The Department of Botany is one of the oldest departments, instituted with the birth of the college. Being established in 1937, it was headed by an Internationally renowned floral anatomist- Prof (Dr.) V.S. Rao, followed by Dr.Kusum Gupte, Prof. B.P. Sunderrajan and so on. The department was always considered as the Temple of Botany under the University of Mumbai.
The department offers UG courses from 1937 and PG from 1940. There is a strong legacy of research with stalwarts such as Dr. V.S. Rao, Dr. A.R. Kulkarni, Dr.Behnaz Patel and Dr.Sunita Shailajan as research guides. Under UG at present Horticulture and Gardening is offered as the Applied component and Under PG, Molecular Biology, Cytogenetics and Plant biotechnology is offered as specialization.
The Department has the honour of the ‘Star Status’ and is a ‘Highly rated department’ from Department of Biotechnology, GOI. The faculty of the department are highly qualified and have 5 recognised Research guides with the following thrust areas: Plant Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Mycology, Phytoremediation, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry, Algal Biotechnology and Phytochemistry. The Department has undertaken various major and minor research projects funded by different funding agencies at University level/ State Level/ National Level.
The Department of Botany focuses on training students in the field of plant sciences and conducts various workshops and Popular Science lectures. The Department celebrates its signature festival ‘Kingdom Plantae’ With a relevant theme every year. Alumni from the Department are renowned academicians and scientists in Institutes within and outside Mumbai.