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Botany
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  • Staff Members
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  • Staff Achievements
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“Botany – the science of the vegetable kingdom is one of the most attractive, most useful, and extensive departments of human knowledge. It is above every other, the science of beauty”. – Sir Joseph Paxton.
Department of Botany, SVKM’s Mithibai College, was established in the year 1961. Botany was taught as a part of Biology up to Jr. college. In 1979 the Botany subject was started as a Degree course in B.Sc and then continued as 6 units in the Three year degree course. The Department has flourished in terms of manpower and programs offered since its inception. It offers the post graduate courses including M.Sc. by paper and also by Research in Plant Taxonomy (Angiosperms) and Medicinal Botany (Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry). The University of Mumbai recognized the department as a center for Ph. D (Doctoral Programme) degree in Botany in the year 2011-12.&

Our mission is to strive for providing an excellent environment for learning and research in Botany / plant sciences and produce graduates and post graduates equipped with skills necessary to fulfill their role in contemporary society.

Our vision is to maintain our position as the premier department of higher learning and research in Botany / plant sciences and to further commit ourselves to academic excellence.
  • 2Dr. Meenakshi VaidyaVice- Principal
    Associate Professor
  • Dr.Shailaja NairDr.Shailaja NairAssociate Professor
    Head, Dept. of Botany
  • Dr. Ulka ChodankarDr. Ulka ChodankarAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Bindu GopalkrishnanDr. Bindu GopalkrishnanAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Yojana G. DesaiDr. Vaishnavi MoreAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Udaysinh Prataprao BhosaleDr. Udaysinh Prataprao
    Bhosale
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Meeta MathurDr. Meeta MathurAssistant Professor
  • Dr. (Ms.) Manisha ChotraniDr. Manisha ChotraniAssistant Professor
  • SaraswatyDr. Saraswathy NagendranAssociate Professor
  • 2Dr. Meenakshi VaidyaVice- Principal
    Associate Professor
  • Dr.Shailaja NairDr.Shailaja NairAssociate Professor
    Head, Dept. of Botany
  • Dr. Ulka ChodankarDr. Ulka ChodankarAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Bindu GopalkrishnanDr. Bindu GopalkrishnanAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Yojana G. DesaiDr. Vaishnavi MoreAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Udaysinh Prataprao BhosaleDr. Udaysinh Prataprao
    Bhosale
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Meeta MathurDr. Meeta MathurAssistant Professor
  • Dr. (Ms.) Manisha ChotraniDr. Manisha ChotraniAssistant Professor
  • SaraswatyDr. Saraswathy NagendranAssociate Professor
  • The festival of Saptaparni, was held on the virtual platform of MSteams, on 6th March and 10th March 2021, 
  • National Webinar on “Ethnobotanicals to phyto –pharmaceuticals and innovative approaches towards high value farming” held on 8th July 2021.
  • National Symposium on “Endearing plant diversity of coastal & tellurian land” held on 24th July 2021.
  • National Webinar on “ Biodiversity hotspots & nutrition as therapy.” Held on 3rd August 2021

Dr. (Ms.) Meenakshi Vaidya


  • Dr. Meenaskhi Vaidya: Chaired a technical session at XXXX All India Conference of The Indian Botanical Society & National Symposium on Evaluation and Conservation of Plant Germplasm organized by Department on Botany, Panjabi University, Patiala, from 15th to 17th September 2017.
  • Dr. Meenaskhi Vaidya: Resource person for Revised Syllabus paper I of M.Sc at Mithibai College on 12th September 2017.
  • Dr. Meenaskhi Vaidya: Resource person for Fruit & Vegetable carving workshop at N. B. Mehta Science College, Bordi on 23rd August 2017.
  • Dr. Meenaskhi Vaidya: : Resource person for Fruit & Vegetable carving workshop at Rizvi College College, Thane on 1st August 2017
  • Dr. Meenakshi Vaidya’s Ph. D. students Ms. Deepa Verma and Ms. Haroop Patial successfully completed their research viva in Dec 2017.
  • Dr. Meenakshi Vaidya’s Ph. D. students Ms. Deepa Verma and Ms. Haroop Patial successfully completed their research viva in Dec 2017. Ms. Siddhi Thakur completed in Jan 2018
  • Dr. Meenakshi Vaidya and Chiranjeev Roy presented a paper titled “Anatomical and pharmacognostic studies of Punica gratum” at the one day National Conference on Advances in Biological Sciences organized by the department of Botany, Rizvi college and Ad-hoc board of studies in Botany, on 3rd feb 2018
  • Dr. Meenakshi Vaidya and Deep Verma presented a paper titled Comparitive investigation of ameliorative effect of Carica papaya Linn. Leaf extracts on Adriamycin induced cardio toxicity in development chick embryo”, at the one day National Conference on Advances in Biological Sciences organized by the department of Botany, Rizvi college and Ad-hoc board of studies in Botany, on 3rd feb 2018
  • Dr. Meenakshi Vaidya and Sheeza Charania  presented a paper titled “Pharmacognistic studies of Costus speciosus (J. Koenig) Sm., at the one day National Conference on Advances in Biological Sciences organized by the department of Botany, Rizvi college and Ad-hoc board of studies in Botany, on 3rd feb 2018
  • Dr. Meenakshi Vaidya  appointed as the Syllabus committee member for MSc part I syllabus 2018-19

