Department Of Plant Biology And Plant Biotechnology - Shift 1


             No other Botany Department of any other city college in Madras can boast of having such an ideal, sylvan, salubrious atmosphere as the Department of Botany in our own Guru Nanak College. 


            This department came into existence in 1984 due to the initiative and untiring efforts of Prof. R. GOPAL, our former Head of the Department.  Prior to this, the two staff members of Botany Department (Prof. R. Gopal & Prof. D. Alphonse), handling the subject at the ancillary level to the B. Sc. Zoology classes belonged to the unified Department of Natural Science along with the staff of the Zoology department.


            The bifurcation and upgradation of the Department of Natural Science into Department of Zoology and Botany took place when the university granted temporary affiliation to B.Sc., Botany course in 1984. The University Commission appointed for granting temporary affiliation of Botany degree course consisted of Prof. Kesar Chander, Principal, Ethiraj College, Chennai, Convenor and Prof. Farhathullah, Vice-Principal, New College.


            Being satisfied with the infrastructure facilities and qualifications of the faculty members, the commission readily recommended affiliation to B. Sc. Botany course in our college.  With the addition of Prof. S. Natarajan, who had his post graduation from Annamalai University joining us in January 1986, followed by two more staff members Prof. A. Sethuraman (from Annamalai University) and Prof. V. Umarani (from Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai), the department had a full complement of 5 staff members.


The department offers Horticulture as Elective subject.  We had an experimental Garden behind the New Sind Block where practical training was imparted to the students in raising flowering annuals, kitchen garden components etc.  I was happy to report that some of our students have taken to Floriculture as their full-time occupation and find it a profitable and rewarding experience.  

    A special University Commission consisting of Prof. Sivaramakrishnan of Presidency College and Prof. Raghavan, Principal Nandanam Arts College inspected our College in 1993 and recommended permanent affiliation to the department for the B. Sc. Degree course.  

    Many of our past students have continued their studies further and obtained their M. Sc., and M. Phil., degree elsewhere.  It is our fond hope that some of them would acquire their doctoral degree in the near future. 

    In the year 2007 two staff members are joined as Assistant professors namely, Dr. M. Gopi and Dr. Poonam sethi in their place of Prof. C. Komathivanan and Prof. D. Alphonse. 

    We are proud to announce that our department recently getting guide ship to Ph. D. program affiliated to Madras University.  Dr. S. Natarajan and Dr. V. Umarani had got the Ph. D. guide ship from 2011.  Now our Department has 8 students registered Ph. D. program under Dr. S. Natarajan, 2 students under Dr. V. Umarani.

    In the year 2017 one more staff Dr. E. Gayathiri joined as Assistant Professor in the place of Dr. V. Uma Rani. The department has been producing fairly good results in the University examinations.  Our best results were in 1988 and in 1996 when our passes were more than 75%.  Successively our department bears 6 to 8 ranks almost every year. We have initiated certain special measures to improve the student’s performance in general.  

    The department owes a great deal to the management for providing us an opportunity to serve the poor students in our neighbourhood.   The management has provided the department with all infrastructure support including a spacious staff room and laboratory.  They are a great incentive to the students and the staff alike. On account of the retirement of Prof. D. Alphonse, in May 2007, Dr. S. Natarajan, senior most Prof. on the faculty was elevated as the Head of the Department.  At present the department has strength of 5 teachers and 2 Lab Assistant and in all.    After the retirement of Dr. S. Natarajan, in May 2018, Dr. M. Gopi, senior most Professors on the faculty was elevated as the Head of the Department.  Subsequently two management staff members Dr. A.C. Tangavelou and Dr. S. Nirmalraj     were appointed in the place of Dr. S. Natarajan and Dr. A. Sethuraman after their retirement.  New Laboratory Assistant Mr. Sardar Harwinder Singh  was appointment  for this Academic year 

    On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of our college, we rededicate ourselves to the service of the students entrusted to our care.


Earnest endeavors towards imparting fundamental and essential subject knowledge and also to incorporate new emerging frontiers knowledge in the curriculum to keep up with the contemporary academic trends.


To establish a viable and conducive environment for the conduct of learning and research in plant sciences and equip the graduate with updated skills to seek their professional pursuits.


