The Department of Botany, since its birth in 1961 with built up area of 2,500 sq. mt, has traversed quite a distance and has surpassed many a milestones in its march towards excellence and distinction. Being alma mater of renowned botanists and academicians, the Department has successfully diversified and kept pace with changing needs and demands so as to cater to needs of all the stakeholders, including students, researchers and common masses.
The Department has been working for various research programs in collaboration with international, national and state level laboratories and agencies, such as University Grants Commission (UGC), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Baba Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and J&K State Department of Science and Technology, etc. In recognition of its significant achievements in teaching and research, the Department of Botany was selected for special funding by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India under FIST (Fund for Improvement of Science & Technology Infrastructure) scheme. Besides, University Grants Commission, New Delhi has sanctioned to the Department a post-graduate course in Bio-resources under its Innovative Programmes, now renamed as “Teaching and Research in Interdisciplinary and Emerging Areas”.
The Department of Botany has the rare distinction of having an internationally recognized herbarium (KASH) housed in an important adjunct, namely Centre for Plant Taxonomy (COPT). Also, the Kashmir University Botanical Garden (KUBG) of the Department of Botany, with its high-altitude adjunct at Gulmarg, due to its outstanding contribution in teaching, research and plant conservation, has been recognized as a centre for plant conservation of this Himalayan region by the globally-acclaimed London-based organization, the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). Over the years, our educational pursuit has been a judicious mix of individual initiatives and innovations together with collective efforts, to preserve and disseminate the seeds of excellence. Nurturing and furthering the aspirations of pioneers who created this department continue ahead with the objective to lead students through the discipline and breathe new life into the subject, and help them become active participants in future development of the society. The Department has amply inscribed its success story in the annals of academics and research far and wide throughout the country.
Dr Inayatullah Tahir
Head Of Department