Dr. (Ms.) Shailaja P Nair

  • Dr.  Shailaja Nair, Member of selection committee for interviewing Assistant professors for Jawahar college, Palghar held on 15th July 2017 at G.E society’s R.M.Bhatt High school, Acharya Donde Vidyanagar, Parel, Mumbai-12.
  • Dr. Shailaja Nair participated in Workshop on Nano and Biotechnology :Innovation and Revolution on 6 & 7 May 2018 in Ruia college.

Dr. (Ms.) Ulka Chodankar

  • Dr. Ulka Chodankar attended a Short term course on Research Methodology in Sciences from 20th  to 25th Nov 2017 , UGC and Academic Staff college, conducted in R. Jhunjhunwala college

Dr. (Ms.) Bindu Goplakrishnan

    Presented three Research papers titled 
    • “Barleria prionitis L. (Vajradanti) Flower – Pharmacognosy” 
    • “Pharmacological Efficacy of Punarnava Herb and its Adulterants as Hepatoprotective Drugs”
    • “Comparative Analysis of acute Hypoglycaemic Potential of Three Ornamental Species of Cassia Leaves.”
    • at the International Conference on Biotechnological Advances in Medicinal Plants and Natural Products and Exhibition on Natural products and Medicinal Plant Research” held on 25th & 26th Oct 2019 organized by Department of Life Sciences, School of Sciences, GCU, Bangalore.

    • Published Research Paper titled “Pharmacognostical studies of Moringa oleifera Lam. Seeds” in the Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, 8 (6) 741 – 744 ISSN: 2349-8234
    • Attended workshop on Basics of Plant Identification and Nomenclature, comprising Lectures, Exercises and Assignments, In Collaboration with Botanical Survey of India under DBT Star College Activity at R.D. & S.H. National College Bandra (W) Mumbai -50. 22nd to 24th Nov 2019
    • Has guided a Research Project titled EFFECT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON PHENOLOGY OF DELONIX REGIA (HOOK.) RAF  which was presented by my student Mr. Farhan Suraliwala in Pure Science Category and PG Level at the Final Round of 14th Inter – Collegiate Avishkar Research Convention 2019 – 2020 held at KC College
    • Guided Ms. Shreeya Mestry of T.Y.B.Sc for presenting the research project “Conversion of Banana peel into organic compost a step towards environmental waste management” for MANSHODHAN on 15th February 2020.
    • Guided Tanvi Nadkarni of T.Y.B.Sc. for presenting the research Project Aloe vera leaf extract a natural - plant growth hormone” for MANSHODHAN
    • Presented Research paper “Survey of Avenue Tree Diversity along the roadsides of Vile Parle, Mumbai” along with the T.Y.B.Sc. Student Ms. Chinmayi. D. Mestry in the Conference MULTICON –W 2020 on Humanities, Science and Technical Education (CHSTE – 2010) Organized During February, 28th & 29th, 2020 at Thakur College of Engineering and Technology, Kandivali East, Mumbai
    • Completed FDP Programme on Managing Online Classes Co – creating MOOC’S conducted by Ramanujan College, University Delhi on 20th April to 6th May 2020
    • Dr. Bindu Gopalakrishnan completed the Refresher course in Biological sciences from 23rd Oct to 11th Nov 2017 organized in Vaze College
    • Dr. Bindu G.: Invited as a Judge in the preliminary round of XXIII Dr. D.V. Amonkar Memorial Elocution Competition held on 29th July 2017 at R.J. College.
    • Dr. Bindu G.: Resource person for M.Sc II syllabus, with University of Mumbai, Ad-Hoc Board Botany.
    • Dr. Bindu G: Co-authored books of SYBSc Botany new syllabus 2017
    • Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan: Authored chapter 9.  “Documentation and Exchange of Ethnobotanical Knowledge”  C. L. Ringmichon and Bindu Gopalkrishnan, in the Book Ethnobotany of India: Volume 3: North-East India and Andaman and Nicobar Islands; edited by T. Pullaiah, K. V. Krishnamurthy and Bir Bahadur. Apple Academic Press; Hard ISBN: 9781771884778; E-Book ISBN: 9781771884785
    • Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan and Sonali Maniar, Kshiteej Patel, Dhruvi Mehta presented a paper titled-“Analysis of marketed samples of turmeric powder by TLC” at the one day National Conference on Advances in Biological Sciences organized by the department of Botany, Rizvi college and Ad-hoc board of studies in Botany, on 3rd feb 2018
    • Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan participated  in the  National Seminar on Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP): A Living Treasure amidst Concrete jungle & Sustainable Urban forest Management organized by St. Xavier’s College and the National Society of the Friends of the Trees, on 8th  feb 2018
    • Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan attended RUSA One day Orientation Workshop on Promotion of Research & Innovation in Science on February 23, 2018 at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur.  
    • Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan participated  in the  one day lecture series on molecular systematics; the APG-III system of classification of flowering plants  organized by St. Xavier’s College, on 28th  Feb. 2018
    • Dr. Bindu Gopalakrishnan appointed as the Syllabus committee member for MSc part I syllabus 2018-19

