• Name : Prof. P.K.Ratna Kumar
  • Designation : Head of the Department
  • Phone : (O) 0891-2844545, 2844546
  • Email: head.botany@andhrauniversity.edu.in

The Department of Botany is 76 years old, being started in 1946 with Prof. M.O.P Iyengar as the first Head, Prof. J.Venkateswarlu and Prof. B.S.Rao as founder faculty members. The pass course, which existed for a couple of years, was replaced by an Honours course to be followed successfully by M.Sc. (Botany) by Research in 1949 and M.Sc. (Botany) by study since 1959. The department has qualified professor in various research thrust areas specialized in different fields of Botany. Cytogenetics has been one of the thrust areas in the research activities of the Department and identified as one of the pioneer centers in Cytogenetics and basing on the work carried out in this area, the UGC has recognized the Department as a Center for Special Assistance Programme in Plant Cytogenetics in the year 1972. Since then, this Center has successfully completed three decades of research activities in this thrust area and is in the 3 rd phase of UGC-SAP. And basing on the overall research work carried out in all the disciplines, the UGC has also recognized this Department and extended financial support of Rs.45.0 lakhs under COSIST program for strengthening the infrastructural facilities of the department and CAS-I completed 2012-2017 with financial support of 1.25 Crore.


Sl.No Name of the Program
PG Programmes
1 M.Sc. (Botany)
Doctoral Programmes
1 Ph.D. (Botany)

Name Designation Qualification Specialization
Prof. B.Sujatha Professor &
BOS, Chairperson
Ph.D. Physiology, Crop Physiology and Biotechnology
Prof. P.K.Ratna Kumar Professor &
Head of the Department
Ph.D. Fungal Biotechnology
Prof. D.Sandhya Deepika Professor & Assistant Principal,AUCST Ph.D. Mycology
Prof. S.B. Padal Professor &
Director, Horticulture and
Gareadening Unit
Ph.D. Taxomony, Ecology, Ethnobotany
Dr. P. Balarama Swamy Yadav Assistant Professor Ph.D. Cytogenetics, Plant Biotechnology
Dr. B. Sandhya Sri Associate Professor (On Duty Deputed) M.Sc., Ph.D. Ethnobotany and Tissue Culture
  • Well furnished Classrooms-3
  • Experimental Farm
  • Polyhouse
  • Herbarium
  • Computer room
  • Seminar Hall
  • Museum
  • Departmental library (with about 5000 books)
  • Plant Physiology Laboratory
  • Microbial Culture Laboratory
  • Cytology And Cytogenetics Laboratory
  • Embryology Laboratory
  • Bio-diversity Laboratories - 3
  • Tissue Culture Laboratories - 2
  • Central Instrumentation Laboratory -2
  • Cosist Lab
  • Phase Contrast microscope
  • Fluorescence microscope
  • Image analyzing system
  • Gel Scanner
  • Atomatic Absorption Spectrophotometer
  • PCR Unit
  • High speed refrigerated centrifuge
  • Millipore Water unit
  • UV Spectrometer
  • UV Transilluminator
  • Cryostat
  • Ultrasonicator
  • Plant Growth Chamber
  • Electoophoretic units
  • Table Top Centrifuge
  • Simple and Compound Microscopes
  • Refrigerators for material Preservation
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