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Department Information

Department of Botany was started in the year 2009-10 on grant-in-aid basis. Since its inception, the department has grown in quality as well as quantity. Presently, Botany is being offered upto second year B.Sc. level.

Both faculty are Ph.D. qualified. Dr. Pratap Naikwade has completed post doctoral reserach at Arizona State Unoversity, USA by availing prestigious Raman Fellowship funded by UGC. The department is actively engaged in research and environment awareness activities. Faculty have expertise in areas such as use and preparation of Organic Manures, Tissue culture of medicinal plants, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, etc. Botany department is actively engaged in various social and enviornment awareness activities. Department has started a "Plant Health Clinic". It is a free-of-cost consultancy service provided to nearby farmers about nutrient requirements of crops, problems related to growth, control of plant diseases, etc. Department organizes workshop for farmers and give training on preparation and use of organic manures.

Faculty Details

Name: Dr. Pratap V. Naikwade
Designation: Assistant Professor & Head
Qualification:M.Sc. B.Ed. Ph.D. PDF (USA)
Experience:13 Year/s
Area of Expertise:Organic manures, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change Sustainable agriculture, Plant Physiology,Organic manures, Climate Change, Sustainable agriculture, Weed utilization,Food preservation
Email:naikwade.pratap@gmail.com or dspmasppratapdr@gmail.com
Curriculum Vitae
Name: Dr. Ranjit P. Bansode
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification:M.Sc. SET, Ph. D.
Experience:10 Year/s
Area of Expertise:Tissue culture of medicinal plants
Email:dspmaspranjitdr@gmail.com
Curriculum Vitae

Course Taught

The college offeres Botany as a subject upto fourth semester of the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) programme. The eligibility, subject group combinations that a student can choose at the entry level and other details are detailed in the College Prospectus. The semester wise Botany courses and their respective syllabi are listed below:

Semester - I

Course Title Course Code Marks for Exam Credits
Botany Paper - I Plant Diversity - I USBO101 100 02
Botany Paper - II Form and Function - I USBO102 100 02
Botany Practical Practicals of USBO101 and 102 USBOP1 100 02

Semester - II

Course Title Course Code Marks for Exam Credits
Botany Paper - I Plant Diversity - I USBO201 100 02
Botany Paper - II Form and Function - I USBO202 100 02
Botany Practical Practicals of USBO201 and 202 USBOP2 100 02

Semester - III

Course Title Course Code Marks for Exam Credits
Botany Paper - I Plant Diversity - II USBO301 100 02
Botany Paper - II Form and Function - II USBO302 100 02
Botany Paper - III Current Trends in Plant Sciences - I USBO303 100 02
Botany Practical Practicals of USBO301, 302 and 303 USBOP3 150 03

Semester - IV

Course Title Course Code Marks for Exam Credits
Botany Paper - I Plant Diversity - II USBO401 100 02
Botany Paper - II Form and Function - II USBO402 100 02
Botany Paper - III Current Trends in Plant Sciences - I USBO403 100 02
Botany Practical Practicals of USBO401, 402 and 403 USBOP4 150 03

Course Learning Outcomes

Facilities

The department has Botany Laboratory a equipped with necessary instruments for experiments.

  • Autoclave
  • BOD incubator
  • Specrophotometer
  • Calorometer
  • pH meter
  • Compound microscope
  • Dessecting microscope
  • Hygrometer
  • Barrometer
  • Rain guage
Other facilities to the students.

  • Departmental Library with collection of refernce/text books
  • PPT/Videos related to curriculum for better understanding
  • A PC with inernet in the department for use of students
  • NPTEL lectures for supplementing the curriculum
  • Remedial Coaching for weak students
  • Intensive Coaching for advanced learners
  • Bridge Course at entry level
  • Skill-based add on course
  • Botanica- Publication of wall paper every month
  • Permananet slides/specimens/charts etc.

Research

Faculty Research

Both faculty members of the department are PhD qualified and are engaged in various research activities. Dr. Pratap Naikwade has completed post doctoral research on Impact of cliamte change at Arizona State Unoversity, USA by availing prestigious Raman Fellowship funded by UGC. The department is also active in promoting student research through participation in the Avishkar and other research competitions seminars/confernces.

No. Name Specialization Area of research
1. Dr. Pratap V. Naikwade Plant Physiology Organic manures, Climate Change, Sustainable agriculture, Weed utilization, Food preservation
2. Dr. Ranjit P. Bansode Cytogenetics and Plant Breeding Tissue culture of medicinal plants, Carbon Sequestration

The faculty have taken up research projects with financial support from the University of Mumbai. Also, some project proposals are submitted to the UGC and other funding agencies for approval. The outcome of the research projects is published as papers in reputed research journals.

