HoD’s Message:



Dr. Kouser Bhat, Associate Professor

The department of Botany has completed 57th year of Journey in mentoring students in B.Sc Programme. Students in botany have received good ranks and most of them pursue Post-graduation in the subject in various reputed Universities of the country. Faculty members of the department combine academic excellence with hardwork and are highly specialized in teaching the curriculum with dedication and commitment. In their curriculum, students are encouraged to participate in events as Plantation drives, flower shows, collection trips etc. so that they remain well versed with nature. Practical training is imparted in a way that students get aquainted with modern education system and get ready for research activities in their near future.


Dr. Kouser Bhat, (Associate Professor)
HOD – Botony


About Department:


Government College for Women, M.A Road, Srinagar was established in the year 1950. Department of Botany came into existence in the year 1960 and since then it is one of the leading Departments of College. The department is housed in the first floor of the two storied building named “BOTANY BLOCK”. A devastating fire engulfed the Department in 1996 and resulted in loss of rare equipments, museum, its precious specimens, rare herbarium and valuable books. The Department was re-established in 1999 and since then in keeping pace with the advances in various aspects, the Department introduced tabled new ways of teaching, and offers flexibility in the structure and assessment of various courses. The Department boasts of better equipments, clean labs and lecture theaters built with modern facilities. Nowadays, the department is headed by Dr. Kouser Bhat, Associate Professor.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES:
The Department undertakes the teaching of Undergraduate students under CBSC / Semester system, in accordance with the syllabus laid down by the affiliated University of Kashmir.

COURSES OFFERED

B.Sc-Choice based credit system (CBSC) has been introduced by Kashmir University from 2015, which includes various Discipline specific courses/Core subjects (DSCs), Ability enhancement compulsory courses (AECCs) and Skill enhancement courses (SEC).

S. No

Name

Designation

Qualification

Area of Specialization

Teaching

Experience

Contact no

Email  Id

 

 

Publications

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1.

Dr. Kousar Bhat

Associate Professor

MPhil, Ph.D

Pathology

24 yrs

9906590526

kouserdr@

gmail.com

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2.

Prof. Farhat Jabar

Associate Professor

M.Phil

Pathology

21 yrs

9419405821

farhat.jabar@yahoo.in

nil

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3.

Dr. Irfanul Majid

Associate Professor

Ph.D

Ecology

16 yrs

9419408379

saltwaterroom@gmail.com

04

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4.

Prof. Shafiqa Muzafar

Associate Professor

M.Phil

Physiology

17 yrs

9419011134

shafiqamuz@gmail.com

04

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5.

Prof. Nighat Amin

Associate Professor

M.Phil

Pathology

17 yrs

9797247782

nighatsyeda3@gmail.com

03

 

 

 

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6.

Prof. Nusrath Sayeed

Assistant Professor

M.Sc

Taxonomy

22 yrs

9469789494

gochi8@gmail.com

03

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7.

Dr. Shaista Qadir

Assistant Professor

Ph.D; B.Ed

Physiology

11 yrs

9469106443

sqadirs@yahoo.co.uk

 07

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8.

Dr. Nahida tun nisa

Assistant Professor

M.Phil,Ph.D

Tissue culture

11 yrs

9796153608

nahidatn@

gmail.com

 20

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9.

Prof. Suzana Bashir

Assistant Professor

M.Phil

Limnology

11 yrs

9419429475

hokersar@yahoo.co.in

 

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10.

Dr. Anees Fatima

 

Assistant Professor

Ph.D

Tissue culture

11 yrs

9419072351

afb_1507@yahoo.com

 10

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11.

Prof. Shabana Gulzar

Assistant Professor

M.Phil, pursuing Ph.D

Physiology

 9 yrs

9906645522

shabanashah2004@gmail.com

 

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  12.

 Prof. Waseem Shahri

Assistant Professor

 

4.       M.Phil; NET; B.Ed

5.       Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

7 years (10+2 level), 6 months UG level

9906814599

waseem.bot@gmail.com

 

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13.

 Dr. Mehpara Maqsood

Assistant Professor

 

9.       Ph.D, Post Doctorate

10.    Plant Tissue culture

 16 months

9797107993

meh_heem@yahoo.co.in

 

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 14.

Prof. Chesfeeda Akhter

Assistant Professor

 

13.    M.Phil, NET, B.Ed

14.    Plant taxonomy

6 months

7889434635

chesfi162@gmail.com

 

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 15.

 Dr. Mudasir Irfan

Assistant Professor

17.    (Under F.I.P)

18.    Ph.D

19.    Ecology

N.A

9622649203

irfanmudasir@gmail.com

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Non-teaching Staff

S.No

Name

Designation

Tenure of service

1.

Mtr Raja Rasool

Lab Bearer

15 years

2.

Mtr Shakeela

Lab Bearer

13 years

3.

Mtr Tahira

Lab Bearer

3 years

ss4.

