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Departments of Botany

 

Introduction

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The Department of Botany is one of the oldest departments of GC University Lahore, imparting instructions at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level since 1912. Among the prominent scholars, Prof. Shiv Ram Kashyap, Professors of stature, Prof. S.L. Ghose, Prof. A.C. Joshi, lead this Department. After the Independence of the Subcontinent, Dr. A.A. Qureshi, Dr. Sultan Ahmed, a Mycologist and Taxonomist of international repute, Prof. A.R. Zafar, Prof. A.H. Zafar, Prof. Jawad A. Khan, Prof. Masud-ul-Hasan, Dr. R.A. Mirza and Prof. A. U. Khan promoted the culture of research and development.

 

The Department of Botany is recognized as a leading provider of quality education supported by relevant experience of staff and the dissemination of leading edge research. Staff members are committed to provide ample opportunities for students to develop those skills that are keenly sought by employers.

 

The famous saying that "All Flesh is Grass" reflects its significance of Botany in the biosphere. It began with tribal lore, to identify edible, medicinal and poisonous plants for a number of reasons; they generate oxygen and provide food, fibres, fuel and medicine for life forms to exist on earth. An understanding of Botany can help to: 

 

  • Become a researcher or teacher in a research and/or academic institution.

  • Understand fundamentals of life processes in living organisms to produce more food and fibre for population using healthier and better hybrid seeds of crops harvested through plant breeding and genetics.

  • Depict environmental changes through the use of plants as bioindicators and protect plants and endangered plant species through biodiversity conservation techniques.

  • Provide link between academia and industry.

  • Manage sustainable agriculture, forestry and horticulture with efficacy.

Facilities

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LABORATORIES

 

The Department has six General labs., a Tissue Culture lab., Plant Biotechnology/Mole. Biol. Lab, Biodiversity Lab., Dandrochronology Lab., Phycology Lab., Plant Physiology and Ecology Lab. It is planned to establish a separate Molecular Biology Lab., Genetics lab., and Phytopathology lab.

 

Life Sciences Library

 

 

The GC University Life Sciences Library has a rich and updated collection of books and research journals including several volumes of the Linnaean Society. The Library holds extensive research material on various subjects like Plant Morphology (Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms), Genetic Engineering, Crop Improvement and Environmental Studies, etc.

 

Computers and Internet

 

Students and faculty members have provision of computer and internet facility being linked with the digital libraries across the Globe.

 

Dr. Sultan Ahmad Herbarium

 

The herbarium was established under the aegis of Prof. S.R. Kashyap in the early 1900s. Under the chairpersonship of Prof. A.U.Khan, the herbarium was officially inaugurated as "Dr. Sultan Ahmed Herbarium" in 2003. The collection at the herbarium is notable for it holds specimens dating back to 1912. The herbarium offers support to institutions and organizations in the field of Botany by making its treasure trove of plant material and specimens available to all researchers. Presently, the herbarium has numerous identified plants mounted on sheets and the addition of specimens is being continued.

 

Kashyap Museum

 

Another contribution of the Department by Prof. Kashyap's was the establishment of a museum in the Department. Prof. Kashyap took keen interest in the collection of plant specimens, not only from Subcontinent, but also from China, Indonesia, UK and Philippines. A large number of specimens have been added to the collection.

 

GCU Botanic Garden

 

The GCU Botanic Garden is being managed by the Department since 1912. It covers an area of seven acres dedicated for research and study purposes. Since its establishment, the Botanic Garden has been properly looked after and well kept. It includes a number of wild flora as well as exotic and rare species. Presently, the Botanic Garden is home to 700 species. An index of the plant species present in the Garden entitled "Catalogue of Plants of GC University Lahore Botanic Garden" and a concise booklet entitled "A Brief Guide to Government College Lahore Botanic Garden" provides useful information. Establishment of Pakistan Botanic Gardens Network (PBGN) Secretariat at Botanic Garden GCU is a great achievement which facilitates to collect information from a variety of habitat and technical expertise from skilled persons of the member Botanic Gardens. It also help as a forum to exchange germplasm and genetic resources throughout Pakistan.

 

The establishment of the Herbal Plot in the Garden is another step towards improving and increasing the collection at the Botanic Garden. A green house, experimental field, plant breeding enclosures and an open-top chamber system is present at the GCU Botanic Garden to facilitate research activities. We also have a seed bank at Botanic Garden, where we conserve germplasm of economically important plant species.

 

Pakistan Botanic Gardens Network Secretariat (PBGN) has published a report covering Jan 2007-Dec 2008. Please click here to read the contents of the report.

