Department Profile

Botany Department of Gauhati University was established in the year 1948 by introducing M. Sc. And Ph. D. Programmes.


The department is pioneering in developing human resource in NE India and looking forward to shape it as a Centre of Excellence in Botanical Science and usher the Plant Science education and research in this region.


Human Resource Development, extension education, creation of awareness about biodiversity conservation and environmental protection.


Botany Department of Gauhati University was established in the year 1948 by introducing M. Sc. and Ph. D. programmes. It is one of the oldest Science Departments established in Gauhati University. It was started with 05 students and 03 teachers. The Department has a brilliant history of its growth and development ever since its inception. At present the department has grown to accommodate 40 students. In 1982 the Department also introduced M. Phil. Programme. So far, about 450 students have received their Ph. D. degrees on various topics by pursuing their research works which reflect the academic and research activities of the Department. The Department has its own building covering a space of 1408 m2 and well equipped laboratories, museum, herbarium and seminar library. The Department also has a huge Botanic garden covering area of 52 acres with more than 1500 different plant species including rare, endangered and threatened plants. The Department also has an exclusive medicinal plant Garden.

The Department has been selected by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India for Financial Assistance under its Infra-structural Development for Science & Technology (DST-FIST) programme (2007-2012). The Department has also been recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for its Special Assistance Programme (SAP) for perusing research on "Diversity of rare, endangered and threatened (RET) plants of Assam: Their microbial association and conservation".



1. Microbiology 7. Two general laboratories
2. Mycology and Plant Pathology 8. Central Instrumentation Laboratory
3. Cytogenetics and Plant breeding 9. Tissue culture laboratory
4. Taxonomy 10. Algal culture facility
5. Ecology 11. Microbial ecology laboratory
6. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

Major Equipments

1. PCR 7. Millipore Water Purification System
2. Gel-doc system 8. Trinocular Research Microscope (Phase contrast, Fluorescence and Stereo-zoom)
3. BOD incubator 9. Bio-fermenter
4. Millipore Water Purification System 10. UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
5. Gel Electophoresis 11. Shaking Incubator
6. Trinocular Research Microscope etc. 12. Deep Fridge (-20oC)


20 Computer terminals with LAN and internet facility User ratio: 1:10


No. of books: 700

Seminar Library

Contains more than 1000 titles


Total specimens: 15,000


a) Special collection of 22 species of Bamboo.
b) 25 samples of commercial timber.
c) 250 Local Rice varieties.

Dr. H. K. Baruah Regional Botanical Resource Centre

Area - 50 acres
Glass house2(15+15 sq. m)
Green house1(10 sq. m)
Fern house1(10 sq.m)
Wetlands2(3 acres)
Flowering plants300
Floristic wealth

Herbal Medicinal Garden

Area - 2 acres
Total collection - 50


Postgraduate Course

Semester-wise credit-based course structure:

First Semester = 34
Second Semester = 34
Third Semester = 34
Fourth Semester = 34
Total Credits = 136

Specializations offered

Angiosperm Taxonomy
Mycology and Plant Pathology
Plant Ecology
Cytology, Genetics and Plant Breeding
Advance Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

Specializations offered

Angiosperm Taxonomy
Mycology & Plant Pathology
Cytogenetics & Plant Breeding
Plant Ecology
Advance Plant Physiology & Biochemistry
Total Marks: 400
Intake: 20

Broad areas of research

1. Community Ecology (Cropland Ecology, Forest Community) 12. Microbial Ecology (Mycorrhizal fungi, PGPR, Endophytes, Frankia, Plant Pathogens)
2. Wetland Ecology 13. Biodiversity and Molecular Biology of Microbes
3. Grassland and its Ecology 14. Phytoremediation
4. Alleopathy 15. Aerobiology
5. Restoration Ecology 16. Characterization and documentation of Medicinal Plants.
6. Traditional Ecological Knowledge 17. Cytology and Plant breeding
7. Conservation Ecology 18. Karyotyping
8. Plant Taxonomy 19.Mutation breeding
9. Floristics 20. Algal Biodiversity
10. Ethonobotany 21. Mycology and Plant Pathology
11. Pharmacognosy

Research and Extension Activities of the Department

The Department has a Botanical Forum of All the students and faculties of the Department which facilitates the extension activities of the Department besides providing a common platform to students and teachers for academic discourse.

