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Opportunities galore for BSc Botany (Honours) aspirants

As a part of its on-going series, HT brings to you all the facets of yet another reputed course offered by the University of Delhi, BSc Botany (Honours). Dr. Anuradha Sharma (Associate Professor, Department of Botany, Hindu College, Delhi University) presents her points of view.

delhi Updated: Jun 14, 2010 02:13 IST
Hindustan Times

Botany as an academic discipline focuses on plants, their structures, properties, and the processes of all forms of plant life.

Studies in Botany provide possible solutions to agricultural, horticulture and environmental problems. A Botanist is not only interested in studying the smallest and the most incomprehensible of plants, but the study also includes trees and forests.

The roots of the subject can be traced back to the ancient Greco-Roman times. It is believed that Aristotle and his student Theophrastus in the 4th Century BC worked out descriptions and principles of plant types and functions that have remained the prototype for botanical observation even today.

Today, the subject has widened enough to include applied sub-disciplines such as Biotechnology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Environmental Management and many others.

With the environmental problems posing global concerns, the significance and the scope of the subject is ever increasing.
At the University of Delhi, the study of Botany begins at the undergraduate level in various colleges.

The main programme of study is under BSc (Honours) Botany which is a three-year course. Science students, who have studied Biology or Biotechnology as one of the subjects at the senior secondary level, are eligible for admission to this course.

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Botany, one can study for another two years to earn a postgraduate degree in it or pursue applied sciences such as Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences, and Toxicology.

While most Botany graduates wish to seek work after graduating, students who want to study further will increase not only their knowledge but chances of employment.

After finishing studies, one can go for a teaching job, take up research work in a university or institutes such as The Energy and Resources Institute or join a pharmaceutical company.

In addition to these career options, one find jobs such as that of plant taxonomists in herbariums, who are responsible for classifying and identifying preserved plants.

Similarly, as ethnobotanists in food and herbal industry, one can find a research-based job on medicine and food-related plants.

One can also work with private companies which offer lucrative job opportunities for aspirants and also give them the appropriate exposure in the specialised field.

First Published: Jun 14, 2010 02:07 IST