Department of Botany, University of Kerala, established in the year 1959 at Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala by Late Prof. (Dr.) A. Abraham, a visionary, an institution builder and a doyen in Cytogenetics and Plant Breeding. The Department actively serves the society through dissemination of knowledge and training the younger generation through unique courses and offering training in frontier areas of Plant Sciences. The Department is internationally known for its major contributions in Cytogenetics and Cytotaxonomy and for running a novel postgraduate programme in Genetics and Plant Breeding. The Department is also active in Plant Biotechnology research and has well established Cell/Tissue culture and Molecular Biology Laboratories. More than 125 students/teachers have taken Ph.D from the Department on various and diverse topics and more than 190 students have successfully completed their M.Phil programme in Botany.