    Dr.(Ms.) Vaishnavi More

    • Member of Board of studies in Botany of S.S. and L.S. Patkar college, Goregaon West,Mumbai.
    • Presented  research paper oral presentation in 14 annual National conference on Wetlands and Biodiversity organized by Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal in collaboration with D.G.Ruparel College of Arts ,Science and Commerece, Mahim and Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences on 1st February 2020.    Title of paper- The biochemical study of Peltophorum pterocarpum (DC) Backer for sustanibility in salt land.
    • Participated in one day online international conference” Climate change,mangroves and sustainable management” organised by IQAC and PG Department of Botany Shri Pancham Khemraj Mahavidyalaya, sawantwadi,MS Jointly with University of Mumbai, Mangrove society of India and Sahyadri Botanical society,Kolhapur on 24th April 2020
    • Participated in the online international conference on "Biodiversity conservation and Tourism" organized by.devgad college. IQAC,Dept of environmental science and dept.of vocational courses in association with joint director office,higer education,kokan region panvel on 17th May 2020.
    • Dr. Vaishnavi More completed the Refresher course in Biological sciences from 23rd Oct to 11th Nov 2017 organized in Vaze College
    • Dr. Vaishnavi More  participated in workshop on MSc revised syllabus on Environmental Botany at Patkar College on 29th June 2017.

    Dr. Udaysinh P. Bhosale

    • Dr. Udaysinh Bhosale attended Orientation Programme of UGC HRDC at University  of Mumbai from 1st February, 2018 to 28th February, 2018

    Dr. (Ms.) Manisha Chotrani

    • Dr. Manisha Chotrani orally presented paper titled “Impact of mood on food choices made: Findings from deliberations with students at the National Conference on Food, Nutrition & Healthcare on 10th Feb, 2018 organized by at Thakur College of Science & Commerce in collaboration with Department of Biotechnology, Univ. of Mumbai

    Dr. (Ms.) Meeta Mathur

    • Dr. Meeta Mathur orally presented paper titled “Effect of fungal elicitation on growth and metabolite production in callus of few medicinal plants“at National Conference on Emerging Trends in Mycotechnology (NCETM-2018), G.M.Momin Women’s College Bhiwandi, Thane on 5th & 6th January, 2018
    • Dr. M. Mathur, G. Mathur & Dr. Meeta Mathur (2017) Assessment of carbon monoxide traffic signal, toll plazas and main road side built houses and impact of its chronic exposure on public health. Int. Journal of Advance research Ideas in Technology ISSN:2454:132
    • Mathur Meeta (2018) authored a Chapter. Bioactive molecules of Spirulina: A food supplement, Reference series in Phytochemistry: Bioactive Molecules in Food, EDs. Jean-Michel Merillon, K.G.Ramawat, Springer 1-22. ISBN 97833195288

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    Name of Author/s 

    Title of the paper 

    Name of the Journal 

    ISSN Number

    Year of Publication ,Volume No., Page Nos. 

     1.

    Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan   

     Quality standards of Flowers of Nyctanthes arbour-tristis Linn.

     International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical Research,

    0975-4873

    2017, 9(10); 1314-1317,

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan   

    Pharmacognostic evaluation of Manilkara hexandra (Roxb.) Dubard “Seeds.

    International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical Research,

    0975-4873

    2017.

    9(10); 1359-1362,

     

    Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan   

    Antipyretic activity of Eupatorium adenophorum leaves.

