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The Botany Department was established in the year 1937 when the Madras Christian College shifted from George Town, Madras, now called as Chennai. Prof. M.S.Sabesan was the first head of the department with one lecturer and one tutor. After functioning from the main building for 46 years, the department was shifted in 1983 to a newly built two storied building, complete with all facilities, constructed with funds from Evangelishe Zentrolstelle fur Entwicklungshilfe E.V.Bonn, West Germany. The following is the list of Professors headed this department with their period of association with this department.

Pro. M.S.Sabesan (1937-(1939)1944); Dr.K.R.Venkata Subban (1944-1968), Prof. Damodaran Thampan (1946-1978), Dr. S.Crispin Devadas (1956-1991), Dr. D.E.P.Jeyasingh (1991-1996), Dr. P. Dayanandan (1996-2003), Dr.C.Livingston (1970-2007), Prof. P.Joel Christopher (2007-2008), Prof. H.K.P.Devadoss (2008-2013).

The department offers UG and PG in Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Botany.

The following are the highlights of the department.

Optional subjects available for students to pursue:

  • Biodiversity of algae, Taxonomy and systematics of freshwater and marine algae and Biotechnological applications of algae.
  • Angiosperm systematics, Ethnobotany, Medicinal Plants and Biodiversity
  • Plant Tissue Culture, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
  • Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics
  • Plant Histochemistry and Plant Physiology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Palynology and Pollen Biology
  • Micropropagation, Instrumentation and Computer applications
  • Fungal Biodiversity and Fungal Biotechnology
  • Cytotoxicity and Biotechnology

  Department has received funds from DBT under STAR COLLEGES IN LIFE SCIENCES with three more departmes -                             Zoology, Chemistry and Physics.

          The following equipments/instruments were acquired through this scheme and are available for

          students and research scholars from 2010 onwards:  Some of the important equipments acquired through this scheme

          include:

          High speed, refrigerated centrifuge, High sensitive electronic balance and visible spectrophotometer, Reverse Osmosis

          plant and a deep freezer. The department has also set up an algal culture chamber with a specially designed light and

          temperature  controlled algal rack

Department has received funds from DST under FIST program in 2013 with two more departments-Maths and Physics:

          The Department is equipped with the following instruments through DST-FIST which are being used by students from

          2014-2015

          onwards:

          Leica Fluorescence Microscope DM2000

          Mastercycler Nexus SX1

          Lab India UV 3000 Double beam Spectrometer

          Monocular Student Microscope with electric illumination, mechanical stage and Oil immersion lens for all classes

          Electronic weighing balance with 0.1 mg accuracy

          BOD incubator, Multiparameter, Dissolved Oxygen meter, Vertical, 2 KW digital controlled Autoclave, Liquid nitrogen

          storage container, Rotary vaccum evaporator and Laminar Air Flow and glassware including microslides of 1 mm and

         1.2 mm thick and 0 number cover glasses.

         


To be continued......



Location of Botany Department, Madras Christian College

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