  • Keep abreast with the emerging trends in teaching and learning processes and produce necessary facilities for ‘innovative research in plant sciences.
  • Identify and publicize the significance of ‘flora’  in curbing the contemporary malefic issues like environmental degradation, carbon foot prints and green house effects etc.
  • To provide the knowledge of traditional medicine and its efficacy in health care management.
  • To identify and promote the medicinal plant cultivation as a viable commercial endeavor to the students.
  • To provide basic and fundamental knowledge in plant science and also equip them students for advance molecular and genetic research program


Program Outcomes

One of the best things about plant science is the number of different specialties and career opportunities from which we can choose. This diversity allows people with different backgrounds, aptitudes, and interests to find satisfying careers in plant biology. More than many other scientific fields, botany continues to provide opportunities for women as well as men. There are few things more fulfilling than to work in a job that is both fun to do and a benefit to others. One can be a part of any reputed organization as a plant explorer, conservationist, ecologist, environment consultant, horticulturist, plant Physiologist, nursery manager, genetics, molecular biologist, taxonomist, plant pathologist, and farming consultant.Moreover the application of plant sciences improves the yield and supply of food products, fibers, building materials and other plant products like medicines, chemicals and other bio products like antibiotics, bio pesticides etc.  The knowledge of plant sciences is essential for development and management of forests, parks, waste lands, sea wealth etc. 

Few of the industries which one can work with are

 Chemical Industry , Food Companies, Arboretum, Forest Services, Biotechnology Firms, Oil Industry, Land Management Agencies, Seed And Nursery Companies, Plant Health Inspection Services, National Parks, Biological Supply Houses, Plant Resources Laboratory, Educational Institutions.

Staff Achievement

UG department becomes full-fledged research oriented department as well as application oriented subjects are handled by faculty members.

  1. Dr. S. Natarajan visited many foreign countries and presented a research papers.
  2. Dr. S. Natarajan completed Research project entitled Pharmacological investigation of Tabebuia regia   funded by Tamil Nadu State Council for Science & Technology.
  3. Dr. A. Sethuraman, selected as a senate member in Madras University.
  4. In recognition of performance in the Ph. D. Degree Examination of Dr. M. Gopi, Madras University was awarded Prof. R. Kalyanasundaram Memorial cash Prize of Rs. 5000/- during the 152nd Annual Convocation of Madras University held on January 19, 2010.
  5. Ms. Poonam Sethi and Dr. E. Gayathiri   are rank holders and got the awards for the best performance.

Student Achievement

Most of the students are top position like Botanic Survey of India, Scientist in India, USA, Korea , Indian Parliament, Research & Development, Govt. Organisation etc.

Department Association Activities

A REPORT ON INDUSTRIAL VISIT  to Plant Quarantine ( Chennai) - Date: 1/08/2018


Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology.

STAFF INCHARGE: Dr. Poonam Sethi, Dr. S. Nirmalraj.


The objective of the visit was to assess the actual progress accomplished by Plant quarantine  unit to meet the requirement of Quality assurance on plant products & Phytosanitation.


 The aim of the Plant quarantine is to  protect our plant life from ravages of destructive pests by preventing their entry, establishment and spread and thereby increasing agriculture productivity in order to improve the economy of our country. To facilitate export certification of plants and plant products for safe global trade in agricultural commodities and thereby fulfilling our legal obligations under the international agreements. To adopt safe quarantine practices to protect our environment.

The one day industrial visit was organised by the Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology  under the valuable guidance of Dr. S. Nirmalraj , Poonam sethi. On 1st  August 2018 the industrial visit started at 8.45 am with 38 students and 2 staff members. Students enjoyed the scenic journey from College Campus to Pallavaram Plant quarantine station, we reached the designation  about 10.10 am. We were present there a few minutes before the stipulated time started, Certain Instructions were given for us with regard to our general behaviour inside the premises.

 Plant Quarantine Incharge Dr. Vanniyaraj  , Deputy Director, plant Protection and Mr.Ramesh Inspector, Weed science  was very courteous to appoint four Lab engineers to instruct the procedure of their  The students were divided in to four groups accompanied by the staff of college to go for the factory tour.