    International Journal of Applied Biology and Pharmaceutical Technology;

    0976-4550

    Issue 8, vol. 3.  Pg. 1-4; July 2017;

     

    Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan   

    Conversion of Tagetes erecta flower a temple waste to organic manure. Proceedings of

    International Conference on Emerging Technologies of Sustainable Agriculture.

    978-81-923628-4-7

     

    Pg. 85-87

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan   

    Recycling of Botany Laboratory waste Materials into compost.

    Proceedings International Conference on Green Earth: A panoramic view, at B.N. Bandodkar College.

    978-81-923628-5-4

     

    12th and 13th Jan 2018,

    Pg. 281-282

     

    Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan   

    Pharmacognostical Study of Ixora coccinea flower

    Pharmacognosy Journal

    0975-3575.

    sept – Oct, 2018; 10 (5): 1042 -6

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan   

    Growing of Amaranth by Hydroponic Technique..

    Proceeding International Conference on Green Earth: A panoramic view

    978-81-923628-5-4

     

    12th and 13th Jan 2018, Pg. 49 – 50

     

    Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan   

    Pharmacognostical studies of Moringa oleifera Lam. seeds.

    Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

    2349-8234 NASA – 5.21

     

    8 (6) 741 – 744

     

    Dr. Bindu Gopalkrishnan   

    Survey of Avenue Tree Diversity along the roadsides of Vile Parle, Mumbai..

    Proceeding in the Conference MULTICON –W 2020 on Humanities, Science and Technical Education CHSTE – 2010)

    978-1-7329562-8-5

     

    2020 PG. 115 -116,

    2.

    Shiwani Patil & Dr. Saraswathy Nagendran

     

    Enzymes as Targets for Cancer Therapy.

    International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research.

    0975-8232,

     

    2017.   8(11): 4525-4532.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    N. Meghani, B. Jethra, R. Shah and S. Nagendran.,

    Fingerprint analysis for validation and simultaneous quantification of Quercetin and Kaempferol in Moringa Oleifera by RP-HPLC and HPTLC.

    International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research.

    0975-8232

     

    2018.  9 (4): 1499-1510.

     

     

    Suchi N. Gandhi, Surendra Agrawal, Saraswathy Nagendran, Pravina Gurjar.,

    Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: Tuning to Advanced Nano Drug Delivery.

    Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Asia. 

    2210-6820

     

    2020.  10(6): 734-747.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nileshkumar Meghani, Beom-Jin Lee, Hardik Amin, Behzad Nili-Ahmadabadi, Saraswathy Nagendran.,

    Current Progress on the Genomics of Schistosomiasis for Drug Discovery and Diagnostics.

    Infectious Disorders-Drug Targets (Formerly Current Drug Targets-Infectious Disorders).

    2212-3989

    2020.  20(5): 598-610.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Saraswathy Nagendran, Surendra S Agrawal, Aryaman Girish Patwardhan.,

    Eco-friendly Association of Plants and Actinomycetes. Symbiotic Soil Microorganisms.

     

    Springer Nature Switzerland

    2212-3989

     

    2020   AG. 99-116.

     

     

     

    Saraswathy Nagendran, Surendra S Agrawal, Sheba Abraham.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Symbiotic Harmony between Insects and Fungi: A Mutualistic Approach Symbiotic Soil Microorganisms.

    Springer Nature Switzerland

    1613-3382

     

    2020   AG. 269-288.

     

    3.

    Dr. Meeta Mathur

    Effect of fungal elicitation on growth and metabolite production in callus

    Int. J. of Life Sciences, Special issue A9: 69-73

     

    2320-7817

    2018

     

    Dr. Meeta Mathur

    Book Chapter: Bioactive molecules of Spirulina: A food supplement

    Reference series in Phytochemistry: Bioactive Molecules in Food, EDs. Jean-Michel Merillon, K.G.Ramawat, Springer 1-22.

    97833195288

    2019

     

    Dr. M. Mathur, G. Mathur & Dr. Meeta Mathur 

     Assessment of carbon monoxide traffic signal, toll plazas and main road side built houses and impact of its chronic exposure on public health.

     

    Int. Journal of Advance research Ideas in Technology

    2454:132

    2017

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    Ulka Chodankar and Meenakshi Vaidya

    Patterns of Leaf Architecture in six species of Phoebe from family Lauraceae.

    World

     Journal of Pharmaceutical Research.

     

    2021

    10 (3); 1772-1778.

     

    Ulka Chodankar and Meenakshi Vaidya

    Study of leaf architecture in eleven species of Cinnamomum blume of family Lauraceae.

    World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research.

     

     

    2021

    10 (2);1190-1199.