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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany at St. Joseph's College, Bengaluru, India. I teach undergraduate, postgraduate students and Ph.D. Research Scholars. This page focuses on my personal details and my research - my full publication history can be viewed at ResearchGate or Google Scholar.
If you think we have common interests, please get in touch

Academic journey
I did my schooling at various places.
LKG-3 Std - Christ Convent, Maduravoyal, Chennai.
4 Std and 5 Std - Villivakkam Panchayat Board Elementary School, Maduravoyal, Chenni.
6 Std - 10 Std - then Government High School (now Governemnt Higher Secondary School), Maduravoyal, Chennai.
11 Std and 12 Std - Thiru. Vi. Ka. Higher Secondary School, Shenoy Nagar, Chennai.

I did all my college studies @ Madras Christian College MCC, Tambaram, Chennai.

I was awarded doctorate in Botany for my thesis entitled "Pollen analysis of lake sediments, surface soils and leaf trait measurements in the Eastern Ghats, India" by University of Madras through Department of Botany, Madras Christian College, Affiliated to University of Madras, Chennai.

I was involved with a project @ French Institute, Pondicherry as a research associate.

Earlier I was teaching @ RKM Vivekananda College, Chennai.

Earlier I was teaching @ TransDisciplinary University, Bengaluru.

At present teaching @ St. Joseph's College, Bengaluru.

I also did my Sociology post graduation (MA in Sociology) at Tamil Nadu Open University.

And also doing Bachelor of Christian Studies in University of Senate of Serampore to know more about christian theology.

My other interests are in understanding people & society, and hence my interest in sociology. This has also led me into philosophy, but not of the vague kind! :-)
I think this is enough about me for the time being, but if you insist that seeing is believing, then here is

This was taken during a field work @ Talakona Falls near Tirupati, India

What a job!

This was taken when I was engaged in a research project @ French Institute, Pondicherry...
This project involves meticulous lab work as well as week long field works...

My Research Theme

You can find here more about my research theme which am taking for my Ph.D.

My Research Abstract

This song may sum up the situation of the unfortunate fellows who do Ph.D.

Song Academia

( Song sung to the tune of "Hotel California" )

In a dark deserted room,
Brylcreem in my hair.
Warm smell of unwashed socks,
Rising up through the air.
Up ahead on my Mac screen
I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim,
I had to work through the night.
As he stood in the doorway,
I heard the Rush Rhees bells.
And I was thinking to myself,
'Four years of researching - this could be hell'
Then he picked up my paper,
And he gave me an 'A'.
there were voices down the corridor,
Thought I heard them say,
'Welcome to the world of academia
Such a lovely place, such a lovely place, such a lovely phase.
Plenty of room at the world of academia,
Any time of year. any time of year, you can hang out here.'
My mind was stiff and a-twisted,
The coursework never seemed to end.
Got a lot of glassy genius boys,
That we call friends.
How they mugged in the libr'ry,
Sweet summer sweat.
Some mugged to remember,
Some mugged to forget.
So I called my advisor,
'Please make me a T.A.'
He said ' We've never had such spirit here
Boy, you really make my day'
And now those students keep calling from far away,
Waking up in the middle of the night,
Just to hear them say
'Welcome to the world of academia,
Such a lovely place, such a lovely place, such a lovely phase
Livin' it up at the world of academia
We don't mean to cheat, we don't mean to cheat,
where's your answer sheet.
Four years was my ceiling,
Then came some advice.
He said 'We are all just prisoners here
Failed my defense thrice'
In the dissertation chambers,
The doctoral committee,
They quiz him with their steely glares
And he can't get his Ph.D.

Last thing I remember,
I was running for the door.
I had to find a passage back
To the place I was before.
'Relax', said the chairman,
'Til some results we receive.
You can check out any course you like
But you can never leave.'

Courtesy: Tabish

Few words about my Ph.D. supervisor


Dr. C. Livingstone (2nd January 1949), M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., Head & Prof., Department of Botany, Madras Christian College, was my Ph.D. supervisor. Dr. Livingstone had served as Head of the Department of Botany, Madras Christian College from 2003 onwards, till he superannuated in 2007. He passed his SSLC from Arumanai high school, Kanya Kumari District and did P. U. C. in Scott Christian College, Nagercoil. He did B. Sc. in Alagappa Arts College, Karaikudi, Ramnad District. He came to MCC as a post graduate student in 1968 and joined as a faculty in July, 1970. He did M. Phil. Course in St. Joseph’s college, Tiruchi and Ph. D. in the Botanical Survey of India, Coimbatore. Dr. Livingstone was also course coordinator of Department of Microbiology (Self-Financed stream), MCC, Curator of MCC campus and president of Scrub Society. He was warden of St. Thomas’ hall. He also remained Director to MCC farm. He is also Treasurer of Centre for plants, people and ecosystems, a NGO working field based research on knowledge systems related to plants, people and ecosystems.


He showed keen interest in studying the plants of MCC campus from the time he joined the Botany Department and this resulted in the publication of “Campus Flora” in 1978. Under the district flora project of Botanical Survey of India, he investigated the flora of Chengalpattu District. His genuine interest in the study of flowering plants resulted in the publication of book on “Flowering plants of Madras City and its immediate neighbourhood” in 1994. He successfully guided 30 M. Phil. Scholars and 11 Ph. D. scholars. Two newly discovered plants of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Aidia livingstonii Karthig et al. and Liparis livingstonii Jayanthi et al. are named in honour of Dr. C. Livingstone for his contributions to Plant Taxonomy. A species of whitefly namely Aleurocanthus livingstonii is also named after him.

Ph.D. guided by Dr. C. Livingstone

S. No.



Pollination Ecology


Pollination of Canopy and sub-canopy trees by social bees in a wet evergreen forest of south Western Ghats, India


G. Rajah



Biosystematic  Study with Special Reference to Cytotaxonomy of South Indian Acanthaceae



Ethnobotanical studies on Irula Tribe, Tamil Nadu, India




Chemotaxonomy and comparative anatomy of certain species of Ocimum Occuring in India


N.S. Radha



Studies on the Agro -Techniques, Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry of Sweet Basil (Ocimum Basilicum L.)




Plant Species Diversity, Structure and Regeneration in the Unlogged and Logged mid Elevation Wet Evergreen Forest of southern Western Ghats, India


Angiosperm Taxonomy


Flowering Plants of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, South Andamans, India


Angiosperm Taxonomy


Floristic studies on the plains of Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India




Pollen Analysis of Lake Sediments, Surface Soils and Leaf Trait Measurements in the Eastern Ghats, India


Plant Systematics


Pogostemon in Tamil Nadu: Systematics and Bioprospecting


P. Sudhakar

Plant Taxonomy


Plant Taxonomy


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