The Master’s Programme in Botany is specially designed to equip and mould students fit for the current educational scenario. The programme aims to encourage students to take responsibility for developing themselves throughout their studies at our institution. It encourages students to reflect on the broader purpose of their education. The students who are completing M. Sc. Programme in Botany will reflect the following graduate attributes.
1. Clear, comprehensive and advanced mastery in the field of Botany.
2. Understand the advanced areas of biological sciences with special reference to Botany and its applied branches.
3. Skill in practical work, experiments, use of biological tool and techniques
4. Expertise in statistical analyses of data for better interpretations and problem solving.
5. Confidence to apply the acquired knowledge in practical life so as to make our country self reliant.
6. Ability to suggest innovative programs to care for nature and life for sustainable development.
7. Awareness to explore the intricacies of life forms at cellular, molecular and nano level.
8. Motivation and enthusiasm to appreciate the beauty of different life forms.
9. Inspiration to disseminate the concept of biodiversity conservation.
10. Problem solving skills in students to carry out innovative research projects thereby enkindling in them the spirit of knowledge creation.
11. Proficiency in the use of recent and advanced biological technologies
12. Ability to appreciate and practice ethical principles in research and studies in the field of biological science
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The curriculum for the Master’s Program in Botany has been designed with an aim to encourage the broad instructional goals and to support the growing demands and challenging trends in the educational scenario. The curriculum caters to the all – round development of the student, rolling out globally ready individuals into the fast pacing world. The specific objectives of the program are as follows:
1. Know the importance and scope of the discipline
2. Inculcate interest in and love of nature with its myriad living forms
3. Impart knowledge of Science as the basic objective of Education
4. Create a scientific attitude to make students open minded, critical and curious
5. Develop the ability to work hard and make students fit for society
6. Expose students to the diversity amongst life forms
7. Develop skill in practical work, experiments, equipments and laboratory use along with collection and interpretation of biological materials and data
8. Inculcate genuine interest in Biological research
9. Motivate students for pursuing research in related disciplines
10. Make aware of natural resources and environment and the importance of conserving it.
11. Develop the ability for the application of acquired knowledge in various fields of life so as to make our country self sufficient
12. Appreciate and apply ethical principles to biological science research and studies
STRUCTURE OF MASTER’S PROGRAMME IN BOTANY
The M. Sc. Botany Programme includes two types of courses, Programmme Core courses (Theory and Practical) and Programmme Elective Courses (Theory and Practical). There shall be a Programmme Project with dissertation to be undertaken by all students. The Programme also includes test papers, assignments, seminars and Viva voce.
1. Project work shall be completed by working outside the regular teaching hours. Project work shall be carried out under the supervision of a teacher in the concerned department. A candidate may, however, in certain cases be permitted to work on the project in an industrial/research o rganization on the recommendation of the supervisor.
2. There should be an sessional assessment and final assessment for the project work. The final evaluation of the Project work i s based on submission of dissertation, presentation of work and Viva voce.
3 . Every student shall submit one assignment as a component for every course. The Topic for the assignment shall be allotted within the first month of instruction.
4. Every student shall deliver one seminar lecture as a component for every course. The seminar lecture is expected to train the student in self-study, collection of relevant matter from the books and Internet resources, editing, document writing, typing and presentation.
5. Every student shall undergo at least two tests papers. The score average shall be taken for awarding the marks for the test.
6 . The attendance of students for each course shall be another component of assessment.
7. No course shall have more than 4 credits.
8. Comprehensive Viva-voce shall be conducted at the end semester of the program. It covers questions from all courses in the programme.
Paper I: Microbiology and Phycology
Paper II: Mycology and Crop Pathology
Paper III: Bryology and Pteridology
Paper IV:Environmental Biology
Practical 1-Microbiology, Cryptogamic Botany and Environmental Biology
Paper V: Gymnosperms and Evolution
Paper VI: Cell and Molecular Biology
Paper VII: Research Methodology,Instrumentation inBiosciences andnHorticulture Techniques
Paper VIII: Genetics and Plant Breeding
Practical 2- Gymnosperms, Evolution, Cell Biology, Research Methodology,
Genetics & Plant Breeding.
Paper IX- Plant anatomy, Microtechnique, Embryology.
Paper X – Plant Physiology,Biochemistry.
Paper XI Taxonomy of Angiosperms
Paper XII- Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.
Practical Paper 3- Plant Anatomy, Microtehnique, Embryology, Plant Physiology,Biochemistry, Taxonomy and Biotehnology
Paper Elective- Microbiology
PE 1-Food, Agricultural and Environmental Microbiology.
PE 2- Clinical microbiology.
PE 3- Industrial microbiology.
Practical course 4- Practicals of Paper Elective-