The University of Mysore established Department of Studies in Applied Botany and Seed Pathology (DAB) by integrating the ICAR supported Downy Mildew Research Laboratory (DMRL), UGC-SAP-DRS programme on Seed Pathology and M.Phil in Seed Pathology programme which were formerly housed in the Department of Studies in Botany. DAB introduced M.Sc in Biotechnology in 1992, which was recognized under DBT-HRD programme of Government of India in 1998. The Department proved its potential as a premier training and research center by attracting grants from various national funding agencies like UGC, ICAR, DBT, and DST, and international agencies like DANIDA, EEC etc. In the last 15 years, the department has generated INR 20 crores (US$ 4 million).
M.Phil. programme in Seed Pathology (now Seed Technology) was initiated by the efforts of Dr. Paul Neergaard and Dr. S. B. Mathur, Director of DGISP in the year 1980. Dr. Paul Neergaard visited the department as Visiting Professor under Sir M. Visweswaraiah Chair and started the M.Phil. course. With the support of DANIDA and DSHC the department is now recognized as Asian Seed Health Center to coordinate the training and research activities in seed health for the Asian region.
The DOS in Applied Botany & Seed Pathology was renamed as DOS in Biotechnology in 2009 by integrating all the courses and research activities and the faculty resources
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