North-Eastern Hill University
A Central University established by an Act of Parliament
Shillong 793 022, India

Department of Botany


Members of Faculty

Prof. Pramod Tandon Prof. H. Kayang
Prof. A. K. Misra Prof. S. Kumaria
Prof. N. K. Chrungoo Dr. L. Kharlukhi
Prof. M. S. Dkhar Dr. Y. Kumar
Prof. N. Venugopal Dr. P. Ramanujam
Prof. S. K. Barik Dr. M. C. Das
Prof. U. Shankar  
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Pramod Tandon, Ph. D.  (Jodhpur Univ.)

Dr. Pramod Tandon, a graduate of Lucknow University did his Ph.D. from Jodhpur University in 1976. He joined as a Lecturer in the Department of Botany at North-Eastern Hill University in August 1977. In 1988 he became a Professor of Plant Physiology in the Department.

  Prof. P.Tandon

On a National Scholarship for Study Abroad of Government of India, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine USA during 1979-80. During 1989 to 1995 he was associated in collaborative research with several Universities and National Institute of Agrobiological Resources in Japan leading to a long-term collaboration on Plant Conservation Biotechnology. He has published a number of research papers and articles in journals of both national and international repute. He has edited 3 books on biodiversity and biotechnology that are highly useful to the students, researchers and professionals. Prof. Tandon is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and Indian Botanical Society besides being a member of many Academic bodies and National Task Forces. He is the recipient of several awards and recognitions including  Padma Shree, ISCA Millennium Plaques of Honour, Professor R.N. Tandon Memorial Lecture Award of National Academy of Sciences, India Gadgil Memorial Lecture Award of Plant Tissue Culture Association of India, B. P. Pal National Environment Fellowship Award on Biodiversity, Professor Panchanand Maheshwari Medal Award of Indian Botanical Society, T.N. Khushoo Memorial Award, His current research interests iare focused towards conservation of plant diversity of northeast India including molecular characterization and cryo‑preservation; biotechnological applications for mass propagation of some forest plants and preparation of databases on rich bioresources of the northeastern region. 

Prof. Tandon’s group has made significant contribution in mass microporpagation, reestablishment and conservation of Indian endemics from northeastern region, namely Nepenthes khasiana (a unique Indian insectivorous plant), Coptis teeta, Nymphoea tetrogonoloba, Ilex khasiana and several orchids. Besides developing protocols for rapid propagation of some forest trees, the group has developed an embryogenic system for afforestation of Pinus kesiya. The findings on PCR based molecular characterization of rare and endangered plants have lead to the understanding of their rarity in nature and help in developing conservation strategies. He has developed an improved cryoprotectant for vitrification of cells that has wide applicability for plant germplasm. Great innovation was shown in utilizing the solutions similar to ones used for vitrification for incorporation of high molecular weight substances into the permeabilized plant cells. His post-doctoral work relates to changes in mRNA transcripts in chloroplast DNA of higher plants during their evolution.          

He and his associates for the first time reported that in contrast to non‑self‑limiting plant tumor tissues, mite‑incited gall tissues also show hyper auxinity, auxin autotrophy, transplantable and tumefacient properties, and better system for conversion of auxin from precursor molecules than the normal tissues. His findings on unregulated synthesis of very high molecular weight ‘auxin protectors’  in gall tissues put forth the evidence that their high levels account for both unregulated cell division and anaplasia associated with gall tissue. Prof. Tandon is the Coordinator of Bioinformatics Centre funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.  He, in collaboration with other scientists is actively involved in preparation of databases on biodiversity of northeast India.

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Arvind K.Misra, Ph. D. (Meerut Univ.)

Professor Arvind K. Misra graduated from Hans Raj College, University of Delhi. He obtained his postgraduate degree from the Institute of Advanced Studies, Meerut, securing first position in the university and specializing in Genetics and Plant Breeding. He obtained M. Phil. And Ph. D. degrees from the same Institute under the supervision of Prof. P. K. Gupta, FNA. Prof. Misra was a Lecturer at Gauhati University (1977-1988) and joined as Reader at NEHU in 1988. He became Professor in 1998.

  Prof. A.K.Misra

He is a Fellow of the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding and Life Member of the Association for DNA and related Technologies. Professor Misra was Head of the Department of Botany from September 2001 to December 2004 and worked in various academic and administrative capacities including Co-ordinator for UGC-COSIST and DST-FIST programmes. He was Visting Professor at the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department of the Tezpur Central University. Eight students have obtained their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision and all of them are well placed; two of them in USA.

