Department of Botany

About the Department :

The Department of Botany of Sipajhar College is one of the departments of newly introduced science stream in the year 2018. We offer both major and general undergraduate courses under Gauhati University.

With the very congenial climate of its own, this part of the North East India is known for being the habitat of many botanically curious and botanical rarities with natural propagation and traditionalism in cultivation for multiple species.

The Department of Botany envisions a concerned and conscious community, protecting and reducing depletion of the indigenous plant diversity and exploring the diversity in continuum, in an explicitly comparative context.

With an optimal infrastructure including the laboratory, modern classrooms with audiovisual aids and the environs with rich botanical diversity, the department is ever percipient to the inquisitiveness and changing demands of the student fraternity.

STUDENT STRENGTH :

  1. B.Sc. 3rd Semester: : 13 (Major); 42 (pass-course)
  2. B.Sc. 1st Semester: 23 (Major); 44 (pass-course)

DEPARTMENTAL ACTIVITIES :

  1. On 25th of October, 2019 we visited Shillong and Cherapunjee as a part of course curriculum with B.Sc. 1st semester students.
  2. On 8th November, 2019 we conducted an exposure program to IASST, Guwahati with B.Sc. 3rd semester students under Gauhati University syllabus.

Faculty Members :

1.Dr. Karabi Devi, M.Sc., B.Ed., Ph.D.
Position Assistant Professor
Contact no. - 9508177666
Email devikarabi@gmail.com
Area of interest Mycology, Plant Pathology, Taxonomy
Research Activities Doctoral degree from North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh.
Publications
  1. Shrivastava Karuna and Devi Karabi. (2010). "Wild edible Fungi: An imperative non-wood forest produce for rural people of North Eastern hill region of India". In the proceedings of National Seminar on 'Transformation of Rural Economy of North-East Hill Region in India: Status, Determinants and Prospects'. B. Singh & S. Seetharaman (Eds.). NIRD, North Eastern Regional Centre, Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam, Pp. 124-131.
  2. Karabi Devi , Jahnovi Brahma , Karuna Shrivastava. (2016). "Documentation of four hitherto unreported wild edible macro fungi from Chirang district of Assam, North-East India" International Journal of Conservation Science, Volume 7, Issue 3, Pp 709-718.
  3. Karabi Devi. (2017) "Ethnomycological studies of some wild edible and medicinal mushrooms in Kamrup District of Assam, India". International journal of current advanced research, Volume 6, issue 5, pp 3954-3959.
PAPERS PRESENTED IN CONFERENCES AND ABSTRACT PUBLISHED
  1. Karabi Devi (2016). "Dietary and medicinal use of mushrooms in two villages of Chirang district of Assam, India". Paper presented in DST Sponsored National Conference on Current Issues in Non Timber Forest Products (NTTFs) , organized by Department of Life Science and Bioinformatics , Assam University, Diphu campus, Karbi Anglong, Assam, India from 22nd November to 23rd November, 2016.
  2. Karabi Devi (2017). "Studies on diversity of macrofungi in the tropical moist Sal forest of Kamrup district, Assam, India" Paper presented in International conference on Scientific indigenous Bio cultural knowledge in understanding climate change in biodiversity hotspots to develop strategies for socio ecological development: Data availability requirements and gaps organized by Assam University, Silchar and Centre for ecological economics and natural resources , Institute for social and economic change, Bengaluru on 27th and 28th July, 2017
Awards and achievements

