Phycological Society, India

The Society was formed with the object of promoting interest and studies in various branches of Phycology and to publish a journal. The journal was named Phykos and the fist volume came out in April 1962. This volume contained articles eminent phycologists viz., Prof. M.O.P. Iyengar, Prof. G. Papenfuss, Prof. K.V.N. Rao, Dr. M.S. Randhawa, Prof. M.R. Suxena, Prof. P. Bourrelly, Dr. G.S. Venkataraman, Dr. S.G. Mehta, Dr. S.K. Goyal,  Mr. K.R. Ramanathan and Prof. V. Krishnamurthy. An executive committee was constituted with Prof. M.O.P. Iyengar as the President and Dr. G.S.Venkataraman as Secretary. Dr. M. S. Randhawa, Prof. T.V. Desikachary, Dr. G.S. Venkataraman served as President andChief-Editors. Prof. Vidyavati, former Vice-Chancellor, Kakatiya University is the President now.  Dr. S.K. Goyal, IARI, New Delhi served as Secretary-Treasurer for over four decades and has been the Chief Editor. Prof. V.N. Raja Rao succeeded him and the present Chief Editor is Prof. N. Anand, former Director, CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai.

Prof. Vidyavati,
Former Vice-Chancellor, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh

Vice- President:
Prof. N. Anand,
former Vice-Chancellor, VELS University, Chennai  and former Director. CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai

Executive Committee Members:

Prof. A. S. Ahluwalia, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Prof. S. P. Adhikary, Santhinikethan, West Bengal
Prof. B. B. Chaugule, Pune
Dr. Sunil Pabbi, IARI, NewDelhi
Prof. G. Subramanian, Trichy


Dr. N. Thangaraju, CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai


Name, purpose and activities

  1. The society shall be called Phycological Society, India
  2. The purpose of the society shall be to promote the cause of Phycology all its aspects in India.
  3. The Society shall attempt to achieve this purpose
  4. by publishing a journal and monographs. The journals will be named as `PHYKOS`
  5. by holding general and local meeting with a view to diffuse the phycological knowledge among the public and facilitate exchange of views between the members.
  6. by encouraging  original investigations.
  7. by encouraging efforts to create facilities for phycological work in the country.
  8. Membership shall be open to all persons interested in Botany especially Phycology.
  9. Members will be admitted to the society on receipt of the admission fee and first annual subscription.
  10. Members who have joined prior to 1962 will be deemed as `foundation Members`