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Botany

Vision

Exploration of natural world of plants and allied creature for unravelling vast untapped resources of nature for the benefit of human race as well as  the glorification of knowledge.

Mission

We are committed to ordain human capital with excellence in the changing scientific scenario through innovative and interactive learning and research.

Introduction

Being one of the oldest academic disciplines of this institution, the department is privileged to have a strong faculty and academic program. At present, this department is offering degree courses for BS (Hons), M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D programs. Department of Botany has gained credence from the comity of global academic and research institutions. Currently the department has signed MoUs with WWF, Pakistan, NorthWest & AF University, China for research and academic collaboration. Tohoku University, Japan has also shown interest in collaborative research ventures and an MoU of mutual partnership is likely in coming days

Department aims to provide quality education in diverse areas of research. A well-knit research program with due liaison with relevant industries and Partner national research organization exists at Department of Botany. We are striving to nurture our industry with trained and skilled manpower and with the development of “early bird” innovative production processes. Our research activities on medicinally important plant-derived constituents, nutritional fortification of edible grains crops, development of industrially important fungal enzymes and natural pigments, edibles free from biotic contaminants, etc. are being valued by national industrial enterprises. An all-out academia-industry linkage initiative has taken off from this forum and the relevant entrepreneurs are approaching us for collaborative research ventures of mutual interest.

A number of nationally and internationally funded research projects are also underway and the academia is focusing on to broaden need-based research endeavours. Molecular Biology, Plant Physiology, Integrative Biology, Environmental Biology, Economic Botany, Mycology, Microbiology and Biotechnology are  some of  the focal areas of research at this establishment.  Currently research work is being carried out in the fields of plant molecular biology, fortification of cereal crops, medicinal plants and nutraceuticals, seed priming, enzymology, plant tissue culture, stress physiology, biochemistry, phytoremediation and heavy metal tolerance, improving crop acclimation to different agro-climatic zones and fungal taxonomy. Research on genetic basis of stress tolerance in different crops is also under way. The genomic resources are being utilized to enhance crop production by gene manipulation.  Furthermore, research activities on seed metabolism, plant nutrition and plant growth regulators are in progress for different economically important crops and medicinal plants.

We are proud to be the host of 1st international symposium of this University in 2006. This department organized one (01) international conference, three (03) international symposiums and national seminairs. Besides active involvement in transferring knowledge to the students, the induction of high class academia is also upgrading the faculty profile of the department. Department of Botany at GCUF is among the top choices of students for their learning needs throughout Pakistan and the number of enrolments are increasing every year. Until now 06 Ph.D, 180 M.Phil, 507 M.Sc and 233 BS (Hons) students have completed their studies. At present, 451 students are enrolled in BS (Hons), 156 in M. Sc, 135 in M.Phil and 48 in Ph. D programs.