2.Hirak Jyoti Kro, M.Sc., M.Phil.
Position Assistant Professor
Contact no. - 7002733672
Email jyotihirak777@gmail.com
Area of interest Bio-control of microorganisms, profiling of metabolites and Drug discovery.
Research Activities Worked on a dissertation entitled "Occurrence of soil fungi in Kholahath Reserve Forest of Morigaon district, Assam" towards the partial fulfillment of M. Sc. in Botany, from Gauhati University.
Worked on a dissertation entitled "Studies on fungi associated with post harvested stored grains of West Guwahati, Assam and their biocontrol using botanicals" towards the partial fulfillment of M. Phil. in Botany, from Gauhati University.
Publications
  1. Kro HJ, Das S and Tayung K (2017) Antifungal activity of Cymbopogon nardus essential oil against some fungi contaminating cereals and pulses. Res J Life Sc. Bioinfo. Pharma. Chem. Sc. 3(4): 36. ISSN: 2454-6348.
  2. Kro HJ and Tayung K (2017) Biocontrol potentials of some plant and spice extracts against fungi contaminating post harvested stored grains. Int. J Adv. Res. 5(10): 575 - 580. ISSN: 2320-5407.
  3. Kro HJ, Das S and Tayung K (2017) Fungi Associated with Contaminated Stored Grains and their Biological Control using Zanthoxylum rhetsa Essential oil. Int. J Adv. Agri. Sc. Tech. 4(11): 10-26. ISSN: 2348-1358.
BOOK CHAPTERS
  1. Kro HJ and Tayung K (2017) Ethno-medicinal uses of Zanthoxylum rhetsa and its metabolites profiling. In Indigenous Communities of N.E. India: Issues and Challenges. Mahanta M and Deka D (ed). ISBN No: 978-93-87035-15-7.
  2. Borah G and Kro HJ (2018) Wilt Disease of Tomato and its Management in North- East India. Diseases of vegetables and fruits: Current status and management. Trivedi P.C(ed). ISBN 978-81-7910-573-3.
PARESENTATION ORAL PAPERS
  1. Presented oral paper entitled "Antifungal activity of Zanthxylum rhetsa essential oil against some fungi contaminating cereals and pulses" in a national seminar on "Harmony with nature in context of chemistry environmental issues and challenges" dated 11th-12th September 2017.
  2. Presented a paper entitled "Biocontrol potentials of some botanicals against fungi contaminating post harvested stored grains and pulses" in a national seminar on "Prospects and Challenges of Plant Science Research in India" dated 25th-26th November 2017.
  3. Presented a paper entitled " Inhibitory effect of essential oils on mycelia growth of two major post harvest fungal pathogens" in national conference on "Drug Discovery from Natural Products and their Traditional Uses" dated 23rd-24th March 2018.
Awards and achievements
  1. Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) - Life science, 2017.
  2. Qualified NE- State Eligibility Test (SET) for Lectureship, 2017.
  3. Qualified CSIR NET-JRF 2019.

