The Department of Botany started functioning in the year 1956 with the introduction of Pre-university II group. From 1957, Botany was offered as a subsidiary for the B. Sc. degree course in Zoology in the college. In January 2000, the interdisciplinary M. Sc. Environmental Science course was started in the college and the Botany department shared its workload. In addition to regular educational techniques, teaching aids like PPT, Videos, Internet, preserved and fresh specimens, slides, and demonstration charts are utilized. Practical knowledge is gained by field visits and interaction with research institutions.
Final year M. Sc. Environmental Science students are being guided by the teachers of the department from 1999 onwards in various research topics like biodiversity studies on wetlands, taxonomic studies of algae and angiosperms, mangrove ecosystems, sacred groves etc. From 2015 onwards research guidance is being given to Ph.D. students.
Rev. Fr. Thomas Achandy Endowment: For the student who secures maximum marks in the Subsidiary Botany Examination (I and II years combined – both theory and practical).
Prof. Bastian Jose Memorial Endowment: For the student who secures maximum marks in the Complementary Botany Examination (I year – Theory).