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About Department

The Department of Botany was established in the year 1969 and offers a two-year Master's degree course. Since its inception the department has grown appreciably, not only in terms of students and faculty strength but also in terms of the introduction of new courses, specializations, broadening research activities. The Post- Graduate curricula have recently undergone major orientation congruent with the development and trends in the subject to help the students to seek a career in different thrust areas of the subject like Algology, Advanced Plant Physiology & Biotechnology, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Environmental Biology, Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, etc.

The department also offers M. Phil course suitably designed to equip the students with both theoretical and practical knowledge.

The area of Research leading to M. Phil., Ph.D./ D. Sc. are like Stress Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genomics, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Environmental Toxicology and Ecology, Algology and Seaweed Cultivation, Floristics and Ethnobotany, Plant Biotechnology, etc.


  • To evolve as a center of excellence in advance studies of plant sciences and to cultivate quality plant scientists.


  • To provide excellent academics, research, infrastructural and environmental ambience.
  • To promote qualitative and effective methods of teaching and learning.
  • To cultivate critical thinking that can spark creativity and innovation in young minds.

List of External Mentors

  1. Prof. H. Devaraj, Former Vice-Chairman, UGC, India.
  2. Prof. S. P. Adhikary, Former Vice-Chancellor, Fakir Mohan University.
  3. Prof. Amarendra Narayan Mishra, Former Vice-Chancellor, Khallikote University.
  4. Prof. S. Niranjan Devraj, ICMR Emeritus Professor in Biochemistry, University of Madras.
  5. Prof. Pradipta Bandopadhyaya, School of Computational & Integrative Science, JNU.


Master Degree (M.Sc.)

About Course Programme

The Post-Graduate (M.Sc.) curricula in Botany is of two-years duration with total of 2000 marks. The system of examinations is of semester pattern. There will be four semesters consisting of four theory papers for First, Second and Third semesters and two theory papers for the Fourth Semester. There is one practical paper in each semester (First to Fourth) and one Seminar presentation/Field visit paper in the Third semester. In addition, students have to carry out a project work to be initiated in the third semester and shall be completed in the Fourth semester. Each theory paper carries an internal assessment of 20% of the total marks. Each theory and practical examinations is of three hours duration. The project work carries 100 marks, 50 for the dissertation and 50 for the seminar presentation.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

The students are entered into the course on the basis of their qualifying in CPET examination.

Class Schedule

10:30 am -1:30 pm (3 theory Classes 1 hour each)

2.30 pm -5.30 pm (1 practical class of 3 hours).


About Course Programme

The M. Phil. course in Botany is of one-year duration comprising of two theory papers of 100 marks each and dissertation of 100 marks (Total 300 marks). The theory examination is held after six months of admission. The students are required to submit the dissertation before one year of completion. The curriculum is designed to orient the students interested to pursue for a career in research.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

The students are entered into the course on the basis of their career in the qualifying (URET) examination followed by written and oral examinations.

Class Schedule

10.30 am - 5.30 pm (Dissertation and theory classes)


About Course Programme

A candidate is allowed to register for Ph.D. after qualifying the URET examination. The candidate is then required to undergo course work of six months comprising of two theory papers of 100 marks each. After successfully completing the course work the candidate is allowed for Ph.D. registration.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

As per the prevailing regulation of the University a candidate in order to enroll for Ph. D. has to qualify in the University Research Entrance Test (URET) or National Entrance Test (NET) conducted by CSIR-UGC or GATE conducted by IITs/IISc or Through the award of DST- INSPIRE or Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship and MANF by the UGC.

Course Schedule

After admission into the Ph. D programme, a candidate is required to undertake course work on a regular basis for a minimum period of one semester. The course work shall comprise of three papers of 100 marks each and two papers of 50 mark each.


D.Sc. is the highest degree offered by the University in science. A scholar with proven high academic caliber in plant science, evident from at least two research papers published in high impact journals are normally allowed for D.Sc. registration.

