Dr. Sibichen M Thomas 

Empowerment of students for their all round development through education is our cherished motto. Today education means much more than merely acquiring knowledge. It is acquisition of knowledge and skills, building character and improving employability of our young talent, the future leadership. I am sure, the ‘heritage of Devagiri’ imbibed provides them a strong foundation to march ahead for a stronger and brighter India. Measures initiated by the Management, steps taken by the college administration, the willing contribution of the teaching and non-teaching staff and over whelming response and enthusiastic participation of our students and their parents activates in the recent past all vouch for this. When all these constituents come together and work in harmony, the expected results are bound to flow. I am proud of being the Principal of such a wonderful institution dedicated to God and Country. Come on, let’s give our best and make this institution a modern temple of learning through our diligence, devotion and dedication. Wishing you all the best…!














Name of the Teacher


Dr. Sibichen M. Thomas






 as on 01-04-2018


UG 28 years; PG 28 Years as Tecaher and 4 years as Principal




Area of specialization

Angiosperm  Systematics










M. Sc

St. Berchmans’. College, Changanacherry

M. Phil

St. Joseph’s College, Thrichy


Ph. D.


University of Calicut









Orientation/ refresher courses attended


1. Refresher course in Environment & Ecology, Academic Staff               College, University of Calicut. 1995

2. Refresher course in Botany (Computer applications)

Academic Staff College, University of Calicut. 1997.

3. Refresher course in Botany, Department of Botany, Govt.

    Victoria College, Palakkad. 1999.

4. Refresher course in Human rights-inter disciplinary

Academic Staff College, University of Calicut. 2008.








 Seminars attended

 1. Annual Conference of IAAT and National Seminar on Biodiversity, Conservation and Taxonomy of Flowering Plants, University of Calicut. From 27th to 29th Nov. 1998.

 2. Training in Biodiversity Education, Kerala Forest Research Iinstitute, Peechi. May 03-09, 1998.

 3. Annual Conference of IAAT and National Seminar on Plant Systematics, Biodiversity, Conservation and Ethano-Botany. At University of Calicut. From 18th to 19th Dec. 1999.

 4. Annual Conference of IAAT and National Seminar on Plant Taxonomy and Nation Development, Goa University, Goa. 26th   to 27th Sept. 2002.

 5. Three day training on Computer skills for Biologists, Organized by IISR, Calicut, Kerala. 4th to 6th September 2002.

 6. One day Seminar on Multiple intelligence, Stress management and Motivation Skills, St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri on 26th June 2006.

 7. 17th Swadeshi Science Congress. The Zamorins Guruvayurappan College, Kozhikode. From 6th Nov. to 8th 2007.

 8. Agricultural Seminar organized by Department of Botany, St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri, Kozhikode. On 27th October 2005.

 9. One day seminar organized on” The Impact of ASEAN agreement on the Agriculture Sector in Kerala” on 14th January 2010.

 10. Workshop on Tools and technique in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics held at SNGS College, Pattambi from 11th Feb. to 13th Feb. 2013.

 11. One day state seminar on Autonomous College: Prospects, Possibilities & Challenges at MES Mampad College, On 25th January 2014.

 12. National workshop on Botanical Nomenclature held at University of Calicut. From 17th to 19th March 2014.

 13. One day seminar on “Research Projects- The Art of Writing Proposals” held on 25-03-2014 at Tagore Nikethan.  University of Calicut

 14. National Seminar on “Autonomy for College – A Means to Quality Enhancement in Higher Education: The Dimensions of Governance, Leadership and Management” organized by IQAC, SH College (Autonomous), Thevara on January 8 & 9, 2015

 15. One day State seminar on “Autonomous College: Prospects, Possibilities & Challenges” held at MES college, mampad, malappuram in collaboration with Higher Education Council, Govt. of Kerala on 25 January 2014.

 16. Two days National Conference of Principals on “Institutional Quality in Higher Education”, organized in association with Kerala State Higher Education council, Govt. of Kerala, at Sreekaryam,  Thiruvanathapuram. 21-22 April 2015

 17. One day workshop on “Effective Governance of Higher Education” organized by the Council of Principals of College in Kerala on 21 November 2015 at St. Theresa’s college, Ernakulam.

 18. Inter National Seminar on Advances in Angiosperm Sytstematics and Conservation. Organized by IAAT & IAPT, 19-21 November 2015.








Positions held at University level

1.      Member, Academic Council, 

         University of Calicut.[2009-2012]

2.      Chairman, Board of studies, Botany –UG,

        University of Calicut

3.      Member, Board of Studies Botany –PG,

        University of Calicut.