The introductory class was on the standard methods   intended to facilitate the safe export, shipment, import and release of biological control agents and beneficial organisms. This standard prescribes the responsibilities of NPPOs of importing/exporting countries and other relevant agencies or organizations, importers and exporters on risk management related to the export, shipment, import and release of biological control agents and beneficial organisms. The Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage, on behalf of the NPPO, shall carry out pest risk analysis of intended import of biological control agents and beneficial organisms prior to allowing the import and before recommending for inundate release; ensure to hold them under containment facilities, while under quarantine testing before granting clearance for release into the environment; and maintain appropriate records relevant to import and release of biological control agents and beneficial organisms..


We visited the shop floor at around 11:15 am. We were shown the various types of Pathology, Entomology, Weed science , Seed pathology, Bio-Instrumentation , Light House and all its different application-based variants. The safety precautions, general working and the various certifications achieved by the organization was elaborated about. We were briefed about the Job Opportunities, Internships and their Work Culture.

As we moved out of the facility, we recollected everything we witnessed today as we bid a warm goodbye to our guide. After this we boarded our train and safely returned back to our college.

FUSCHIA 2018 – Inauguration Day

The Department association inauguration was held  on the 2nd  August 2018 in the Guru Ramdas Hall . Dr. Ganesh Venkatraman, Professor, Department of Human Genetics, College of Biomedical Sciences Technology & Research, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai was the chief guest. He is the Alumni of our Department .

The session started with an opening "Thamizh Thai Vazhthu" by S. Pradhiksha and Aarthi. B. Jayashree B (students of  PBPBT– 1st semester) followed by College prayer song by Anshu Yadav, Preethi, and Vincy (students of  PBPBT– 3rd  semester) .

With this lamp lighting we like to thank goddess of knowledge for blessing us. Followed by Lamp lighting ceremony , It’s like goddess is  blessing  us with more and more success in our department  and further in life. Felicitation  are a way to respect the Guest of Honour which  inculcate good behaviour and spirit. Our Chief Guest was felicitated by Our Department staff members.


The welcome speech given by Dr. Gopi, HOD, Assistant Professor . He started with a famous Quote “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Khalil Gibran. He also remembered that “The 2nd August is a most memorable science events day in 1932 Carl David Anderson discovers photographs a positron, the first known antiparticle. The positron or anti electron is the antiparticle or the antimatter counterpart of the electron.

It was followed by the speech by the Introducing the Chief guest by the Vice President   Dr. A. C. Tangavelou  of the Fuschia 2018 Association. He started of  by giving an introduction the chief guest to the students and delivered the inaugural address. Then he moved on to a motivational talk which included a lot of experiences from work experience both within the industry and as academician. He stressed the importance of “Taxonomy the Hunger of knowledge and Discipline to know about the morphology of Plant”. He also encouraged the students to make it a habit to read the “  Plant for a Day “ everyday .

Later it was followed by the Special lecture by Dr. Ganesh Venkatraman sir , who gave a brief note on the History of Molecular biology and the recent advances in Science field He was quite impressed by the response of some our students that he even mentioned that he is willing to He invited our Final year student to visit the Ramachandra university research Laboratory in the future.

The inauguration session was ended with national anthem.



(2016-2019 BATCH)

A Botanical tour to Bengaluru for the final year UG students of the Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, Guru Nanak College was organized by Dr. A.C. Tangavelou and Dr. Poonam Sethi for 6 days during the month of October 2018. The main purpose of the study tour was to inculcate interest in the minds of students for their career in the field of Plant science.

Nearly 44 students along with two faculties namely Dr. Poonam Sethi and Dr. A.C. Tangavelou began their journey on 1st October 2018 from Chennai Central Railway station in Bangalore express at 1.30 pm and reached Bengaluru at 8:30 pm. All the students were then straight away reached to Trans-Disciplinary University (TDU) at Yelahanka, Bengaluru were the fantastic accommodations are provided in the hostels.

First day (02.10.2018)

On first day, Dr. K. Ravikumar, Prof.  and Head, Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources, TDU explained briefly about the Medicinal Plants, Themes and Gardens of the campus. There are about 26 themes in the campus of TDU. All the plants are Indigenous to India which are Red Listed Medicinal Plants and also high priority for conservation with endemic and non-endemic status. Moreover, TDU garden is a centre of large collection of more than 750 endemic and non-endemic red listed categories of Indian medicinal plants brought from all the phytogeographical regions of India. The morning session was spent completely in the field within the TDU campus. Some of the important medicinal plants observed in TDU are Aristolochia tagala, Coscinium fenestratum, Elaeocarpus tuberculatus, Garcinia indica, Garcinia xanthochymus, Magnolia champaca, Moringa concanensis, Saraca asoca, Strobilanthus serratus, Terminalia chebula, Vateria indica, etc. Simultaneously, all the students are collected 10 herbarium specimens belonging to the plant families included in their syllabus. The specimens collected are Baliospermum montanum, Crotalaria pallida, Jatropha gossypifolia, Senna hirsuta etc.

