The Department has been supported under UGC Special Assistance Programme and the DST-Funds for Infrastructure in Science and Technology (FIST) Level-II and is marching towards achieving the status of the UGC Centre for Advanced Studies. The foundations for the rapid growth of the Department in the last thirteen years have been laid with its philosophy to provide a well-balanced training to the students in modern Plant Sciences to enable them to choose careers in both advanced teaching and high quality research. The Department offers Masters in Plant Biology and Biology and Biotechnology and Molecular Biology (in collaboration with sister Departments) and Ph.D. in Plant Sciences besides being actively associated with teaching of Masters in Biotechnology, Integrated Masters of Science in Systems Biology, and M.Tech Bioinformatics programmes of the School of Life Sciences.
The Department has a vibrant research activity with the active participation of over 50 Ph.D. students, about 20 research fellows/associates of the sponsored research projects and extensive international collaborations. One of the regular features of the Department is to host distinguished scholars from abroad for short duration under the international exchange programmes. To name the most recent visits, the Department hosted Prof. Bruno Moershcbacher, University of Munster, Germany, Prof. K.H. Kogel, Vice President, University of Milan, Italy, Prof. Vittoriao Sagermella of Parco Technologico, Italy, Dr. Stephen Goff, Member, IRGSP. Syngenta, Prof. J.F. Imhoff, IFM-GEOCAR, Kiel, Germany, Prof. R.J. Strasser, Geneva, Switzerland, Prof. W.J. Plaxton, Kingsotn, Ontario, Canada, Prof. Roberto Tuberosa, University of Bologna, Italy, and Prof. Govindjee, University of Illinoi, Urbana, USA.
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