Department of Botany, Genetics & Biotechnology

Activities of the Department


List of Activities 2017-18


Sale of Clay Ganeshas

The greENERGY club organized the sale of clay Ganeshas as a part of Green Ganesha program. The highlight of the program was that the clay Ganesha idols had seeds embedded inside. The idea was to encourage immersion of Ganesha in bucket followed by putting the clay in pots so that the seeds germinate. This was taken up to spread awareness to save lakes.  The event was organized on 24th of August 2017, on the eve of Ganesh Chathurthi.
Students and staff were encouraged to purchase the clay ‘seed’ Ganeshas which were given away in ecofriendly paper bags. About 80 clay Ganeshas were sold. The first idol was bought by the Principal of BVC. The event was very successful owing to the active and enthusiastic participation of the students and staff.


Haritha Haaram

Haritha Haaram – Tree Plantation program was organized in Bhavan’s Vivekananda College of Science, Humanities and Commerce, Sainikpuri, on 29-07-2017, by the greENERGY club, NSS and NCC unit of the college.
Mr. I Y R Krishna Rao, IAS (Retd.), Chairman, BVB Kendra was the Chief Guest and Mr. Ch R Uma Maheswar Sharma, DCP, Malkajgiri Division was the Guest of Honor for the event.   Air Cmde (Retd.) J L N Sastry, VSM., Vice Chairman, BVB Kendra and Prof. Y Ashok, Principal, BVC, Heads of the Departments, Staff and students planted saplings during the event.

200 saplings including plants such as Ashwagandha, Ashoka, Tamarind, Kala Jamun, Gauva, Peepal etc, were procured from DBR Nursery, Yapral, and were planted. The aim of the program is each that student should take care of the plant he or she have planted.  


Guest Lecture

The Department of Genetics & Biotechnology organized a guest lecture for UG students on 22-07-2017 at 2.30 pm in the MBA Seminar Hall, Bhavan’s Vivekananda College. The lecture was delivered by a Dr. Raman M Sundaram, Principal Scientist, Biotechnology Division, Indian Institute of Rice Research- ICAR, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad.

Dr. Sundaram briefed about the tools that could be used for improving rice by making it resistant to disease, tolerant to biotic and abiotic stress, to reduce the consumption of pesticides and herbicides and most importantly increase yield with limited land resources. He also emphasized the role of biotechnology to enhance rice breeding efficiency and shortening the breeding cycle.
Dr. Sundaram explained how he and his team used Marker Assisted Selection to improve Sambha Masuri BPT5204, a crop resident to bacterial blight. Marker assisted breeding reduces the traditional breeding time significantly. He gave an insight on tools used for genetic engineering in rice and described in detail the transgenic rice produced at IIRR like rice resistant to bacterial, fungal and viral diseases, improved vitamin A (Golden rice) and elevated iron content. Another project that they are working on is to change rice from a C3 to a C4 plant, which will help improve the efficiency carbon usage and minimize net energy loss. The session ended with Dr. Sundaram interacting with students attending to their queries and doubts.


List of Activities 2016-17


Report on Guest Lecture
The Department of Genetics & Biotechnology organized a guest lecture program for UG students on 03-08-2016 at 11 AM in the MBA Seminar Hall, Bhavans College. The lecture was delivered by a very eminent scientist Dr K. Thangaraj, Senior Principal Scientist and Group Leader, CCMB, Hyderabad. This guest lecture program was organized as a part of the UG academic schedule. The undergraduate students were privileged  to learn about the origin of human life. The theory of evolution of human beings from chimpanzee was once again very effectively explained by Dr Thangaraj. They also came to know about the  fact that the Indian sub continent bears the primitive species of human life found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands who originated from Africa and settled in different parts of the globe. The talk continued on various health issues and diseases confined to a few parts of the nation. The seminar ended with a Mark Twain quote stating the beauty of origin of human life and culture in India. The students were also inspired to touch the unseen mysteries in the world of Genetics and to pursue research in the new areas of the enigmatic subject. Students attentively listened to the lecture and interacted with Dr Thangaraj and clarified many of their doubts in the concerned subject, Population Genetics. 