Professor Misra was awarded Junior Research Fellowship of the NCER&T, New Delhi. He was awarded Biotechnology National Associateship of the Department of Biotechnology in 1989 and worked at the laboratory of Dr. Sushil Kumar at Biotechnology Centre, IARI. He had further training under the same award at the laboratory of Dr. Philippe Normand at Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France. Prof. Misra has visited and presented papers/ invited lectures at University of California, USA University of Firenze, Italy and Cary-le-route, France. He has been collaborating with Dr. Philippe Normand, Université Claude Bernard, France and Prof. David Myrold, Oregon State University, USA. He has successfully completed research projects supported by the CSIR, DST, DBT, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (World Bank FREEP), Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research and US National Science Foundation. He is Editorial Board Member for the Online Biomarkers Journal and has been a referee for the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, Plant and Soil, Indian Journal of Microbiology, etc. He has published over fifty research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals with impact factors ranging from 1.0 to 4.0 and contributed over 60 nucleotide sequences to the global data banks (GenBank and EMBL). His work has been cited by about two hundred fifty research publications and books. His research contributions include molecular phylogeny of Myrica spp., molecular ecology and diversity of Frankia and its hosts like alder, seabuckthorn, etc. He has extensively worked on various aspects of actinorhizal symbiosis including genus specific primer designing, emendation of family Frankiaceae, co-evolution of host and micro-symbiont, and alginate bead based technique for genetic purification of Frankia.

His current research interests include molecular genetics and diversity of actinorhizal associations with special reference to DNA fingerprinting, molecular phylogeny, molecular marker assisted biodiversity assessment for designing conservation strategy, marker assisted selection of superior genotypes of trees, plantation crops and microsymbionts, molecular ecology and molecular typing of bioinoculants for addressing IPR issues.

Nikhil K. Chrungoo, Ph.D. (Kashmir Univ.)

Professor Prof. Nikhil K. Chrungoo joined the Department as a lecturer in the year 1988. He received his masters and doctorate degrees in Plant Sciences from the University of Kashmir. Currently he is working as a Professor in this Department since 2001. He was awarded the Biotechnology National Associateship in Plant Molecular Biology for the year 1994-95 by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

  Prof. N.K.Chrungoo

Professor Chrungoo has a strong research interest in molecular biology of seed storage proteins and mechanisms of dormancy regulation in plants. Work carried in his laboratory in the department has lead to the isolation, purification and characterization of the main storage protein from grains of common buckwheat, an important pseudocereal because of the high and nutritionally rich protein of its grains. His group has developed a two step protocol for the purification of a 26kD basic subunit of the buckwheat seed storage protein that has 6% lysine content and 2.3% of sulphur amino acids. Prof. Chrungoo's research group has determined the amino acid sequence the protein. The sequence has been deposited in the SWISS-PROT protein sequence databank. The research group has isolated the putative genomic clone for the protein and the 5' flanking region, upstream of the start codon of the buckwheat legumin gene isolated in the laboratory. The nucleotide sequences of the genomic clone and the 5’UTR of the gene have been deposited in the EMBL nucleotide sequence databank. The group has also isolated GBSS-I from the starch grains of common buckwheat. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of 25 residues for the protein has been deposited in the SWISS-PROT protein sequence databank.

Prof. Chrungoo has been nominated as the Asia Pacific representative to the editorial board of Fagopyrum, the official journal of International Buckwheat Research Assiociation. He has held assignments as a visiting fellow at various national as well as international institutes including the Indian Institute of Science, Banglore, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, Slovenia, University of Victoria (Canada), National Institute of Nutrition, Rome and Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Prof. N. K. Chrungoo has completed 6 research projects funded by different agencies of the Govt. of India. One research project funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India is currently under operation. This project involves development of molecular profiles for accessions of buckwheat and chenopodium from the Indian Himalayas. Prof. Chrungoo has published more than 40 papers in major National and International Research Journals. The research work carried out by his group has been cited in major national and international journals like Plant Science, Plant Physiology, J. Fd. & Agri. Chem, Journal of Cereal Science, Nutrition Research, Journal of Protein Chemistry, Physiology & Molecular Biology of Plants.

