Philosophy: The Department’s programmes are designed to encourage and promote the training of students in all aspects of Plant Science and Biotechnology. The students are expected, at the end of their programme to become conscious of their environment and appreciate the delicate balance between plant life and the existence of the Earth. They are expected to become highly knowledgeable in the new frontiers of biotechnology as it relates to plants, the primary producers in the universe. Above all, it is the core goal of the department to produce graduates who can relate to the needs of the society through their knowledge and application of the amazing facts of plant life and products, and biotechnology.
Objectives: The Department offers Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degree programmes designed to train botanists/plant scientists and biotechnologists for fundamental research and also for applied research in the areas of plant anatomy, taxonomy/biosystematics, embryology of angiosperms, ecology palynology/paleoecology, genetics/cytology, mycology/plant pathology, mushroom science, physiology/tissue culture, phycology/bryology, phytomedicine and plant biotechnology. This would ensure a fuller understanding of the amazing facets of plant life and plant products and emphasize the role of plants in the life of the individual and the nation’s economy. The Postgraduate Programme of the Department is designed to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing careers as research officers/teachers, and in forestry and forest products. Herbarium, natural museums, commerce and industry, environmental conservation, industrial palynology, phycology/limnology, tissue culture, conservation of germplasm, industrial and medical mycology, mushroom technology and other areas necessary for economic development.