Afternoon session was proceeded by Dr. N. Dhatchanmoorthy, Research Associate, Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources, TDU. He explained about the taxonomic importance and how to identify the plants for various medicinal uses based on the concept Doctrine of Signature in TDU campus. He made the students to understand about the Plants and the Characteristics of the Families of the plants. The campus was well maintained with garden made by only with Indian medicinal plants. Each and every plant inside the campus are grown for its Medicinal importance. Even the rare plants like Kurinji (Strobilanthes kunthianus) and Coffee (Coffea arabica) were made adapted to the campus environment.

At evening special lecture was delivered on Herbarium techniques at National Repository of Indian Medicinal Plants. All the students were allowed about the herbarium techniques and visited the National repository. This National repository of Indian medicinal plants is the only medicinal plants herbarium in the country engaged in field collection, identification and systematic curation of dried plant specimens with more than one lakh specimens, representing more than 6000 species available for studies and reference. This herbarium has been designed as a bio-cultural herbarium to provide information on vernacular and botanical names of different medicinal plant species, alongside the details of specific locations and their collection. Almost all the native medicinal plants currently in trade and a raw drug repository cataloging with more than 4500 samples of traded botanical drugs is an additional feature of this centre.

On the same day all the herbarium specimens were properly processed by the students along with the faculty Dr. A.C. Tangavelou in the rest house before dinner.

Second day (03.10.2018)

On second day all the students were taken to CSIR-CIMAP Institute, Bengaluru. Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) is a CSIR Research institute at Bangalore working as Field Station on diverse aspects of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs), from agronomy to breeding to phytochemistry with the sole focus on farmers and the MAPs user industries in the states of southern India. The students were allowed to visit the Aromatic and Medicinal Plants Garden. Most of the Plants were cultivated for Aromatic Oil Extraction to help the farmers and industrialists commercial purposes. The Institute is extracting oil from the Aromatic plants and are trading it directly to Industries. After the field visit, the students were made to visit all the laboratories of the Institute. Various techniques such as Oil Extraction, Genetic Diversity Studies, DNA Barcoding, Plant Tissue Culture Techniques were taught by the Research Associates working in the Institute. Next, scientist Incharge Dr. K. Sundaresan made an interaction with all the students and explained about the (i) Promotion of large-scale cluster cultivation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP) for livelihood improvement and employment generation in rural areas. (ii) Dissemination and popularization of CIMAP   technologies through training programmes, awareness camps, demonstration nodes, transfer of technology etc. (iii) Revenue generation through sponsored projects, technology transfer, farm production etc.

Afternoon, the second session of the day was covered at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environmental Studies (ATREE), Bengaluru. The interactions and interdependence between Humans, Animals, Plants and the abiotic components of the environment were explained in a detailed manner. Dr. Aravind explained The Water, Land and Society (WLS) programme employs a problem-driven, multidisciplinary approach to generate knowledge that can explain the causes of inequity of access, unsustainability, pollution and the vulnerability of water resources. And also, the programme’s aim is to generate usable insight that can help identify social, technological and governance solutions to India's water problems.

Third day (04.10.2018)

On Third day, all the students are again engaged with Pharmacognostical studies on Medicinal plants. In this, Mr. Patturaj, Researcher Scholar at TDU, taught about the pharmacognostical studies and quality assurance of medicinal plant drug through anatomical studies. Followed by visit to Ethnobotany Garden. Different types of traditional and medicinal plants are cultivated there. Then the students were taken to collect Herbarium specimens. After lunch, the scope of Plant Taxonomy was explained by Dr. K. Ravikumar and Dr. N. Anbarasan, Research Associate. The students were learned about the scopes of Taxonomy in identification of plant species. After their speech, Dr. A. C. Tangavelou honored Dr. K. Ravikumar and Dr. Noorunnisa Begum, Associate Professor, TDU, for arranging the Educational Tour.