Mumtaz S. Dkhar, Ph. D. (NEHU)

Professor Dkhar graduated from Lady Keane Girls’ College, NEHU, Shillong. She obtained her postgraduate degree from the Department of Botany, NEHU, Shillong. She obtained Ph. D. degrees from the same Institute under the supervision of Prof. R.R.Mishra, FNASc. Prof. M.S. Dkhar joined the Department as a lecturer in 1988 and as Reader at NEHU in 1993.

Prof. M.S.Dkhar

She became Professor in 2001. She is actively involved in research in the field of Microbial Ecology.

Her main research interest has been focused on soil biodiversity of wood rotting fungi and microbes of forest and agroecosystems, earthworm-microbes interactions, biodegradation and seed pathology. She is a life member of professional societies like Indian Society of Soil Biology and Ecology, International Society for conservation of Natural Resources (ISCON), Indian Phytological Society and Indian Botanical Society.

Prof. Dkhar has completed two major research projects entitled “Role of earthworms in litter decomposition and dispersal of microbes in maize field” and “Microbial diversity with special reference to wood rotting fungi”. Another major research project entitled “Role of earthworms in soil microbial diversity and leaf litter breakdown in two forest stands of Meghalaya is going on. She has published 30 research papers in reputed national and international journals. She has also co-edited two books and authored a review article in “Biodiversity and its Significance” edited by Y. Abrol, P Tandon and S. Kumaria. Prof. Dkhar has successfully guided 7 research students for their Ph. D. degree and 5 students are currently working under her supervision.

N. Venugopal, Ph.D. [University of Madras, Chennai (Madras)]

Professor N. Venugopal joined the Department in 1992 as a lecturer and as a Reader in 2002.  He became professor in the year 2005. Prof N. Venugopal specializes in Plant Anatomy and Reproductive Biology and continued his research in the broad areas of Phytogeography, Plant Anatomy and Development and Reproductive Biology. 

  Prof. N.Venugopal

With over 35 years of teaching/research experience, Prof. Venugopal supervised 15 research students and has produced 10 research students for Ph.D. Degree. Currently four research students are working under his supervision on different aspects of reproductive biology of angiosperm.  He has already completed successfully two research projects, CSIR funded project on “A study on the environmental information in tree rings of some north-eastern Himalayan tree species” and MoEF funded project “All India Coordinated Research project on Reproductive Biology of Four Rare, Endangered and Threatened (RET) Tree species namely Aquilaria malaxxensis Lamk. (Syn=Aquillaria agallocha) (Thymeleaceae),Gymnocladus assamicus Kanj.Ex. P.C. Kanjilal, Caesalpinaceae),Ilex khasiana Purakaystha, (Aquilifoliaceae) and Illicium griffithii Hook.f. & Thoms. (Illiciaceae) of North East India particularly in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.” Currently he is the Co-PI of an undergoing DBT funded project entitled “Preventing Extinction and Improving Conservation Status of Threatened Plant Species through Application of Biotechnological Tools”.

Prof. N. Venugopal has done immense work regarding the reproductive biology and conservation of various economically and medicinally important plant species including orchids most of which are endangered and threatened.  He has attended and presented several research papers.  In 1997 he has delivered a research paper in the 13th International Conference on Plant Morphology, Anatomy and Systematic at Belgium.  He has to his credit more than 40 research publications in various national and international journals.

He has also explored most of the region in Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh and in 2014 he rediscovered Gymnocladus assamicus (Caesalpinaceae)from Laitkseh and Podostemum subulatus, Polyplerum wallichii,   Hydrobryium griffithii  from Fossil Park, Mawsyndram, Meghalaya   which were thought to be extinct in this particular state.  He also discovered a new species of Illicium (Illicium arunachalensis N. Venugopal & Ester Jones Marbaniang) from the hilly slopes of Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh and has contributed immensely to the wealth of the Indian Biodiversity.

Saroj K. Barik, Ph. D. (NEHU)

Dr. S.K. Barik is Professor of Ecology in the Department. He has published 40 research papers, 8 books and 20 technical and research reports. Many of his research papers are highly cited world-wide. He established that gap size mediated micro-environmental heterogeneity plays an important role in segregation of forest species into different guilds during gap phase regeneration in subtropical forest.

