The Department of Botany started functioning with B.Sc degree programme under the Madras University. The postgraduate programme was started in 1984. M.G. University recognized this department as a Research Centre in 1988. The department offers a degree course with Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy as electives and a postgraduate vourse with Biotechnology as elective. Besides these, the department offers an add-on course and short term course in plant tissue culture.