The Department offered Botany only as a subsidiary subject in 1959. In 1964 its activities gained momentum with the introduction of the B.Sc. Degree Programme. The postgraduate programme was added in 1965. In order to keep pace with real-time needs, the U.G.C. sponsored B.Sc. Biotechnology course was introduced in 2002 followed by its Masters Programme in 2004. The Department is a Research Centre of the Mahatma Gandhi University from 1985 vide order no. AC.AII (i)/504/85 dated 29.10.1985.