1914, the PG Department of Botany, University
of Calcutta, is recognized for excellence in teaching and
research in major areas of Plant Sciences in general. The
Department has received funds from UGC
(under COSIST Programme in two phases- 1984, 1989) and DST (FIST, 2004) in addition to funds
received by faculty members individually or in groups from
various funding agencies in form of major research projects.
In 1972, the University Grants Commission selected the section
Cytogenetics of the Department under Special Assistance Programme. In 1979, in due recognition to its achievements,
the SAP Centre
was elevated by UGC to
the status of Centre of Advanced
Study in thrust area
"Cell and Chromosome
Research" Presently the Centre is under
SAP/CAS-Phase V of UGC assistance (2004-2009)
in identified thrust area research.
The Department imparts postgraduate
M.Sc. degree in Botany (intake 50 per year),
in ten different specializations.
Students pursue Ph.D
degree in Botany and other interdisciplinary
branches (Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Genetics
etc.) under faculty members of the Department. Presently
a number of sponsored research projects are being implemented
in the Department; in addition to DBT-COE/Programme
support on "Translational Research on Transgenic Rice"