DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY
The Department of Botany is established in 1967, celebrated Golden Jubilee in 2017 and completed 53 years of academic excellence with far-sighted and commendable services rendered by faculty members.The late Dr. A.P. Mani who made his mark as trail-blazer principal of Baselius College also bestowed the same glow as the first head of the Department of Botany. The Department remembers with deep gratitude the meritorious service rendered by H. G. Kuriakose Mar Clemis Metropolitan who was the former Corporate manager of M.O.C. Colleges and H.O.D. of this department and Dr. M. E. Kuriakose (Retired principal of K.G. College, Pampadi who received Tharsis Foundation award for the Best Principal 2012 and currently serving as the Secretary, MOC Colleges)& all other retired members of the staff. Currently 4 permanent faculties are serving in the department.The faculty members of this department have published many research papers in both International/ national journals of repute and in International/ national conference proceedings. As a part of the UGC sponsored Add- on Course in Natural Rubber Production and Plantation Management, the department has taken the initiative to start Latex Testing (DRC) Laboratory since 2005. Many rubber growers in and around Kottayam are availing this opportunity to know the actual DRC of latex samples from the department. In 2019 onwards, department started Skill development course in Agribased Microenterprises in collaboration withKrishiVigyan Kendra (KVK), Kumarakom. We regularly conduct seminars and lecture series to improve the knowledge level of students and also to inspire them to become better personalities.The department has a good library with more than 900 books. Now the department offers an Open Course in Horticulture and Nursery Management for the 5th semester students with on hands on training.
The Botany Association offers ample chances for students to participate in various extracurricular activities. From 2011 onwards department regularly conducts exhibitions under NATURA series and started organizing Intercollegiate Botany fest HORTUS from 2019 onwards. Department is also conducting field visits to explore nature and lab visits to produce aspirants in future studies related to Botany.The department takes pride in conducting Dr. A.P. Mani Memorial Inter Collegiate Botany Quiz to commemorate the first Head of the department and the first principal of the college. The department has also brought laurels galore to the College by the way of University Ranks and prizes.