Punjabi University Botany department started its academic session on Green Notes
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala started its new academic session by planting a tree sapling in the S.S. Bir Botanic Gardens by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Arvind. The Vice-Chancellor also visited the Herbarium, Museum and Botanical Photo Gallery of the Botany Department.
Prof. Davinder Pal Singh, Head, Department of Botany in his welcome address said that the department of Botany established in 1967 is one of the renowned departments in the country. He credited the success of the department to the hard work of current and former faculty, non-teaching staff, researchers and the students. The significant academic contribution made by the faculty has played a key role in mobilizing substantial grants from various funding agencies.
Prof. Arvind in his address recognized the Botanic Gardens and the Herbarium, Museum and Botanical Photo Gallery as valuable treasures of the University. He further said that the Biological Sciences have witnessed significance changes during the last 30 years. The field of Molecular Biology is attracting the modern researchers but this field cannot progress without inputs from basic Biological Sciences. He also stressed that research on flora and fauna, with particular references to the threatened species is the need of hour. The Life Science departments of Punjabi University, Patiala can make valuable contribution in this regard.
He shared with the audience that from this academic session Five Years Integrated Programme in the subjects of Science, Social Sciences, Languages and Arts will provide an opportunity to the students to explore different open elective subjects under choice-based credit system. He also extended his best wishes to all on the occasion of commencement of new academic session.
Prof. Balvir Singh Sandhu, Dean, Academic Affairs, in his address appreciated the valuable contribution made by the department in the overall development of the Punjabi University. Three volumes of Vascular Flora of Punjab and Chandigarh written by Dr. M. Sharma, Former Professor Department of Botany were also released. Prof. Munruchi Kaur, former head of the department highlighted the significant contribution made by Prof. M. Sharma in the field of Plant Taxonomy.
In his address, Prof. M. Sharma dedicated this publication to his teachers, students and family. He also extended his thanks to the Department of Botany for all the help extended during and after his period of active service. Prof. Jasvirinder Singh Khattar proposed the vote of thanks.