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Dr. Mrutyunjay Jena
Asst. Professor
Ph.D., Utkal University
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Dr. Mrutyunjay Jena, completed his M.Sc. in Botany in the year 2003 and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Botany from Utkal University in the year 2009. He has worked at Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany as DAAD- Fellow (June 2008 to March 2010) and at IARI, New Delhi (December 2010 to July 2011) in Indo-Denmark Project as Post-Doctoral Fellow. He has been serving as an Assistant Professor in the Post Graduate Department of Botany, Berhampur University since 2011 and as a coordinator of the department from Dec. 2015- May, 2019. His principal research interest is Algal biotechnology and Molecular systematic. He has completed three major research project funded by Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OSDP), Bhubaneswar. Govt. of Odisha, Science &Technology Department, Govt. of Odisha and MoEF & CC, Govt. Govt. of India. He has guided 05 Ph.D. students, 16 M.Phil. students and 19 M.Sc. Students (dissertation). He has published 50 research papers in the international repute peer reviewed journals, 3 book chapters and authored 1 monograph/book. He has attended 50 national and international seminars, conference and workshops in India and in abroad. He has organised 02 International Conference, 02 National Conferences, 02 Research Methodology Workshops, 01 IPR workshop. He was conferred with DAAD�fellowship award by German Academic Exchange Service in 2008, DS-Kothari Post-Doctoral fellowship award by UGC, Govt. of India in 2011 and Post-Doctoral Fellowship award at Department of Green Life Science, Sangmyung University, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea, supported by Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of Korean Republic, 2011.

Dr. (Miss.) A. Leela Veni
Assistant Professor
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Her area of interest Plant Bio-chemistry, Gymnosperm(including paleobotany), Plant taxonomy, Instrumentation, Plant anatomy, Genetic engineering , Embryology

Dr. Sarita Das
Assistant Professor
Ph. D. in Biochemistry
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Dr. Biswa Ranjan Meher
Asst. Professor-I and Coordinator
Ph.D.: IIT Guwahati
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Dr. Biswa Ranjan Meher received his M. Sc. degree from Utkal University-Bhubaneswar with Biochemistry as specialization. He qualified national level entrance examinations CSIR-NET and GATE to pursue Ph. D. in Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) under the supervision of Dr. Pradipta Bandyopadhyay. Subsequently, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at different US universities like the University of Kansas (KU), Kansas; Albany State University (ASU), Georgia; and University of Richmond (UR), Virginia. He also worked as a DS Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellow (DSKPDF) in the Department of Biochemistry at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India from 2014 to 2016. Before joining to his current position, he also served as an Assistant Professor in the DBT-BUILDER Programme at the Centre for Life Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, India from 2016 to 2017. He has worked in several collaborative interdisciplinary research areas in USA, and in India. He is a recipient of National Doctoral Fellowship by AICTE, Govt. of India. Dr. Meher has expertise in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and his research area focus on molecular modelling and simulations of biomolecules of therapeutic importance, structure based drug and vaccine design, pharmacologically bioactive natural products, development of Nano-medicine and their applications, understanding the protein conformations through structure network analysis, and application of computational tools to solve biological problems. His laboratory welcomes interested candidates to carry out research work in Molecular modelling and simulations of biomolecules and its applications in drug design and discovery.

Dr. Padmalochan Hembram
Asst. Professor-I
Ph.D.: Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal
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Dr. Padmalochan Hembram received the Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India, on 2nd May 2017. He has done his PhD on transcriptiome profiling of salinity stress responsive genes from Phaseolus vulgaris. His work has been published in various international journals and current works are communicated in several international journals which are under review. His current research interests include the synthesis of artificial transcription factors and identifying the promoter regions which differentiate the resistant varieties from susceptible varieties and application of computational tools to understand the biological systems.


Seminar Library

The department maintains two separate libraries. One is contributed by students through seminar consisting of five hundred text books and the other supported by the University.

Seminar Hall

The department has a well-equipped seminar hall of 100 seating capacity, dedicated for various types of events conducted in the department.


The department is having a computer laboratory with internet facility for the benefit of students and faculty members. The research scholars and faculties members make use of this facility to survey literature for the research through


Besides two general laboratories for M.Sc. practical, there are four specialized laboratories viz., Algal Biotechnology & Molecular Systematics, Environmental Toxicology, Microbiology, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and Molecular Biology.

Student Project Work

It is mandatory in the part of the student to do project work and submit the report in the 4th Semester as envisaged in the prescribed course of studies of M. Sc.

Study Tour

Yearly at least one study tour is arranged with support of the University. In the study tour programme, students guided by the faculty members are required to survey the flora of the adjourning region to collect specimen and prepare herbarium and a report. This has been a part of M. Sc. curriculum.