Later all the students visited the ethnomedicinal garden of FRLHT which contains more than 2000 species of medicinal plants species in different themes of medicinal uses. Some notable red listed medicinal plants such as Artocarpus hirsuta, Oroxylum indicum, Saraca asoca, Vateria indica were purchased from the Nursery and they brought to Guru Nanak College to plant as a memory of this Botanical tour.

Forth day (05.10.2018)

On forth day, educational trip was continued to Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bengaluru, one of the oldest and famous Botanical Garden in India. The whole day was spent there by studying so many plants collected from various countries for more than three centuries. It contains more than 1600 species belonging to 650 genera of plants. Really, Lalbagh is an important centre of dissemination of knowledge of plants having ornamental, environmental and economic values. All the students learned about the value of botanical science after visiting this Lalbagh Garden.

On fifth day (06.10.2018), all the students vacated the rooms in TDU at 6.00 am and reached Majestic Railway station, Bengaluru at 7.00 am. Finally, all the students reached Chennai Central safely by 2.00 pm.

Indeed, all the students enjoyed this Botanical tour very happily and gained so much of knowledge from various Institutions for their development.

Tree Plantation on 2018 in our Guru Nanak College’s Campus

Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology has organized Tree Plantation on October 14th , 2018 in our Guru Nanak College’s Campus under the guidance  and supervision of our beloved principal Dr. S . Selvaraj and  respected Guest of Honor, Dr. Thol. Thirumamavalavan ( an Indian Politician and Tamil activist, Member of Parliament in 15th Lok Sabha and the current President of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi l party in the state of Tamil Nadu in India). Some interesting endemic and red listed trees collected from western ghats were planted by Thol thirumavalavan and Principal .The trees planted are Artocarpus hirsutus (Wild jack), Saraca asoca (Asokha tree), Oroxylum indicum (Broken Bones Plant) and Vateria indica (Indian Copal Tree).

The main goal of the whole day activity is to plant trees, increase awareness in student & also analyse their own skill. Principal addressed our students and faculties to not only plant the trees but also to save and guard the trees. He also stated that ,this practice will create a habit of planting more trees in their future. Even if each one, plant one tree annually, it will create a big impact on global warming. 

"Preserving the tree is an obligation for everyone without exception; one tree will absorb approximately a ton of carbon dioxide during the course of its life cycle." 

As we all know that the whole world is facing the problem of global warming and to recover from such problem planting the trees has become one of the most important aspects. The educational and social goal of our students implies that besides gaining; understanding of concept like social structure, power, community  occurring in real life situation, students should acquire competence in the field of program planning, shouldering responsibilities, participation in cooperative task and promotional work in the community.










Green auditing is a means of assessing environmental performance (Welford, 2002). It is a systematic, documented, periodic, and objective review by regulated entities of facility operations and practices related to meeting environmental requirements (EPA, 2003). It is otherwise the systematic examination of the interactions between any operation and its surroundings.

Guru Nanak College is one such green space located in Chennai; the detailed campus flora was studied by PBPBT Semester IV students Mr.Koushik Srinivas, Elakiyan, Himanshu Gupta and Bharath.

The students aimed to study and understand the changes in the flora over more than 2 years since the publication of the first study. For this, we assessed the total current species richness in the campus and compared it with past Flora Auditing results. Also, a detailed unified inventory of all the vascular plants that are recorded till date in the campus is provided with notes about historical status, rarity, and ecological remarks.

The entire work was undertaken from June 2018– December 2018. For the first two month (June 2018– July 2018), the surveys were opportunistic in nature, but from July 2018 onwards, extensive and well-planned efforts were made. The study was divided into two sections:

  1. Primary data- obtained from extensive and exhaustive ground surveys where on an average, from July 2018– December 2018, each field session lasted for about 2hr for three such days a week and thus about 100+hr effort.

Specimens were identified on the field following Cooke (1903–1908), Lakshminarasimhan (1996), Singh & Karthikeyan (2000), Singh et al. (2001), Ingalhalikar & Barve (2010), and Potdar et al. (2012). Garden exotics were confirmed from the online database of Flowers of India (2014) and also from experts Dr. A. C. Tangavelou (acknowledged). All the scientific and family names were checked using The Plant List (2015).