  Prof. S.K.Barik

His research group has developed and demonstrated a workable protocol for categorization of threatened categories of species based on numeric population data. Using Ecological niche models, Population Viability Analysis models and multivariate statistical models, his group is active in predicting the distributional range and impact of climate change on several forest species belonging to threatened categories. His works on impact of anthropogenic disturbances on plant species diversity and ecosystem functioning have been widely cited. He developed a sustainable land use model as an alternative to shifting cultivation for the mid-elevation zone of Eastern Himalayas. His works on community forestry during past 20 years have contributed substantially to the development research and sustainable forest resource management in north-eastern India. Six students have been awarded Ph. D. degree under his supervision. He was selected as a LEAD Fellow by the Leadership in Environment and Development International, Rockefeller Foundation, USA in the year 2000. He is the Chairperson/Member of several national committees constituted by Government of India.

Uma Shankar, Ph. D. (NEHU)

Professor Uma Shankar specializes in Plant Ecology with a focus on plant biodiversity, and structure, function and conservation of terrestrial ecosystems. Prof. Shankar’s research encompasses varied ecosystems in all three hotspots of biodiversity in India, viz., the Himalaya, Western Ghats and Indo-Burma.

  Prof. U.Shankar

He developed a package for eco-restoration of Cherrapunji, one of the wettest spots on the earth. He has the distinction of investigating two important pathways of forest management in northeastern India, namely ‘jhum’ and ‘taungya’. His work on non-timber forest products in Biligiri Rangan Hills has received wide international attention and citation. He has been investigating the global hypothesis that successful in-situ conservation of biodiversity rests in a balanced trade-off between the extracted quantities of non-timber forest products that are extracted by the local tribes for subsistence as well as cash income, and renewable productivity of these products. He developed value addition models for amla (Phyllanthus emblica), broomstick (Thysanolaena maxima) and plum yew (Prunus nepaulensis). He devised a technique to precisely quantify the fuelwood pressure on a given forest area with unknown entry/exit points. He recorded the highest tree diversity among Indian sal forests from the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling. He has been working on the strategies of the tree species during regenerative phase and found in  Dipterocarpus macrocarpus that the seed size (weight-dimension relationships) can predict germination success and early seedling growth, and assort the seeds that would germinate and establish healthy seedlings. He investigated the existence of a ‘neighbour effect’ among sibs growing within a leguminous fruit.
Prof. Shankar has over 50 research publications including an edited book and an edited abstract volume. He has completed several research projects funded by MoEF, IERP, etc. Currently, Prof. Shankar is coordinating a multi-institutional research project funded by the DBT on “Mapping and quantitative assessment of geographical distribution and population status of plant resources of eastern Himalayan region” with collaborators from institutions such as NERIST, RFRI, IBSD, GBPIHED, Assam University, Nagaland University, Mizoram University and Tripura University. He is guiding masters and doctoral students. Under his supervision, six students have completed their master degree dissertations, and one scholar (Ms. Biswarupa Ghosh) has been awarded Ph.D. degree on “Regeneration ecology and sustainability of harvest of bay leaf (Cinnamomum tamala Fr. Nees, Lauraceae) in Meghalaya”. Currently, six research scholars are pursuing doctoral research with him.

Prof. Shankar has spent his career at reputed institutions such as Tata Energy Research Institute (1992-97), G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development (1997-2002), George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University, USA (2003) and North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Prof. Shankar’s research has got wide recognition. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research selected him for independent Research Associate Award in 1992. The Department of Science and Technology awarded him the Young Scientist Project Award under SERCYS scheme in 1993. The Indian National Science Academy awarded him the INSA Young Scientist Medal in 1999 for his study of nutrient cycling and productivity of humid grassland ecosystems and their management. The Council of Science and Technology of Uttar Pradesh recognized his contributions with the CSTUP Young Scientist Award in 2002. Prof. Shankar is a recipient of the BOYSCAST Fellowship of the DST in 2003, Honorary Fellow of the Ashoka Trust for Researches in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore and FNIE from the National Institute of Ecology, New Delhi. The University of Massachusetts, Boston invited him as a short-term scholar in 1996. He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Ecology (FNIE) since 2006. He is a life member of several scientific societies in the country. Prof. Shankar has intensively worked in tandem with the tribal communities in northeastern region of India during last two decades.