Research Area in the Department

Stress Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genomics, Environmental Toxicology, Ecology, Floristics and Ethnobotany, Microbiology and AlgologyProject Execution in the Department (Ongoing and Completed): Ongoing :06;Completed: 26

Ongoing Project = 07

Sl. No Name address of the Principal Investigator Name of the Project Funding Agency Cost of the Project(Lakh) Duration of the project
1. Dr. M. Jena Marine algal diversity of East Coast of India with special reference to molecular phylogeny of some green microalgae. (Reference letter F.No.22018/19/2015-Ce (TAX), 18/January-2018) MoEF and CC, Govt. of India(AICOPTAX-Programme) 21.73 2018-2021
2. Dr. M. Jena Marine Algal Diversity of Odisha Coast and their Potential for Production of Vitamin-B12(Ref. lettter No. 1197/ST (Bio) -02/2017 Bhubaneswar dated: 01.03.2017) Science and Technology Department, Govt. of Odisha 9.6 2017-2020
3. Dr. S. Das Effect of ...uropathogenesis UGC, New Delhi 10 2017-2020
4. Dr. B.R. Meher Exploring Phytocompounds as anti-viral agents against Dengue NS2B-NS3 Protease: A multi-faceted in silico approach Science and Technology Department, Govt. of Odisha 10 2019-2022
5. Dr. B.R. Meher Discovering phytochemicals as antiviral agent against HIV-1 protease to combat drug-resistance: A multi-faceted in silico approach. UGC, New Delhi 10 2019-2021
6. Dr. P. Hembram Genome wide .. under salinity stress DHE, Govt. of Odisha 4.8 2020-2022

Dr. Sarita Das

Molecular study on the effect of phytocompounds derived from Boerhaavia diffusa L. root against uropathogenic bacteria.

Science and Technology Department, Govt. of Odisha



Project Completed

Sl. No Name address of the Principal Investigator Name of the Project Funding Agency Cost of the Project(Lakh) Duration of the project
1. Prof. M.K. Misra (PI) Dr. Mrutyunjay Jena(Co-PI) Impact of JFM in protection on Phytodiversity and structural analysis of some regenerating forest stands in Pralakhemundy, DMU. Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project OSDP, Bhubaneswar, Govt. of Odisha 18.8 2013-15
2. Dr. B. B. Panda Plant responses to ionizing radiation BARC-BU collaboration 70 2009-12
3. Dr. S. B. Padhi Development..Orissa State DST, New Delhi 18.47 2008-11
4. Dr. M. K. Misra Phytodiversitycoastal Orissa DoES, New Delhi 14 2007-10
5. Dr. B. B. Panda Elucidating.stress in plants DST, New Delhi 24 2006-09
6. Dr. M. K. Misra Floristic surveyOrissa MoEF, New Delhi 12 2005-08
7. Dr. K. K. PandaDr. B. B. Panda Enhancement of genetic.Orissa DST, New Delhi 15.77 2004-07
8. Dr A. K. Panigrahi Heavy metal ... Chilika lake DOD. New Delhi 7.85 2002-04
9. Dr. P. K. Behera Ecophysiol... Chilika lake DOD, New Delhi 6.6 2002-04
10. Dr. B. B. Panda Socio economic .anthropogenic threats MSSRF, Chennai 3 2002-03
11. Dr. B. B. Panda Mechanism ... plants UGC, New Delhi 5 2001-04
12. Department of Botany Botanical garden... South Orissa DOEn. New Delhi 2.25 1998-00
13. Dr. S. B. Padhi Biotechnolgical .... nutrition DBT. New Delhi 6 1997-99
14. Dr. B. Padhy Interaction ... paddy plants UGC, New Delhi 0.25 1997-99
15. Dr. S. B. Padhi Ecophysiological ... aquaculture DSTE, Bhubaneswar 0.51 1997-99
16. Dr. B.N. Misra Dr. A.K. Panigrahi Impact of ... millet crop UGC, New Delhi 4.6 1996-98
17. Dr. M. K. Misra Biomass ... South Orissa DST, New Delhi 2.67 1994-96
18. Dr. B. B. Panda Investigations ... heavy metals DAE, Mumbai 4.8 1993-97
19. Dr. B. B. Panda Studies on ... in plants UGC, New Delhi 0.07 1992-93
20. Dr. P. K. Behera Bioinformation ... contaminants UGC, New Delhi 0.15 1992-93
21. Dr. B. B. Panda Plant enzyme ... environment INSA, New Delhi 0.24 1988-90
22. Dr. P.K. Behera Tissue Culture ... H. Annuus UGC, New Delhi 0.15 1988-89
23. Dr. B. B. Panda Monitoring ... Ganjam DOEn, New Delhi 6 1987-90
24. Dr. B. B. Panda Reproductive ... folk medicine UGC, New Dlhi 0.14 1986-88
25. Dr. M. K. Misra Bioinass .... Orissa DOEn, New Delhi 2.18 1985-87
26. Dr. M. K. Misra District flora... Koraput DOEn, New Delhi 0.67 1984-87

14 research scholar and 4 project staffs working in the department.

