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| Last Updated:: 26/09/2016

Annual Report 2015-16

Government of India

Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change

(EI Division)

 

…….

 

Factsheet of 2015-16 on Activities of ENVIS Centre on Floral Diversity

1.       

Name of Host Organization:

Botanical Survey of India

2.       

Assigned Subject Area:

Floral Diversity

3.       

Date/Month/Year of establishment of ENVIS Centre:

1994

4.       

Name and designation of ENVIS Coordinator (2015-16):

Dr. V. Sampath Kumar

Scientist ‘D’

Central National Herbarium

Botanical Survey of India

Howrah – 711 103, West Bengal

5.       

Has the Host Organization constituted an Advisory Committee for guiding the activities of the Centre?

 

Yes

 

Composition of the Advisory Committee:

 

(Select YES or NO: if YES kindly fill the right column space; if NO kindly leave it blank)

 

  • YES
  • NO

 

1.   Dr. P. Singh, Director, Botanical Survey of India

2.   Dr. P.V. Prasanna, Scientist ‘F’ & HoO, Central National Herbarium, Botanical Survey of India, Howrah

3.   Dr. P. Lakshminarasimhan, Scientist ‘E’ & HoO, Western Regional Centre, Botanical Survey of India, Pune

4.   Dr. V. Sampath Kumar, Scientist ‘D’, Central National Herbarium, Botanical Survey of India, Howrah

5.   Dr. P.K. Pusalkar, Scientist ‘D’, Northern Regional Centre, Botanical Survey of India, Dehra Dun

6.   Dr. J. Jayanthi, Scientist ‘D’, Western Regional Centre, Botanical Survey of India, Pune

7.   Dr. W. Arisdason, Scientist ‘C’, Hqrs., Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata

6.       

Current ENVIS Staff Structure:

Name

Position held

Qualification

and Experience

Joining

Date in ENVIS Centre

Joining

Date in current position

2015-16

Leaving Date (if applicable)

Emoluments drawn (Rs.)

Monthly

Annual

Dr. Soumen Gantait

Programme Officer

M.Sc., Ph.D., Certificate Course in Computer Application. Research Experience: 18 Years; Field of Specialization: Plant Taxonomy. Total Work Experience: 8 years

01.12.2007

01.04.2014

 

31,260

3,75,120

 

Sri Somenath Nandi

Information Officer

B.Com., PGDCA

Total Work Experience: 20 Years

01.07.1995

01.04.2014

 

26,090

3,13,080

 

Sri Tapas Chakrabortty

IT Assistant

B.Sc., PGDSA

Total Work Experience: 19 Years

01.04.1996

01.04.2014

 

21,028

2,52,336

7.       

Mandate of the Host Organization

Mandate of the ENVIS Centre

Conduct intensive and extensive floristic surveys and collect accurate and detailed information on the occurrence, distribution, ecology and economic utility of plants in the country. Act as the custodian of authentic plant collections in well-planned herbaria. Publish the documented plant resources of the country in the form of local, district, state and national floras.

Conduct revisionary/monographic studies on selected plant groups. Preparation of seed, pollen and spore atlas of Indian plants. Develop and maintain Botanical Gardens and Musea. Document the Traditional Knowledge associated with plants, and ex situ conservation of wild plant resources of the country. Collect, identify, and distribute materials useful to academic and research institutions. Apart, organise Refresher Courses and post M.Sc. Certificate Courses to build taxonomy capacity among students, research scholars and teachers from various colleges and universities across the country.

Systematic collection, compilation and dissemination of authentic and valid data (mainly secondary data) on “Floral Diversity” i.e. collect, collate and disseminate the data through the dedicated website of ENVIS Centre on Floral Diversity at BSI. The data would be comprehensively informative to different research institutes, research scholars and students in various fields of plant sciences. Further these data would be helpful to decision makers, stakeholders and common people.

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.                  Databases:

8.1.            Catalogue of Non-numeric Databases compiled by the ENVIS Centre till date:

Name of Database

Description

(in brief)

Data type

(descriptive/ graphical/ geospatial/ etc.)

Status of Updation/ Periodicity/ Data Points Compiled (including date/month/year of  last data point)

Source(s) of data

Online Availability

(Whether uploaded on ENVIS Website)

Invasive Alien Species of India

The database consists of a comprehensive list of invasive alien species found in India. It provides botanical name, habit and nativity of 173 invasive alien plant species that occur in India; besides, it gives general characteristic features and common control measures of invasive species. The database includes the dangerous invasive species like as Alternanthera philoxeroides, Cassia uniflora, Chromolaena odorata, Eichhornia crassipes, Lantana camara, Parthenium hysterophorus and Prosopis juliflora.

