Department of Botany is an integral part of Khallikote College, a more than a century old premier institution of the state of Orissa. This prestigious institution started functioning from the year 1887, Botany as a subject at undergraduate level started from 1944. Postgraduate teaching Botany began in 1981. The department introduced a challenging subject like ‘Biotechnology as a special paper at the M.Sc level in the year 2000. Subsequently a proposal was sent for opening ‘Biotechnology’ courses in the institution. As sequel to such attempts the Government of Orissa granted permission to open self-financing courses like Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Masters Degree in Biotechnology in 2001 and 2002 respectively. From 1st August , 2021, the department of Botany and Biotechnology which was under Berhampur University, Berhampur started functioning under Khallikote Unitary University vied Notification No. 20038/HE dated 11.05.2021 of the Govt. of Odisha, Higher Education Department.

Though not very old, this department flourished within a short period and now is considered to be one of the leading departments of the state of Orissa with excellent academic achievements and has one of the best infrastructural facilities in the Biotechnology.

The Department

The department of Botany started as a part of the main building of the college in the year 1944. In due course a separate life science wing was created for the Botany and Zoology Departments. Biotechnology wing was added as a new dimension within the available space in the year 2002.

The department is the only one in Orissa which was awarded Star College Status in Life Science by DBT, New Delhi in 2009.

NAAC in 2003 adjudged the department as the best department in the college during its grading in relation to staff, academic curriculum, and infrastructure &laboratory facilities. The UGC team for CPE-I during its inspection in 2011-12 opined that the department has utilized the grant in a best manner to develop the infrastructure in the department. Further the UGC autonomy extension team in 2015 mentioned in their report that it is one of the best maintained departments in the college and have the equipments in working order.


The Department presently offers the following courses

Course Offered Strength Strength
Undergraduate Courses in Botany

Honor’s in Botany

 GE in Botany

Ethics and Value

 Environmental Sciences (Ancillary) all science and commerce students






Postgraduate Courses in Botany 16
Postgraduate Courses in Biotechnology 24
M.Phil. Course in Botany 08

Name: Dr. Goutam Sabat
Designation: Assistant Professor
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Name: Dr Sasmita Kumari Behura
Designation: Assistant Professor
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Name: Dr. Rasmita Padhy
Designation: Assistant Professor
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Guest Faculty: –        

  1. Sri Sauranshu Jena
  2. Ms. Niharika Mahapatra
  3. Ms. Snigdha Rani Sasmal
  4. Dr. Sarita P.Nayak
  5. Ms. Sudipta Mahapatra

Other Supporting staff

  1. Sri Banabas Behera, Laboratory Attendant
  2. P. Pabitra K. Burma, Gardner ( On Deputation to Account Section)
  3. Sri Panchanana , Gardner (Out Sourcing)
  4. Sibani Pradhan, Attendant (Out Sourcing)
  5. Bhagaban Patra, Peon

Department of Botany is having the following infrastructure facilities to cater the needs of both general Botany and Biotechnology students

  1. Lecture Halls : 5
  2. Seminar Hall and Library (Conference) : 1
  3. Laboratories :           Central Laboratory : 1

                                               P.G Laboratories : 2

                                               U.G Laboratories : 2

  1. Unit : 1
  2. Staff Room : 1
  3. Head of the Department’s Chamber : 1
  4. Tissue Culture Room : 1
  5. Inoculation Room : 1
  6. Botanical Garden : 2 Units
  7. Store : 1
  8. Toilet : 2
  9. G &M. Phil. Lab : 1
  10. Microbiology Lab : 1
  11. Central Instrumentation Facility : 1

Research Projects

Three major projects and a number of minor projects have been operated in the department

A Major project has been submitted to DBT, Govt. of Orissa.

Research Work

The teaching faculty is carrying out a research project in B.Sc (Botany Hons), M.Sc. (Botany), and M Phil (Botany) on Stress Biology, Algology, Ethnobotany, Water Analysis, Biochemistry and Enzymology.

Two students are enrolled for M.Phil dissertation in the year 2021-22.

Other activities of the Department

  1. Demonstration of skill development by Pidilite Co. on 17.09.2018.
  2. Demonstration of “In-vitro Fertilisation, its future aspects in research and employability of students on embryology training by Santan-IVF” on dt.06-10-2018.
  3. EDP programme by Ganapati Sabat Foundation on Green Skill development of students at vill. Nimigaon, Hinjilicut on dt. 28-10-2019.
  4. Awareness programme by Himalaya Drug Ltd on skin disorder on 26.09.2012 talk by Dr.I.Panda, DMS.
  5. Open House Programme by Open House , Hyderabad -2010 to train the students to LINUX / OPENHOUSE free software instead of Microsoft or Windows.
  6. A mobilization programme for entrepreneurship development in collaboration with TSCK, Berhampur, for biotechnology students.
Name Position Place
Ms. Adysa Adyadarsini PGT OAVS
Mr. Suresh Kumar Behera SSB  
Mr. Pabitra Sabar SSB  
Mr. Debasis behera UBI PO  
Mr. Bikash Pradhan TGT  
Ms. Subhashree Patro Jc Clerk  
Ms. Ranjita Mishra Scientist-C  
Ms. Nirali Biswal ASO  
Dr. (Mrs.) Lichita Patro OES-I  
Dr. (Mrs.) Manna Millan OES-I  
Dr. Milimita Padhi OES-II  
Dr. Biren Prasad Saha Scientist ILS
Dr. Binod Sabat Scientist  
Mr.Siba Pattanaik Bank Officer  
Dr (Mrs.) I.P.Mishra OAS  
Ms.Luna Mall OFS  
Dr.P.Mall Deputy Manager,Anthembio Bangalore
Dr.R.Jena Production Manager  
Dr.Sagar Nayak NIO Goa
Dr.P.N.Behera Asst.Production Manager  
Mr.S.Mohanty ICGEB  
Smita Mohanty NII New Delhi
Sweta Pani SUM Hops.  
Mahesh K.Sahu SUM Hosp.  
R.K.Sahu CP group  
K.Venugopal Rao CP Group  
P.C.Mahapatra Trident  
K.Nalini Larvol Group. UAE
Minakhi Panda ILS  
Sunita Das ILS  
Monalisha Nanda Redbridge USA
Mrs. Priyanka padhy   Singapore
Mihir Ranjan Sahu   Gennova
Girish bala Mahapatro Stanford USA
P.shiva Sankar Ph.D Scholar SU
Loknath mahapatra   United Brewaries
Subhra Subhadarasini   Texas,USA
Tapas R. Sahu INTAS