CHEMISTRY

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           The Department of Chemistry was started in 1981 with 5 regular faculty members. It is now one of the largest departments in the college with 3 regular Associate Professors and 7 Assistant Professors offering the following UG combinations.

»B.Sc.,
  1. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry (EM &TM)
  2. Botany, Zoology, Chemistry (EM & TM)
  3. Bio-technology, Microbiology, Chemistry (EM)
»M.Sc., Organic Chemistry

           As the importance of Chemistry was growing significantly as a subject of enormous value in the wake of tremendous development especially of the industry of medicine and the emergence of many pharmacy colleges, the department started M.Sc. Organic Chemistry in 2005.

           Sri N.V. Chalapthi, Associate Professor and Head of the department with more than 30 years of successful teaching experience, has really contributed to the all-round development of the department. A specialist in teaching Inorganic Chemistry, he is instrumental in organizing a number of seminars and workshops on various important topics of Organic, Inorganic, General and Radio Chemistry, in the college.

           Dr. G. Ramanjaneyulu, Associate Professor has published 3 research papers in the national and international journals. Sri B. Srinivasa Rao, another Associate Professor, is a specialist teacher in Analytical Chemistry with 28 years of teaching experience. They have attended and presented papers at national level seminars / workshops/ conferences.

           As the College was granted Autonomous status in 2005, the curriculum is decided by the Board of studies set up by the Academic Council of the college. The faculty of the department being members of the Board of Studies has made their contribution in bringing out the necessary changes in the curriculum to suite the changing needs of society in general and of job market in particular.

           To promote research among the students, the department has established a university-recognized Research Centre. Students’ learning is also reinforced by the internet connectivity and 7 well-equipped laboratories – 3 for the UG and 4 for the PG courses. These labs have the required modern equipment - Colorimetre, Spectrophotometers, digital balances, Conductometer, Potentio meters and a good number of ovens and suction pumps. There are four non-teaching academic and technical support staff taking care of the students and the labs.

           The Department has been adopting modern teaching methods for the past five years.  To make teaching more interesting and qualitative, the modern technology including the internet, Over Head Projector is used. Regular involvement of the students in the preparation of charts on important chapters of the subject, class seminars, group discussions and subject quizzes, has enhanced their interest and inquisitiveness to learn more apart from strengthening their capacity of expression and voluntary participation.

           Introduction of an additional paper ‘Applications of Chemistry’ under Choice Based Inter Disciplinary Electives for Management and Statistics students and subject assignments for 25 marks (Internal Assessment) has also enriched the students’ subject knowledge. Student enrichment programmes like guest lectures by eminent professors from the University and visits to industrial units and research laboratories have endowed them with a broader subject outlook. They have enthusiastically utilized the learning resource of the departmental library which has more than 150 volumes on Organic, Inorganic, General and Radio Chemistry.

           The department has been constantly monitoring the students’ academic and social behaviour. The students of every class are divided into groups and the teaching members undertake counselling for each group to clear doubts encourage and instill confidence in the students. Their performance is continuously assessed through weekly/monthly tests, internal test and remedial classes are arranged for slow learners. Besides, the faculty members are taking keen interest in personal needs and aspirations of the students. They are financially assisted to enable them to pay college and examination fees. They are also encouraged to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities regularly including community service. Thus all conducive conditions are created for the students to study with devotion and determination to achieve their aims and make their dreams a reality for a bright future.

           To enable the students to keep abreast of the latest trends in the field and to enhance their exposure to varied academic situations, the department conducted a seminar on “Modern Trends in Organic Chemistry” in 2010, a workshop on “Radio Chemistry and Application of Radioisotopes” in 2011 and a six day National Workshop on “Radio Chemistry and Application of Radioisotopes” from 05-10-2012 to 10-10-2012 in collaboration with Baba Autonomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai.

           As a result of the faculty members’ dedication and sustained efforts, the students were able to work hard and secured good marks. Many of them, after completing post-graduation and acquiring necessary technical and professional qualifications, are serving with responsible positions in Government and private concerns including the departments of Central Excise, Higher Education and even as software professionals in the USA.

The department has resolved to

  • strengthen the existing Research Centre
  • organize a national seminar
  • strengthen the Alumni Association
  • enter into MoUs with industry and reputed research institutions
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