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Name of the faculties:

1. Prof.Timir baran Jha, Prof & Head Department of Botany and Coordinator Department of Biotechnology 2. Dr. Jana Chakroborti, Assistant Professor

3. Dr. Bhaskar Gupta, Assistant Professor 4. Dr. Arijit Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor Guest faculties:

1. Dr. Jukta Adhikara, Associate Prof., Dept. of Botany, Presidency College

2. Dr. Madhubrata Choudhury, Associate Prof., Dept. of Botany, Presidency College 3. Dr. Abhijit Datta , Associate Prof., Dept. of Botany., Presidency College

4. Dr. Nirmal Sarkar, Associate Prof., Dept. of Zoology, Presidency College 5. Dr. Subir Dasgupta, Associate Prof., Dept. of Zoology, Moulana Azad College 6. Dr. Biplab Giri, Assistant Prof., Dept. of Physiology, W.B.S.U., Barasat

7. Shri Tushar Ghara, Associate Prof., Dept. of Statistics, Bidhannagar Govt. College 8. Dr Seemanti Ghosh, Assistant Prof., Dept. of Botany, Bethune College

9. Dr. Shantanu Pal, Assistant Prof., Dept. of Botany, Gurudas College B. Non-teaching:

1. Abdul Shovan Khan (Group-D) C. Vacant Position(s)

2 vacant faculty positions

Department of Botany

News from the Department

Acharya Subodh Chandra Mahalanobis with the co-operation of the then Lieutenant Governor of Bengal Sir John Woodburn established the Department of Botany at Presidency College in the year 1900. Since then the department is offering Botany Honours course. It is also a matter of great pride that the University of Calcutta started their Postgraduate course in this department in the year 1912 and continued up to 1918 and was reintroduced jointly from 1952. At the onset of the new millennium the department was permitted to start independent postgraduate course in Botany and within couple of years (2004-05) granted Postgraduate Academic Autonomy. With the beginning of the new era the department has completely revised and upgraded the syllabus of M.Sc. Botany and introduced the new syllabus from the 2005-06 academic session giving emphasis on the current trends and recent advancements in Plant Sciences. Continuous assessment system in practical papers, students' seminar and grand viva are some important features of the newly introduced PG syllabus. PG syllabus has been revised once again towards more modernization.

It is a matter of pride for all of us that the Department of Botany has been recognized as a DST-FIST sponsored department by the Department of Science and Technology. Government of India, since 2003 and received successive grants of Rs. 35 Lakhs for the first phase (2003-2008) and nearly 65 lakhs for the second phase (2009-2013). This grant has helped us immensely to strengthen our teaching and research both at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Students' performance: The department has maintained its tradition in the performance of the students in the University examinations (CU). The results published in 2010 are stated below:

Examination M.Sc. Part-1 M.Sc. Part-11 B.Sc. Part-1 B.Sc. Part- II B.Sc. Part- lit

No. of students appeared 25

25 26 25 20

No. of students obtained First Class 21

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Seminars held in the Department and visitors to the Department:

i. Dr. A. Gomes, Professor of Physiology, Calcutta University, Kolkata delivered a tallc on "Sharing my experience on snake venom research" on the 26th February, 2010.

ii. Dr. Subhra Chakraboity of National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi delivered a talk on a topic entitled "Designer crop for better nutrition and higher productivity" on the 12th March, 2010 at 4.00 PM.

iii. Dr. Bani Mukhopadhyay, Scientist of NIAAA, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA delivered a seminar lecture on a topic entitled "Transcriptional Regulation of Cannabinoid Receptor-1 Expression in the Liver by Retinoic Acid Acting via Retinoic Acid Receptor-?" on the 10th July, 2010 at 1.00 PM.

iv. Dr. Sandipa Dey, Department of Biochemistry, Duke University, North Carolina, USA has delivered a seminar lecture on a topic entitled "Olfaction: An infinite mind" on the 5th October, 2010 at 3.00 PM.

2. Research Activities of the Department:

Research projects Title of the

Research Projects

"In vitro micro propagation studies of Chlorophytum borvilianum sant et.

fern and Glycyrriza glabra Linn."

"Germplasm preservation and clonal propagation of medicinally important Swertiasp."

"Detection and chemical analysis of myo-inositol biosynthesis in some vascular cryptogams under in vivo and in vitro

conditions".

