The University has allocated a plot of land measuring 4.63 hectare (253m X 183m) to the Department of Life Sciences for developing an ideal Botanical garden for ex-situ conservation of plant species. By this Dibrugarh University can be identified as a nodal organization with regard to preservation and propagation of threatened endemic species of this region. The rich bio-diversity of undivided Dibrugarh district is endangered due to many anthropogenic reasons. Yet no previous systematic approaches had been made for ex-situ conservation of these endangered/ vulnerable endemic species.
The establishment of the botanical garden, adjacent to the department of Life Sciences, Dibrugarh University ,addresses a fundamental need in the interest of this region. The North Eastern Region of India is very rich in orchids, medicinal and rare fruit plants. It is observed that many of the previously abundant important orchids, medicinal and common fruit yielding plants have close to extinction due to several reasons. The establishment of the garden would also help educate people in this region to conserve these rare and vulnerable species.
Dr. Manmohan Singh, the erstwhile Prime Minister of India, sanctioned an amount of Rs. 10,00,000/-(Ten Lakhs) from his MP(LAD)fund in 2001 towards the development of the Botanical Garden.
The following facilities have been made available from the MP (LAD) fund of the then Hon’ble M.P. (Rajya Sabha) Dr. Manmohan Singh:
- The garden area is well protected by brick boundary wall on the northern side and other three sides by chain linked fencing above brick boundary wall.
- 30 feet broad main gate.
- 430 RM water canal in the middle with provision of five slab type culverts above it.
- Three pucca approach roads within the garden.