Department of Botany


  • The Department of Botany was established in the year 2018 by introducing B.Sc. as self-financed programme under Gauhati University. It was started with just 8 students and 1 teacher (contractual). It was provincialised in the year 2020 by Government of Assam, creating three sanctioned three posts for Assistant Professors in the Department. Accordingly, Dr. Deepanwita Deka, Somir Warisa and Kashmita Ojah were inducted as Assistant Professors in the department against the three sanctioned posts. At present the department has grown to accommodate 75 students in its B.Sc. programme. The Department offers both Honors and Regular courses to students. The Department is housed in a building with two well-equipped laboratories. The Department has started construction of a Departmental Botanical garden including some medicinal and ornamental plants.


  • A minor project have been initiated by the 5th semester students under the guidance of Dr. Deepanwita Deka (Assistant Professor) of the Department.
  • The Department has been actively participating in science day celebration

Departmental Projects

Assessment of Antimicrobial activity and Phytochemistry of Cannabis sativa L. (ongoing project)

Faculty Profile

M.Sc.(Gauhati University), M.Phil.(Gauhati University), Ph.D. (Gauhati University)

 Assistant Professor


E-mail – [email protected]


 Specialization –Microbiology

 Research Interest – Plant-microbe interactions, endophytic association, rhizosphere soil   microorganisms, microbial/plant bioactive secondary metabolites, metabolomics, bio-nanotechnology, antimicrobial activity, phytochemistry.


Publications –

*Research Articles published:

1.Deepanwita Deka and Dhruva Kumar Jha, 2020, Bioactivity assessment of endophytic fungi associated with Citrus macropteraMontr: an endangered ethnomedicinal plant used in folk medicines in North-East India. Indian Phytopathology. 73(1): 11-19. ISSN: 0367-973X. doi:10.1007/s42360-019-00179-w.

2.Deepanwita Deka and Dhruva Kumar Jha, 2018, Optimization of culture parameters for improved production of bioactive metabolite by endophytic Geosmithia pallida (KU693285) isolated from Bruceamollis Wall ex. Kurz, an endangered medicinal plant. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology. 12(3): 1205-1213. ISSN: 0973-7510.

3.Chayanika Deka, Deepanwita Deka,Montu Moni Bora, Dhruva Kumar Jha, Dilip Kumar Kakati, 2018, Investigation of pH-sensitive Swelling and Curcumin Release Behaviour of Chitglc Hydrogel. Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 26(10): 4034-4045. ISSN: 1566-2543.

4.Deepanwita Deka and Dhruva Kumar Jha, 2018, Antimicrobial Activity of Endophytic Fungi from Leaves and Barks of Litsea cubeba Pers., a Traditionally Important Medicinal Plant of North East India. Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences. 11(1):73-79. ISSN: 1995-6673.

5.Chayanika Deka, Deepanwita Deka, Montu Moni Bora, Dhruva Kumar Jha, Dilip Kumar Kakati, 2016, Synthesis of peppermint oil-loaded chitosan/alginate polyelectrolyte complexes and study of their antibacterial activity. Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology. 35: 314-322. ISSN: 1773-2247.

6.Chayanika Deka, Manali Dutta, Deepanwita Deka, Dhruva Kumar Jha and Dilip Kumar Kakati, 2016, Study of olive-oil loaded chitosan/carrageenan coacervate and its antimicrobial property. International Journal of Pharma Sciences. 6(3): 1524-1533. ISSN: 2320-6810.

7.Deepanwita Deka and Bandana Nabis Das, 2015, In vitro Antimicrobial Activity of Fungal Endophytes Isolated from Plumbago indica. Indian Journal of Tropical Biodiversity. 23(2): 208-212. ISSN: 0971-4642.

*Research articles under review:

  1. Deepanwita Deka, AvraPratim Chowdhury, Arabinda Ghosh and Moni P Bhuyan, A Hypothetical Design to Inhibit COVID 19 Disease Disaster by Diagrammatic Model. In: Journal of Experimental Biology and Agriculture Sciences, ISSN: 2320-8694.
  2. Deepanwita Deka and Dhruva Kumar Jha, Endophytic Geosmithia pallida, an unexplored source of antimicrobial and antioxidant metabolites, associated with Bruceamollis ex Kurz.Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences, Springer International Publishing, ISSN: 0369-8211.
  3. Deepanwita Deka and Dhruva Kumar Jha, Importance of two Traditionally Important Medicinal Plants (Tinospora cordifolia (Wild) Hook. F. & Thomson and Bruceamollis Ex Kurz.) of Assam and the treatment of CoVID-19. In the special issue on “Emerging pathogens of 21st Century with a Special Focus on Pandemic Virus Advances in Research, Diagnosis, Treatment and Control” Journal of Experimental Biology and Agriculture Sciences, ISSN: 2320-8694.
  4. Deepanwita Deka and PrabhaliDoley, Impact of CoVID-19 on Women Health. Journal: Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work, ISSN: 15523020.

*Book Chapters published:

  1. Deepanwita Deka and Dhruva Kumar Jha, Halophillic Rhizobacteria as the Acquaintance of Crop Plants Enduring Soil Salinity. In: A.N. Yadav, A.A. Rastegari and N. Yadav (eds.), Microbiomes of Extreme Environments: Biodiversity and Biotechnological Applications, volume 1, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2021, ISBN: 978-0367342746.
  2. Deepanwita Deka, Jintu Rabha and Dhruva Kumar Jha, Application of Myconanotechnologyn the Sustainable Management of Crop Production System. In Prof. Ram Prasad (ed.),Mycoremediation and Environmental Sustainability, volume 2, Springer International Publishing, 2018, ISBN: 978-3-319-77385-8.
  3. Deepanwita Deka, KumanandTayung and Dhruva Kumar Jha, Harnessing Fungal Endophytes for plant and human health.In Prof. (Dr.) D. K. Maheshwari (ed), Endophyte: Biology and Biotechnology, volume I: Springer International Publishing AG, 2016, ISBN: 978-3-319-66541-2.

*Book chapter accepted:

1.Deepanwita Deka, JnanbhiramChutia and Bhaben Tanti, Endophytes: The Immune System Modulator of Rice Plants Under Abiotic Stresses. In Prof. Mirza Hasanuzzaman, Dr. Barbara Hawrylak-Nowak, Prof. Md. Tofazzal Islam, Prof. Masayuki Fujita (eds.), Biostimulants for Crop Improvement and Sustainable Agriculture, CAB International (CABI), Oxon, UK.


*Book edited:

  1. Editors: Deepanwita Deka and Maulin P. Shah; Title of the Book: Endophytic Association: What, Why and How; Publisher: Elsevier (Ongoing).

M.Sc. (Assam University)

Assistant Professor


Email- [email protected]


 Specialization – Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 Research Interest –

 Research Publications –

M.Sc. (Gauhati University)

 Assistant Professor

E-mail – [email protected]

Specialization – Mycology and Plant Pathology

 Research Interest – Plant biotechnology, Plant ecology

 Research Publications