  1. Secondary data- extensive literature surveys were carried out and all publications that mention plants from the campus are extracted and cited. Current and past faculties from the PBPBT Department of GNC were also consulted for additional inputs.

A comprehensive checklist was drafted on uniting the data from all the aforementioned sources, which includes current as well as past status of occurrence for each species. This assessment was done for all vascular plants including gymnosperms as well as Pteridophytes. Lower cryptogams including algae and fungi were not assessed, but a brief literature review is presented.

General steps:

1. Systematic and comprehensive data collection

2. Documentation with physical evidences

 3. Independent periodic evaluation with regulatory requirements and appropriate standards

4. Systematic and comprehensive improvement and management of existing system.

Thus the current work stands as an important, much awaited baseline document for all further studies with respect to the campus and we hope that it would be updated periodically in the future.


Guest Lecture on Career Guidance ,Current market opportunities and Future Prospects in life Science” by Dr. Arun Babu

A Guest lecture on “Career Guidance ,Current market opportunities and Future Prospects in life Science” was organised on 03rd December 2018  at Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, organized for Final Year PBPBT students. Dr.Arun Babu Proprietor of Industrial Personal Interaction, and  also an consultant for Biofertilizers and algal Technologies was the resource person.

The programme started with  introducing the chief guest  by Dr. M. Gopi, HOD, Department Of Plant Biology & Plant Biotechnology.

The session was held with the intent of enlightening Life Science students about carrier opportunities and future prospectus. He also spoke about its own carrier and how he took efforts for his success in his life.

He enlightened and guided the students in various career aspects where the students can aspire and initiate their career. He also added the prospects of career for Life Science in government and private IT sectors.The presentation and interaction of the speaker was very effective, wherein he showed many related visuals and live presentation using various websites including their own personal websites and also talked about various famous greatest personalities and there world famous fortune. The students interacted enthusiastically and the resource person answered their queries and cleared their doubts.



10th DECEMBER, 2018

Field visit for Plant Biotechnology students reinforces what a teacher has been explaining in class about various concepts and help students understand the topic better. It also cultivates an interest among the students to observe the plants in their close proximities and understand the Taxonomy of the plants . 37 Allied Botany students of Semester I were assisted by Dr. A.C Tangavelou on 10th December, 2018.

In the beginning, they were briefed about identifying the plant  and explained how to identify the plant kingdom and also helped the students to understand practically about Habit, Habitat and morphology of the all the Plants in the college campus was one of the main purposes of the visit. Students were able to understand the purpose and importance of classification.

Students were able to perform simple classification of plants and to justify their reasoning by pointing to defining plant .

Students were able to compare and contrast plants species and to identify specific characteristics that distinguish one plant group from another. Students were very curious to learn and observe different plants growing in their natural habitats. Such field visits create, “episodic memories,” which helps students retain information for longer periods. The visit was very valuable for students.



 “The throb of talent Ripple the throb of talent” Fuchia2k18 an inter-collegiate competition was conducted by the Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology on 19th December 2018. It was overwhelming to see that 21 colleges participated in this fest. The host college did not participate in this event so as to give a fair judgment. The event included 12 competitions.

It is hosted and organized by III year Plant Biology Students. At last it is evidenced that the final event is a witness of their hard work and efficiency. In this period of two days, various events, literary and non-literary are held, but this fest is a special feather on their cap.

List of Events:

 On Stage:

  1. Quiz
  2. Biotunes
  3. Synapse
  4. Block N Tackle

Off Stage:

  1. Photography
  2. Floral Carpet
  3. Veg Sculptor
  4. Junk Art
  5. Biocartoon
  6. Biosketch
  7. Biocollage
  8. Biospotting


Registration Desk:

The schedule of the program was planned such that the four competitions were organized in parallel sessions in separate rooms. The morning session began with registrations at 9.00 AM for the respective events. Twenty one colleges from in and around Chennai enrolled there participation in the different competitions.

Inauguration: The Inauguration started with the prayer song.The fest was inaugurated by a Chief guest Prof . D. Alphones , Retired Professor, and HOD, Department of Botany, GNC , Presiding address was  addressed by our beloved principal Dr. S. Selvaraj , he wished the organisers to make the event a grand success. With whole hearted support of the management the Event started.

Dr. M. Gopi HOD, Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology welcomed the gathering and the guest of honor. 