Positions holding

1.   Member, Research Advisory Council,

      University of Calicut. [2013 onwards]

2.   Research Guide,

      University of  Calicut

3.   Member, Technical Support Group,

      Kerala State Biodiversity Board.  

4.   Member, Panel of Subject expert,

      University of Calicut.

5.   Member, Autonomy Monitoring cell,

      University of Calicut






Membership in academic bodies

1. Life Member, Indian Association for Angiosperm taxonomy (IAAT)

2. Life Member, All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE)  















Projects completed

 1.      Micro Propagation of Spice Crops in Kerala- Minor Project

 funded by UGC

2.   Morphologic and Taxonomic Studies on Fabaceae (Tribe-

  Genisteae) in South India  Funded by UGC.

3.   Comparative Morhology and Systematics  of the genus Crotalaria

      L. (Fabaceae) in South India.  Funded by KSCSTEC.

4. Invitro multiplication, Cultivation and Post harvest management of Anthuriums. Funded by UGC.

5.   Invitro seed germination and multiplication of Spathoglotis

plicata. Student project - funded by KSCSTEC.






Ongoing Project:

 1. Taxonomic revision of the genus Osbeckia ( Melastomataceae) in

     India. Major project - funded by KSCSTEC.










a)   Papers published in cited journals:

1. Sibichen M.Thomas, S. Nampy & P.Nisha. Crotalaria retusa L. var. Indica Nampy & Sibi (Fabaceae) a new variety from India. Rheedea (2002).

2. Sibichen M.Thomas and S. Nampy.Crotalaria kurisumalyana Sibi & Nampy (Fabaceae), a new species from India. Candollea (2006).

3. P. Prashob & Sibichen M. Thomas 2015. Osbeckia nayarii Giri (Melastomataceae) a new distributional record for south India. International Journal of Plant, Animal and Environmental Sciences 6 (1): 96–98.

4. P. Prashob, Manudev, K.M., Sibichen M. Thomas, & Nampy, S. 2018. Osbeckia saddlepeakensis (Melastomataceae): a new species from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Phytotaxa 344 (2): 185–190. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.344.2.7


b) Paper Communicated:

1. P. Prashob, Manudev, K.M., Sibichen M. Thomas, & Nampy, S. 2018. Lectotypification of two names in Osbeckia L. (Melastomataceae) Phytotaxa (in press)

2. P. Prashob, Arunkumar, P.G., Sibichen M. Thomas, & Nampy, S. 2018. The taxonomic identity of Osbeckia nayarii (Melastomataceae) inferred from molecular, morphological and micro morphological data. Rheedea. (in press)


c) Papers published in conference/ Proceedings:

1.  P. Prashob & Sibichen M. Thomas. 2017. A taxonomic study on osbeckia stellata complex (Melastomataceae): evidence from nuclear DNA sequence data. (Oral).   XXVII Annual Conference of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy & International symposium on plant Systematics: Priorities and challenges, 10th -12st  November. Department of Botany Delhi University, Delhi University Botanical society and IAAT.

2.  P. Prashob & Sibichen M. Thomas. 2017. Phylogeney of Osbeckia (Melastomataceae) in India. (Poster).  XIX International Botanical congress, 23- 29th July. Shenzhen, China.

3.  P. Prashob & Sibichen M. Thomas. 2016. Anatomical studies on the genus Osbeckia L. (Melastomataceae) in relation to Taxonomy. (Oral).   XXVI Annual Conference of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy and International Seminar on Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Biodiversity. 7th- 9th  November . Department of Botany, Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

4.  P. Prashob & Sibichen M. Thomas. 2015. The genus Osbeckia L. (Melastomataceae) in South India. (Oral).  Silver Jubilee Conference of IAAT and Council Meeting of IAPT & International Seminar on Advancements in Angiosperm Systematics and Conservation. 19th -21st  November. Department of Botany, University of Calicut

5.  P. Prashob & Sibichen M. Thomas. 2014. Taxonomic significance of the ‘emergences’ on the hypanthium of the genus Osbeckia L. (Melastomataceae) in India - A preliminary study (Oral). 24th Annual Conference of Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT) & International conference on trends in plant Systematics (TIPS) 31 October- 2 November, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli.

6.  Sibichen M.Thomas. A revised sectional classification of the genus Crotalaria L. in South India. New Frontiers in Plant Taxonomy & Biodiversity  Conservation. TBGRI, Thiruvananthapuram (2004).

7.  An analysis of the diversity of the genus Oberonia Lindey (Orchidaceae) in Wayanad district, Kerala . Presented in XIX annual conference of  Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy and International Symposium on “Angiosperm Systematics and Phylogeny Retrospects and Prospects” (2009).


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