Sikkim University

Department of Botany
Evaluation Building

Programmes offered: MSc and PhD

About the Department

Teaching Strength

Permanent Faculty

Name

Designation

Dr. Dhani Raj Chhetri

Associate Professor, Head

Dr. N Sathyanarayana

Associate Professor

Dr. Santosh Kumar Rai

Assistant Professor

Dr. N Bijayalaxmi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Arun Chhetri

Assistant Professor

Dr. Arun Kumar Rai

Assistant Professor

 

Highlights

The Department of Botany was established in July 2011. Started as Department of Ethno-botany and Social Medicine Studies, it was renamed as Dept. of Botany in 2013. The department focuses on study of plant diversity in the backdrop of rich biodiversity and cultural heritage of the Eastern Himalayas and envisions brightening its future in the areas of research, teaching and public outreach. Its course provides modern methodological, theoretical and practical instructions, as well as introductions to rich biodiversity and to the broad range of human expression, including ethno-medicinal systems of the region. The department offers Master’s and Ph.D programmes in Botany. It also plans to host a mixture of archives, museum, herbarium collections, database and publications - all of which provide tremendous opportunities for students and researchers to learn both in and outside of the classroom.



Research Strength

Projects                    

  1. DNA Fingerprinting of important germplasm, assessment of genetic diversity and identification of diverse parental lines for trait-specific breeding in velvetbean (Mucuna pruriens) – Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), GoI.
  2. Development and characterization of microsatellite markers in Mucuna pruriens – A medicinally and agronomically important legume species – Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT), GoI.
  3. Preventing extinction and improving conservation status of threatened plants through application of Biotechnologucal tools – Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT), GoI.

 

Seminars/Lectures organised

  1. Three-day national conference on new frontiers in medicinal plants research and special meeting on medicinal plants for livelihood security and community empowerment in Eastern Himalayas, held at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, Sikkim, October, 3-5, 2013.
  2. INSA-SU sponsored lecture workshop on “Frontier Lectures in Biology”, Chintan Bhavan, Gangtok, 15 November 2013.

 

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