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Department of Botany

Plants are an integral part of human life as they provide food, shelter, health and wealth besides oxygen. Botany is one of the fundamental disciplines of science dealing with the study of plant life. It is also the key to the development of biofuels such as biomass and methane gas that are used as alternatives to fossil fuels. It is important in the area of economic productivity of the nation, as it is involved in the study of crops and ideal growing techniques that help farmers increase crop yield. The study of plants is also important in the conservation of nature and natural resources, which has become crucial, especially on account of global warming and climate change. There is a paradigm shift in the approach of this branch. There is a shift from a qualitative approach to a quantitative approach. The Botany syllabi of both UG and PG programmes have been developed, keeping in mind the needs of the environment, society and also industry. The syllabi are constantly updated and upgraded by introducing modern techniques and recent advancements.

The Department of Botany was established in 1954 and it was once headed by the towering botanist, Late Rev Fr Dr Cecil J Saldanha, whose achievements have inspired hundreds of students and continue to be a guiding light to the Department and the Institution to this day. Since 2021, following the introduction of NEP, the Department Of Botany has been offering five UG programmes and one PG programme. Now the Department also offers a PhD. It is mandatory for all the postgraduate students to work on a short-term project in the second year (3rd and 4th semesters). Advanced Plant Physiology, Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Systematics and Microbiology are the fields of specialisation offered to the students. The PG programme also includes an educational plant collection tour each year.

The Department of Botany promotes a culture of academics and research amongst its students. Keeping this in mind, students are encouraged to take up various research topics of their interest and present their work at National and International conferences and publish papers as well. The Research Centre is also actively involved in guiding students for their doctoral degrees.  Some of the present staff are recognised research guides. The staff who retired in the recent past are also involved in guiding students for their MPhil and PhD. Over 32 PhD degrees have been awarded under the guidance of the Botany staff.

It has been the tradition of the Department of Botany to organise seminars, workshops, conferences and knowledge-sharing platforms throughout the year. An International Conference on “Green Technologies for Sustainable Ecosystems and Trade Show” was organised by the Department of Botany on 26th and 27th, February 2016 in association with Hong Kong University, Durham University, UK, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of Karnataka and UGC. The Department also organised an International Conference on Cancer and Genetics, on 26-27 February 2021 in association with Agarwal Hospitals, Bengaluru.

The Department publishes an International Open Access Journal “Biovistas- International Journal of Biological Research (IJBR)”, ISSN -2321-0524 . Botanical Society and Centre for Molecular and Computational Biology are the two dynamic associations of the Department. Botany laboratories are equipped with major instruments for research – PCR machine, GEL doc, stereo zoom microscope, binocular phase contrast microscope with photomicrographic attachment, UV-VIS spectrophotometer etc along with a well-established plant tissue culture lab and taxonomy lab. Web-based interactive smart classes for theory and practicals are conducted along the traditional chalk and talk method. Stereo zoom microscopes with luminous focusing system interfaced with LCD projectors and binocular microscopes with built-in cameras are available to enable students for in-depth observations and photography.

Plant taxonomy practical sessions are conducted through an online connection to the JCB Herbarium ( of the Indian Institute of Science, which is a digital herbarium based on the monumental work of Dr Cecil J Saldanha’s “Karnataka flora’’. The Department maintains a greenhouse for research purposes. Currently, funds from Research Projects (from various funding agencies), and College of Excellence (CE) Grants have been used to procure a few instruments and renovate some labs. The Department is also funded by DBT for Star College Status. Since 2017, the Department has also been receiving grants from FIST. 


To form citizens who are globally competent in plant science, skilled, self-reliant, role models of the society and crusaders for a green earth.


  • To impart the latest knowledge and methods in plant science.
  • To train students in skills that can be applied to benefit people.
  • To equip students with the most recent techniques in research and enable them to be proficient researchers.
  • To ignite a passion to conserve nature and natural resources.


Message from DEAN

Dr Beatrice Sequeira

Message from DEAN

The School of Life Sciences focuses on offering students, the opportunity and resources, to dive deep into understanding the science of “life” and using that knowledge to uncover research ideas that can better the world we live in. Our commitment lies in inculcating an interest in students to explore the world of life sciences and contribute to this rapidly expanding field. We aim to create a conducive environment where we encourage students to tap into their full potential and prepare them for academia, industry and productive application of their knowledge in everyday life.

