About the Department:

Even in the history of an Institution, a time period of 110 years is not a small one. Looking at Fergusson College, it is amply proved that today, after such a long time, the College has a purpose and the purpose of its inception inspiring youth of the country - continues to fulfill. It has become an alma mater of international status - the youth comes from many other countries.

Botany Department has its own rightful place in the glory of Fergusson College. Ever since 1892, when Science wing of the College started functioning, Botany department has prospered and progressed materially and academically. Biology department, which embodied Botany and Zoology departments commenced in 1902. Separate building for Biology department was constructed during 1904-1907. It was earmarked for the development of Biology department and Botanical garden. It is a matter of amazement that many leading Science colleges do not possess Botanical Garden of their own even today, but our college and its think-tank had foreseen the need a hundred years of ago!

In 1916, H.H. Maharaja Sawai Tukojirao Holkar of Indore state donated Rs.20,000/- and through this handsome donation, a separate building, “Sawai Tukoji Holkar Biology Laboratory” was constructed in 1916. This building is one in which besides Biology, Geology departments of FC, MACS (Now ARI) and Dhyaneshwar Vidyapeeth, an autonomous institute imparting education in Engineering were conceived and gestated. The building was extended in 1933. A very interesting feature of the building is the North-facing side of the building is totally of glass.

Another extension of the building was done in 1969 when one large laboratory and a spacious room were constructed.

From 1976-78, Jr. College wing of the College started. Formerly there were 4 years - Pre Degree (PD), FYBSc, SYBSc and TYBSc. Now there are 5 years - XI, XII, of Jr. College and FYBSc, SYBSc and TYBSc degree classes. As a result of this, the number of students has increased.

During academic year 2001-2002, Biotechnology subject was started as an introduction of vocational course at under-graduate level under Botany subject, and one laboratory had been diverted for the exclusive use of Vocational Biotechnology.

PG Research centre in Botany 2003-2004

M Sc Botany 2009-2010


Programmes / Courses offered

  1. XI Science
  2. XII Science
  3. B Sc Botany
  4. B Sc Voc Biotechnology with Botany
  5. M Sc Botany
  6. Ph D Botany

Information of the students (for last five years)
S. N. Class 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
1 B.Sc. 22 18 29 19 36
2 M.Sc. Part I 18 23 22 24 22
3 M.Sc. Part II 18 24 24 22 24
4 Ph. D. 2 3 1 3 2

Research Recognized Guides

Sr. No. Name of Research Guide Position
1. Dr. More Anil D. Associate Professor
2. Dr. Laware Shankar L. Associate Professor
3. Dr. Shinde Bharat P. Associate Professor
4. Dr. M.C. Mahajan Associate Professor
5. Dr. Mrs. Pandkar Jogita T. Assistant Professor

Academic Calendar 2015-16





Term- I





16th– Commencement of First Term

Admission of F.Y.&S.Y. B.Sc.

NAAC documentation


Tree plantation in campus


23rd Commencement of S.Y. B.A./ B.Sc. Teaching

Staff-protocols for new S. Y. B.Sc.  practical  Syllabus.



30th- Commencement of F.Y. B.A./ B.Sc. Teaching

F. Y. B. Sc. General diccussion &introduction of campus and exam. Pattern.



Second  Week- Commencement of T.Y. B.A./ B.Sc. Teaching

NAAC documentation

M.Sc. admissions


Inauguration of Botany association &

Tree plantation


Third Week- I st Internal Assessment Examination

Visit to F.C. campus to study  Flora T.Y.B.Sc. & M.Sc.






IV th Week- Students’ Feedback on Teaching

Guest Lecture for SET &NET

September and


Fourth  Week- Submission of Teachers’ Diary 


T.Y. One day excursion

Ph.D. half yearly report of dept.





Yoga workshop for T.Y. &M.Sc.











Commencement of Second Term

F.Y.,S.Y.&T.Y. one day





Discussion on social


T.Y. Project seminars.




Staff visit to NSS camp to study flora  and literacy project 







25th to 2nd January

Subject Association and Cultural Activities


III rd Week- First Internal Assessment Examination



Excursion for 12 days






IV th Week- Students’ Feedback on Teaching


Guest lecture on stress management.


IV th Week- Second  Internal Assessment Examination

Practical Viva S.Y. & T.Y.

F. Y. Pract. exam.

Magazine report submission


Botany association activity activity



S. Y. Pract. exam.

T.Y. Pract. exam.






T. Y. send off.


Fourth  Week- Submission of Teachers’ Diary 

S.Y. &T. Y. marks entry


Ph.D. half yearly report



M.Sc. Project seminars


M.Sc. Send off



Maharashtra Din


Please Note


(M.Sc. Mycology)

Head & Associate Proffesor

Teaching Faculty

Mr. Kharat Kishor Shenu

(M.Sc. Botany ( Paleaobotany))

Associate Professor

Teaching Faculty


Associate Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. (Mrs) Minakshi C Mahajan

(M.Sc. M.Phil.Ph.D.)

Associate Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. (Mrs.) Jogita . T. Pandkar

(M.Sc. (3rd Merit), B.Ed, Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Prof. S.S. Chowdhury

(M. Sc. (Botany), SET, NET)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. (Mrs.) Rupali Seth

(M Sc and Ph D Botany)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Mrs. Vaishali Arun Thakur

(M.Sc., B.Ed, M.Phil.)

Assistant professor

Teaching Faculty

Ms. Somani Bhagyashri Omprakash

(M.Sc.Botany NET)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr.Mrs. Ketaki Amit Vaidya

(M.Sc Botany (Phycology) Ph D (Mycology))

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Note: Biodata of any of the above mentioned faculty member can be downloaded by clicking on their name.

MRS KATE SUNANDA SATISH,Head & Associate Proffesor , M.Sc. Mycology

    • Savitribai Phule Puraskar .New Sangvi
    • Awards : Received Virangana Savitribai Phule Rashtriya Samman,2013

Dr.A.D.More,Associate Professor

    • Mahakavi Wamandada Kardak Adarsh Shikshak Puraskar (2011)
    • Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar State Level Samata Puraskar (2013)
    • Rajshri Chhatrapati Shau Maharaj Adarsh Shikshak Puraskar (2014)

Prof. S.S. Chowdhury,Assistant Professor , M. Sc. (Botany), SET, NET

    • First Prize AVISHKAR-2014, MAFSU, Nagpur (2015)

Dr.Mrs. Ketaki Amit Vaidya,Assistant Professor , M.Sc Botany (Phycology) Ph D (Mycology)

    • First Prize AVISHKAR-2009, SU, Solapur (2010)

Research Title: Research Guidance and Research Projects

Researchers : Dr. More Anil D. Associate Professor Dr. Laware Shankar L. Associate Professor Dr. Shinde Bharat P. Associate Professor Dr. M.C. Mahajan Associate Professor Dr. Mrs. Pandkar Jogita Assistant Professor

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