The Department has started its Degree course in 1955 and P.G. in 1966. The University recognized it as a Research Centre in 1990. Since its inception, the department has maintained a very high profile in teaching and research in Kerala. The department offers Plant Genetic Resources Management as an elective paper at the Degree-level. Biotechnology is being offered as a special paper for M.Sc. The Department has signed an MOU for collaborative research in association with Coconut Development Board for “Identification of Elite Coconut Palms in Pathanamthitta District”. The Department has been engaging two ongoing major projects and three minor projects, funded by UGC and KSCSTE. Two major projects have been awarded by KSCSTE recently. Department is engaging research in many advanced areas of plant science including biotechnology, plant anatomy, soil algae, soil fungi, phytoplankton, pollution assessment, mycorrhizae, mangrove biota, biodiversity etc. The department is equipped with student and research microscopes with photographic facilities, spectrophotometer, Tissue culture laboratory, Laminar flow chambers, Electrophoretic apparatus, Digital and film cameras, Algal & Fungus culture collection centre, herbarium, Polyhouse, botanical garden for teaching and research. Department also subscribes front line national and foreign journals in botany. An exclusive computer laboratory with printing and scanning facilities and class room all networked and connected to WiFi are available. Regular field trips to Western Ghats, Sea coast and institutes are conducted for on field experience.