Highland Kayang, Ph. D. (NEHU)
Professor H. Kayang did his B.Sc. (1985) from St Anthony College, Shillong,   M. Sc (1988) and Ph. D (1993) degree in Botany from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya. He joined the Department of Botany as a Lecturer in the year 1997, Reader in the year 2006 and as Professor in the year 2012.
Since the inception of his lectureship, Prof Kayang has been actively involved in research in soil microbiology, microbial diversity, biodiversity conservation.

Prof. H.Kayang
He has already completed successfully 5 research projects sanctioned by the North Eastern Council (NEC), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Shillong Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi, Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS) and University Grant Commission (UGC). He has done a sizable amount of survey, documentation and inventorisation of the medicinal and aromatic plants and indigenous knowledge systems of the different tribes and communities of the northeast region.
(a) As Principal member of the North Eastern Biodiversity Research cell, funded by the North Eastern Council, Govt of India (1998 – 2007), have represented the cell in many joint programmes, awareness programmes involving NGOs, State Departments etc., covering the entire Northeast Region. Have organized, conducted and presented paper related to biodiversity and medicinal plants conservation in Meghalaya, Assam, Aizawl, Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh (b) Member of the State Steering Committee (Meghalaya) for the National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan (NBSAP), funded by Mo&EF, 2000-2002 have toured, survey, organized public hearings, awareness etc the technical report of which has been submitted to MoEF. (c) Collaboration with FRLHT, Bangalore in a UNEP programme to conduct public hearings, workshop, exhibition on the topic Sustainable Utilization and Conservation of Medicinal Plants w. e. f. December 2002 –April 2003 all over the state of Meghalaya. A technical report was prepared and submitted.
He has to his credit more than 65 research articles published in reputed national and international scientific journals. He also co-edited a book entitled “Biodiversity in Northeast India.” Prof Kayang has prepared for the North Eastern Council, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Shillong a practical and implementation master plan documents for community based conservation and commercialization of medicinal and aromatic plants in Northeast India.
Two research projects “Flora and fauna of Kylleng Pynden Sohiong Mawthabah uranium rich areas of West Khasi Hills, Meghalaya” funded by Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy, BRNS, Mumbai and “Popularization and dissemination of Technology of bio-pesticide formulations among the poor and marginal (ST) farmers of weaker sections in North East Region” funded by Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, are currently under operation.
He is a life member of professional societies like Indian Society of Soil Biology and Ecology, University of Agriculture Science, Bangalore, International Society for conservation of Natural Resources (ISCON), BHU, Varanasi, The Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, Association of Microbiologists of India, International Society of Environmental Botanists, NBRI, Lucknow, member of Youth Hostel Association of India and also active members in several other societies.
He has successfully guided eight research scholars for Ph. D. degree and 6 research scholars are currently working under his supervision.
At present, his area of interest is on inventorisation and creation of data base for micro and macro-fungi of northeast India, the impact of coal mining activities on soil microbial diversity in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, Application of Mycorrhiza in agricultural crop and forestry and his research activities also extent to initiate research directives in the new concept of microbial inoculants for improved plant performance.

Suman Kumaria, Ph. D. (NEHU)

Prof. Suman Kumaria joined the Department of Botany, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong as a Lecturer in the year 1997. Having a brilliant academic career with a first class throughout she did her Ph.D. from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong on some functional and biochemical aspects of the growth of orchids.

Prof. S.Kumaria

She has been a recipient of merit scholarships during her studies. Currently, she is working as a professor in the Department since 2012. Besides post-graduate teaching, Prof. Kumaria has been actively involved in research in Plant Biotechnology. Her major interests in research have been in vitro conservation and molecular characterization of indigenous plants including orchids of Northeast India. She has organized a number of trainings for the women folk of Meghalaya in hardening and cultivation of tissue culture- raised orchid plants in their villages. Her research findings suggest that growth regulators in the culture medium for orchids may act similar to the mycorrhizal fungi, which bring about physiological changes in the developing orchid protocorms in nature. This finding is especially important in view of the fact that the orchid seeds, though produced in very large numbers, do not readily germinate in nature as they possess immature embryo and require fungal association for their germination. Another important contribution is the finding that for mycorrhizal association to occur in orchids the fungal partner is specific to both the orchid species and the stage of its development. Cryopreservation of some important plants of Northeast India such as Pinus kesiya, Mantisia spathulata and M. wengeri, Cymbidium eburneum, C. hookerianum and Dendrobium nobile has been accomplished for long-term conservation of plant germplasm by her group. The use of biotechnological tools for assisting conservation of RET plants of the region using PCR-based molecular markers has also been taken up for immediate attention to those plants that are at the verge of extinction. To determine the genetic makeup of a particular plant species is of critical importance so as to plan a suitable conservation strategy vis-à-vis sustainability.

