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Department of Botany (Aided)

  • To empower the students with scientific knowledge of the interrelationships between the plants and microbes with an insight into their significance in the creation of sustainable environment.
  • To instil in the students Eco consciousness, the favour for research through an in-depth study of the texts and to motivate them to contribute to the society by preparing new herbal products and medicines and enhance their competency for employability.
History of the Department

      In our College Pre-University Course was started on 23.06.1962 with the affiliation granted by the University of Madras. Our Department coupled with the Zoology Department, functioned as the Natural Science Department and later on, Biology Department. From 1966 – 67 onwards Biology department has been bifurcated into Botany Department and Zoology Department.

       From 1962 – 63 till the year 1978 – 79 Botany was taught at the Pre – University Course level. When B.Sc. Zoology Major was started in the year 1966 – 67 Botany was one of the ancillaries. Since then the Department of Botany has been offering Botany as one of the ancillaries. When B.Sc. Chemistry Major was started in the year 1977 -78, Botany is taught as an ancillary subject. When B.Sc Biochemistry Major was started in the year 1989 – 90, Biology is taught as an ancillary subject from 1989 – 90.

Highlights of the Department
  • Non-Major Elective courses, Horticulture and Maruthuva thavaraviyal introduced in the academic year 2018-2019.
  • Students are taken for regular field visit to the areas like Kodaikanal, Courtallam, Azhagar Koil and Sirumallai etc., to understand the vegetation, types of forest, collect rare specimens and maintain of Herbaria.
  • The village Kunthalampati is adopted for extension activities like awareness on Parthenium weed eradication dengue fever and Terrace garden.
  • Since 2013 -2014 our department is offering Workshop on Mushroom cultivation
  • The Department of Botany has a well established laboratory with major equipment like colorimeter, pH meter, Centrifuge, Hot air oven, inoculation Chamber, UV spectrophotometer, Shaker and Laminar airflow chamber etc. There are some 42 Compound microscopes and 48 Dissection microscopes to carry out the Taxonomy and Anatomy practicals.
  • In the Academic year 2020-2021 under DBT-Star College Scheme, purchased 2 Stereo Binocular Zoom Microscope for the purpose of dissecting the microscopic plants, 1 Stereo Trinocular Microscope for research purpose of clear view of cell organelles in the cross sections of plants and 1 Trinocular Microscope with digital camera.
  • Herbal Garden is maintained under the financial assistance of DBT Star College Scheme
  • More than 700 books in our Department Library covering all the major disciplines of Botany.
  • World Forests Day is celebrated each year on March 21 to raise awareness about the importance of forests and trees.
  • Mrs. P. Balagengathara Thilagam Gopalsamy Gold Medal Award for Zoology Major Students - I Rank in Botany Ancillary awarded since 2013-2014 Academic year.

Courses offered

  • Ancillary Botany to Chemistry and Zoology Major Students
  • Ancillary Biology to Biochemistry Major Students
  • Non Major elective to all the I & II year UG students

Faculty Members

Dr. B. Karunai Selvi
Associate Professor & Head
Dr. R. Murugalakshmi Kumari
Assistant Professor
Dr. R. Sreebha
Assistant Professor

Succession List of Head of the Department

S.No. Name of the Faculty Year
2Mrs.N.Kalavathy 1968-2006
3Dr.P.Balagengathara Thilagam 1977-2013

Department Achievements

  • Training our students on skill development and self employment areas like mushroom cultivation technology, biofertilizer production and compost preparation
  • Identification of Non-Flowering group – Bryophytes
  • Identification of Angiosperms
  • Faculty members published research articles in peer reviewed journals
  • Faculty members are annual members (2023) of in Indian Association of Botanical Science
  • Dr.B.Karunai Selvi, Associate Professor and Head of Botany, Completed two minor research projects funded by UGC (2009-2011 and 2014-2016).
  • Dr.R.Murugalakshmi Kumari, Assistant Professor of Botany, Completed one minor research projects funded by UGC (2015-2017). She received Best Women Scientist Award from Novel research Academy, Puducherry, India dated on 20.08.2020. Published a book on “Flora of VVVC”, 2023
  • Dr.R.Sreebha, Assistant Professor of Botany published a book on “Bryoflora of Indhira Gandhi National Park in Anamalais Hills”, India, 2018. She received “Best Young Women Scientist Award” from PEARL foundation Education Excellence Award to higher education in India 2018 -2019, Bengaluru, India dated on 15.03.2020.
  • Research Excellence Award 2023 in recognition for outstanding contributions in the field of Botany, during National Conference on ‘Smart Summit -2020’ by InSc – Institute of Scholars, Certified and Registered under Ministry of MSME and Corporate Affairs, Government of India for the work on “The little-known Fissidens axilliflorus Thwaites Mitt. (Fissidentaceae: Bryophyta) -new to the moss flora of India, Journal of Plant Science Today.


  • To develop entrepreneurial skills of our college students on Mushroom cultivation, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is signed between the Department of Botany, V.V.Vanniaperumal College for Women, Virudhunagar and Sri Marutham Agro Biotech, Malli, Srivilliputhur Taluk, Virudhunagar from 18.05.2022 to 17.05.2025.

Notable Alumni

  • Ms. C. Chitra Prabha, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Lady Doak College, Madurai
  • Mrs. B. Balajothi, Ph.D., Research Scholar, Department of Chemistry, Bharathidasan University, Trichy


Address : Dr.B. Karunai Selvi,
Associate Professor & Head,
Department of Botany(Aided),
V.V.Vanniaperumal College for Women,
Virudhunagar - 626 001.

Mail Id :botanyr@vvvcollege.org

Contact Number: 94890 88714



Guest Lecture Programme


Hands on training Programme


Industrial Visit to Spirulina Cultivation Unit, Anthaneri Village, Kadachanenthal, Madurai


Hands on training Programme


Prize distribution - World Forest Day Celebration