DU course profile: BSc (Honours) in Botany is for nature lovers
The course demands lots of patience for grasping the concepts and facts of different streams and hard work to learn new techniques.Campus Calling Updated: Jun 07, 2017 17:41 IST
B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany, a much sought after undergraduate course of today’s times, has really grained an undivided attention of majority of students who seek admission at graduation level.
This is a comprehensive course which comprises both pure and applied plant sciences subject. It offers students a plethora of academic activities such as classroom learning, laboratory practice, infield learning, outstation excursions, research projects etc. so that they may have overall development in their personalities.
Eligibility Criteria: You must have secured minimum 55% marks in the aggregate of subjects, Biology or Biotechnology, Physics and Chemistry and 50% marks in English in 12th class passed from one of the recognized Education Boards. Selection is made on the basis of merit of marks in the aggregate of three mentioned science subjects.
Who should apply for the course: Those who are nature-lovers and have inclination towards plants based study and research at remote and exotic places should apply for this course. The course demands lots of patience for grasping the concepts and facts of different streams and hard work to learn new techniques.
Course Structure: Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) is a semester based course which contains Core Courses ( discipline specific compulsory subjects), Elective Courses that include Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) Subjects (choice based discipline related papers) and Generic Elective (GE) subjects (choice based discipline-unrelated papers) and Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC) which further include Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC) and Ability Enhancement Elective course/Skill Enhancement Course (SEC). Under BSc (Hons.) Botany course, students study four core subjects (Microbiology and Phycology, Biomolecules, Mycology & Phytopathology and Archegoniatae) two AECC (one language and environmental Science) and two GE subjects in the first year. In second year there are six core subjects (Anatomy of Angiosperms, Economic Botany, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Ecology and Plant Systematics), two SEC subjects (from Ethnobotany, Intellectual Property Rights, Biofertilizetrs and Medicinal Botany) and two GE subjects of choice. In third year students focus entirely on the Botany and study four core subjects (Reproductive Biology of Angiosperms, Plant Physiology, Plant Metabolism and Plant Biotechnology) and four DSE Subjects (Analytical Techniques in Plant Sciences, Biostatistics, Industrial and Environmental Microbiology and Bioinformatics).
Future Prospects: As the course offers a rich variety of papers to its students, it has opened new vistas for the students to pursue their career in various disciplines. Students can pick up Indian Administrative Services (IAS) & Indian Forest Services (IFS) as their career. Jobs in food technology sector, health-sector, environment awareness & protection cannot be ignored. There is also a scope of entrepreneurship and as students may start nurseries, medicinal-plants cultivation, mushroom cultivation, plant-breeding programme, herbal-product manufacturing, biofertilizer manufacturing & many more things after completion of the course. Higher studies at postgraduate and doctorate levels in the subject provide opportunities to work as scientist in various Government and non-government organizations, and also to work abroad. Career as a dedicated teacher at school, graduation & post-graduation level is another option for the students.
Dr Ishwar Singh is Teacher-In-Charge, Department of Botany, Hansraj college, University of Delhi