Botanical Society of Bengal
The Botanical Society of Bengal is housed in the Department
of Botany, University of Calcutta at 35 Ballygunge Circular
Road, Kolkata 700 019. The Society emerged through the
endeavour of some outstanding personalities who assembled
in a meeting held at the Botanical Laboratory, University
College of Science, Calcutta at 3- 30 p.m. on the 13th
December, 1935 with Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, the then
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta as the President
of meeting. This inaugural meeting urged the formation
of a society being supported by the President Sir Prafulla
Chandra Ray, Kt, Dr. S. C. Law- the then Sheriff of Calcutta,
Mr. C. C. Calder, Director, Botanical Survey of India
and the Superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden, Sibpur,
and Professor S. C. Mahalanobis of the Presidency College,
Calcutta. The celebration of the inaugural meeting was
organised by a committee with Prof. S. P. Agharkar, the
then Sir Rashbehary Ghose Professor of Botany as its President.
Since then the Society was christened as Botanical Society
of Bengal in 1936 with the main objective to promote the
cause of Botany and safeguard the interests of Botanists
of Bengal. Late Professor G. C. Bose happened to be its
His excellency, the Governor of Bengal was a patron of the
Society.In fact, from the inception, the society has been
continuously striving to serve the cause of Botany and
is forging ahead following its character of objectives.
The Society has started publishing the Bulletin since 1947.
Original Research papers in all branches of Botany are
being published from all over India and abroad. So far 61 volumes of the
Journal have been published including some special volumes.
At present the following memorial Lectures are organised regularly: i) J. Sen Memorial Lecture ii) P. Parija Memorial
Lecture iii) S. M. Sircar Memorial Lecture & iv) A.
K. Ghosh Memorial Lecture (under the auspices of Prof.
T. M. Das Foundation) v) P. C. Datta
Memorial Lecture and vi) G. Panigrahi Memorial
In order to provide encouragement to young botanists the Society
has instituted the following awards every year with the
financial aid from the donors: i) Prof. H. L. Chakravarti
Memorial Award, ii) J. Sen Memorial Medal and iii) Dr.
P. Chatterjee Memorial Awards. Further, Prof. S. C. Datta
Memorial Fund has been created by his students to felicitate
some senior botanists of the State for their valuable
contributions in Botany every year in collaboration with
With the changing scenario of the Society acquiring an all
India character both in its publications
and membership the name of the Society was changed to
National Botanical Society in 1985. However, as desired
by the members, the Society is now functioning in the
original name of “Botanical Society of Bengal”.
The Botanical Society of Bengal celebrated its Diamond Jubilee
year (1935- 1995) in a befitting manner in 1995 and organised
a National Seminar on “Recent Advances in Plant Sciences”
12th April, 1995. The President of the organising Committee was Prof. A. K.
Sharma and the Convenor was Prof. Ranajit Mallick. The
Symposium was inaugurated by Prof. R. N. Basu, Vice-Chancellor
of the University of Calcutta.
The Botanical Society of Bengal also organised another National
Symposium on “Frontiers of Research in Plant Sciences”
during December 2- 4, 1999 at the Auditorium, Indian Institute
of Chemical Biology, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032.
The Inaugural Session of the Symposium was inaugurated by Dr.
(Mrs.) Manju Sharma, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology,
Govt. of India. The introductory lecture was delivered
by Prof. A. K. Sharma, CAS, Deptt. Of Botany, C.U. and
Presidential address was delivered by Prof. R. N. Basu,
Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta.
Prof. Asis Datta, Vice-Chancellor, J.N.U., New Delhi; Dr. R.
S. Paroda, DG, ICAR, New Delhi; Prof. Anupam Verma, Dean
& Jt. Director, IARI, New Delhi; Prof. Arya K. Bal,
Deptt. Of Biology, Memorial University, Newfound Land, Canada, and several others delivered Invited
Lectures during this Symposium. There were 110 registered
participants in the Symposium.