 

Scholarships

 

Two merit scholarships by the title of "Class of 1985" are currently available for BSc (Hons.) final year students.

 

Special Features

 

Biological Society of Pakistan

 

The Biological Society was established in 1954. The founding members of the Society are Dr. Sultan Ahmad, Dr. Muzzafar Ahmed, Dr. Abu Bakar, Prof. Ahsan-ul-Islam and Prof. Waiz Hussain Bokhari. The Society launched research journal "Biologia" in June, 1955. Today, the journal is subscribed by libraries in the UK, the US, Canada, Indonesia, Brazil, Jordan, Sudan, France, Saudi Arabia, India and The Netherlands.

 

Horticultural Society

 

Horticultural Society is exclusively run under the umbrella of Department of Botany. It provides a healthy opportunity for its members to organize and participate in different seasonal flower shows and exhibitions and invite others to its dry and fresh flower arrangement competitions.

 

Botany Alumni Association

 

Graduates of the Department are serving humanity throughout the world. The Department of Botany feels its prime duty to gather all the alumni. This will not only facilitate the close contacts among the Botanists but also create a platform for further communication among the experts in the field of Botany, The Botany Alumni Association was established in 2009 with the noble objectives:

 

1. To establish a link with/among the Ravian Botanists.

2. To honor distinguished alumni of Botany, who have brought national/global acclaim in their respective domains by arranging social I cultural functions and publishing newsletter annually.

 

Grounds and Gardens

 

Maintenance of University Grounds and Gardens is another important responsibility of Department of Botany. The present fascinating landscape of the GCU campus is a beautiful contribution of The Department of Botany.

 

Research Journal

 

The department, in coordination with Department of Zoology has been publishing its research journal "Biologia" since 1955. This journal is an official organ of the Biological Society of Pakistan which is headquartered here at GC University Lahore.

 

Collaborations

 

The Department has built strong collaborations with many national and international institutions, Universities and Organizations like Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England; Gondwana Tree-Ring Laboratory New Zealand; Agriculture University, Peshawar; Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society; BZU, Multan; Dendrochronological Lab., Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences & Technology, Karachi; FC College (Charted University) Lahore; University of Punjab, Lahore; Environmental Protection Department (EPD) Pakistan; Higher Education Commission, Islamabad Pakistan; Karachi University; Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan; NIAB, Faisalabad; NIBGE, Faisalabad; NIFA, Peshawar; PCSIR Laboratories, Lahore; PFI, Peshawar; Punjab Small Industries Corporation and University of Agriculture Faisalabad.

 

Career Scope

 

Botany as the mother subject provides baseline to progress all the disciplines of plant sciences of conventional as well as modern era. The disciplines of Botany has a broad scope covering so many fields like education, forestry, horticulture, dandrochronology and climatology, research organizations related to agriculture, plant biotechnology, molecular genetics, phycodiversity, lichen biodiversity, plant and microbial genetic engineering, plant metabolic engineering, biopharming etc.

 

Future Plans

 

Establishment of Botanic Garden and Herbal Garden cum Biodiversity Park at GC University, New Campus at KSK that will have a state of the art laboratory for plant breeding, compositing unit, etc.

 

Equipment in Botany LAB

 

Sr. No.

Description

1

Incubator

2

Oven

3

Muffle Furnace 

4

Multiguard BM 22 (Gas Analyser) 

5

pH Meter

6

Digital Balance 

7

Water Bath

8

Spectrophotometer

9

Air Pump 

10

Hot Plat e Stirrer

11

Centrifuge Machine

12

BOD

13

COD

14

IRGA

15

Area Meter

16

Grinder

17

Lux Meter

18

Gas Analyzers

19

Conductivity Meter

20

Light Chambers

21

Laminar airflow cabinet

22

Autoclave (small)

23

Deep Freezer

24

Sanyo incubator

25

Sanyo Gallenkamp incubator shaker

26

Deep freezer

27

Microwave oven 

28

Hotair oven

29

Water baths

30

Local incubator shaker

31

Laminar air flow cabinet

32

UV-lamp

33

pH meter

34

Microscope

35

Physical balance

36

Digital balance

37

Colony counter

38

Colorimeter

39

Spectrophotometer

40

Centrifuge

41

Temperature control centrifuge

42

Hot Plate

43

hotplate magnetic stirrer

44

Shaker

45

Incubators (Gallenkamp & Griffin)

46

Fermentor 7.5L

47

Fermentor 15L

48

Fermentor 25L

49

Spray drier

50

Minicold lab

51

Autoclaves (small)