3. Dr. Debashree Kakati, M.Sc. M. Phil., PhD., B. Ed.
Position Assistant Professor
Contact no. - 9401912108
Email debashri_bot@yahoo.co.in, debashree.kakati@gmail.com
Area of interest Ethnobotany, Traditional knowledge system, Taxonomy, Plant breeding and genetics, Bioinformatics.
Research Activities
  1. Ph.D. in the dept. of Botany, Gauhati University in October, 2018 (Title: Taxonomical study of Brucea mollis Wall. ex Kurz - an endangered species.).
  2. M.Phil (Biotechnology) from Vinayaka Mission University, June 2009. (Title: In silico comparative structural modeling and Phylogenetic analyses of carbonic anhydrase of the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana)
Achievements:
  1. Qualified SLET, 2015.
  2. Qualified HS TET, 2014.
  3. Got selected by APSC as Post Graduate Teacher (2017).
  4. Hold 4th position during the Master's degree (2007).
  5. Hold 8th position during the Graduation (2005).
  6. District Level merit scholarship and award for securing position at Class-IV merit examination (1993).
Certifications and training:
  1. Advance PG diploma in Bio-informatics (A-level) from DOEACC ,Guwahati, Assam 2009
  2. Certification on Diploma in Computer Application from TATA INFOTECH,2004
  3. Diploma in computer operating system from DIGITECH COMPUTER EDUCATION, 2000.
  4. Diploma in Fine Art from Assam Fine Arts and Crafts Society, Guwahati, 2003.
  5. Certified second degree Reiki Healer.
Experience:
  1. Post Graduate Teacher in Mangaldai Govt. H. S. School, Darrang, Assam since August 2017.
  2. Teaching experience in Mangaldai College, Mangaldai, Darrang, Assam (since 2013 to 2016) as contractual faculty.
  3. SRF, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam (3rd June 2009 to 3rd June 2010) in DIT sponsored Project- Agri-Bioinformatics Promotion program in NE India.
Research Papers:
  1. Assessment of antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of Dendrocnide sinuata (Blume) Chew leaves-A medicinal plant used by ethnic communities of North East India, Indian Journal of Natural product and Resources, Vol.1(1), March 2010, (pp. 17-21).
  2. In-silico comparative structural modeling of carbonic anhydrase of the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana, Journal of research in bioinformatics, Vol.1, Feb 2012.
  3. Morphological and anatomical studies of vegetative parts of Brucea mollis Wall. ex Kurz - an endemic medicinal plant of Assam, NeBIO, Vol. 7, No. 2, June 2016, (pp 57-65).
  4. Comparative study of certain phytochemical properties of Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng. and Mentha spicata L. : two aromatic edible medicinal plants of Darrang district, Assam, Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry , 2016, Vol. 5, Issue 6, (pp 455-458).
  5. Qualitative study of certain phytochemical and pharmacognostic properties of two ethnomedicinal plants used for gastrointestinal disorders - Centella asiatica (L.) and Paederia foetida (L.) of Darrang District, Assam, 2017, International Journal of Herbal Medicin, Vol. 5(2), (pp 31-34).
  6. Study on indigenous knowledge and approach for conservation of Brucea mollis Wall. ex Kurz- as RET plant of NE India, 2016, Bioscience Discovery. Vol. 8(2), (pp 119-124).
Seminars and conferences attended:
  1. Participated in Science model competition organized by Gauhati University Science Forum on World Environmental day 4th-5th June 2006, and has been awarded as Third best Model.
  2. Attended workshop on "Bioinformatics and its future prospects ", organized by Department of Botany Gauhati University and DOEACC Centre Guwahati, 9th June 2006.
  3. Participated in Workshop on "Value addition to Bioresources of NE India, Post harvest Technology and cold chain", organized by by Department of Botany Gauhati University from 19th to 21st May 2006.
  4. Presented paper entitled "Cytotoxic effect of Gutkha on root meristem of Allium cepa L." in National seminar on "Exploration, utilization and strategy action plan for sustainable management of plant resources" sponsored by "Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India; CSIR and UGC, New Delhi.
  5. Attended National Training cum workshop on Agri-Bioinformatics Promotion Program, organized by DIT (Ministry of Communication and Information technology, New Delhi) at SDAU, Sardarkrushinagar,2009.
  6. Attended National Symposium on unraveling plant microbe interactions for supporting plant health and annual general meeting of Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology (East Zone), on October 27th -28th , 2014, organized by Department of Botany, Gauhati University.
  7. Participated in the Workshop cum symposia on basic molecular biology techniques and natural product based drug discovery, on February 11th -14th, 2015, organized by Institutional biotech hub, Deptartment of Biotechnology, Gauhati University.
  8. Participated in the Workshop on Art of science communication, organized by , organized by Department of Botany, Gauhati University with association of microbiologist of India (Guwahati Unit), on April 20th , 2015.
  9. Presented paper entitled "Study of phytochemical properties of Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng, Centella asiatica (L.) Paederia foetida (L.) and Mentha spiacata (L.), four medicinally important edible plants of Darrang District, Assam", in National Seminar organized by Mangaldai College sponsored by DBT Govt. of India, in August , 2016.
  10. Presented paper entitled "Study of indigenous knowledge and approaches of conservation of Brucea mollis Wall. ex Kurz- an endemic plant of NE India" in National Seminar organized by IASST, Guwahati, in February, 2017.
  11. Presented paper entitled "Ethnomedicinal study of Brucea mollis Wall. ex Kurz-an RET plant of north east India" in UGC sponsored National seminar on Climate change, Biodiversity and sustainable resource management organized by B. H. College, Barpeta Howly, Assam from 23rd and 24th June, 2017.
  12. Presented paper entitled "Study on restricted distribution of Brucea mollis Wall. ex Kurz-an RET plant of India" in BIODIVERSE 2018, International symposium on biodiversity and biobanking, organized by IIT Guwahati, from 27th to 29th January, 2018.
  13. Acted as a District level Resource person in 26th National Children Science Congress, 2018, organized by DST, Govt. of India, held on 30-09-2018 at Mangaldai College.
  14. Presented paper entitled "Chemoinformatics approach for bioremediation through analysis of hydrocarbon degrading potential of Monooxygenase in Pseudomonas mendocina, P. stutzeri and Pseudomonas. sp. OX1 in National Conference on Green, sustainable and evolving sciences (GSES-2019) and 64th Annual technical session of Assam Science Society on 28th to 29th June, 2019.
  15. Acted as a District level Resource person in 27th National Children Science Congress, 2019, organized by DST, Govt. of India, held on 02-10-2019 at Mangaldai College.
  16. Presented paper entitled "Growing plants on waste paper", in 107th Indian Science Congress held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore from 3rd to 7th January, 2020.
  17. Participated Women Science Congress as delegate, held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore from 5th and 6th January, 2020 held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.