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Botany

About Us

Year of Establishment : 1952
About us.. The D. G. Ruparel College is a premier educational institution, established in 1952, and the Department of Botany has been there since inception. The first head of the department was Dr. P. S. Gharse who was the eminent mycologist and plant pathologist working in wheat rust research centre, Mahableshwar, before accepting this post. He started the subject Mycology and Plant Pathology at post graduate level and since then several students have passed and are holding posts of higher ranks at various industries and organizations in India and abroad.
The use of conventional and computer aided pedagogical methods by our teachers in order to make learning easy and effective, is a common practice. Research is an integral part in the department of Botany. Teachers, undergraduate and post graduate students actively participate in various research activities and also publish their research work in national and international journals. The faculty members regularly organize and attend workshops, conferences and seminars. The department also facilitates the Invited talks, competitions, career guidance, training and workshops for the betterment of the students.
Department has a good collection of plant fossils, permanent slides and preserved specimens. The department also provides the facility of departmental library to enable students has easy access to the study material.
The subject of Botany is not restricted to the classroom learning. Hence, to expose and familiarize students with the natural flora and ecology several excursions are organized by the department regularly. In addition, visits to Research Institutes, Organizations are also facilitated to bridge the gap between academics and market requirement.

Teaching Faculty

Board Person Name
Dr. R. K. Jadhav
Designation

Head and Associate Professor
M.Sc. (Botany), Ph.D. (Botany)
Specialization: Plant Physiology

rajesh.jadhav@ruparel.edu
Board Person Name
Mrs. Neha Sawant
Designation

Assistant Professor
M.Sc. (Botany)
Specialization: Plant Anatomy

neha.sawant@ruparel.edu
Board Person Name
Dr. Rachana Birje
Designation

Assistant Professor
M.Sc. (Botany), Ph.D. (Botany), SET
Specialization: Mycology and Plant Pathology

rachana.birje@ruparel.edu
Board Person Name
Dr. Shyam Palkar
Designation

Assistant Professor
M.Sc. (Botany), Ph.D. (Botany)
Specialization: Mycology and Plant Pathology

shyam.palkar@ruparel.edu
Board Person Name
Miss. Tejasvi Shinde
Designation

Assistant Professor
M.Sc. (Botany)
Specialization: Mycology and Plant Pathology

tejasvi.shinde@ruparel.edu

Infrastructure

The department of Botany has been recognized as a research centre in Botany under the University of Mumbai. Department of botany has a good infrastructure with well-equipped laboratories and advanced instruments.

  • Total built up area: 401.56 sq.m
  • No. of laboratories: 02 (1 UG + 1 PG)
  • No. of classrooms: 02
  • A good collection of preserved plant specimens (wet and dry).
  • Four computers, one with internet facility and printer.
  • Instruments and equipments: UV-Visible spectrophotometer, Colorimeters,
  • Centrifuge, Digital Balance, Shaker, Incubators, Hot air oven, Laminar air flow, pH meter, microwave, Refrigerator, water bath, gel electrophoresis units, clevenger apparatus, Soxhlet apparatus, rotary vacuum evaporator, magnetic stirrer, stereo microscope, trinocular microscope with halogen light and USB digital Camera, Flame photometer and so on.
  • Departmental library with reference books.

Programs Offered :

  • Bachelor of Science (Botany)
    • F.Y.B.Sc. (Chemistry-Botany-Zoology and Chemistry-Physics-Botany)
      • Paper I - Plant diversity I
      • Paper II - Form and function I
    • S.Y.B.Sc. (Botany-Zoology and Chemistry-Botany)
      • Paper I - Plant diversity II
      • Paper II - Form and function II
      • Paper III - Current trends in plant sciences I
    • T.Y.B.Sc. (Botany with Horticulture and Gardening as applied component.)
      • Paper I - Plant diversity III
      • Paper II - Plant diversity IV
      • Paper III - Form and function III
      • Paper IV - Current trends in plant sciences II
      • Paper V - Horticulture and Gardening (Applied component)
  • Master of Science (Botany with Mycology and Plant Pathology as specialization)
    • SEMESTER I
      • Paper I - Plant diversity - Cryptogram I
      • Paper II - Plant diversity - Spermatophyta I
      • Paper III - Plant physiology
      • Paper IV - Cytogenetics, molecular biology and Biotechnology
    • SEMESTER II
      • Paper I - Plant diversity - Cryptogram II
      • Paper II - Plant diversity - Spermatophyta II
      • Paper III - Plant physiology and Environmental botany
      • Paper IV - Medicinal botany and dietetics
    • SEMESTER III
      • Paper I - Techniques and instrumentation
      • Paper II - Molecular biology
      • Paper III - General mycology
      • Paper IV - Applied mycology and plant pathology
    • SEMESTER IV
      • Paper I - Techniques and instrumentation
      • Paper II- Molecular biology
      • Paper III - General mycology
      • Paper IV - Applied mycology and plant pathology
  • Master of Science (By research)
  • Ph. D.

Syllabus

T.Y.B.Sc. Syllabus

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M.Sc. Part-I Syllabus

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M.Sc. Part-II Syllabus

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Time-table

Activities Conducted under Star College Scheme

Guest lectures:

  1. Organic farming: Journey towards sustainability by Mr. Sachin Palkar, Founder, SAP Agro services.
  2. Exploring algal bio-active compounds for nutraceutical pharmaceuticals and cosmetic application by Dr. M. A. Deodhar, Former Head and Associate Professor, Department of Botany, V. G. Vaze College.
  3. Diet and nutrition: An Ayurvedic approach by Dr. Gauri Soman, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, M. D. College.
  4. Carbon sequestration and global warming by Dr. Anil Avhad, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, R. Jhunjhunwala College.
Workshops conducted:
  1. Microgreens: Grow your own food by Mr. Bhakti Khot, Horticulturist, Proprietor, NuTreegrow consultants.
  2. Hands on training on Terrarium by Dr. Neeraja Tutkane, Assistant Professor, SIES College.
Competitions organized:
Photophile: Plant photography competition

Other Activities
  1. Students from F.Y.B.Sc., S.Y.B.Sc and T.Y.B.Sc. visited Ruia College and took hands on training on “Green House Technology and Hydroponics”
  2. Dr. Shyam Palkar conducted 9 days online activity: Novem Vibrant Rational Thinking for F.Y.B.Sc, S.Y.B.Sc. and T.Y.B.Sc. students using Padlet app
  3. A backdrop has been to spread awareness about importance of mangroves in biodiversity conservation has been displayed at wetland conference.
  4. A display model of Wood Wide Web at National flower and fruit by National society of Friends of the Trees (FOT).
Project:
Undertook the project in association with IT and CS department to develop the QR code for major trees of Ruparel college.