Mr. Mehraj-u-din

Orderly

15 years

Infrastructure

The details of the infrastructure are given below:

S.No Name Quantity
1 Laboratories (03) Three (2 medium sized laboratories
LAB-I and LAB-2 and
01 large size master LAB-3.)
2 Staff room Three (03)(1 room for teaching staff
2 rooms for laboratory staff.)
3 Museum 01
4 Store Rooms 02
5 Lecture Theaters 06

Equipments


The laboratories are fully equipped with more than 120 compound microscopes, 60 dissection microscopes, centrifuges, autoclaves, refrigerator, ovens, water testing kit, models of different plant and plant parts, chromatographic chambers, single diffusion kits and almost all physiological apparatus required for prescribed syllabi. The laboratories also have the abundant facility of micro slides, watch glasses, petri-dishes, test tubes, measuring cylinders, flasks, hand lenses, chemicals etc. These are also equipped with microtomes for section cutting, plant presses for herbarium, camera lucida for micro slide drawing, over head projector for demonstration with stabilizer and one generator.

Laboratory balances, digital balances, pH meters are available in the laboratories microwave oven is available for students to dry up soil sample. Over head projectors facility is also available in the department.

Trinocular medical microscope with camera LCD is available in one of the laboratories.

Besides there are five hundred biovisual charts and models pertaining to various units of syllabi used in practicals as well as in theory. Fresh class work material is also available in the laboratory for use by students.

Interactive smartboard has been installed in Lab 3.

Besides we have a Visualizer (for magnifiying objects) in Lab 1.

Books and Journals


a. Departmental library

It is housed in a small room which also serves as a reading room for the staff. The present library has been established recently. There are about 300 books all of which are subject related and are available for ready reference to staff.

b. Central library

The central library houses 5200 books on different branches of botany which includes reference books, text books, encyclopedias, journals and dictionaries.

c. Best Titles

1. Garden plants and flowers through the year (Royal Horticultural Society).

2. Flora (A gardeners Encyclopedia).

3. Plant Pathology (Agrios).

4. Plant tissue culture (Bhojwani and Razdan).

5. Plant Physiology (Teiz and Zeiger).

6. A hand book of medicinal plants (Purohit et al.).

7. Economic Botany (Hill).

8. Diversity of microbes and cryptogams (Singh, Pandey and Jain).

9. Srivastava series (Lower Plants).

10. Encyclopedia of garden plants (Christopher Brickell).

11. Journal of Biosciences.

12. Journal of Current Sciences.

D. Botanical Garden

Due to floods, all the flora got damaged. The botanical garden was restructured with no. of Plant species which include mostly the flowering trees like Telia, Circis, Chaemonanthus spp., Chaenomelis spp., Magnolia solangana, Palm, Laburnum, Catalpa, Legerstromia, Acer maple, Crataegus and flowering shrubs like Philadelphus, Syringa, Wiegla, Mahonia, Forsythia, etc., Gymnosperms like Cupressus, Ginko, Cedrus, Cryptomeria, Thuja etc. are also present in the garden, a shrubry was also developed in the garden. A xerophytic corner is also developed in the botanical garden. About 10 sps. of medicinal plants also grow in the botanical garden.

Polyhouse is established for seed germination and procurement of seedlings for whole college campus. Recently a glass house has been established for preservation of rare tropical plants. The botanical garden has been very recently restructured by way of earth filling, development of water body and plantation of trees, herbs and shrubs.

A lily pond has been constructed which harbours a number of aquatic plants e.g. Nympheae, Potamogeton, Ceratophyllum etc.

E. Museum

A museum is housed in the deptt. of Botany in which models related to various topics of botany like genetics, plant morphology, cell biology, anatomy, embryology, etc are displayed on different racks. Specimens of algae, fungi, bryophyta, pteridophyta, gymnosperms and lichens are also displayed. Various ethno botanical items along with their source plants are also placed on different racks. A number of living as well as preserved specimens are also displayed in the museum.

Physiological apparatus like Ganong’s respirometer, potimeter, blackmans apparatus, Auxanometer, pH meter, chromatographic chambers, water testing kits are also displayed.

F. Herbarium

For the purpose of study and the maintenance of records, the vegetation of locality has been collected from different areas by students as well as staff during various botanical trips. These specimens have been mounted on herbarium sheets after drying and pressing them. These specimens have been properly classified.

To prevent these herbaria sheets from fungal as well as pest infections they have been treated with CuSo4, HgCl2, powdered naphthalene is also sprinkled from time to time to ensure durability and long life of herbaria.

Achivements:


  • Best Teacher Award in 2012 to Dr. Nasreen Amaan.
  • Best Paper Presentation in 2014 to Dr. Nahida-tun-nisa
Curricular:

Lectures one/day of 40 minutes duration in theory (as per syllabus) for all the 3 classes:-

  • 3 periods of Practicals for 3 groups daily for all the classes.
  • Assignment for each paper for all the 3 classes.
Co-Curricular:
  • Use of audio visual equipment
  • Quiz, Assignments and Symposiums
Extra-Curricular:
  • Field Trips, Visits to departmental Museum and college Botanical garden.
  • Plantation drive
  • Subject Tour
  • Botanical Exhibition
  • Symposium

Department of Botany


Cluster University of Srinagar


Govt College for Women

M.A. Road , Srinagar - 190001
Tel: 0194-2479432 Fax : 0194-2478259
email : botany.wc@gmail.com
Website : www.gcwmaroad.org/botany