Intellectual Property Right

(Any One)
3. Economic Botany & Biotechnology
4. Analytical Techniques in Plant Science

 

 

 

B.Sc. Applied Life Sciences

I

Biology of Life Forms: Plant

 

 

II

Agriculture Botany and Weed Science

 

 

III

Fundamentals of Plant Systematics and Ecology

Medicinal Plants and IPR

 

IV

Developmental Biology: Plants

Plant Quarantine

 

 

V

 

Plant Health Diagnostics and Management

Genetics and Plant Biotechnology

 

VI

 

Plant regulators and Economic Botany

Dissertation

 

Generic Elective Papers Offered to the Students of other Department

I

Biodiversity (Microbes, Fungi, Algae and Archegoniatae)

II

Plant Ecology and Taxonomy

III

Plant Physiology and Metabolism/ Environmental Biotechnology

IV

Economic Botany and Biotechnology

Research

Name Area of Research Publications
Prof. Geeta Saxena Mycology and Plant Pathology
Dr. Renu Garg Reproductive Biology
Dr. Sadhana Babbar Tissue culture of Bryophytes
Dr. Rekha Joshi Archegoniate
Prof. Parveen Garg Plant Physiology
Mrs. Madhulika Singh Environmental Microbiology
Dr. Bhoopander Giri Microbial Biotechnology
Dr. Anil Kumar Plant Taxonomy
Dr. Kiran Bala Medicinal Plants and Pharmacology
Dr. Shibaji Baghar Ecology
Dr. Bhawna Saxena Genomics
Dr. Anuradha Yadav Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Nanobiotechnology, Natural products biochemistry, Green ecosynthesis

Projects

Research Projects Completed:

Department has successfully completed the following research projects:

S.No. Title of the Project Funding Agency

1.

Solid State Fermentation of Urban Waste into Food, through Pleurotus Cultivation.

University of Delhi, 2015-16

2.

Isolation, Screening, Identification and Process Optimization of Fungal Lipases for their Potential Applications in Industries.

University of Delhi, 2013-15

3.

Cost Effective Glomusfasciculatum formulation to improve the yield of three commercially important medicinal plants–Artemisia annua, Stevia rebaudiana and Andrographispaniculata.

Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, 2009-13

4.

Biochemical and physiological characterization of salt-tolerance mechanisms in mycorrhizal plants for optimum usage of mycorrhizal technology for the reclamation of saline soils.

University Grants Commission, Government of India, 2009-12

5.

Biocontrol of Nematodes using Nematophagous Fungi.

University Grants Commission, Government of India, 1994-99

Seminars/ Talks/ Workshops

EECSD-2018

A three-day national conference on “Emerging Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Development-2018 (EECSD-2018)” was organized jointly by Department of Botany, Swami Shraddhanand College and Society for Environment and Development, India (SED-INDIA) from 21-23 March 2018. The EECSD-2018 coincides with three important International Environmental days, 21 March (World Forest Day), 22 March (World Water Day) and 23 March (World Meteorological Day).

EECSD-2018 was held at Sir Shankar Lal Concert Hall, University of Delhi. Several eminent scientists graced the occasion. Dr. Ram Boojh, Program Specialist, UNESCO, New Delhi, India,wasthe chief guest.For the remaining two days, conference washeld at Swami Shraddhanand College, University of Delhi.

The plenary speakers delivered the lectures on Biodiversity Conservation, Water-related Issues, Environmental Pollution and Management, Ethnobotany and Traditional Knowledge, Environmental Impact Assessment etc. 24 plenary lectures were delivered by renowned scientists and academicians.

Undergraduate students were immensely benefited and gained knowledge on the recent research work carried out on environmental issues.


Awards

Awards/Recognization received by the Faculty members:

Department is having well experienced faculty, having recognition in various fields

S.No.

Name of Faculty

Awards / Recognitions

1.

Prof. Geeta Saxena

  • Post-doctoral fellow at Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.,1995-96
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Post-doctoral fellow at Institut fur SystematischeBotanik und Pflanazengeographie, FreieUniversitat, Berlin, Germany, 1991-92
  • UNESCO Young Scientist Award in the field of “ Biotechnology- Mycology and Plant Pathology” for the year 1989

2.

Dr. Renu Garg

  • Recipient of All India (UGC) Research Fellowships, 1981-1986

3.

Dr. Sadhna Babbar

  • All India Merit Scholarship from the Ministry of Education & Social welfare, Government of India, 1978-1980

4.

Dr. Bhoopander Giri

  • Post Doctoral Fellow at Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, 2014-2015
  • Best poster presentation award in 98th Indian Science Congress, 2011
  • Recipient of Young Scientist Fast-Track Project, DST, 2006

5.

Dr. Shibaji Bhagar

  • Recipient of UGC Research Fellowships in Science for meritorious students, 2007