Prof. Suman Kumaria has been supervising students for Ph. D. both as a Supervisor and Joint Supervisor. Based on her research work, she has published many research papers and articles in journals/books of International and National repute. She has also edited a book on biodiversity entitled ‘Biodiversity and its Significance’. Her research findings have been cited in major journals acclaimed both at International and National levels. She has reviewed research papers for journals such as Gene, AoB Plants, Proceedings INSA, etc. She has successfully completed a number of research projects funded by different agencies of the Government of India.  She is a Fellow of the International Society for Conservation of Natural Resources for her contributions in the field, besides being a member of various academic bodies of the University and the Department.

L. Kharlukhi, Ph. D. (IARI)
Associate Professor

Dr. L. Kharlukhi did his M. Sc. From North Eastern Hill University in 1977 and obtained his Ph. D. degree from IARI, New Delhi. Dr. Kharlukhi joined the Department as a lecturer in 1988. Subsequently he became a Reader in the Department in the year 1998. His area of research is seed physiology. 

  Dr. L.Kharlukhi

His current research interests include the storability of seeds of certain tree species under controlled conditions and the role of antioxidants in protecting membrane integrity in the ageing seeds of grain legumes. At present there is one research scholar working under his supervision for their Ph. D. degree programme. He has published seven research papers reputed journals.

Yogendra Kumar, Ph. D. (NEHU)
Associate Professor

Dr. Yogendra Kumar joined the department as a Lecturer in 1988. Before joining as lecturer he served as curator herbarium and garden during 1986 and 1987, Dr. Kumar got his  Ph. D. degree in 1984 from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. After getting M.Sc. degree  (Botany) in 1987 from Agra University, Dr. Kumar joined Botany Department of North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong as Junior Research Fellow in 1978.

  Dr. Y.Kumar

He also worked as Senior Research Fellow of C.S.I.R. and later as Reasearch Associate of U.G.C. during 1986 and helped in teaching Plant taxonomy and phytogeography.
Besides teaching various courses assisted in garden and herbarium establishement. At present Dr. Kumar is working in this department as Reader since 1998. Dr. Kumar has supervised more than 10 students for M.Phil. and Ph. D. degrees. He has published about 50 research papers and 5  books/flora.

Dr. Papiya Ramanujam, Ph.D.(NEHU)
Associate Professor

Dr. Papiya Ramanujam is a Lecturer (Selection Grade) in the Department. She did her M. Sc. From the North Eastern Hill University Shillong in 1976. She worked on biology of a predominant weed of the region under the supervision of Prof.  P. S. Ramakrishnan and obtained Ph.D. degree from the same university in 1982. Dr. P. Ramanujam served as a Lecturer in the Department of Botany, G. C. College, Silchar from 1982 to 1992, in Pachhunga University College, Aizawl from 1992 to 2004 and in Center for Distance Education from 2004 to 2006. She joined the department in February, 2006.

Dr. P.Ramanujam

Now she is working on the ecology of algal communities.  Two research scholars have joined her for pursuing doctoral degree.

Dr. Meera C. Das, Ph.D. (NEHU)
Assistant Professor

Dr. Meera C. Das passed B.Sc from Lady Keane Girls’ College, Shillong, securing 1st class 2nd in the year 1995. She did her M.Sc from NEHU also securing 1st class 3rd position in the year 1998. She qualified NET (CSIR, fellowship) in the year 2002. She obtained her Ph.D degree from NEHU on the topic “In vitro propagation of Cymbidium devonianum and Dendrobium lituiflorum, rare and threatened epiphytic orchids of North East India” in the year 2007.

Dr. M.C.Das

As a research scholar, she participated in poster and oral presentations, symposiums and seminars conducted by the orchid society of India.

She joined Mizoram University as lecturer in the Department of Biotechnology from January-March 2007 and joined NEHU as a lecturer in Botany Department on 29th March, 2007. At present she is teaching Plant Development and reproduction and Plant Anatomy in M.Sc. level. She has one International publication and authored one chapter in a book Her current interest include tissue culture, cryopreservation and establishment of cryo-genebank for some threatened and endangered plants of North East India particularly Meghalaya.

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