Department of Botany was established in the year 1948 by introducing MSc and PhD programmes. It is one of the oldest science departments of the university. It was started with just 5 students and 3 teachers. The Department has a brilliant history of its growth and development ever since its inception. At present the department has grown to accommodate 40 students in its masters programme. In 1982 the Department also introduced MPhil programme. Approximately more than 500 students have received their PhD degree on various topics which is the proof of brilliant academic and research activities of the Department. The Department is housed in a building covering a space of 1408 sq.m. There are well equipped laboratories, museum, accredited herbarium, seminar hall and departmental library. The Department also has a huge Botanic garden covering an area of 52 acres with more than 1500 plant species including rare, endangered and threatened plants. The Department also has an exclusive medicinal plant Garden.

The Department has been selected by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India for Financial Assistance under its Infra-structural Development for Science & Technology (DST-FIST) programme (2007-2012). The Department has also been recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for its Special Assistance Programme (SAP) for perusing research on Diversity of rare, endangered and threatened (RET) plants of Assam - Their microbial association and conservation.

Old Departmental Data

Followings are the major thrust areas of research of the Department

a) RET plants, associated microorganisms and their conservation
b) Microbial diversity
c) Plant microbe interactions
d) Mycology and plant pathology
e) Plant diversity, Floristic study ,MAP, Ethnobotany
f) Ecology (Higher plant and algal ecology) and Phytoremediation
g) Tissue culture
h) Molecular biology and Nanotechnology
i) Stress physiology

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MSc in Botany Botany 4 2 40
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate M.Sc in Microbiology Microbiology 4 2 10
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate M.Phil in Botany Botany 1 20
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Ph.D in Botany Botany


Bhaben Tanti
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Tezpur) Cytology, Genetics & Plant Breeding
Dhruva Kumar Jha
MSc (Patna) PhD (NEHU) Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Nilakshee Devi
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Plant Taxonomy
Partha Pratim Baruah [ Head of the Department ]
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Plant Ecology
Sachindra Kumar Borthakur
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Plant Taxonomy

Associate Professors

Kumananda Tayung
MSc (RGU) PhD (GU) Mycology and Microbiology
Namita Nath
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Lucknow) Taxonomy
Tarun Chandra Sarma
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Mycology & Plant Pathology Plant Taxonomy

Assistant Professors

Diganta Narzary
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Lucknow) Microbiology
Hemen Deka
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Plant Ecology
Nabanita Bhattacharyya
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
Niraj Agarwala
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Cytology, Genetics, and Plant Breeding

Associated Faculty

Arabinda Ghosh
MSc (NEHU) PhD (IITG) Biotechnology (Guest Faculty)
Jintu Rabha
MSc (Gauhati) Biotechnology (Guest Faculty)
Dr G C Sarma (Curator)
Dr Ranjit Singh (Garden Superindendent)
TapanMahanta (Senior Technical Assistant)
DhrubajyotiBordoloi (Store Keeper cum Computer Typist)
BipulBordoloi (Lab Assistant cum Computer Typist)
Dr Pranjan Moran (Biological control) UGC-Post Doc Fellowship
Dr AkashKedia (Natural pesticides and preservatives) DrD S Kothari Post Doc Fellowship (UGC)


Department of Botany
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : (+91) 3612570530
Email :
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Central Instrumentation Facility
  1. Phase Contrast Microscope
  2. Fluorescent Microscope
  3. Stereo Zoom Microscope
  4. Bio-photometer
  5. High Speed Refrigerated Centrifuge
  6. Gel Documentation System
  7. Horizontal Electrophoresis
  8. BOD Incubator
  9. Shaking Water Bath
  10. Electronic Balance
  11. Refrigerator
  12. pH Meter
  13. Microcentrifuge

The herbarium is accredited by the New York Botanical Garden, New York, USA. It has ca.15000 herbarium specimens mostly representing the flora of North East India including Bhutan. It is extending its services of identification to different Universities,Colleges, Research Institutes etc of North East India in particular and India in General.

Museum ------

Preserved specimens of following crops/plants.

  1. Tea Samples (Processed )        : 30 Numbers
  2. Paddy seeds        :200 local varieties
  3. Fruits         :50 species
  4. Bamboo         :20 species
  5. Medicinal Plants        :50 specimens
  6. Others         : 200 specimens
  7. Fossils         :400 specimens
Computer Laboratory

40 computers with LAN and internet connections

H K Baruah Regional Plant Resource Centre

The department has an extensive botanic garden covering an area of 52 acres of Land with more than 1500 different plant species including rare, endangered and threatening (RET) plants. The garden is also enriched with many rare medicinal plants of the region. The garden has been named in honour of the founder Professor and Head of the department i.e., Prof. H. K. Baruah. The garden has been playing a pivotal role in teaching and research for the students of Plant Sciences.


Clubs and Societies

The Botanical Forum is a body comprising the students and faculty members of the department, responsible for extension and outreach programme of the department, devoted to the promotion of Botanical activities like biodiversity awareness programme, conservation and sustainable utilization of valuable plant resources, seminars, distinguished lectures, plantations etc.

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