The presidential address was delivered by our very own principal Dr. M. Selvaraj who welcomed the gathering and cherished the presence of Retired Professor Mr. D. Alphones for the inaugural function. “I Believe extra-curricular input for students in addition to classroom learning is essential for the all-round holistic development of a student.” He said that the transformation required in college should be swift and fast as we have only 4 years in college as opposed to a long schooling education. This transformation cannot be achieved unless backed by self-initiated soft skills and creativity development. Chief Guest Prof D. Alphonse shared his experience in the own parent Department, and he felt proud by saying that he was the initiative of the “Fucshia Department Association”. The Morning Session event  Started in 4 venues, the On-stage events were organized in sports  Pavilion hall which includes Biotunes and Quiz , and the Off stage event  includes floral carpet, Veg sculptor were organized in Biology laboratory and II year class room, Bio spotting were organized in Culture Room, Biocartoon and Biosketch were organized in MS13 rooms. All the events were judged by the professionals in the respective area. The whole event was well organised by the students and cultural   co-ordinators . The groups were evaluated on the basis of Theme, Creativity, Use of props, Involvement of team members and Overall impact.

The post lunch session started at 1.30 PM which included Synapse and Block N Tackle in Pavilion Hall. The participants were rated on a rating scale of 20 marks and based on the average score of the judges the first three winners were finalized.

Valedictory Function and Prize distribution ceremony started at 4.00 P.M in Guru Ram Dass Hall   .The function started with the welcome address by Dr. A.C Tangavelou, Vice President , Fuchsia PBPBT Department  Association. Our beloved Principal Dr. M. Selvaraj gave presidential address in which he insisted on life skills and career aspects he also insisted that one should possess knowledge, skill and value in their life. The chief guest was introduced by Dr M. Gopi  Head, Department of PBPBT. The chief guest Mr. R. Rangarajan,  Proprietor, Green Life Herbals, Chennai gave valedictory address and guest lecture on the topic, “An Introduction to Herbal Science”. He expounded the concept in a worthy way and insisted the students to analyze and then to express the concept in different way for research. Naturals Sponsored Gift vouchers for all the Participants of all Event.

The guests Mr. R. Rangarajan and Principal Dr. M. Selvaraj distributed the Certificate and Medals. The participants from Loyola bagged the Runner up and Women’s Christian College were more than ecstatic to take home the winning cup.

The response received from various colleges and the feedback of the participants was positive which a great boost to the institution is. Overall the event was well organized and successful.


Advanced Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC)- monthly lecture series on- 7th January 2019

Advanced Institute for Wildlife conservation had organized a one day Monthly Lecture series “Observed and potential effects of global climate change on species and ecosystem “for the students of Life Science in and around Chennai. Our students from Department of Plant biology and Plant biotechnology, comprising 6 and 2 staff members participated in the lecture programme. The Speaker for the lecture was Dr. Promode Kant, Honorary Director from Institute of Green Economy, Gurgaon, ( Retd.,) having specialized in the Indian Forest Service relates to forest administration and management, research and teaching in forestry, wildlife and ecological sciences, forest-tribe interface, climate change, international environmental conventions, and corporate management of tea plantations and factories among others.  For five years from 1997 to 2002, he managed as Chief Conservator of Forests (North East) of the Government of India the very delicate issue related to tribal forest land ownership and management, controlling the rampaging wood based industry and steering the tribal communities towards sustainable harvesting of their forests, and protecting tribal people’s Intellectual Property Rights in North eastern India in a highly turbulent period of tribal insurgency.

In his lecture he   discussed the impact of global warming and the challenges faced during Environmental stress. He aslo displayed two video clips on the Global warming

He also stated that Climate change is affecting both, overall parameters of the Earth and changes in the Earth’s biophysical systems.  At last 15 minutes he spoke about, the rise in temperature on the Earth has been uneven – the fastest temperature increase is observed in the Earth’s poles – the Arctic and Antarctica. He also emphasized that historically, Earth's climate has regularly shifted back and forth between temperatures like those we see today and temperatures cold enough that large sheets of ice covered much of North America and Europe. The difference between average global temperatures today and during those ice ages is only about 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit), and these swings happen slowly, over hundreds of thousands of years.

At end of the lecture High Tea was provided to all the Participants.


