College of Basic Sciences & Humanities

(Botany & Plant Physiology)

Dr. Neeraj Kumar

Head of the Department
Mailing Address

Department of Botany & Plant Physiology College of Basic Sciences & Humanities CCS Haryana Agricultural University Hisar - 125004, India

Phone No : +91-1662-255291 Extn. 5291

Email Id :botany@hau.ac.in

The department was carved out from the department of Botany and Plant Pathology in 1970 with academic excellence and vision to do basic and applied work in teaching and research of concerned field. The department offers M.Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in Botany, Plant Physiology and Environmental Science. The department also caters to the requirements of UG and PG programs of College of Agriculture and College of Home Science. The department has so far produced more than 185 M.Sc. and 100 Ph.D. scholars some of them occupying high positions at the national level. Most of our students got fellowship from CSIR (UGC), INSPIRE (DST), VIED (Vietnam) and UGC. 

The department is having a highly trained and talented faculty that consists of three Principal Scientists/Professor (one holding position of Dean, COBS&H and one Dean of Post Graduate Studies), one Professor, and five Assistant Scientists. Most of the faculty members have visited foreign countries to attain advanced expertise in various fields of botanical and plant physiological research. Since now our teachers/scientists bagged 35 research projects from various agencies like ICAR, CSIR, DBT, New Delhi, PURSE (DST), New Delhi, DST (Haryana), INSID, Ministry of water Resources, New Delhi, Potash Research Institute of India (PRII, Gurgaon), CIMMYT, Mexico, Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and funding worth of several lakhs have been sanctioned to this department. Department generated recommendation on “Bio Drainage System Strip Plantation of Eucalyptus tereticornis for Waterlogged Soils” that is also included in the Package and Practices of this University. The faculty members of this department got recognition as collaborators in development of varieties of major crops like wheat, chickpea, mustard, sorghum, oat etc. The department has done pioneering work in conserving the indigenous local species of plants and also introduction of exotic species from other places. Various native and exotic trees, shrubs, herbs, climbers, aquatic plants, cacti and succulents have been grown and arranged in taxonomical order for imparting knowledge to our students as well as general public in the Botanical Garden of approximately 10-acre land. Flower Shows and Bonsai Making trainings are organized from time to time.

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Awards and Recognitions

Dr. I. S. Sheoran was awarded Hari Om Ashram award for team research, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award and NAAS Fellow : -

Infrastructural Development

  • The department has a Botanical Garden spread over an area of 10.5 acres with rich biodiversity. The department has done pioneering work in conserving the indigenour local species of plant and also introduction of exotic specis (approximately 600) from other places. Various native and exotic trees, shurbs, herbs, climbers, aquatic plants, cacti and succulents have been collected and maintained for imparting knowledge to our students as well as related scientists. Flower shows are organized from time to time.
  • The department has 9 screening houses near the college building.
  • The department has developed 20 salinity micro plots to determine phyto-remediating potential of halophytic flora and 24 lysimeter have been installed in field to determine the transpirational potential of trees having importannce in bio-drainage.
  • Experimental farms spread over 25 acres have been developed to evaluate bio-drainage potential of trees to improve waterlogged soils.

Package and Practices

system having Eucalyptus tereticornis as a strip plantation should be established on the water logged soils. In this model north to south field boundary is converted into 2.6 m wide and 45 cm high raised bund on which two rows of trees can be planted. The intervening space is left for the crops with minimum of shade effect due to the north-south direction of bunds� initiated by Drs. O.P. Toky, Rajiv Angrish and J.C. Kaushik included in the HAU Package of Practices.

Other Activities of the Department

Van Mahotsav was celebrated at CCS HAU premises in Botanical Garden of the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology On 27th July, 2015. The guest of honour in the function was honourable Agriculture Minister Sh. O.P.Dhankar. The Agriculture Minister, Vice -Chancellor (Dr. K.S.Khokhar), Member of Board (Dr. Ramesh Yadav) & Dean PGS (Dr. Rajbala Grewal) planted Tejpata, Putjeeva, Raintree and Chandni trees in Botanical Gardn.

On 20th August, 2015 tree plantation programme was conducted by the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology, College of Basic Sciences & Humanities in the Botanical Garden. The Deputy Director General (Crop Science) Dr. J.S.Sandhu Guest of Honour planted trees, along with dignitaries Vice -Chancellor (Dr.K.S.Khokhar), Registrar (Dr.M.S.Dahiya), Director of Research (Dr.S.S.Siwach), Dean, COA (Dr. R.K.Pannu) & Dean, COBS&H (Dr.R.KJain). The planted trees were Sacred Ashoka, Kachnar, Dalchini, Ashok and Ficus Sp.

Training/Symposium /Conference Organized

Organized 4 day Third Indian Palynological conference on Palynology in Crop Production & Improvement in Sepetember 21-23, 1981.

Organized 3 day Symposium of Plant Physiology (1984) in collaboration with Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi.

The Department organized National Level Training Programme on Biodrainaege: Potential and Practice funded by Ministry of Water Resources G.O.I., from Feb 1st to 6th, 2008. Dr. R. Angrish of this Department was the Course Director, held at DHRM, CCS HAU, Hisar.

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