Department of Botany in Kalindi College came into existence in 1967 with the introduction of Life Science course in Bachelor of Science (General) stream. A new course B.Sc. Applied Sciences (Environmental Science) was introduced in 1985 to know more about the environmental issues. In order to broaden the horizon of understanding about Plant Sciences, the college started B.Sc. (Honours) course in Botany in 2013 under FYUP. However, the University reverted back to B.Sc. (Programme) semester mode in 2014. B.Sc. (Honours) Botany was introduced in the year 2017.
As Botany deals with the study of different processes going on in plants, the course in Botany encourages students to keep abreast of as many developments as possible in Plant Sciences. Studies in Classical Botany deal with plant behavior, morphology, physiology, embryology, ecology, genetics, systematic etc. and provide solutions to agricultural, horticultural and environmental problems, for crop improvement, organic farming and natural resource management. By the study of the fundamental details of plants, students can understand growth and development, reproduction, life cycle, medicinal values and economic importance of food resources. This course being an important component of Life Sciences offers immense opportunities in other related fields and applied disciplines such as Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Agro-forestry, Environmental Science and Management and many others. Recent advances in Botany, which deal with the study of different processes going on in biological systems at the molecular level, have brought miraculous and revolutionary changes in the world of sciences. One of the most popular and much-needed areas of study is the climatic changes. The knowledge of plant science can be used to solve environmental challenges. While studying Botany the students learn all these aspects of plants including its applications. Besides, the students will have greater opportunities open to them in higher studies and research along with better job prospects.
Botany is emerging as one of the potential areas for career and research within the country and abroad. Aspirants having B.Sc. degree in Botany can find a lot of career opportunities in both public sector and private sector. They can join Botanical Survey of India (BSI), National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) etc. as a Research Associate. Graduates of this subject can opt for post-graduation in Life-Science, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Toxicology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, etc. Applied Post-Graduate courses in Environmental Sciences, Agro Forestry, and Forensic Science can also be pursued.