  1. BiswajitaPrdhan, Project Fellow (MoEF CC, Govt. of India)
  2. ChhandashreeBehera, Project Fellow (ST Project, Govt. of Odisha.
  3. Priyanka Purohit, Project Fellow (ST Project, Govt. of Odisha.
  4. Purnima Hembram, Project Fellow (OURIP Project, Govt. of Odisha.

Students/research scholars their achievements: (Last 5 years)

  • Miss.KadambiniMohanty: receivedscholarship from IMA,BBSR.qualified GATE,2020(4thSemester student)
  • Mr. Shaikh Ameeruddin qualified GATE 2020(4THSemester)
  • Miss. Sudhamayee Paridaqualified NET-LS,2019.
  • Miss. Amruta Singh qualified GATE 2019, presently working as a project fellow at NIT, ROURKELA.
  • Mr.Akshaya Kumar Behera qualified GATE-2019 NET LS2019.
  • Miss. Sradhanjali Nayak qualified GATE,2019
  • Miss.Sneha Nayak qualified NET LS,2017.
  • Miss. Supriti Pattnaik qualified CUCET,2019 (CUTN Ph.D. Scholar)
  • Mr.Lalit K.Behera qualified GATE 2018, CSIR-NET-JRF,2017,CSIR NET LS, 2018 now pursuing Ph.D at IIT,BBSR.
  • Mr. Somnath Baral qualified GATE,2018 GATE,2020. Presently working as a project fellow at ILS,BBSR.
  • Mr. SrimantaPatra, DST-INSPIRE Fellowship 2018, Presently pursuing Ph.D at NIT, Rourkela.
  • Mr. Debasis Pati, qualified GATE,2018 CSIR NET LS,2019. Presently pursuing Ph.D at NIT, Rourkela.
  • Miss. Jasmin Panda qualified GATE,2019
  • Miss. Deeptimayee Panda qualified UGC-CSIR-JRF-NET,2016 qualified OES,2018.
  • Miss. Kalpana Naik qualified OFDAC-2018.
  • Miss. Purnima Hembram qualified GATE, 2016, Presently pursuing Ph.D in the Department of Botany, B.U.
  • Mr. Himanshu Sekhar Mohapatra 2015 batch of M.Phil student qualified ICAR-AIR-NET-2015,AIR-152 ,ICAR-ARS-NET-2016,AIR-119,CSIR-UGC-NET LS,Dec 2016- AIR -43, GATE-LIFE SCIENCE-2016-372,CSIR-UGC-NET-2018-AIR-35, State Selection Board,Odisha-2019-RANK-1.
  • Mr. Sabita Barik Qualified State Selection Board, Odisha-2019,RANK-16
  • Miss. Priyanka Purohit. Project staff(Ph.D. Scholar) Awarded Best poster presentations in ACS Biochemistry group for the presentation of paper on "Uncovering the molecular mechanism of effective neutralization of HIV-1 by antibody VRC03: An in silico approach." in the IC-CBSDD-2019.
  • Mr. Biswajita Pradhan awarded best Poster Presentation award in the National Conference NCBBIET-2019.
  • Mr. Suraj Kumar Behera awarded Best posterpresentation award in National Conference-RAPSBB-2020.


Seminar/conference/workshop/ Induction programme part can be replaced at Annexure 2

Conference: 02, Induction 01


Berhampur University's Department of Botany Alumni Association was established in 2016. Members of the association include former and current students as well as department teachers. There are currently about 100 Life members. Every year, alumni gather with current student members of the department for a reunion function during the Botany Seminar's Annual Day celebration, which is followed by the association's General Body meeting. In addition, the Association's Executive Body meets two to three times per year. The primary goals of the association are to bring together past and present students so that they can know and interact with each another; to provide financial assistance to needy members; to encourage current students in their academics by introducing various medals and prizes; to honor retiring members of the association; and to give proclamation to members for their outstanding contributions to science and society at large. Each year, at the reunion function different prizes are awarded to current and recent graduates of the department for their significant achievements. In addition, a bulletin detailing the association's various activities is published each year in the name of Phytoseminario.


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Dr. Biswa Ranjan Meher
Asst. Professor-I and Coordinator
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