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Fergusson College (Autonomous) Pune - Department of Botany


MSc. Botany 2018
  • Course Name : MSc. Botany 2018

  • Course Type : Entrance Exam 2018

  • Deadline : 10 Jun 2018

  • 400



General Information

With  the  end  of  the  East  India  Company's  regime  in  India  and  the  failure  of  the  first armed uprising in 1857, for  India's freedom, a new era dawned in our country.  It was clear that the emancipation of our  land and the transformation of the life of our peoplehad to be brought about  by  peaceful  and  constitutional  means.  Indian  renaissance  had  begun  and  it  heralded  the role which education needed to play to achieve national aspirations.Wood's Education Despatch (1854),  the  Education  Commission  of  1882  and  the  Hunter  Commission  (1891),were  all indicative  of  the  concerted  efforts,  of  both  the Government  and  the  Indian  people,  in  the enterprise  of  education.  The  Founders  of  the  Fergusson  College  had first  started  the New English  School,  Pune in  1880  and  later  established  the Deccan  Education  Society  (DES) in 1884. The  college  held  these  classes,  for  almost  ten  years,  in  the  old  Gadre  Wada and  other locations  in  Poona.  A  plot  of  about  37  acres  (a  portion  of  the  present  extensive  campus)  was acquired on a 99 years' lease in 1891 by the DES. The foundation stone of the Main building of the  Fergusson  College  was  laid  in  1892  and  the  building  was  completed  in  1895.  The  college started functioning  on  this campus  in  1895.  From  then  onwards,  the college  has  grown  from strength  to  strength  and  acquired  a  reputation  as  a  nationbuilding  institution.  It  has  a  place  of
pride in the hearts of the people, as a historical monument and a symbol of the country's freed om struggle.


We aspire to carry forward the Vision of our founders of providing affordable quality education, while expanding our academic horizons to bring the institution on par with global leaders in the field of higher education.


About the Department:

Even in the history of an Institution, a time period of 110 years is not a small one. Looking at Fergusson College, it is amply proved that today, after such a long time, the College has a purpose and the purpose of its inception inspiring youth of the country - continues to fulfill. It has become an alma mater of international status - the youth comes from many other countries.

Botany Department has its own rightful place in the glory of Fergusson College. Ever since 1892, when Science wing of the College started functioning, Botany department has prospered and progressed materially and academically. Biology department, which embodied Botany and Zoology departments commenced in 1902. Separate building for Biology department was constructed during 1904-1907. It was earmarked for the development of Biology department and Botanical garden. It is a matter of amazement that many leading Science colleges do not possess Botanical Garden of their own even today, but our college and its think-tank had foreseen the need a hundred years of ago!

In 1916, H.H. Maharaja Sawai Tukojirao Holkar of Indore state donated Rs.20,000/- and through this handsome donation, a separate building, “Sawai Tukoji Holkar Biology Laboratory” was constructed in 1916. This building is one in which besides Biology, Geology departments of FC, MACS (Now ARI) and Dhyaneshwar Vidyapeeth, an autonomous institute imparting education in Engineering were conceived and gestated. The building was extended in 1933. A very interesting feature of the building is the North-facing side of the building is totally of glass.

Another extension of the building was done in 1969 when one large laboratory and a spacious room were constructed.

From 1976-78, Jr. College wing of the College started. Formerly there were 4 years - Pre Degree (PD), FYBSc, SYBSc and TYBSc. Now there are 5 years - XI, XII, of Jr. College and FYBSc, SYBSc and TYBSc degree classes. As a result of this, the number of students has increased.

During academic year 2001-2002, Biotechnology subject was started as an introduction of vocational course at under-graduate level under Botany subject, and one laboratory had been diverted for the exclusive use of Vocational Biotechnology.

PG Research centre in Botany 2003-2004

M Sc Botany 2009-2010

Programmes / Courses offered

    XI Science
    XII Science
    B Sc Botany
    B Sc Voc Biotechnology with Botany
    M Sc Botany
    Ph D Botany


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    F.C. Road,
    Pune 411004
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