Plant Physiology


The Department of Plant Physiology was started under the Faculty of Agriculture since 15th February, 1999 consequent upon the quadri-partitioning of erstwhile Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding. There were seven sanctioned teaching posts and five non-teaching posts in the Department at the time of inception. Since its inception, the Department is actively engaged in catering a number of basic and advance courses on crop physiology at under-graduate and post-graduate (including Ph.D.) levels. The faculty members of the Department are engaged in basic and applied researches on crop physiology, abiotic stress physiology (drought, salinity, heat and heavy metal stress), nutrio-physiology, reproductive biology and forage physiology. About 47 students have been awarded their M.Sc. degree, while 16 students have been awarded Ph.D. degree under this department till 2017. The students of this department have received different fellowships at All India level like INSPIRE Fellowship, National Fellowship for Higher Education (NFHE) of SC and ST students, Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students, National Fellowship for students of OBC for pursuing Ph. D. degree. Some of the students successfully qualified in National Eligibility Test (NET) under Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at different times. The students passed from this department have been placed in several prestigious jobs like Assistant Botanist in West Bengal Agricultural Service (Research), Assistant Director of Agriculture, Faculties in other Universities/Colleges etc. The faculties and research students of this department regularly participate and present their important research findings in different national and international seminars and symposia.



In the process of achieving the task, the Department realizes that only way to fulfill these targets is to build excellent human resources that will continue to enrich the academic standards and will address the various issues of crop physiological research. The Department emphasizes on developing the necessary conceptual and experimental skills in students and young researchers. While guarding the traditional approaches used in the studies related to crop growth and productivity, recent developments in various fields of plant physiology and molecular biology have been added to teaching and research curricula. Through teaching, scholarship, and service, the Department of Plant Physiology provides educational experiences that encourage students to learn, think and apply knowledge and practical experiences in the field of agriculture for crop improvement, sustenance of crop productivity in a stressful environment and to evolve climate resilient crop varieties. The curriculum foci range from local to global issues. We encourage and support participation of faculties and research scholars in national and international seminars and symposia as well as to communicate the research findings through publications and relevant outreach programs to enhance the quality of research and studies.




The Department of Plant Physiology aspires to provide its students with academic programs and experiential learning opportunities that will develop their understanding of crop physiology and its applicability in crop improvement. The Department has set itself the vision to work in different areas of plant science including physiogical basis of yield enhancement and its maneuvering through application of plant growth regulators and micronutrients, developing crops tolerant to abiotic stresses like drought, salinity, high temperature stress, metal toxicity and mitigation of stress, large scale soil less culture of plants and development of plant diagnostic manuals through soil less culture. In addition to strong disciplinary knowledge, we emphasize on interdisciplinary awareness among the students for development of collaborative approaches towards crop research. We also endeavor to integrate the department's mission of teaching with the pursuit of scholarship and service activities of the students to maintain the highest degree of professionalism in educating and mentoring our students as we prepare them for their future careers. In addition, we strive for a stimulating, inclusive, and healthy work environment where the rights of faculty, staff, and students are respected, where their contributions are fairly recognized.

Intake of Post-graduate Students:


Intake distribution of M.Sc. students for the Department :

Category Number of seats
General 03 
Scheduled Caste 01
Other Backward Class 01
ICAR Nominated 02
Toal 07

Intake distribution of Ph.D. students for the Department :

Category Number of seats
University Research Scholars Depends on number of eligible teachers guiding Ph.D. students and number of vacancy for a particular year
Self-financed category Generally two (may vary depending on available willing teachers) 
Project Fellow Depends on vacant seats of SRF in the project 

Courses Offered


Ever since its inception, this department is actively engaged in teaching and research activities for developing the necessary conceptual and experimental skills in students and young researchers. The department, at present, is offering a number of courses at UG and PG levels to achieve this target. The courses at UG level is mostly based on basic concepts of plant physiological processes as well as applied crop physiological studies. While most of the post-graduate courses are designed to educate students regarding stewardship of agro-ecosystem preparing them for fulfilling the potentiality to answer complex problems that threaten sustainable land use and food production especially in the perspective of changing climate.

Courses offered at UG:

Course Number Title of the course Credit UG semester
 PPH 157 Fundamentals of Crop Physiology   1+1  2nd  
PPH (H) 151  Fundamentals of Crop Physiology  1+1  2nd (Horticulture ) 
PPH 451  Principles and Practices of Crop Physiology  2+2  7th (As per old syllabus) 
EC 315  Plant Developmental Biology  2+1  5th (as per New syllabus under 5th Deans’ Committee recommendation) 

Courses offered in M.Sc:

Course Number Title of the course Credit
1st Semester
 PPH 501 Principles of Plant Physiology 3+1
 PPH 502 Plant Water Relationship 2+1
 PPH 503 Crop Physiology 2+1
PPH 504 Mineral Nutrition 2+1
PPH 505 Hormonal Regulation of Plant Growth and Development 2+1
2nd Semester
PPH 551 Plant Metabolism-I 1+0
 PPH 552 Physiological and Molecular Responses of Plants to Abiotic Stresses 2+1
 PPH 553 Physiology of in vitro Cell Differentiation 2+1
PPH 554 Genome Organization in Higher Plants 2+1
PPH 555 Experimental Plant Physiology 2+1
3rd Semester
PPH 601* Plant Metabolism-II 1+1
PPH 602 Seed Physiology 2+1
PPH 603 Biological Nitrogen Fixation 2+0
PPH 604 Senescence and Abscission 2+0
PPH 649 Seminar-I 1+0
4th Semester
PPH 651* Physiology of Crop Plants – Specific Case Studies 2+0
PPH 652* Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Photosynthesis-carbon Assimilation 2+1
PPH 653 Physiology of Reproduction 2+0
PPH 699 Seminar-II 1+0

Courses offered in Ph.D:

Course Number Title of the course Credit
1st Semester
PPH 701 Advances in Photo Biology 2+0
 PPH 702 Functional Genomics and Genes Associated with a Few Physiological Processes 2+0
2nd Semester
PPH 751 Signal Perceptions and Transduction and Regulation of Physiological Processes 2+0
PPH752 Molecular Approaches for Improving Physiological Traits 2+1
 PPH 799 Seminar-I 1+0
3rd Semester
PPH 801 Weed Physiology and Herbicide Action 1+1
PPH 849 Seminar-II 1+0
4th Semester
PPH 901 Post Harvest Technology 2+1
PPH 902* Climate Change and Crop Growth 2+0
5th Semester
6th Semester
PPH 999 Seminar -III 1+0

* Pre-requisite courses are to be completed before enrollment in these courses.

Infrastructure / Facilities


The Department has laboratories for abiotic stress physiology and genotype screening, crop physiology, plant nutrition, reproductive biology, in vitro micro-propagation and soil less culture of plants. The department houses the UG and PG practical laboratories with basic infrastructural facilities for study of plant physiological processes including spectrophotometric analyses of biomolecules and enzyme activities and electrophoresis of proteins. The department has one seminar-cum-lecture room and one lecture room with LCD projection facilities that are used for teaching UG elective courses and PG courses.