52

Autoclave (japanses / large)

53

Thermocycler

54

Gel documentation system

55

HPLC (UV-detector)+PC

56

Ultrasonic water bath

57

Membrane filter

58

Electric stirrer

59

Camera Fitted Microscope

 

Academic Programmes

 

The Department offers a popular set of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Graduates from other disciplines are also able to pursue different allied courses to accomplish their intensive programmes of study. At present, following Degrees are being offered by the Department of Botany:

  • B.Sc (Hons)

  • M. Sc

  • MPHIL

  • Ph.D

Research Groups

 

At present department is offering research in following areas:

  • Biodiversity

  • Fungal Biology

  • Ethnopharmacology

  • Applied Plant Anatomy: Dendrochronology

  • Phycology and Algal Biotechnology

  • Plant Biotechnology

  • Plant Biochemistry

  • Molecular Biology

Courses

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B.Sc (Hons) Botany

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Year-1

Semester -I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 1101

Diversity of Plants

2

BOT – 1101P

Diversity of Plants

1

 

Semester -II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 1201

Systematic, Anatomy and Development

2

BOT – 1201P

Systematic, Anatomy and Development

1

 

Year-2

Semester -III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 2101

Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

2

BOT – 2101P

Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

1

 

Semester -IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 2201

Biodiversity and conservation

2

BOT – 2201P

Biodiversity and conservation

1

BOT – 2202

Plant Physiology and Ecology

2

BOT – 2202P

Plant Physiology and Ecology

1

 

Year-3

Semester -V

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 3101

Plant Ecology I

2

BOT – 3101P

Plant Ecology I

1

BOT – 3102

Diversity of Vascular Plants

2

BOT – 3102P

Diversity of Vascular Plants

1

BOT – 3103

Phycology and Bryology

2

BOT – 3103P

Phycology and Bryology

1

BOT – 3104

Mycology and Plant Pathology

2

BOT – 3104P

Mycology and Plant Pathology

1

BOT – 3105

Plant Systematic

3

BOT – 3105P

Plant Systematic

1

 

Semester -VI

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 3201

Plant Anatomy

2

BOT – 3201P

Plant Anatomy

1

BOT – 3202

Plant Ecology – II

2

BOT – 3202P

Plant Ecology – II

1

BOT – 3203

Genetics

2

BOT – 3203P

Genetics

1

BOT – 3204

Plant Biochemistry – I

3

BOT – 3204P

Plant Biochemistry – I

1

BOT – 3205

Plant and Tissue Culture

3

BOT – 3205P

Plant and Tissue Culture

1

 

Year-4

Semester -VII

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 4101

Physiology – I

2

BOT – 4101P

Physiology – I

1

BOT – 4102

Plant Biochemistry II

2

BOT – 4102P

Plant Biochemistry II

1

 

Elective – I

3

 

Elective – II

3

BOT – 4299

Research Project/Internship

3

 

Semester -VIII

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 4201

Physiology – II

2

BOT – 4201P

Physiology – II

1

BOT – 4202

Molecular Genetics

2

BOT – 4202P

Molecular Genetics

1

 

Elective – III

3

 

Elective – IV

3

BOT – 4299

Research Project/Internship

3

  • Students will select 4 courses from the following list subject to the availability of the faculty

Elective Papers

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 4203

Biostatistics

2

BOT – 4203P

Biostatistics (Practical)

1

BOT – 4204

Ethnobotany

2

BOT – 4204P

Ethnobotany (Practical)

1

BOT – 4205

Salinity & Water logging

2

BOT – 4205P

Salinity & Water logging (Practical)

1

BOT – 4206

Symbiotic Relationship

2

BOT – 4206P

Symbiotic Relationship  (Practical)

1

BOT – 4207

Advanced Anatomy

2

BOT – 4207P

Advanced Anatomy (Practical)

1

BOT – 4208

Plant Pathology

2

BOT – 4208P

Plant Pathology (Practical)

1

BOT – 4209

Bioinformatics

2

BOT – 4209P

Bioinformatics (Practical)

1

BOT – 4210

Photophysiology

2

BOT – 4210P

Photophysiology (Practical)

1

 

Allied Courses

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Year - 1

Semester - I

BOT – 1101

Diversity of Plants

2

BOT – 1101P

Diversity of Plants

1

Semester - II

BOT – 1201

Systematic, Anatomy and Development

2

BOT – 1201P

Systematic, Anatomy and Development

1

 