Haritha Haram: Tree Plantation 23rd July 2016
GreEnergy club, NCC unit and NSS unit of the college jointly organized Tree Plantation Program as part of Haritha Haram project of the Telangana Govt. in the college premises. The chief guest for the programme was Mr Ramachander Reddy IAS, in charge DCP Malkajgiri. The other guests included Md. Rafeeq, ACP Bolaram, Dr Maithri and Mrs Jyothi from GHMC.
A total of 300 saplings were planted in the college Campus. The whole program was actively carried out by the students and staff of the college led by the Principal, Prof. Y. Ashok, and Heads of the Departments.  Air Comdr. J. L. N Sastry, (Retd.) VSM, Vice Chairman BVB, Sainikpuri Kendra and Col M. Vijay Rao, Hon Dir BVC, Sainikpuri also planted trees as part of the programme.



The induction program for UG first year students was conducted by the Departments of Genetics & Biotechnology and Chemistry on 18-06-2016. The program began at 10 AM in the Thakore Auditorium, BSRKV. The program was presided over by the Vice Chairman,BVB Sainikpuri Kendra, Air Cmdr(Retd) JLN Sastry, VSM; Hon. Director, BVC, Col(Retd) M. Vijay Rao; Principal Prof Y Ashok; Swami BodhmayanandJi, Director, Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence, Ramakrishna Mutt, Hyderabad & Shri M GopalaKrishna, IAS(Retd).
The Vice Chairman, Hon. Director and the Principal addressed the students as to how they could avail the facilities and the expertise of the faculty at BVC for all round personality development and also the importance of inculcating right values among youth.
Swami BodhmayananandJi gave a very thought provoking talk on issues such as drug abuse, exploitation of women, insensitivity of the younger generation towards problems of the society and how the youth could serve the nation and solve its problems. Swamiji was also very interactive with the students and encouraged them to express their views about the session.
Shri M Gopalakrishna elaborated the students on the qualities needed to succeed in fulfilling their aims in life.
Alumni from various faculties spoke to the students on how BVC helped them in personality and career development. The alumni were:   
1. Kaneshkk Naidu –                Sports (Ranji Player)
2. Shradha Thakrar -                Commerce
3. Amrutha Lakshmi -              Physical Sciences
4. T. Nandita -                          Life Sciences
5. Neharika Sanjay Kumar -   BBA
6. Kumari Puja -                        NCC
7. Jephthah Jagdeeshan -      NSS

 A few first year students came up to the dais and expressed their views about the College and the Induction program.
The session ended with the Vote of Thanks proposed by the Vice Principal Mrs. C. Neraimathi.
The Induction program was well received by the first year UG students.


Programmes conducted by the Department (2015-16)

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Chief Guest

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Induction Program for the first year students



1. Swami Bodhmayanandji, Director, Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence, Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad,
2. Prof. V Viswanadham, Retd Prof, OU,

Swami Bodhmayanandji emphasized on good character building and positive attitude towards life.
Prof. V Viswanadham, urged the students not to get carried away by the latest bling of Western culture and to abide by our cultural values.








Guest Lectures/Workshops/Seminars (2015-16)

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Any other Details


Dr. K. Arun Kumar, Asst. Prof., Department of Animal Biotechnology, University of Hyderabad.


Understanding Plasmodium through Transgenic Animals

Dr. K. Arun Kumar highlighted on the experiments done on transgenic Plasmodium that resulted in the suppression of the production of functional oocytes in Mosquito. This research will pave way for attenuated vaccines against malaria.


Dr. V.V. Ravikanth, Scientist, Asian Institute of Gastero Enterology, Punjagutta, Hyd.


Evolution Of Genotyping Technology

Dr. Ravikanth gave an insight into the developments in genotyping technology starting from basic RFLP to Next Generation technology.


Prof. K.Ulaganathan, Center for Plant Molecular Biology (CPMB)


“Genomics Revolution- Where are we heading?”

Prof. Ulaganathan addressed on topics like mapping genomes of various organisms and their relevance in present scenario.

A National Seminar was conducted on “PHARMACOGENETICS-A PERSONALISED THERAPY” by the Department jointly with the Department of Chemistry on February 12th, 2016.The Chief Guest for the program was Prof. V Uma, Dean Faculty of Sciences, Osmania University, Hyderabad, TS.
The Key note address was given by Dr Kalpana Joshi, Professor and Head, Department of Biotechnology Sinhgad College of Engineering, Pune University, MH and Ex. Director Symbiosis School of Biomedical Sciences (SSBS), Symbiosis International University, Pune, MH.
Dr V V Ravi Kanth of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Somajiguda, Hyderabad, TS and Dr Subramanian Ganesan of Novartis, Hyderabad were the Guest Speakers.


The post Lunch session comprised of Poster Presentation on “Pharmacogenetics- A Boon or a Bane” and Oral Paper Presentation should be related to “Discoveries of Pharmocogenomic Drugs” by students and research scholars.

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