University Grants Commission/Special Assistance Programme/
Centre of Advanced Study:

Thrust Area of Research: Plant Genomics and Integrative  Biology

The Centre of Advanced Study , Department of Botany, owes its inception to the cytogenetics laboratory of the Department of Botany, University of Calcutta, since Professor A.K. Sharma (the then Sri A.K.Sharma) joined this University in 1948 as Assistant Lecturer after the departure of Professor P.N.Bhaduri to Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, under whom he had his initial training in chromosome study in this university. Since then , the emphasis of this laboratory was focused towards innovation of new methods for chromosome analysis, from any organ of the plant Since inception till date, the Centre has been holding programmes of regular workshops, seminars and Colloquia on different aspects of emerging areas of Chromosome Research  for the benefit of teachers and researchers alike.

Since inception in 1980 , the identified thrust area had been   on Cell and Chromosome research. In the Phase VI ,  the review committee had expanded the scope of the programme with the identified thrust area as “Plant genomics and Integrated Biology”. As opined by Professor AK Sharma,FNA, in the First Meeting of Advisory committee(2011) of the CAS Phase VI programme, with  introduction of integrative biology, all the faculty members who will be interested in working in an integrated programme of research will also participate. Prof. Sharma hoped that “with the introduction of expanded thrust area, the tempo of research will gradually be expanded”.

Date of First Approval by UGC with level at inception: 1972-DSA & 1980-CAS
Subsequent dates for Review : 1985; 1990; 1996; 21st and 22nd March, 2004;October 8th and 9th, 2010
Date of implementation of current phase as noted by UGC: 01.04.2010
Amount allocated for 5 years: 01.04.2010-31.03.2015
Non Recurring:    Rs.66.50 lakh
Recurring:    Rs.81.75 lakh
Total:  Rs.148.25 lakh 
Total Grant received since Inception: 309.90 lakh

Thrust Area(s)      

Identified since inception    Ongoing Modified to, if any, & when UGC approval ref. no. & dt.
Cell and  Chromosome Research Plant Genomics and Integrative biology  N/A

Broad Objectives

Thrust Area: Plant Genomics and Integrative Biology

Broad Areas of Research :
1 Plant Genomics
Chromosomal explorations
2 Genotoxicity and Stress Biology
3 Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Bioprospecting
4 Integrated biology –Genomics and Proteomics

Coordinator's Name & Address:
Prof.(Mrs.)Sumita   Jha
Centre of Advanced Study, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta
35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata
Pin: 700 019 State: West Bengal
Tel. +91 33 2461 5445 Fax + 91 33  2461 4849
e-mail: sumitajha.cu@gmail.com; sjbot@caluniv.ac.in

UGC nominees with Address, City, Pin, State,Tel.,Fax, E- mail (as approved by the UGC) :
1.Dr.S.R. Bhat, Principal Scientist, NRC in Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi- 110 012
2.Dr. P.B. Kirti, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad,Gacchi Bowli, Hyderabad