Completed Research Projects

Duration Faculty Project Title Funding Agency Grant in Rs.
2013-14 Dr. Pratap V. Naikwade Studies on effect of organic manures prepared from Gliricidia leaves on growth, yield and nutritional value of Fenugreek University of Mumbai 25,000/-
2013-14 Dr. Ranjit P. Bansode Study of the Pteridophyte Biodiversity in Ratnagiri District University of Mumbai 25,000/-
2016-17 Dr. Pratap V. Naikwade Effect of climate change (wood plant encroachment) on livestock production and carbon sequestration in soil and plants UGC 12,81,876/-

Research Publications

No. Name Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals Chapters in Books Books Edited Books Published Citation Index Impact Factor (range) h-Index
1. Dr. Pratap V. Naikwade 36 04 01 07 105 1.22 to 3.62 06
2. Dr. Ranjit P. Bansode 10 01 --- --- 08 0 to 3.52 02

Membership of Editorial Boards, Committees

No. Faculty Member of Committee/Editorial Board
1. Dr. Pratap V. Naikwade
  • Fellow of Life Science Leaflets
  • Member of editorial board of more than 10 Journals
  • Member of editorial board of and 4 conference proceedings
  • Member of organizing committee of 4 international conferences
2. Dr. Ranjit P. Bansode
  • Member of editorial board of five International Journals
  • Member of editorial board of two Conference proceeding

Awards / Recognitions

Dr. Pratap V. Naikwade

  • Awarded with C.V. Raman Fellowship (2016-17) for post-doctoral research in USA at Arizona State University, USA for the research on climate change by University Grants Commission
  • Received Best Paper Presentation Award at International Conference on Applied Science and Technology, San Francisco USA on Dec. 23, 2016
  • Awarded with Young Scientist of the year 2014 by Confederation of Indian Universities, New Delhi and Scientific and Environmental Research Institute Kolkata.

  • He has been invited as visiting scientist by Auburn University, USA for the research on Sustainable Crop production.

  • He has been invited as visiting scientist by Colorado State University, USA for post-doctoral work, for the research on Climate change.

  • He has been invited for post-doctoral fellowship by Mauritius University, Mauritius for research on green manures / green pesticides.

  • He has delivered Guest lectures as resource person at 05 National/International Conferences/Seminars.
  • Rewarded as member of organizing committee of the International conference, Lushan, China.
  • Guided four students from ISTOM France in Forest Conservation Project.
  • Received Best NSS Program Officer Award 2016 by University of Mumbai, Mumbai

Student Research Initiatives:

Every year students form Botany department participated in Avishkar- Research competition organized by University of Mumbai. From last seven years, projects of botany department got selected at zonal level of Mumbai University.

Activities

Climate Change Ambassador Project:

This project is executed by Dept. of Botany of ASP College in collaboration with NGOs viz. Srushtidnyan, Mumbai, Climate Action, Stokholm, Future Earth, Stokholm, Sweden. In this project we have adopted three scools from rural hilly, remote area. Students of college act as climate change ambassadors and by different activities school students and rural people are made aware about climate change, biodiversity conservation, enviornment protection etc throughout the year.

Plant Health Clinic

The Plant Health Clinic is offering free consultancy to farmers and needy people about plant disease diagnosis and integrated disease management practices and on general crop care. The farmers are not only advised on remedial measures for management of diseases but are also provided with scientific information. Students observe and study morphological effects on crop due to disease, symptoms of diseases, different causal organisms of diseases such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, nematode etc. Various measures to control the disease and preventive measures are also studied by students. They understand different aspects of plant pathology in practical way. Due to this clinic students realize their responsibility towards society.

Publication of wall paper “Botanica” every month

At every month one theme of Botany such as algae, bryophyte, fungi, pteridophyte, medicinal plants, biotechnology is given to students and they are appealed to write at least one article on that theme. Wall paper like Botanica really help students to test out ideas, work on organizing their thoughts, get feedback on the content of a draft, smooth out or strengthen the thesis statement, go over revisions, or learn how to edit their own work. When student start writing an article it challenges, motivates, and stimulates to deepen their engagement with reading, writing. Such student oriented programmes create writing communities that extend beyond the classroom. Students visit the library, refer reference books, magazine, journals, use internet for searching information.

