Department of Plant Sciences was established in April 2005 as Department of Botany by advertising the admissions for M.Phil and Ph.D. in the same year December 2005 M.Sc. classes were also started. The faculty consisted of Prof. Dr. Ihsan Ilahi (T.I) Mr. Abdullah Gillani (Lecturer) and Mr. Zafar Iqbal (Lecturer). Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari the then Vice Chancellor KUST a botanist and biotechnologist kindly consented to lend his services for supervising and teaching the research degree students.
Prof. Dr. Ihsan Ilahi was the first chairman of the department from April 2005 to January 2007. Mr. Zafar Iqbal (Lecturer) was appointed as the 2nd chairman of the department from February 2007 to September 2007 followed by Prof. Dr. Shafiq ur Rehman as Head of this department. Presently the department is being headed by Mr. Zafar Iqbal (M.Phil) Lecturer.
So far the department has won many HEC funded projects some of which are successfully completed and few are in their final stages of completion.
The department has also signed MOUs for collaborative research with international organizations like Korean Research Institute for Biology and Biotechnology (KRIBB).
Presently many new research projects are under process for submission to various donor agencies for funding.