Descriptive

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Type Specimens at Botanical Survey of India

 

This database provides information on the type specimens that have been housed at various herbaria of Botanical Survey of India (about 15,000 type specimens at CAL, Howrah followed by 1016 at MH, Coimbatore; 244 at BSI, Pune; 175 at ASSAM, Shillong; 163 at BSD, Dehra Dun; 136 at PBL, Port Blair; 49 at BSA, Allahabad; 32 at BSIS, Kolkata; 31 at ARUN, Itanagar; 20 at BSJO, Jodhpur; 17 at BSHC, Gangtok and 15 at BSID, Hyderabad. These may be Holotype, Isotype(s), Syntype(s), Isosyntype(s), Lectotype, Isolectotype(s), Neotype, Isoneotype, Epitype or Isoepitype.

Tabular

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Status of Plant Diversity in India, States and Union Territories

Status of Plant Diversity in India: An overview

It provides general information about the country, followed by diversity of ecosystem and vegetation, diversity and status of species in various plant groups, threats and conservation strategies, references, photographs of various habitats and plants.

Status of plant diversity in Indian States and Union Territories: So far, plant diversity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Lakshadweep were prepared and uploaded.

Descriptive

Quarterly

Secondary

Yes

Plant Discoveries in India

A comprehensive list of newly discovered plants from India, and new plant records to India and their publication details are provided in the database.

Descriptive

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Catalogue of Indian Herbaria

Information such as name and address of recognised Indian herbaria (94 nos.) with their acronyms, year of establishment, its jurisdiction, important collections and number of specimens housed. Apart, name, affiliation and e-mail ID of contact person of the respective herbarium are provided.

Tabular

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Wetlands (Aquatic and Wetland Plants of India)

Information on identified wetlands (115 nos.) in different States and Union Territories of India under National Wetland Conservation Programme, and an exhaustive list of Aquatic and Wetland Plants (belonging to various plant groups) of India, furnished with botanical name,family name and state-wise distribution of each taxon. 

Tabular

Annual

Secondary

Yes

CITES and Negative List of Exports

A list of plant species in Appendix I, II and III of CITES and Negative List of Exports: The database is furnished with information on 55 plant species with botanical name, vernacular name(s), trade name(s), habitat and ecology, distribution, causes for threat, brief description, flowering and fruiting period, medicinal properties and other uses, commercial/ex-im data, adulteration, legal status, and photographs of plants.

Descriptive

Quarterly

Secondary

Yes

Endemic and Threatened Taxa

This database gives a complete list of endemic and threatened plant species of all the 28 states of India; each taxon is provided with botanical name, family name and IUCN status.

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

Indian Mangroves

It gives a list of 48 mangrove plant species (true mangroves and associates) of India, including botanical name, local name(s), description, ecology, flowering and fruiting period, distribution in India and world, uses, notes, references and plant photographs.

Descriptive

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Allergic Pollen

Data of Allergic Pollen Grains of India: This database provides pollen details with botanical and family names, locality of occurrence, allergic season and photographs of pollen.

Tabular

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

Medicinal Plants

Detailed information on 300 medicinal plant species has been prepared. However, the data, including botanical name, family name, habitat, parts used and their medicinal uses of only 30 plant species in Bengali and English are provided.

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

Red-listed Plants

The database consists of a list of Rare, Endangered and Threatened plant species of India. For every taxon, botanical name, family name, state-wise distribution and IUCN status are provided.

Descriptive

Depending  on availability of data

Secondary

Yes

Carnivorous Plants

It consists of a comprehensive list of 38 species of Utricularia, 3 species of Drosera and 1 species each from Aldrovanda and Nepenthes; the botanical name of each carnivorous plant species is  hyperlinked with information such as family name, local name(s), description, flowering and fruiting period, habitat, distribution in India, notes and photographs in a separate PDF.

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

Plants of Ethno-botanical Importance

It comprises botanical name, family name, description, flowering and fruiting period, distribution, various properties and economic values of each plant species used by various ethnic communities of West Bengal, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Rajasthan and their conservation measures.

Descriptive

Monthly

 

Secondary

Yes

Coastal Plants

Diversity, distribution and status of coastal plant species in India are provided

Tabular

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Important Plants with chemical constituents

It gives detailed information on 38 important plant species. For each species information such as botanical name, local name(s), flowering and fruiting period, chromosome number, ecology, distribution in India, parts used, properties, uses, chemical constituents, chemical structure of some compounds and photographs of plants.

Descriptive

Quarterly

 

Secondary

Yes

Families and Genera of  Algae, Fungi, Lichens and various plant groups

The database consists of a brief introduction along with a list of families and genera of Algae, Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Lichens, Gymnosperms of India.

