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The Department of Botany was established in 1927 under Madras University. Over the years it has become a full fledged department with graduate and post graduate courses in Botany and a research centre affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. The Department is presently recognized by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India under the FIST program. The Department has identified various thrust areas of research viz. Plant systematics, Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry, Seed Physiology, Environmental Sciences, Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. Steps are under way to start a fully-fledged laboratory in phytochemistry to give impetus to the medicinal plant research. As the glorious years roll in to the history of the department, it has developed by leaps and bounds contributing significantly to the development of the college and the society.


  • Plant Tissue Culture


  • B Sc Botany


  • M Sc Botany


  • Ph D in Botany

Dr.Soni Scaria

Associate Professor

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Dr.Joseph Job

Assistant Professor

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Dr.Salvy Thomas

Assistant Professor & Head

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Mr.Biju George

Assistant Professor

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Mr.Ajeesh Joseph

Assistant Professor

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Mr.Tom Joseph

Assistant Professor

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  • Dr V T Antony (Retired Faculty, Dept of Botany, St Berchmans College, Changanacherry)

  • Dr Scaria K Varghese M Sc, B Ed, Ph D (Associate Professor, Dept of Botany, St Berchmans College, Changanacherry)

  • Dr J G Ray M Sc, M E&E, Ph D (Professor & Director, School of BioSciences, MG University Kottayam)

  • Dr M V Natarajaa Panicker ( S N College, Kollam)

  • Dr V S Harikumar M Sc, M Ed., M Phil., Ph D (Associate Professor, Dept of Botany, S D College, Alappuzha)

  • Dr Santhosh Nambi (St Joseph’s College, Devagiri)

  • Dr I’ma Neerackal M Sc, M Phil, Ph D (Associate Professor, Dept of Botany, Assumption College, Changanacherry)


    The Botanic Garden is situated on the north East border of the college campus. The 1.5 acre site of the garden includes a green house, nursery, vermicompost, arboretum and a Linnaean garden.


    The Department houses the Regional Herbarium of Kerala (International Acrynium RH). The herbarium stores in its pigeon holes more than ten thousand specimens of flowering plants from India and abroad.


    The Department is quite fortunate in having its own special library.It contains rare books, ideographs manuscripts, journals, dissertations


    The museum is a substantial one, which illustrates the diversity of plant life. Rarities such as fossils, xylaria and flora stamps are treasured here.


    a. Plant Systematics:

    The plant systematics Laboratory, established in 1982, works in close collaboration with the regional Herbarium of Kerala (RHK) housed in the Department.

    b. Plant Biotechnology:

    The plant biotechnology laboratory was started in 1990 to promote research and teaching in plant tissue culture. The lab was recently extended as to include Microbiology and Molecular Biology divisions.

    c. Environmental Science:

    The environmental Science Laboratory was founded in 1994 to address to both fundamental and applied questions.


    An innovative programme of the department in which former students of the department pursuing PhD or PDF in India and abroad, with various scholarships, are invited to the department to interact with the students and the students are encouraged to make contacts with the scholars.


    An annual lecture series in which the lecture is delivered by a reputed alumnus of the department.


    A unique extension programme of the department where the faculty and students interact regularly with the paddy farmers of a nearby group farming paddy field called ’Pattithanam-Njarakkakary Padasekharam’.


    The department is instituted the following alumni Sponsored Scholarships,

    No. Name of the Scholarship
    1 Dr. T. S. Raghavan, FLS, FRAS, Memorial Scholarship
    2 Mr. Thomas Kattapuram Memorial Scholarship
    3 Mrs. Aleykkutty Mammen Endowment Scholarship
    4 Peringattu Shri C. Joseph Memorial Scholarship
    5 Dr. Aravind Babu Endowment Scholarship
    6 Prof. O. J Kuruvila Memorial Scholarship



