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Botany: a gateway to wide range of trees and plants

delhi Updated: May 31, 2010 00:24 IST

Botany as an academic discipline focuses on plants, their structures, properties, and the processes of all forms of plant life. It dwells on, plant classification, plant diseases, and the interactions of plants with their physical environment.

A Botanist is not only interested in studying the smallest and the most incomprehensible of plants but the study also includes the largest of the trees to the widest of forests. The concern may range from studying the inter-relationships among plants to the study of their geographic distribution or simply with the study of the life processes taking place in them.

The studies in botany provide possible solutions to agricultural, horticultural forestry as well as environmental problems. Today, the subject has widened enough to include applied sub-disciplines such as biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, environmental management and many others.

At the University of Delhi the study of Botany begins at the undergraduate level in various colleges who offer it. The main programme of study is under the nomenclature of BSc (H) Botany and is a three year course.

After completing BSc (H) course one can pursuer a master's degree, which would help in pursuing a teaching job or will open new vistas in research work.

In addition to these other career options include jobs such as that of Plant Taxonomists and Ethnobotanists. It also strengthens claims for jobs in reputed research institutes.