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KALIMPONG COLLEGE

Govt. Aided College & Affiliated to North Bengal University
Recognized by UGC Under Section 2(f) and 12(B)
Year of Establishment: 1962 :: NAAC Accredited B++ (Cycle 2)
DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY
  About the Department:

Introduction  to the Department:  

The Department of Botany was introduced on 5th December 1973 under the affiliation of University of North Bengal with Pass (General) Course only. Later, the department was updated with honours course from 1985. The founder Professor of the Department was Prof. Namita Roy. The courses offered by this department then were B.Sc. Honours and General with duration of three years and two years respectively. The department follows the syllabi of North Bengal University. The students are admitted strictly on merit basis. Initially the intake capacity of Honours students in this Department was 10 which were subsequently increased to 14. The students largely come from rural background from low and middle income group. Once in a year, the Department has been organizing a seminar for B.Sc., Part I, II and III (honours and General) students as part of their syllabi. Based on the prescribed syllabi of the University of North Bengal, one long and one local study tours (excursions) are been conducted annually.   

Presently Department have seven (07) members: one Associate Professor, three (03) Assistant Professors, one (01) Graduate Laboratory Instructor, one (01) State Aided College Teacher (SACT) and one (01) Laboratory Attendant (Casual). There are four (04) Doctorate faculty members and one (01) each with Master Degree (M.Sc.) in the post of Graduate Laboratory Instructor (GLI) and SACT. Two of our erstwhile faculty member elevated to the post of Principal in Cluny’s womens College (Dr. R.B. Bhujel) and in Sammilan College, Bankura (Dr. S.K. Mukherjee). Dr. M. Bhattacharya has taken transfer to the University of North Bengal in 2016 in the department of Tea Science as Assistant Professor. Dr. S.K. Rai obtained his Ph.D. degree from this department under the supervision of Dr. R.B. Bhujel in the year 2003 and he has been working as an Assistant Professor at Sikkim University since 2010.  

The outstanding students of department of Botany include Dr. Harka Bahadur Chhetri, who passed his B.Sc. with distinction in the year 1976. He pursued his Ph.D. from University of North Bengal and also was the Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Kalimpong Sub-division. Presently, he has been nominated as a Chairman of School Board, Hill Zone since June, 2022. Other such meritorious students are Dr. Santosh Kumar Shah (presently he has been posted as Scientist-E at Birbal Sahani Institute of Paleosciences, Lucknow, U.P.), Dr. Bijoy Moktan (Gold medalist B.Sc. and M.Sc. and presently he is working as Additional District Magistrate in Malda), Dr. Rajendra Yonzone (presently he is posted as an Assistant Professor in the department of Botany, Victoria Institute, Kolkata), Miss Prashanti Bomzon (Silver Medalist), Miss. Kesang Choden Bhutia (presently she is pursuing her Ph.D. at ATREE, Bengaluru), Miss Juna Tamang (presently she has been posted as an Assistant Professor at Bangabasi Evening College, Kolkata),  Miss Tshering Dickey Bhutia (she is pursuing her Ph.D. in NBPGR, Pusa, New Delhi) etc., 

The Department has a mini library. The teachers and students normally consult the departmental library. The Department has three laboratories with basic and fundamental equipments and facilities. For students, the tutorial classes and home assignment are also assigned by faculty member at regular intervals. Teachers regularly participate in remedial coaching classes for weak student. In 2015, one UGC sponsored seminar was organized.  

A preliminary Floristic survey of Bankim Chandra Park situated adjacent to college was done by the faculty members. Recently the medicinal plant garden of the college has been shifted to a new area and is now maintained by Department of Botany. 

The department is ready to initiate M. Sc. course in the College if proper infrastructure and teaching posts are provided by the Government.   

 

Present number of students (2021-22) 

Sl No. 

Odd Semester (Jul-Dec) 

Sl No. 

Even Semester (Jan-Jun) 

 

Class 

Course 

No. Of students 

 

Class 

Course 

No. Of Students 

1 

Sem I 

Honours 

8 

1 

Sem II 

Honours 

8 

 

 

Program 

Nil 

 

 

Program 

Nil 

 

 

GE 

9 

 

 

GE 

9 

2 

Sem III 

Honours 

6 

2 

Sem IV 

Honours 

6 

 

 

Program 

5 

 

 

Program 

5 

 

 

GE 

Nil 

 

 

GE 

Nil 

3 

Sem V 

Honours 

9 

3 

Sem VI 

Honours 

9 

 

 

Program 

5 

 

 

Program 

5 

 

 

GE 

Nil 

 

 

GE 

Nil 

 

 

 Details of past faculties: 

Sl. No. 

Name of Faculty 

Date of Joining 

Date of Retirement 

1 

Prof. Namita Roy 

05-12-1973 

 

 

Sri Kamal Pd. Chettri (Lab Attendent) 

01-04-1974 

11-11-2007 (Expired) 

2 

Dr. J.P. Pradhan 

02-11-1981 

 

3 

Prof. Kunal Sen 

 

 

4 

Dr. S.K. Mukherjee 

06-06-1988 

31-03-2009 (Resigned) 

Joined as Principal in Samilani College ,Bankura 01.04.2009 

5 

Dr. R.B. Bhujel 

01-04-1991 

14-12-2006 

(Resigned) Joined as Principal in Cluny  Women’s College 

15.12.2006 

6 

Dr. Malay Bhattacharjee 

16-04-2010 

30-11-2016 

(Resigned) 

Joined NBU 1.12.2010 

7 

Dr. Kishore Thapa 

 

 

8 

Juna Tamang 

07/08/2014 

04-08-2019 (Resigned) 

9 

Yashwini Gurung 

 

Resigned 

10 

Parikshit Pakhrin 

 

Resigned 

11 

Sanjita Alay 

 

Resigned