    No. Project title Funding agency Investigators Period Amount
    1 Systematic studies of flora of Kottayam BSI Coimbatore
    Prof.Fr.Antony Kadavil
    1983-86 88,000
    2 Establishment of regional herbarium,Kerala. UGC
    Mr.Sunny Mathew
    1986-89 2,02,000
    3 Income generation by floriculture IGSSS
    1997-99 400,000
    4 Study of protein profile of different culturesof
    Psophocarpus tetragonolobus
     and it’s varieties
    Dr.Philip John
    Dr.Scaria KVarghese
    2001-05 1,70,000
    5 V-E in Biotechnology UGC Prof.JosephTitto 2001-05 2,34,000
    6 Impact of tourism on the hydrobiology of Periyarlake ,Thekkady,Kerala. UGC
    2002-05 4,60,000
    7 COSIP UGC Prof.JosephTitto 2002-05 2,00,000
    8 Ecogeography and genetic diversity of Momordica Linn. KSCSTE Dr.V.T.Antony 2003-05 82,000
    9 Western Ghat Thiruvananthapuram Dr.Joseph John K
    10 Identification,propagation and documentation of underutilized ornamental plants of Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala UGC Dr. V. T. Antony 2007-09 72000/-
    11 Studies on pollination biology. Micropropagation and  hairy root culture of RotulaacquaticaLour. A rare riparian medicinal plant for conservation and sustainable utilization. UGC Dr. V. T. Antony 2011–13 150000/-
    12 Production of glucose tolerant β-glucosidase from microbes UGC Dr. Joseph Job 2012 -14 80000/-


