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.


Prof. Geeta Saxena
: M.Sc., Ph.D
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Dr. Renu Garg
: MSc., M.Phil.,Ph.D
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Dr. Sadhana Babbar
: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
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Prof. Parveen Garg (Principal)
: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
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Mrs. Madhulika Singh
Associate Professor
: M.Sc., M.Phil., PhD (Pursuing)
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Dr. Bhoopander Giri
: M.Phil., Ph.D
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Dr. Amit Vashishtha
Assistant Professor
: M.Phil., Ph.D., NET
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Dr. Anil Kumar
Assistant Professor
: M.Sc., M.Phil.,Ph.D
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Dr. Shibaji Baghar
Assistant Professor
: M.Sc, Ph.D
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Dr. Bhawna Saxena
Assistant Professor
: MSc., Ph.D
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Dr Isha Gunwal
Assistant Professor
: M.Sc., M.Phil., PhD View Profile
Dr. Narendra Sharma
Assistant Professor
: Ph.D., NET-JRF View Profile
Dr. Ekta Singh
Assistant Professor
: M.Sc., B.Ed., Ph.D.
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Dr. Pradeep Kumar
Assistant Professor
: M.Sc. (Botany), Ph.D
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Dr. Sanjai Saxena


Thapar University, Panjab



Ms. Nivedita Sharma

Head Operations and Customer Service

Accentiv India Pvt. Ltd.



Dr. Ishwar Singh

Assistant Professor

Hansraj College, University of Delhi, Delhi



Dr. Prashant Pant

Head & Assistant Professor

Post Graduate Departmemt Of Botany, Government College Daman, UT



Dr. Shweta Subramanium

Assistant Professor

Central University, Bilaspur, Chattisgarh



Dr. Ravi Gupta

Ramalinga Fellow, DBT

Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi



Dr. Rajneesh Ranjan Jha

Assistant Professor

Department of Finance and Accounting, IBS Hyderabad, IFHE University



Dr. Usha Khatri

Post-Doctoral Associate

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



Dr. Vineet Singh

Assistant Professor Botany

ANDC College, University of Delhi, Delhi




Dr. Mayank Dhar Dwivedi

Research Associate

Botanical Survey of India, MoEF& CC




Dr. Shivani Mishra

Manager QC

Food Corporation of India, District Office Shakti Nagar, Delhi



Divya Aggarwal Chhabra

Copy Editor

MTG Learning Media Pvt. Ltd., Gurugram



Bhanu Joshi

Manager Training, Welldone Tech Park, Gurugram


Technical Staff




Sh. Satish Chander

Laboratory Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Raj Kumar

Laboratory Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Dayanand

Laboratory Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Jagbir Singh

Laboratory Assistant (Permanent)

Sh. Arvind Kumar

Laboratory Assistant (Permanent)

Ms. Neetu Kumari

Laboratory Attendant (Permanent)

Sh. Sunil Kumar

Laboratory Attendant (Permanent)

Sh. Mukesh Kumar

Laboratory Attendant (Permanent)

Sh. Neeraj Sharma

Laboratory Attendant (Permanent)

Sh. Sandeep Kumar

Laboratory Attendant (Contractual)

Sh. Sandeep Kumar

Laboratory Attendant (Contractual)

Sh. Vipin Kumar

Laboratory Attendant

Mrs. Nidhi Rustagi

Laboratory Attendant

Programs / Courses

List of CBCS Papers

List of NEP Papers

B. Sc (H) Botany sem I

DSC - 1. Plant Diversity and Evolution
2. Cell Biology, Organelles & Biomolecules
3. Basic Laboratory & Field Skills in Biology

GE - 1. Basic laboratory and field skills in plant biology and allied sciences

VAC - 1. Ayurveda and Nutrition

SEC - 1. Mushroom Culture and Technology-I

B. Sc (H) Botany sem III

DSC - 1. Phycology-The world of algae
2. Bryophytes, Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms
3. Genetics and plant breeding.

DSE - 1. Biostatistics and Bioinformatics for Plant Sciences

GE - 1. Plant Biotechnology
2. Plant tissue culture

VAC - 1. Ayurveda and Nutrition

SEC - 1. Biofertilizers
2. Mushroom Culture and Technology-II

B. Sc(H) Botany sem V

CORE - 1. Reproductive Biology of Angiosperms
2. Plant Physiology

DSE-I - 1. Analytical Techniques in Plant Sciences

DSE-II - 1. Biostatistics

BSc Life Science sem I

DSC - 1. Plant Diversity and Systematics

BSc. Life Science sem III

DSC - 1. Plant Cell and Developmental Biology

B.Sc. Life Science sem V

DSC - 1. Cell and Molecular Biology

SEC - 1. Ethnobotany

B.Sc. Applied Life Science Sem I

DSC - 1. . Microbial World & Plant Diversity

B.Sc. Applied Life Science Sem III

DSC - 1. Genetics and Molecular Biology

DSE - 1. Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration

B.Sc. Applied Life Science Sem V

DSE - 1. Genetics and Plant Biotechnology

SEC - 1. Plant Health Diagnostics and Management


Name Area of Research Publications
Prof. Geeta Saxena Mycology and Plant Pathology
Dr. Renu Garg Reproductive Biology
Dr. Sadhana Babbar Tissue culture of Bryophytes
Prof. Parveen Garg (Principal) Plant Physiology
Mrs. Madhulika Singh Environmental Microbiology
Dr. Bhoopander Giri Microbial Biotechnology
Dr. Amit Vashishtha Molecular Biology, Insect-Host Plant Interaction, Medicinal Plants
Dr. Anil Kumar Plant Taxonomy
Dr. Shibaji Baghar Ecology
Dr. Bhawna Saxena Genomics
Dr Isha Gunwal Phytoremediation, Arbuscular Mycorrhizae Fungi, Mushroom Cultivation Technology, Environment
Dr. Narendra Sharma Functional Genomics., Plant Physiology
Dr. Ekta Singh Physiology, Genetics and Plant breeding
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Nanobiotechnology, Natural products biochemistry, Green ecosynthesis


Research Projects Completed:

Department has successfully completed the following research projects:

S.No. Title of the Project Funding Agency


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

University of Delhi, 2015-16


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

University of Delhi, 2013-15


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


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


Biocontrol of Nematodes using Nematophagous Fungi.

University Grants Commission, Government of India, 1994-99

Seminars/ Talks/ Workshops

Educational Trip

An educational trip for B. Sc.(Hons) Botany students was organised by Department of Botany on 14 March 2023 to Mother Dairy Plant, Patparganj, Delhi. They learned about different stages of milk processing, right from the milk collection from the farmers. Students felt a sense of pride to learn about indigenous local brand of milk, which is working with international standards.


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.

Workshop on Google Classroom
Workshop on Google Classroom


Awards/Recognization received by the Faculty members:

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


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
6. Dr. Narendra Sharma
  • Recipient of CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellow (DEC-2011), ICMR Junior Research Fellow (2011), CSIR NET-LS (June & Dec 2010), ARS-NET (2013) and GATE 2011.