Organized a National Seminar on "Value addition to bioresources of NE India, post harvest technology and cold chain" supported and catalysed by NCSTC, DST, Govt. of India from 19-21th May, 2006.

Workshop on "Bioinformatics and its Future Prospects" (9th June, 2006), by organized by Deptt. of Botany, G. U. and DOEACC Centre Guwahati/ Tezpur.

Organized a National Seminar on "Exploration, Utilization and Strategy action plan for sustainable management of plant resources" sponsored by MoEF, CSIR and UGC (Govt of India) from February 27-28, 2009.

Organized a National Symposium on "Microorganisms and Plant Health" in connection with the 24th Annual General Meeting of Indian Phytopathological Society (Eastern Zone), sponsored by CSIR, UGC and NEC (Govt of India) from 4-5th Nov, 2011

Organized a National Seminar on "Plant resources of NE region and their bioprospecting" sponsored under UGC SAP-DRS-I programme on 3oth March, 2013.

Organized a National level Workshop on "Advance Biological Tools & Techniques" sponsored by DBT, CSIR and UGC (Govt of India) from 29th April to 5th May, 2013.

Ongoing Research Projects

Name of the Principal InvestigatorTitle of the ProjectFunding AgencyDurationAmount (in lakhs)
Prof. S.K. Borthakur Developing a digital database on the bioresources of Northeast IndiaDBT, Govt of India3 years42.5
Prof. D.K.Jha Development of Bio formulation with AMF, PGPF and PGPRs for Improvement of Health Status of Muga Host Plant (Persea bombycina Kost) and Induction of Resistance against foliar fungal pathogensDBT, Govt of India3 years27.15
Dr. P.P.Baruah Impact of developmental interventions on algal diversity in Deepor Beel - a Ramsar siteUGC Two years (2011- 2013)8.66
Dr. P.P.Baruah Impact of land-use intensification on nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterial diversity and abundance in Upper AssamASTEC Two years (2013- 2015)7.36
Prof. D.K.Jha Co-ordinator UGC-SAP (DRS-I) ProjectDiversity of rare, endangered and threatened (RET) plants of Assam: Their microbial association and conservationUGC Five years (2012-2017)33.00



Bhaben Tanti
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Tezpur) Cytology, Genetics & Plant Breeding
Arabinda Ghosh
MSc (NEHU) PhD (IITG) Biotechnology (Guest Faculty)
Dhruva Kumar Jha
MSc (Patna) PhD (NEHU) Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Diganta Narzary
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Lucknow) Microbiology
Jintu Rabha
MSc (Gauhati) Biotechnology (Guest Faculty)
Kumananda Tayung
MSc (RGU) PhD (GU) Mycology and Microbiology
Hemen Deka
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Plant Ecology
Nilakshee Devi
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Plant Taxonomy
Namita Nath
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Lucknow) Taxonomy
Nabanita Bhattacharyya
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
Partha Pratim Baruah
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Plant Ecology
Tarun Chandra Sarma
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Mycology & Plant Pathology Plant Taxonomy
Niraj Agarwala
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Cytology, Genetics, and Plant Breeding
Sachindra Kumar Borthakur
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Plant Taxonomy


1. Gajen Sarma (Curator)
Mob. - 94350-47026
2. Ranjit Singh (Garden Superintendent)
3. Tapan Ch. Mahanta (Laboratory Assistant – Selection Grade)
B.Sc., LLB, M.A. (GAU)
4. Dhrubajyoti Bordoloi (Store Keeper cum Computer Typist)
M.Sc. (GAU)
5. Bipul Bordoloi (Laboratory Assistant cum Computer Typist)
B.Sc., LLB, PGDHRM, CCN, Diploma in Photogramy


The Head
Department of Botany
Gauhati University, Guwahati- 781 014
Assam, INDIA.
Phone No 	+91 - 0361 - -2570530 ,
Fax : 	+91 - 0361 - 2700311 ,
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