Botany Department which is going to celebrate Golden Jubilee as separate department has got its roots in Bio-logy department at the budding stage.P.U.C. with Biology was started in our college in 1954. BSc with Botany, Zoology and Chemistry combination has been started in 1958 under the able guidance of Major . P.Gopala Rao.He steered the Botany Department for more than three decades with dedication and devotion.He worked hard for the uplift of the department along with other staff members.
Sri.T.Sehagiri Rao who joined the department 1959 in addition to his teaching, he did reach work on Palynology of different plants.UGC and our college management are magnanimous in providing equipment like research microscopes, micorphotographic equipment, microtomes ,binoculars, Camera Lucida etc., for his research work. He published several papers in various journals. Sri.M.V.Satyanarayana Rao, who joined the department in 1962 wrote a book on “Plant Physiology and Bio-Chemistry” which brought him good reputation.
Sri.D.Satyanarayana and Sri.Ch.Krishna Murty were classmates and old students of our college joined the department and served about three decades. Dr.J.S.S.N.Raju native of Konaseema identified and explored the flora of Konaseema . He did a lot of research on Mangrove vegetation in Konaseema and published several papers of International fame. Dr. A L S Manohari who had done her ph.d in Andhra university in ‘studies on the foliar epidermology architecture and anatomy of some apocynaceae’ had contributed a lot to the department by encouraging the research . She also headed the institute as principal before retirement. Dr.T.S.Rama Krishna worked as project associate along with Prof.K.Kameswara Rao of Enviornmental Sciences, Andhra University, Waltair. We are very proud to have Five of our Old students as faculty members in our department at present. Sri K Srinivas Rao had done his masters in philosophy entitiled Morpho-Physiological Analysis of yield components in Sugarcane.
The area covered under Bio-Technology is very vast and the techniques involved are highly divergent. Bio-Technology is making marked contributions in Human Health and Medicines, Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Environment and Biocontrol, Crimes and parentage disputes. Our department with nearly five decades of history wishes to provide the students of Konaseema modern trends in Botany by introducing Under graduate course with Botany Chemistry and Bio-Technology combinations in 2001 –2002 academic year. Miss A.Anuradha, Lecturer in Botany handled the Bio-Technology classes in the initial stages as she had Biotechnology as a special paper in her M.Sc course. Later our management recruited Miss A.Andal who did M.Sc Bio-Technology as faculty member. Separate laboratory was established for Bio-Technology students with modern equipment. nbsp;