    • A new species of the genus Premna L. (Lamiaceaea) from Western Ghats of India. KonickalMambettaPrabhu Kumar,
      Thrivikraman Sunil Kumar, VilluvattathuSreeraj, Binu Thomas, Indira Balachandran and Valiyaparampil Thomas Antony,
      , Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography, vol 68, pp 127-131. (2013)
    • Streptococcus pygenes – Life threatening Agent in school going children, Dr. V. T. Antony, Biomedicine; 32(1)
      pages 141-142. (2012)
    • Sudorification: Tribal treatment for psoriasis, Kerala State, Thiruvananthapuram, K Ajayakumar and VT Antony SB
      Academic Review, vol.18, pp 117 – 121. (2012)
    • Occurrence of Saunter method of natural propagation of RotulaaquaticaLour and prevailing anthropogenic threats in
      habitats SB Academic Review, vol.18, pp 101 – 107. (2012)
    • Malassezia furfur- a major causative agent of Dandruff among Adolescents, Dr. V. T. Antony, Biomedicine; 31(3)
      pages 427-428 ( 2011)
    • Ethnobotanical investigations among the Ulladan tribes of Alappuzha District in Kerala state, India, Dr. V. T.
      Antony, Journal of economic and taxonomic Botany. 35 no. 3.Pages 449- 454. (2011)
    • IpomeaPes-Caprae(L.) Rr.ssp. Pes-Caprae, A plant that wards off evil spirits, in the magico religious believes of
      Ullada Tribes of Alapuzha District, Kerala, Dr. V. T. Antony, Research Lines (ISSN 0975-8941) Vol. 4 No. 2 Pages
      125 – 128. (2011)
    • Some Sacred Plants Used by Namboodiri Brahmins for Worship and Medicine, Dr. V. T. Antony, Research Lines (ISSN
      0975 – 8941), Vol. IV, No. I-B, Pages: 19-25. (2011)
    • A new variety of Crotalaria assamica (Fabaceae – Papilionoideae), from the Western Ghats,India, Dr. V. T. Antony,
      Rheedea ( ISSN 0971 – 2313 ) Vol. 21No. 12. Pages 153 -156. (2011)
    • Verbena bonariensis L. (Verbenaceae)- An addition to Flora of Kerala, Dr. V. T. Antony, Research Lines. Vol. IV,
      No. I-B, (ISSN 0975 – 8941). (2011)
    • Ethnobotanical investigation among the Ullada Tribes of Alappuzha District in Kerala State, India, Dr. V. T.
      Antony, Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany. Vol.35(3) Pages 449-454. (2011)
    • Diversity of woody species in the Medicinal Plant Conservation Area (MPCA) of Silent Valley National park, Kerala,
      Mr.Salvy Thomas, BIODIVERSITY Vol. 12 No. 2. 97- 107. 2011
    • Ipomoea obscura (L.) Ker-Gawl. – awondrous plant against infertility, in the traditional medicine of Ullada tribes
      of Alapuzha district, Kerala. M.A. Joseph, T. Sunilkumar and V. T. Antony. Journal of Economic and Taxonomic
      BotanyVol : 35.No : 4. Pp 639 – 641 (2011).
    • Expression and functional analysis of two Osmotin (PR5) isoforms with differential antifungal activity from Piper
      colubrinum: Prediction of structure – function relationship by Bioinformatics approach. Tomson Mani, K. C.
      Sivakumar and S. Manjula. Molecular Biotechnology DOI 10.1007/s/12033-011-9489-0 (2011)
    • Neanotisindica (DC) Lewis Var. Deltoidea(Wall.Ex Wight and Arn.) Lewis (Rubiaceae – Hedyotideae) : A new record
      for Kerala, Dr. V. T. Antony, Indainjouranal of forestery. Vol : 33 (1) No 113 – 114. (2010)
    • The Magic RelifVitexnegundo L. Practiced by Ullada tribes in Alappuzha District of Kerala State.Dr. V. T. Antony,
      Journal of Economic and Taxonomic BotanyVol : 34.No : 4. (2010)
    • A Taxonomic Revision of the Genus Momordica L ( Cucurbitaceae) in India, Dr. V. T. Antony, Indian journal of plant
      Genetic Resources Vol: 23 No: 2. (2010)
    • Pollen Cryopreservation feasibility studies in Momordicadioica and M. Sahyadrica, Dr. V. T. Antony, The IUP
      Journal of Genetics and Evolution. Vol : 3 No; 4. (2010)
    • Production of a highly glucose tolerant β-glucosidase by PaecilomycesvariotiiMG3: optimization of fermentation
      conditions using Plackett-Burman and Box-Behnken experimental designs, Dr. Joseph Job, World Journal of
      Microbiology and Biotechnology, vol. 26, no.8, pp. 1385–1391, 2010.
    • Studies on the stem galls of Osbeckialowsoni Linn, Dr. Joseph Job, SB Academic Review, vol.17, pp 8 – 16 , 2010
    • Seed science and technology for conservation of medicinal plant species, Mr.Salvy Thomas, National seminar on
      conservation and sustainable utilization of red listed medicinal plants of Western Ghats of India (2010)
    • Optimization of Agrbacterium mediated transient gene expression and endogenous gene silencing in piper colubrinum
      Link. By vacuum infiltration. Tomson Mani and S. Manjula. Plant cell tissue and organ culture. DOI
      10.1007/s11240-010-9836-z. (2010).
    • Cloning and characterization of two osmotin isoforms from Piper colubrinum. Tomson Mani and S. Manjula.
      Biologiaplantarum. 54 (2) 377 – 380 ( 2010 ).
    • Antiinflammatory and analgesic of Erythrinaindica Lamb. VE Rajeev, PG latha, GI Anju, Vj Shine, S. Shyamal, NM
      Krishnakumar, P. Shika, J. Liji and S. Rajasekharan. Medicinal Plants 2 (3) 229 – 231. ( 2010 )
    • Arbuscularmycorrhizal fungi and Piriformosporaindica individually and in combination with Rhizobium on green gram.
      JG Ray and N. Valsalakumar. Journal of plant nutrition 33,285 – 298. ( 2010 )
    • Calcium accumulation in grasses in relation to their root cation exchange capacity. JG Ray and KJ George. Journal
      of agronomy pp 1-5. (2010)
    • Lead in soil and tolerant herbs on roadsides in search of the metal accumulation pattern in diverse species JG Ray
      and Jojo George, International journal of applied environmental sciences vol. 5 no. 2 pp 227-244. (2010)
    • Tuber morphology, germination behaviour and propagation efficiency in three wild edible Momordica species of India,
      Joseph John K, Antony V. T, Jose Marydas, Karuppya, Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 2009
    • Collection and preliminary evaluation of small bittergourds (Momordicacharantia l.) a relict vegetable of southern
      peninsular India, Joseph John K and Antony V. T, Genetic resource and crop evolution. 56: 99-104 (2009)
    • Tropical rain forest vegetation climate and sea level during the Pleistocene in Kerala, India. AnjumFarooqui, J G
      Ray, S. A Farooqui, R K Tiwari, Z A Khan. Quarternary international pp:1-10 (2009)
    • Physiochemical environmental complex of a commercially exploited tropical fresh water system within a wild life
      sanctuary, Kerala, India. J G Ray, J Krishnan, K S Unni and V Sobha. ISSN 1726-1112.2009.T.20 No 324
    • Phytosociology of the roadside communities to identify ecological potentials of tolerant species. J G Ray and Jojo
      George. Journal of Ecology and natural environment. Vol 1(5) pp: 184-190 (2009)
    • Experiments with Rhizobium isolates on growth and productivity in Green Gram. J G Ray and Valsalakumar. ISSN
      1726-1112.T.20.No 3-4 (2009)



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    PG = 71
    Total = 256



    • Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII)
    • Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI)
    • Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI)
    • Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI)
    • Rubber board
    • Coconut board
    • National bureau of plant genetic resources (nbpgr)
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    • Colleges
    • Higher secondary schools
    • High schools