The Postgraduate Department of Botany at the University of Calcutta has completed one hundred years in September 2013. However, the Alumni Association of the Postgraduate Department of Botany of the University of Calcutta is a late starter. After fifty years of starting Postgraduate Department of Botany, few alumni met in November 1969 and decided to form the Alumni Association.
The Alumni Association was registered with the Registrar of Firms, Societies and Non-Trading Corporations, Government of West Bengal in November, 1985 when late Prof. G. C. Mitra was the President of the Executive Council and Dr. N. Samajpati was the General Secretary. Therein, Founder Members were Professors Amiya Kumar Ghosh (President) (deceased), Archana Sharma (General Secretary) (deceased), Professors Gopal Chandra Mitra (deceased), Arun Kumar Sharma, Ashish Kumar Chandra (deceased), Salil Kumar Chaudhuri, Rajat Kanti Chaudhuri, and Nirmalendu Samajpati.
The Registration No. of the Alumni Association was obtained as S/50599 of 1985-86. The Alumni Association was now regularized by submitting official documents to the Registrar, of Firms, Societies and Non-trading Corporation, Govt. of West Bengal after a lapse of 19 years and the Registrar has permitted us to operate the Alumni Association under the existing Registration Number at the Department of Botany, University of Calcutta.
The first issue of the official organ of the Alumni Association was published in April, 1988 under the title "Botany Newsletter", edited by Dr. N. Samajpati. However, the activities of the Alumni Association were not up to expectation of the alumni during the period of 1969 to early part of 2005.