S.J.V.P College was started during year 1970-71. Biology subject was introduced as one of the subject for science faculty for P.U. classes. Botany and Zoology subjects were introduced for degree classes during 1984-85 as combination subject for CBZ. Started with a batch of eight students, since then the strength of students has been an upward growth year by year. During the academic year 2010-11 the students strength in the Botany Department has reached 71.
The founder teaching staff member was Sri. Jagannath Bongale, who served the Department from 1970-72. Sri M.S. Channappagoudar has served the Department as lecturer in Biology from 1972-76.After introducing the degree courses Prof. . B.B. Nandyal was serving as H.O.D of Botany. Prof. B.B. Nandyal has retired during the academic year , July 2010. Prof. A.S.Hittalamani has been serving as H.O.D. of Bioscience since 2010.
With the assistance of U.G.C grant and effort by the Governing body members new block for the Botany Department has been constructed. During year 2009 new Botany museum has been established with assistance of U.G.C grant of XI plan and effort of the management members and principal. Department has the combination of C.B.Z, B.BT.CS. Department of Botany is having equipments, Bio-visual charts, computer and internet facility and other teaching aids worth of Rs.2,93,875/- as on March 2010. With the help of which practical works & Theory classes being conducted satisfactorily. The Department is maintaining its own Library with the help of donation raised by staff and students. The Department library is having 350 books as on 25 March 2009. Staff member in-charge is looking after the distribution of the books to the students.
Department of Botany is maintaining an additional General Knowledge wing with help of donation raised by the Alumni Association, where number of monthly magazines such as Competition Vision, Wisdom, Study planner etc are maintained and provided to the students to get prepare for the competitive examinations like I.A.S, K.A.S, M.B.A and B. Ed etc along with their degree course. Staff member in-charge is looking after the distribution of the magazines to the students twice in a week.
Students of Bio-science Departments have brought Laurels to the college by their remarkable achievements.
- Miss.Shruthi Hamsagar. (C.B.Z)- I Rank.
- Miss.Rashmi S.(B.BT.CS)- II Rank.
- Miss.Neeta Telkar. (C.B.Z)- III Rank.
- Miss. Zaiba Kousar (B.BT.CS)- I Rank.
- Miss.Naseema Banu . (B.BT.CS)- II Rank.
- Miss.Rajeshwari H.K. (B.BT.CS)- III Rank.
Outstanding performance of the students in the year 2008-09 from B.Sc final semester students Miss Shruthi Hamsagar topped the list by scoring 95% of marks in CBZ. In addition to her so many students passed in distinction, first Class, etc. Final B.Sc semester students who have passed B.Sc in April 2010 have entered into the Post Graduate Course in the branches such as Biotechnology, Micro-biology, Applied Botany, Bio-Informatics, Applied Zoology, Food Technology, M.C.A and M.B.A.
In order to build the personality of the students special care is being taken by way of giving assignments, arranging seminars by the students and also by the outside scholars. Opportunities are being given to the students to interact with the scholars.
During the year 2008-09 the Department of Botany has organized career guidance program for out going students Mr. Sathyacharana of Infotech, Chennai, addressed the students on 14-2- 2009. Students of Botany Department participated in Science lecture in Kannada ----- organized by University level inter collegiate and got prizes.
On 18-2-09 carrier guidance program was organized by the Department for out going students. Sri. Nagaraj of I.C.F.A.I, National M.B.A college Davanagere addressed the students regarding ‘‘How Best They Can Make Their Career Choosing M.B.A as a Post-graduate course’’. 8 students of our previous batch of our Department were successfully got placement.
A special talk on ‘‘DNA Finger printing and Molecular Markers’’ was arranged for C.B.Z C.Z.BT combination students. Dr. Girish Babu of Biogenics, Hubli made L.C.D Presentation.
During the 25-2-2009 Department Of Botany organized U.G.C sponsored state level seminar on ‘‘ Conservation; Endangered Fauna and Limbless Amphibians of Western Ghat’’. Resource person for the topic was Dr. G.K. Bhat, B.A.S.E, Bangalore, gave valuable information about the fauna of Western Ghat. The seminar was attended by delegates of different Universities. 74 Registered delegates participated in the seminar.
On 7-3-2009 guest lecture was organized for the students of Botany Department. Topic was‘‘ Is Science Information or Knowledge”. Resource person Mr. Satish a noted young Scientist and Science activist of India, in charge of Break through Science Society, Karnataka.
During the academic year 2009-10 students of our Department participated in Science Exhibition organized by Karnataka Rajya Vignana Parishat and Department of Collegiate education Bangalore on 10th and 11th Feb 2010 at I.C.B.M college, Sringere. 5 models constructed by II B.Sc students Kumar. Suresh H.M.(C.Z.BT) and kumar. Hanumantappa G.K.(C.B.Z) got 3rd prize. Model was selected for state level exhibition.
On the 7th and 8th April 2010 our Department students kumar. Suresh H.M.(C.Z.BT)and kumar. Hanumantappa G.K (C.B.Z) who have selected in the University level for the Science model exhibition, participated in the state level exhibition competition held at B.V. Bhoomareddy Degree college , Bidar under the guidance of Prof. A.S. Hittalamani , H.O.D. of Bio-Science. The total number of 48 models were presented by the different colleges of our state. Among the 48 models presented, the model constructed by our Department students got 3rd prize with cash amount of Rs.6000. in this respect, the faculty members of Bio-Science Department convey special regards to our Vice president, management members, principal for their moral support and encouragement.
On 26-2-2010 kumar. Halesh J.H (C.B.Z) and kumar. Suresh H.M.(C.Z.BT) have participated in Science exhibition organized by Karnataka Rajya Vignana Parishat at R.T.E.S college, Ranebennur of Karnataka university got 1st prize, worth of Rs. 1000.Miss.Shruthi Varagiri Secured 1st prize, worth of Rs. 1000 for essay Writing On Bio-diversity. Kumar. Santosh kumar M. IB.Sc C.B.Z. attended Kuvempu University college level lecture competition of Biological Science in Kannada medium at M. Basavaia college, Sirigere on 26-2-2010 and got 3rd prize.
On 31-3-2010 U.G.C sponsored minor research project inauguration was held at Department of Botany by the U.G.C under XI plan. The title of the minor research project is ‘‘ Investigation of Fluoride Content In the Ground Water of some selected Villages of Harihar Taluk, Davanagere district’’. The Dias was shared by principal Investigator Prof. A.S.Hittalamani, Dr. H.N. Ramesh babu, Deputy Registrar, Distance education, Kuvempu University and Dr. Girish Babu , under the president ship of our principal Prof. H.A.Bhixavarthimath.
To provide the practical knowledge, Biological excursion are being undertaken regularly, during which visits to Industries, Sericulture farm house, Botanical gardens, Biotechnology Institute.