Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University is a pioneer institute for teaching Botany since it was established in 1965. Based on the approach to develop a good environment in teaching and learning, central herbarium at the university was established. The name was given Tribhuvan University Central Herbarium (TUCH) which holds about 22,000 specimens. The TUCH was enrolled in Index Herbariorum in January 2001.
Today, TUCH holds largest number of plant specimens after the National Herbarium (KATH) in Nepal. The collections of different students, teachers and expedition teams and experts from Nepal and foreign countries have been deposited in the herbarium. There are also specimens sent from different herbaria (LE, E, and BM) as gift to TUCH. Similarly, TUCH has sent several duplicate specimens to different herbaria as gift.
Different equipments including GPS and field gears have been donated by expedition teams and experts in TUCH which can be used by students and researchers of the department. The main functions of TUCH include plant collection, identification and management. There are four main sections at TUCH which hold specimens. The first section includes specimens of Angiosperms; second includes Gymnosperms; third includes Pteridophyte and fourth include Lichens.
Most recently, TUCH has helped to host a visit to Nepal by Dr. George Yatskievych (Missouri Botanical Garden) and a group of his colleagues, who spent most of September, 2009, studying selected fern taxa in the field and herbarium. Dr. George Yatskievych provided vital information on collection and management of ferns. Similarly, Mr. Chris Fraser-Jenkins have played important role in identification of Ferns. The improvement of TUCH is going on and it expects help and cooperation from different experts for its proper management.
Dr. Krishna K. Shrestha (Professor and Head)
Jyoti Prasad Gajurel
Shambhu Ram Bista