Prominent Alumni


  • It is reported with pleasure that the Alumni Meet 2018 was conducted on 15.08.2018 [Wednesday]. 45 Alumni participated in the Alumni Meet .
  • Welcome address was given by Dr. M. Gopi, Alumni Convener, Asst.  Professor & Head, Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology
  • Dr. A. Sethuraman , Retired, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology was the Guest of Honor
  • Dr. M. Gopi  addressed the gathering and introduced the new staffs to the alumni’s.
  • Mr. Dinesh Gajendran, Catalyst & Executive Director , Audacious Dreams Foundation, the Secretary of the PBPBT alumni  assured that he will be ready to associate with the college for any type of help which is needed from his side as an alumnus.
  • Mrs. Sivashankari Vice-president addressed the gathering  sharing her happiness by seeing the alumni in renowned position and having expressed their willingness for doing the best for the Department.
  • Subsequently, Mr. S. Shankar as President addressed the Alumni. He also expressed that irrespective of wherever the alumni of  PBPBT, from Guru Nanak College were located and worked, their participation for the institution can be in the form of Guest Lectures, Industrial visits, Projects, Training in their companies and Placements
  • Most of our alumni are entrepreneurs, designated as top level executives in leading core companies and software companies
  • All the Alumni’s were invited to the dais to share their experiences and some of the thoughts expressed by them were:  Felt very happy and joyful  Appreciated that the programme was organized in a planned manner  Felt happy while seeing the college again with vast development  All the Alumni’s Shared their employment details and recollected the services rendered by the senior faculty members when they were in the college 
  • One of the alumni suggested to have the Alumni Meet the end of each semester  to support with carrier guidance programme
  • Finally, at the end of the programme, Vote of Thanks was given by Mr.A. C. Tangavelou.
  • Lunch was provided to all the alumni and their family members. In general, the alumni have given a good feedback about the hospitality and food.


The Alumni play a vital role in Institutional  building. The relation of alumni and the college is like mother and daughter, even after the daughter gets married she will shower lot of love and affection towards the mothers home. To take a walk down the corridors of Nostalgia, the Fuchsia Alumni Meet 2017 , was conducted  by Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology

Alumni E. mail ID was  created by Dr. A. Sethuraman , Associate professor which  linked the Information regarding present job opportunities, academic requirements, recent trends in the field of Life science, higher studies guidance, etc., is posted in the E.mail ID. The reunion, aimed at alumni from the classes of 1986 to 2007 batch from which alumni travelling from all corners of the globe were invited to attend.

The first Alumni meet of Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology  was held recently in the college campus on August 15th , 2017. Mr. Alphones, Dr.S. Natrajan, Dr. A. Sethuraman was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Prof. Alphones former HOD welcomed the gathering, and introduced all the faculties in the department to the alumini’s .  Welcome drinks were sponsored and served by Dr. S. Natrajan , Associate professor, HOD, PBPBT Dept. Later the Alumini were asked to introduce themselves, Mr. Kanabiran of batch 1987 apprised his  progress, changes and extensions in his domain and  academic disciplines, co-curricular and extra-curricular.  He also took this opportunity to invite all the alumni for the meets in the forth coming years. On behalf of alumni he also  assured that they will provide help and co operation to the college and the students in practical approaches.  followed by all alumni self introduction and their current profile status. Later Dr. A. Sethuraman took over the presiding where a new Executive body of Alumni Association was formed. Many of the Alumni expressed their willingness to select  Mr. S. Shankar as President , Ms. Shivashakari as Vice- president,and Mr. Dinesh Gajendran as Secretary. He also invited suggestions from the alumni to improve on the alumni activities and thanked the alumni for their active involvement. Also he requested the alumni to come and share their experiences and memories on the stage.

  A panel discussed  on the developing statergies that has to be fourthcome in the PBPBT department. Alumni promised to deliver expert lectures in emerging areas of technology.    Among the alumni who actively participated in this public exchange of ideas were Dinesh, Saravanan and Sreelekha. A feed back was also collected from alumni regarding the organizational aspects of the Meet and their suggestions for improvement in professional training in the Department of PBPBT. The Alumni Meet closed at  a very emotional note. However, everyone appreciated the efforts of Department of PBPBT in organizing the Meet for the first time. Everyone departed with the resolve to visit again and spread the message amongst all who could not visit this time.

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Pharmacological investigation of Tabebuia regia funded by Tamil Nadu State Council for Science & Technology.


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