The Department of Chemistry was established in 1960. It is , since then, engaged in providing highest level and quality of academic education. The main focus of the teaching and research in the department is centered on interdisciplinary themes which have gained worldwide attention and appreciation.
This department features a 28 member faculty with expertise in frontier areas of research. Active research in the areas of asymmetric synthesis, heterocyclic synthesis, organometallic catalysis, organic functional materials, ion selective sensors, polymeric membranes, electro-organic chemistry of nucleosides/nucleotides, nanomaterials, photochemistry, extraction of heavy metals, resolution of therapeutic enantiomers, organotin compounds, protein sequencing, bioinorganic chemistry and origin of life, theoretical chemistry are being pursued. The faculty members have contributed towards the publication of over 10 books, 400 research papers and many patents in the last five years (more than 1500 papers in all). There are about 20 research projects sponsored by various government organizations (MHRD, DST, CSIR, AICTE, DRDO, ISRO) and industries.
The chief mission of the department is to generate human resource of excellent quality, including chemists with high professional competence in interdisciplinary research encompassing biology, chemistry and physics, for national needs. One of the unique features of the post graduate education in the department is that it offers core courses in analytical chemistry, mathematics and computer applications. The department offers four programs leading to the award of MSc (2 yr post BSc with admission through JAM, and 5 year integrated MSc with last admission through JEE in 2012), MTech and PhD degrees. A research project of one year duration for MTech and ½ year for MSc is compulsory for the partial fulfillment for the award of degree. In this period the students acquire opportunity to perform quality research in frontier areas. More than 350 students have so far earned PhD degree from the department.
The department is equipped with state-of-art instruments known and required to carry out modern day chemistry. The students are provided a comprehensive practical exposure to the various instrumental techniques required for their research.