"Regulation of trehalose metabolism in

Saccharomyces cerevisiae by protein.

Principle & Co- Investigator Prof. T,B.Jha(Pl)

Prof. T. B. Jha

Dr. J. Adhikari (Pl)ProL T. B. Jha (Co-PI)

Dr. Sumita Ghosh (Pl)Dr. A.K. Ghosh (IICB)

Funding Agency DST (WB)

CSIR

UGC

UGC

Amount (Rs.) 12,26,000/-

12,50,000/-

6,71,000/-

6,69,800/-

In addition to the above MRPs, another collaborative research in the field of Plant Biotechnology is going on with Dr.

Seemanti Ghosh, Assistant Professor of Botany, Bethune College, Kolkata.

Research students working in the department

Dr. Debendra Kumar Pandey (Research Associate) i. Priyanka Mukherjee (SRF) ii. Bipasha Bashistha (JRF) v. Anusuya Basak (JRF) v. Anusree Das (JRF) vi. Arpita Dafadar

vii. Saswati Bhattacharya Other Academic Activities:

• Final year Post Graduate Students delivered seminar lectures based on the syllabus of NET examination during the period January to March 2010.

• The department is utilizing the fund provided by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, under

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"Star-College Scheme" to strengthen the hands on training of the UG (Hons.) students

• Educational excursions: Like previous years, the (Jnder-Graduate and Post-Graduate students dynamically participated in the educational excursions held at different places of North-Western Himalayas under the supervision of faculty members namely Dr. Madhubrata Chaudhury, Dr. Tarit Kumasr Sadhu, Dr. Abhijit Dutta and Mr. Abhijit Dey, and supporting stuff Md. Del Ambia and Sri. Dibyendu Majumder. The sole objective of such excursions was to understand and interact with the ecological biodiversities. The excursions held in the month of November, 2010.

• Patent filed: Jha, TB. and Mukherjee, P. (2010) A method of extracting utility product(s). Indian patent.621KOL2009.

(Provisional acceptance granted by NBA, India).

List of Publications by the Teachers of the Department:

i. Das, A., Mukherjee, P. and Jha, T.B. (2010) High frequency micropropagation of bitter cultivar of Aloe vera L.

Burm.f, and study of economics as a low cost option towards commercialization. Journal of Bangladesh Association for Plant Tissue Cult. & Biotech, 20 (1): 29-35.

ii. Jha, T.B., Dafadar, A. and Chaudhuri, R.K. (2010) Somatic Embryogenesis in Swertia chirata Buch. Ham. ex Wall.-A Multipotent Medicinal Herb. Asian Journal of Biotechnology, 3(2): 186-193.

iii. Das, A., Mukherjee, P., Ghorai, A. and Jha, T.B. (in press) Comparative karyomorphological analyses of in vivo and in vitro grown plants of Aloe vera 1. burm.f. Nucleus,

iv. Basistha, B., Ghosh, A.K. and Ghosh, S. (2010) Regulation of Trehalose metabolism by protein methylation in a mutant strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiea. NBU Journal of Plant Sciences, 4: 39-45.

v. Bose, T, Ghosh, S. and Ghosh, S.N. (In Press) First Report Fusarium palidoroseum causing wilt disease on Chlorophytum nepalense (Lindley) Baker. Journal of Mycopathological Research.

vi. De, D., Mandal, S.M., Gauri, S.S., Bhattacharyya, R.N., Ram, S. and Roy, S.K. (2010) Antibacterial effect of lanthanum calcium manganate (La 0.67Ca 0.33MnO3) nanoparticles against Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853. Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology (USA), 6: 1-7.

vii. Gupta, S., Saha, S., Roy, P., Basu, P., Ganguli, S. and Datta, A. (2010) Structural and functional analysis of glutathione peroxidase from ricinus communis 1 - a computational approach. International Journal of Bioinfoimatics Research, 2(1): 2 0 - 3 0 .

viii. Dhar, P., Ganguli, S., Datta, A. (2010) Molecular modeling of dicer and identification of phosphorylation sites.

Bioinformation, 4 (9): 412-416.

ix. Adhikari, J., Chhetri, D.R. andChhetri, S. (2010) Management of an unequivocal socio-dermatological problem vitiligo involving medicinal plants: In: Trivedi, P.C. (Ed.) Herbal Drugs and Biotechnology. Pointer Publishers, Jaipur, India, pp 370-390.