(List of families and genera of Fungi and Angiosperms is under preparation)

Descriptive

 

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Interesting Plants (Kids Centre)

Rafflesia- The largest individual flower producing plant genus in the world; Amorphophallus titanium – A flowering plant species with largest unbranched inflorescence in the world; The World of Wolffias- The Minutest Angiosperm!; Ashoka Chakra Root; Aconites: India Star Roots; Wild Onions; Adansonia digitata- The African Baobab Tree; Balloon Plant- Gomphocarpus physocarpus E. Mey.

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

State Tree of India (Kids Centre)

Details of botanical names, family, vernacular name, common names, etymology, description, flowering & fruiting period, distribution, economic importance, traditional uses and medicinal uses of states and union territories of India

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

State Flower of India (Kids Centre)

Details of botanical names, family, vernacular name, common names, etymology, description, flowering & fruiting period, distribution, economic importance, traditional uses and medicinal uses of states and union territories of India

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

National Tree and National Flower of India (Kids Centre)

Details of botanical names, family, vernacular name, common names, etymology, description, flowering & fruiting period, distribution, economic importance, traditional uses, medicinal uses and ceremonial uses of National Tree and National Flower

Descriptive

Annual

 

Secondary

Yes

Video Gallery (Kids Centre)

·   Paryavaran Mitra-Young Leader for change

·   Parts of a plant and its functions

·   Flower, fruit and seeds

·   Photosynthesis in plants Animation in kids

·   Pollination of flowers

·   Carnivorous plants

Video

 

Secondary

Yes

 

 

8.2.            Catalogue of Numeric and Time-series Databases compiled by the Centre till date:

Name of Database

Description

(in brief)

Time Period (Starting year- Ending year) and Periodicity

(annual/ monthly/ other)

Source(s) of data

Online Availability

(Whether uploaded on ENVIS Website)

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.3.            New Databases developed during the Financial Year (2015-16)

8.3.1.      Non-numeric Databases:

Name of Database

Description

(in brief)

Data type

(descriptive/ graphical/ geospatial/ etc.)

Status of Updation/ Periodicity/ Data Points Compiled (including date/month/year of  last data point)

Source(s) of data

Online Availability

(Whether uploaded on ENVIS Website)

Families and Genera of  Algae, Fungi, Lichens and various plant groups

The database consists of a brief introduction along with a list of families and genera of Algae, Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Lichens, Gymnosperms of India.

(preparation of list of families and genera of Fungi and Angiosperms is going on)

Descriptive

 

Annual

Secondary

Yes

Fragile Ecosystems of India

Preparation of database on two fragile ecosystems,viz. Cold deserts of India and Mangroves of India is going on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.3.2.      Numeric and Time-series Databases:

Name of Database

Description

(in brief)

Time Period (Starting year- Ending year) and Periodicity

(annual/ monthly/ other)

Source(s) of data

Online Availability

(Whether uploaded on ENVIS Website)

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.4.            Status of data entry in ISBEID: (For State/ UT ENVIS Centres) – As in Annex

9.                  Information/ Knowledge Products:

9.1.            ENVIS Newsletters published during the Financial Year (2015-16):

Cover snapshot

Quarter/ Volume/ Issue/ Theme

 

Main Articles

Number of copies printed and circulated

URL of the PDF file in ENVIS website

(Kindly note that the PDF file should open without login prompt)

Vol. 20/ Issue 1/Floral Diversity

Printed 500 copies

Circulated 334 copies

http://bsienvis.nic.in/WriteReadData/Publication/ENVIS%20Newsletter%2020(1).pdf

Vol. 20/ Issue 2/Floral Diversity

Printed 500 copies

Circulated 250 copies

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/WriteReadData/Publication/ENVIS%20Newsletter%2020%282%29.pdf

Bibliography and Abstracts of Papers on Flora of Andhra Pradesh.

 

Printed 250 copies

 

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/WriteReadData/Publication/Abstract%20Andhra%20Pradesh%202016.pdf

9.2.            Other publications/ information products brought out during the Financial Year (2015-16):

Cover snapshot

Publication/ Product

 

Theme(s)/ Subject Area(s)

Number of copies printed and circulated

URL of the PDF file in ENVIS website

(Kindly note that the PDF file should open without login prompt)

 

 

Printed flex banners on National Tree, National Flower, State Trees and State Flowers, Mushroom and Algae of India, and Interesting Plants for demonstration on occasion of arrival of Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) train at Barrackpore Railway Station from 18 to 21 January, 2016

3 (Three)

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/WriteReadData/Publication/Flex%203-National-State-Trees-Flowers.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/WriteReadData/Publication/Flex%201%20Mashroom-Algae.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/WriteReadData/Publication/Flex%202-Interesting%20Plants.pdf

 

 

 

9.3 Information Products published/released so far:

Publication / Product

Theme(s)/ Subject Area(s)

Year of Publication

URL of the PDF file in ENVIS website

(Kindly note that the PDF file should open without login prompt)

Three Flex banners prepared for SECAS

National Tree and National Flower of India and State tree and state flower of Indian States /Union Territories.

