The Department of Botany was established along with the inception of the college in 1964. Till 1967, the department taught Botany to the pre degree science stream students and then onwards the department offered Botany subsidiary course to the under graduate students of Zoology main. In 1999, the department become a full fledged department with its own undergraduate course in BS. Botany Model II under Mahatma Gandhi University with Plant Biotechnology as vocational subject. Then onwards, the department is designated as Department of Botany & Biotechnology with faculty members of Botany and Biotechnology. Currently, the department offers Botany core course to BSc. Botany students, Botany complementary course to BSc. Zoology students and Biotechnology vocational course to BSc. Botany students. In addition, the department also offers UGC sponsored Add on programme in Plant Tissue Culture every year and different certificate courses for skill enhancement and employability.
The former faculty members of this department include Prof. Rev. Sr. Lisieux, Prof. Rev. Sr. Bertha, Prof. Cicily Sebastian, Prof. K. J. John, Prof. Mary V.D., Prof. Louis Ninan, Prof. Biniamma Abraham, Prof. Philomina T.V., Dr. Leena John and Dr. Stephen Joseph.
The department is equipped with DST- FIST supported laboratories for Botany and Biotechnology. From 2021 onwards, the department is supported under DBT Star College Scheme for a period of three years. The department also received infrastructural augmentation under RUSA scheme and UGC Addon scheme. The students of the department are selected for transdisciplinary research under UGC STRIDE programme. The department maintains a Botanical Garden and a good collection of well-preserved botanical specimens in the museum.
The students of the department get a unique combination of Botany core with vocational subject Plant Biotechnology, which greatly benefit them in inculcating research aptitude and to perform well in various competitive examinations in future. The Department also provides UGC Sponsored Add-on Program on Plant Tissue Culture, in addition to other Certificate Programmes. All students get experiential learning through field trips, Nature camp and One month On job training and research projects. The department gives special emphasis to give personal attention to each student and nurture their talents.
Moulding graduates equipped with excellent theoretical knowledge and practical skills in plant science and technology with the promotion of scientific research and community service
The department's mission is to give its students an education that combines a comprehensive academic study with practical training and nature exposure which can lead them to an environment of dynamic and productive research with a deep sense of social commitment to Nature and community.
2015 -2021 UGC sponsored Addon course on Plant Tissue Culture
2019- 2020 Fundamentals of Microbial Techniques.
2020- 2021 Floriculture Management
2021- 2022 Ecologically Friendly Tourism and Ecosystem conservation