Training program on use and preparation of organic manures

For the consciousness of local farmers training programme and workshop is arranged about sustainable agriculture and organic farming. In this programme knowledge is given to farmers about hazardous effects of overdose of chemical fertilizers and importance of organic manures. Training is given to farmers about different aspects of sustainable agriculture as methods of preparation of compost, vermicompost, green manure, and other manures, bio-pesticides, integrated pest management, nutrient management etc.

Social awareness program about conservation of sacred groves

The importance of grove is taught to students of Botany. Then the sacred groves commonly called devrai are visited as study tour due it’s rich biodiversity. The knowledge about different plant species, their uses and environmental role is given to students. Later with the help of students of Botany, common people in locality are made aware about importance of sacred groves. This programme is useful for use of knowledge from books to society and result into protection of sacred groves. The objective of this program is to interact with local people and different organizations to learn more about sacred groves of the country and to strengthen the diverse sacred groves related local management practices and knowledge systems.

Estimation of Carbon Sequstration in sacred groves

Students are trained about method of estimation of carbon sequestration in trees. Stuents and teachers visit nearby sacred groves and Carbon Sequstration in sacred groves is estimated. This type of work has not been done earlier so very useful document about carbon sequestration and climate change.

Botanical Garden

Medicinal plants are planted in botanical garden with the help of students. Students are made aware about botanical name, family and medicinal importance of plant. It is very useful to students for creativity innovation and improving gardening and horticulture skills.

Case Study Pattern

Botany dept. executes case study pattern of each student. Personal attention is given to each student. The details about thier interests, academic and non academic performance of each student is maintained. Subject difficulities faced by students are also recorded and sort out. Any personal problem of students is also tried to sloved.

Botanical excursion

Each semester at least one botanical exursion is organized to study biodiversity in nature, morphological features of plants, thier habitats etc.

Surveys

Different surves are carried out about knowledge of villagers about medicinal importance of plants, farmers perception about climate change, organic manures, cultivation of herbal plants, biofuel plants etc.

Conference / Workshop / Seminar Organized

Department of Botany organizes Workshops/ seminars/ confernces frequently
1) International Workshop on ‘US - India Higher Education System Scenario’ was organized on 4 August 2012 with 25 teachers from USA and guest lecturers were Dr. James Danoff- Burg, Ex Professor, Columbia University, USA Dr. Prof. Chris Mayres , Professor, Miami University, USA
2) National conference on Conservation of Natural Resources and Biodiversity for Sustainable Development was successfully organized on 4, 5, 6 December 2014 with 145 delegates from 16 states of India and Italy also. Guest lecturers were
Dr. Raghvendra Rao, INSA Honorary Scientist, Bangalore Dr. T.C. Taranath, Professor, Dharwad University, Karnataka Dr. B.S. Ingole, Chief Scientist, CSIE, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa Dr. Srirang Kadrekar Former Vice Chancellor, B.S. Agricultural University, Dapoli Dr. S.R. Yadav, Professor, Botany Department, Shivaji University, Kolhapur Dr. Sushant Punekar, Sagar Univeristy, Madhya Pradesh Dr. P.G. Diwakar, Former Dy director, Botanical Survey of India, Pune Dr. Avinash Ade, Professor,Botany Department, Pune University Dr. S.S. Kamble, Professor, Botany Department, Shivaji University, Kolhapur
3) Workshop on climate change and global warming was organized in February 2015 with 60 delegates. Guest lectures were Mr. Prashant Shinde, Mrs. Jyoti Khopkar, Mrs. Sangeeta Kharat, Kunal Aanerao
4) Workshop on climate change and global warming was organized on November 2015 with 60 delegates. Guest lectures was Ms Annalece martin, Sweden
5) Workshop on climate change and global warming was organized on Feruary 2016 with 50 delegates. Guest lectures was Ms Annalece martin, Sweden
6) International Workshop on climate change and global warming was organized on December 2016 with 50 delegates. Four Guest lectures were present Mr. Ricard Sweden
7) Workshop on climate change and global warming was organized on April 2017 with 50 delegates. Two guest lectures were present from Sweden Ms. Anna Denberga and ms. Neena Naim
Proceeding of National conference

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Gallery

International Workshop on US India Education System with 24 teachers from USA
International Conference on Environment, Development and Sustainability with 540 participants
International Conference with foreign resource persons
International Workshop on Climate Change with resource persons from Sweden
Climate Ambassador Project in nearby schools
Visit to sacred groves and carbon estimation
Wild Vegetable Festival
Millet Conservation Festival
Medicinal Plant Exhibition
National conference on Conservation of Natural Resources and Biodiversity for Sustainable Development
Botanical Excursions
Research Survey with students from ISTOM France about Conservation of Forest