The School consists of six departments, namely Botany, Biotechnology, Environmental Science (ES), Food Science and Technology (FST), Microbiology and Zoology. We offer Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) courses in Botany, Biotechnology, ES, Microbiology and Zoology. The PG course in Biotechnology was started last year and we had a myriad of students apply for the course. We are very excited to be starting our PG courses in Zoology and ES this academic year. The various departments ensure that the knowledge of our students is not limited to textbooks and manuals. The courses include ample practical work along with lectures which are made as interactive and interesting as possible. Furthermore, the School encourages students to collaborate with various institutes and organisations for internships, summer fellowships and dissertations for Master’s students. Together with the experience in our well-equipped laboratories and various opportunities for collaborations outside, our students can have holistic development and be ready to take on real-life situations.

The School is proud of the excellent faculty members across all our departments. The members ensure that they regularly engage themselves in equipping the latest skills in their subject-specific domains of interests and keep abreast of latest technology by attending faculty development programmes, workshops, seminars, and conferences. Each department also runs several clubs for UG and PG students to be a part of. Students are not only encouraged to participate in various club competitions, talks, field trips, and events but also showcase their leadership qualities by being part of the club committee. The clubs are a great way to connect with students from different departments and provide an opportunity to learn about other branches of life science. The principle of science is collaborating the knowledge of one field with another, and the club activities are a first step towards that.

The School is proud to be the alma mater of innumerable students who are very successful and recognized in their respective fields. Time and again, we hear stories from our alumni about how they use the skills and knowledge they gained at St. Joseph’s University and apply it in further study and work in order to achieve more and create an impression. It gives us immense joy to see our students find their passion and excel in their work. We are proud of the quality of education we provide at the School of Life Sciences, because it is education that does not end when you graduate with a degree but education that lasts for a lifetime!


SL. No. Name of the Supervisor Designation Area of Specialisation PhD Scholars
1 Dr Neelam Mishra Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Plant Genomics and Expression analysis
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Plant stress physiology and phytochemistry


  •  Nithya Folita Fernandes

  •  Triveni


  •  Mariam Khadeeja Ms 
2 Dr N Praveen Kumar Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Mycology and Plant Pathology
  • Fungal Biotechnology
  • Morphological changes in wood decay and Wood anatomy
  • Biochemical studies of lignin degrading enzymes and Enzymology
  • Delignification of Cell wall in wood and Wood Pathology
  • Bio-control of wood rotting Pathogens and Phytopathogens
  • Molecular diversity studies, Phylogenetics and evolution of wood decay fungi.
  • Aeromycoflora
  • Mycochemicals and Nutraceutical
  • MycoNanotechnology


  • Bharath Kumar S
  •  Tejashwini K
3 Dr A Stephen Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Botany and Ecology, Palynology. Plant Systematics
  • Palynology and Palaeobotany
  • Ecology and Disaster Management
  • Biodiversity and Economic Botany
  • Seed Ecophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry and Histochemistry
  • Fungal biotechnology
  • Water Quality Analysis


  •  Sheetal Gupta  
  • Wazen Longkumer 

PHD Scholars

Name of Research Scholar Date of Enrollment for Coursework at SJU Area of Research Title of the Thesis (Provisional) Link to the Profile of the Supervisor Status of the Thesis
MARIAM KHADEEJA MS 10-07-2023 Plant Molecular Biology/ plant development Biology Plant Molecular Biology/ plant development Biology In Coursework
SHEETAL GUPTA 10-07-2023 Plant Taxonomy Plant Taxonomy In Coursework
WAZEN LONGKUMER 10-07-2023 Plant Systematics Plant Systematics In Coursework
BHARATH KUMAR S 13-02-2023 Wood decay and Wood decay fungi Wood decay and Wood decay fungi Registered (On going)
NITHYA FOLITA FERNANDES 13-02-2023 Abiotic stress Abiotic stress Registered (On going)
TEJASHWINI K 13-02-2023 Mushrooms  Mushrooms Registered (On going)
TRIVENI 13-02-2023 Studying secondary metabolism through plant tissue culture's Studying secondary metabolism through plant tissue culture's Registered (On going)

Research Fellows

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Visiting Researchers

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Adjunct Faculty

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Post-Doctoral Researcher

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