X. Basak, A., Jha, T.B. and Adhikari, J. (in press) Lycopodium clavatum L. is an excellent plant source for free myo-inositol: A bench-friendly method for its isolation, biosynthetic analysis in unadulterated form and its plausible relevance in medicinal applications. American Journal of Environmental Sciences.

Seminar Lectures Delivered / Attended by Teachers and Research Scholars:

i. Jha, T.B. and Mukherjee, P. (2010) Quality biofuels from in vitro grew genetically uniform plants of Jatropha curcas - at the 12th International Association for Plant Biotechnology Congress, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. June 6-11, 2010 (Oral Presentation),

ii. Das, A., Mukherjee, R and Jha, T.B. (2010) Cost Effective Micropropagation in Aloe vera L. Burm.f. - at the 31st National Symposium on Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture (PTCA): The Present Scenario, Kolkata, India.

(Poster Presentation),

iii. Roy, B., Mukherjee, P, and Jha, T.B. (2010) In vitro zygotic embryo culture in Jatropha curcas Linn, -an important biofuel plant- at the 31st National Symposium on Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture (PTCA): The Present Scenario, Kolkata, India. (Poster Presentation),

iv. Basak, A., Mukherjee, S., Adhikari, J. and Jha, T.B. (2010) Rapid multiplication and germplasm preservation of Selaginella microphylla (Kunth) Spring., under in vitro conditions - at the 31 st National Symposium on Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture (PTCA): The Present Scenario, Kolkata, India. (Poster Presentation).

V. Basu, S. and Jha, T.B. (2010) In vitro tuberization and a comparative phytochemical analysis of in vivo and in vitro grown roots of Chlorophytum borivilianum Sant et fern - a rare medicinal herb - at the 31 st National Symposium on Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture (PTCA): The Present Scenario, Kolkata, India. (Poster Presentation), vi. Prof. Timir Baran Jha, Prof. & Head, Department of Botany was nominated by the Indian National Science

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Academy under the International Exchange Pogramme between India and Japan, for three weeks training programme on techniques of Molecular Cytogenetics namely; Fluorescent Banding and FISH in Plant Chromosomes. He visited Kagoshima University, Japan from 24th October to 16th November, 2010.

Dr. Abhijit Datta delivered the 'Platinum Jubilee Lecture' on a topic entitled "Understanding the Biology of Plant MicroRNAs" in the Department of Botany, Meerut College, Meerut, 24th October, 2010.

Basak, A., Jha, T.B. and Adhikari, J. (2010) Lycopodium clavatum L. is an excellent plant source for free myo- inositol: A bench-friendly method for its isolation, biosynthetic analysis in unadulterated form and its plausible relevance in medicinal applications - A 'Special Invited Lecture' was delivered by Dr. Jukta Adhikari in the

"First International Conference on Conservation, Marketing and Patenting of Medicinal Plants" (Herb-Fest) in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, 13th and 14th March, 2010.

7. Staff List:

A. Present faculty members:

(i) Timir baran Jha (ii) Tarit Kr. Sadhu (iii) Satadip Sarkar

(iv) Madhubrata Choudhury (v) Jukta Adhikari

(vi) Sukumar Sarkar (vii) Abhijit Datta

(viii) Rabindranath Bhattacharya (ix) Sumita Ghosh

(x) Abhijit Dey Guest faculties:

i) Prof S.C. Santra (Kalyani University) ii) Prof A. Mukherjee (Burdwan University) iii) Prof S. Roy (Visva-Bharati University) iv) Dr. Samarendra Nath Ghosh (Retired Teacher) v) Dr. Sital Chattopadhyay (City College, Kolkata) vi) Dr. Animesh Ghorai (Retired Teacher)

vii) Prof Subhendu Chaudhury (Bidhan Chandra Krishi Visvavidyalaya, Kalyani) viii) Dr. Niranjan Bhattacharya (AMRI, Kolkata)

B. Non-Teaching:

i) Sri. Tapan Kumar Datta iii) Sri. Tarun Kanti Roy v) Sri. Sukumar Barua vii) Sri. Raja Hela

ii) Sri Santosh Sasmal iv) Md. Delambia

vi) Sri. Dibyendu Majumder viii) Smt. Bina Hela