Mushrooms and Algae of India.

 

Interesting Plants.

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/WriteReadData/Publication/Flex%203-National-State-Trees-Flowers.pdf

 

 

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/WriteReadData/Publication/Flex%201%20Mashroom-Algae.pdf

 

http://www.bsienvis.nic.in/WriteReadData/Publication/Flex%202-Interesting%20Plants.pdf

 

 

10.              ENVIS Website(ENVIS Centres whose Website has been restructured may provide the Performance Report/Graphs generated therein wherever possible):

10.1.         URL:http://www.bsienvis.nic.in

10.2.         Status of restructuring of Website:12.10.2012

10.3.        Frequency of updating Website 2015-16:4057 (till 28.01.2016)

10.4.        Subject-specific database updation (numeric/others): 1029 (till 28.01.2016)

10.5.        Publication uploaded/ updated on Website:39 times

 

 

11.              User Engagement and Interaction(ENVIS Centres whose Website has been restructured may provide the Performance Report/Graphs generated therein wherever possible):

User engagement and interaction

FY 2015-16

FY 2014-15

FY 2013-14

i.                    Total number of visits

2,36,458

 

2,74,033

32,919

ii.                  Number of unique visits

41,538

 

26,562

2,470

iii.                Reports Downloaded/Read

921

 

202

 

iv.                Total Number of Queries received

34

 

35

5

v.                  Number of Queries responded

37

 

35

5

vi.                Grade received

 

B

A

 

12.              Implementation of Annual Plan of Activities of the Financial Year (2015-16):

Activity/ Target

Achievements

Shortfalls, if any, and

reasons therefore

Centre’s proposed activities 2015-16

  Newsletter 20(1) &20(2)

Published

 

Bibliography and Abstracts of Papers on Flora of Andhra Pradesh

Published

 

Families and Genera of  Algae,  Lichens and various plant groups

Uploaded of Algae, Bryophytes, Lichens, Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms in the website

 

Database on Fragile Ecosystems of India

Preparation of database on two fragile ecosystems, viz. Cold deserts of India and Mangroves of India is going on

 

Suggestions for improvement by Processing Division, MoEF&CC

A. Regular Activities: Web-based Environmental Information

Collection and Compilation of Information and Data

 

 

-

Maintenance of ENVIS Website and User Engagement through it

 

 

-

Maintenance of ISBEID and Preparation of State of Environment (SoE) Reports

 

 

 

Publications and Value-Addition

 

 

 

Reaching-out/Networking Activities

 

 

 

 

B.     SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

13.               

New initiatives taken during the previous Financial Year (2015-16):

1.     Database of families and genera of Algae, Bryophytes, Lichens, Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms has been prepared and uploaded.

2.     Participated in SECAS at Barrackpore Railway Station from 18th to 21st January, 2016 by displaying Flex Banners and ENVIS publications.

14.               

Date of most recent physical verification by the Ministry:

NIL

         

15.              Status of existing hardware:

 

Hardware item

Specification

Sanction Order with Date

Date of procurement

Procured from ENVIS Grant 2014-2015

 

HP Scanjet G4050

11/20/96-EI

20.6.2014

18.11.2014

 

HP 15-R014TX

11/20/96-EI

20.6.2014

21.11.2014

 

500 Ultra Passport (WD)

11/20/96-EI dated 20.6.2014

03.03.2015

 

Sandisk (8 GB)

11/20/96-EI dated 20.6.2014

03.03.2015

16.              Status of utilization of grantin previous year (2014-15) and reasons for shortfalls, if any:

 

Head of Expenditure

Sanctioned amount (Rs.)

Actual Expenditure (Rs.)

Reasons for Shortfall/ Excess (if any)

Recurring Annual

Manpower

9,20,268

9,20,268

 

Databases, etc.

3,00,000

3,00,000

 

Travel & Training

60,000

60,000

 

Non-Recurring for Hardware

Procurement of Laptop, Scanner etc.

70,000

70,000

 

17.              Issues/ hurdles faced in undertaking ENVIS activities:

 

·         Insufficient Funds

Printing of books is pending.

The number of pages in ENVIS Newsletter is increased from 8 pages to 12 pages in each issue from volume 20(1), 2015. The cost of printing has been increased considerably from Rs. 27,300 to Rs. 40,950 (increased Rs. 13,650).

Colour printer, procurement of original softwares such as Corel Draw, Photoshop CS3, Antivirus, Windows 10 and MS Office 2013.

·         Issues on duplicate pages creation are required to be resolved permanently at   ENVIS website.

·         Data Entry Operator is required for entering data especially of scientific matters for various publications, database preparation and website update

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