Department of Botany

Learning for acquisition of knowledge and skills for a sustainable society.

News and Events

  • PhD viva voce of Dr. Bibhuti Bhusan Jena.
  • PhD Viva voce of Dr. Chandra Sekhar Mahanta.
  • PhD Viva voce of Dr. Nilofar Baral.
  • PhD Viva voce of Dr. Swarna Prava Mantry.
  • PhD Viva voce of Dr. Ganeswar Dalei.
  • PhD Viva voce of Dr. Sanjibani Mishra.
  • Superannuation of Sri Narenndra Kumar Barik after 33 years of service.
  • PhD Viva voce of Dr. Gyanranjan Kar.

The Department of Botany was established in 1906, marking the beginning of teaching and research in plant science in the state of Odisha. Headed by Bidyanidhi Jogesh Chandra Rai, the Department imparted Botany teaching at intermediate level. The Graduate and Post-graduate studies in Botany started in 1924 and 1949 respectively.


Empowerment and transformation of students as quality human resource through innovation teaching, skill-based training, and productive research. Positioning of the department as an advance center of learning, translational research and extension to cater the societal needs.


  • To connect traditional Botany with Modern Plant Science.
  • To translate Basic to cutting Edge Translational Research.
  • To disseminate knowledge through the hands-on practical or model demonstration.
  • To build human resource with ability to deal with the challenges of the society.
  • To develop a high-quality research infrastructure for basic and applied research by connecting from traditional Botany to applied plant science through academia-industry connect.
  • To develop processes of societal importance.
  •  To make our department a better hub for productive research through innovation thinking.

Prof. Prana Krushna Parija

Founder Professor

Prof. Prana Krushna Parija, the founder Professor in the Department of Botany in the erstwhile Ravenshaw College was a person of international eminence. Prof. Parija Graduated from Cambridge University, UK under the guidance of Prof. F. F. Blackman. His research was on respiratory regulation in ripening apples. In the course of his work he proposed the Blackman-Parija theory. Prof. Parija set up the School of Research in Botany, in the field of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, in Ravenshaw College. Prof. Parija’s research included aquatic weed physiology, experimental morphology, and rice physiology and anatomy. Prof. Parija was also the Principal of Ravenshaw College; the Director, Department of Agriculture, Government of Orissa; First Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and subsequently member of Orissa Legislative Assembly.

At the national level, Prof. Parija served as the President of the Indian Botanical Society IBS) (1930) and the President of Indian Science Congress (1960). He was conferred with ‘Padma Bhushan’ in the year 1955. Prof. Parija is also known for his literary creations. (For more details please visit:

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The Department has produced generations of botanists and we are privileged to have an active alumni group, which supports the Department in every aspect. To maintain a close relation with their alma mater, we invite the alumni to register in the following link.