Year - 2

Semester - III

BOT – 2101

Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

2

BOT – 2101P

Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

1

Semester - IV

BOT – 2201

Biodiversity and Conservation

2

BOT – 2201P

Biodiversity and Conservation

1

 

M. Phil Botany

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Year – 1

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Theory + Practical

BOT – 7101

BOT – 7101P

Applied Plant Anatomy

2+1

BOT – 7201

BOT – 7201P

Photo physiology of Plant Growth

2+1

BOT – 7202

BOT – 7202P

Ethnobotany

2+1

BOT – 7203

BOT – 7203P

Applied Ecology

2+1

BOT – 7204

BOT – 7204P

Plant Tissue Culture

2+1

BOT – 7205

BOT – 7205P

Molecular Biology

2+1

BOT – 7206

BOT – 7206P

Advanced Phycology

2+1

BOT – 7207

BOT – 7207P

Forest Mychology

2+1

BOT – 7208

BOT – 7208P

Recombinant DNA Technology

2+1

 

Year – 2

Semester - III & IV                                      

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 7499

Thesis

12

 

Ph.D Botany

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The Department of Botany offers PhD in following disciplines.

 

Compulsory Subjects  

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BOT – 8101

Field and Laboratory Methods in Ecology

3+1

BOT – 8106

Molecular Basis of Photosynthesis

3+1

BOT – 8110

Methods and Applications of Plant tissue Culture

3+1

BOT – 8216

Economic Utility of Algae

3+1

BOT – 8109

New Trends in Ethnobotany

3+1

Elective Subjects (Two Courses will be offered from the following list)

BOT – 8220

Molecular Biology and Genetic Enginnering

3

BOT – 8210

Stress and Secondary Metabolites

3

BOT – 8217

Algal Anatomy and Biotechnology

3

BOT – 8211

Applied Aspects of Plant Anatomy

3

BOT – 8215

Chemotaxonomy

3

 

Faculty

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Name

Designation

Area of Interest

Dr. Safdar Ali Mirza,

PhD (PU)

Chairperson/Associate Professor

Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

Dr. Ghazala Yasmeen Butt,  

PhD (KU), Postdoc (Scotland)

Associate Professor

Phycology

Syed Tariq Rizwan,  

MPhil (GCUL)

Assistant Professor

Plant Physiology

Dr. Tanzeem Akbar Cheema,

PhD (AIT-Bangkok)  

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

Dr. Muhammad Hanif,

PhD (PU)

Assistant Professor

Taxonomy and systematics of Fungi/ Mushrooms, Molecular Mycology, Plant Pathology and fungal symbiosis, Plant Microbial interactions, Molecular ectomycorrhizal ecology, DNA Sequence Analyses of fungi

Dr. Memuna Ghafoor Shahid,

MPhil (GCUL)

Assistant Professor

Mycology and Phytopathology

Dr. Uzma Hanif

PhD(GCUL)

Assistant Professor

Plant Morphology and Paleaeobotany

Dr. Sohaib Muhammad

PhD (GCUL)

Assistant Professor

Plant Ecology

Dr. Zafar Siddiq

PhD (UCAS-China)

Senior Curator

Plant Physiological Ecology, Modelling forest’s transpiration, Carbon and water fluxes, Functional traits, Botanic Garden 

Saira Atta

Lecturer

 
Dr. Nousheen Yousaf

Lecturer

 
Dr. Andleeb Anwar Sardar

Lecturer

 

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Athar Hussain Shah,

PhD (PU)

Nazim Hussain,

 

Ansar Mukhtar,
Javeria Sumar
Hira Zameer

Aqsa Kazmi

 

Professor Emeritus

Prof. Khalid Hamid Sheikh,

PhD (London)

Distinguished Professor

Prof. Dr. Zaheer ud Din Khan,

PhD (Kings College London)

Prof. Dr. Aminul Haq Khan

 

Journals & Publications

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Botany Faculty Members and Their Publications (Centenary 1912 - 2012)

Please Click Here to view

 

Research Journals

 

The department publishes a scientific journal "Biologia: Pakistan" which is nearly 51 years old. This journal is an organ of Biological Society of Pakistan, with its headquarter at GC University, Lahore. The department has good collection of international journals in the GCU Life Sciences Library.

 

 

Contact Us

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Dr. Safdar Ali Mirza

Chairperson/Associate Professor

Department of Botany

GC University, Lahore

UAN: +92 (42) 111-000-010 Ext: 257

Email: safdaralimirza@gcu.edu.pk;

       safdaralimirza@gmail.com

 

 


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