The Department of Botany was started in the year 1956 with graduation and became a postgraduate centre in 1980 offering M.Sc. in Biological Sciences. Within a couple of years M.Sc. Botany replaced M.Sc. Biological Sciences with Mycology and Molecular Plant Pathology as specialization. At present the Department of Botany offering only B.Sc with B.Z.C and Bt.B.C combination with a total student strength of 180. For over a quarter century, this Department has been recognized as a research center providing facilities for research in Mycology and Plant Pathology, Ecology, Chemotaxonomy, Embryology and Anatomy. Over 25 research scholars have worked here and got their Ph.D. degrees. The faculty has published 260 papers. Five projects have also been completed in the Department. Dr. SK.Mahmood ,Head Department of Botany , is having additional responsibility as a Course Coordinator,Bioinformatics of Osmania University,at OU Campus. The aim of the Department is to turn out good and confident students by giving them a chance to speak in class seminars, deputing them to any workshop/seminar held for their level, by infusing enthusiasm and confidence in them and by personal and academic counseling. Recently,during 2010 academic Year syllabus has been revised and Information Technology units introduced in B.Sc Botany. Learning resources of the department are library, computers, and laboratories. Modern Teaching methods in practice other than the lecture method are LCD Projector and PPT Presentation. Frequent Counseling is being conducted for students.
Dr SK. Mahmood got his M.Sc degree in the year 1984 and Ph.D in 1988 from Osmania auniversity.His Ph.D thesis is Rhizosphere Micrbiology He joined the University in 1989 as an Assistant Professor and later promoted as Associate Professor. He was awarded Young Scientist, Under Young Scientist Scheme Department of science and Technology (DST), New Delhi and Scientist of the year 2005 by National Environment Science Academy, New Delhi. Earlier he has been receipient of Junior Research Fellow(CSIR) Senior Research Fellow (CSIR) and Research Associate (UGC). He held various administrative positions like: Mess and General Warden, NRSH hostel, O.U- Course Co-ordinator, Dept of Bio Informatics, O.U- and Coordinator, PGRR Center for Distance Education,OsmaniaUniversity. Dr. SK. Manhood's areas of specialization are: Bioinformatics and Environmental Microbiology. He has 23 years of research experience. He has written Two Books and published 75 research papers to his credit in various reputed international journals with Impact Factor. He has guided 1 M.Phil and 6 Ph.D scholars and presently 6 scholars are working under him. He was Principal Investigator to two projects from National funding agencies- i.e Department of Science and Technology and University Grants Commission,New Delhi. He has attended 27 national and 5 international conferences.He is a life member of Indian Institute of Public administration,New Delhi,Indian Science Congress Association,Calcutta,National Environmental Science Aademy,New Delhi apart from the Editorial Board member Indian Biological sciences.
Prof. Rana Kausar has a Ph.D. degree in Botany from Osmania University, having specialized in Mycology and Plant Pathology. She has over 25 years of experience in teaching, both at under- graduate and post-graduate levels. With an equal number of years of research experience, she is a research supervisor of Osmania University in Mycology and Plant Pathology. Seven students have been awarded Ph.D. degrees under her guidance in Rice Pathology, Soil Microbiology, Biological Control of Plant Pathogens, and Medical Mycology. Prof. Rana Kausar has successfully completed two U.G.C. Research Projects, one on Biological Control of Plant Pathogens, and the other in Medical Mycology. She has presented several research papers in National and International Symposia/Conferences and has thirty publications to her credit. Prof. Rana Kausar is the recipient of two Merit Awards given by the Indian Botanical Society for best research papers in Mycology and Microbiology presented to scientists less than 30 years of age. She has served Osmania University in various capacities, such as N.S.S. Program Officer, Co- convener, Entrance Test for B.Sc. Ed. Course, Academic Coordinator, Member, M.Sc. admission Counseling, to name a few.Prof. Rana Kausar served as Honorary Consultant, Department of Medical Mycology, Mahavir Research Center, Hyderabad. She is the course-writer for M.Sc. course in Applied Mycology and Plant Pathology, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar open University, Hyderabad.