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Welcome to Department of Chemistry

Department of chemistry was established in 1993 with undergraduate course and later upgraded to post graduate course with M.Sc organic chemistry in 2005. The department has spacious well equipped labs and instrumentation room with sufficient number of required instruments. The department is blessed with a team of qualified and dedicated lectures who are developing consistent pattern and novel methodologies to equip the students with fundamental concept, technical skills and strategies. It has the credit of receiving gold medals at university level. In addition to teaching, the faculty members and students are actively involved in research

The chemistry club ‘HALOGEN’ was constituted on 28th July 2005. The active members of the club interact with the student community of the college (like Halogen family in chemistry), motivate them towards the co-curricular activities of the department and also volunteer in all the departmental programs. The club members are also concerned about their responsibilities towards the underprivileged. Faculty and students show the responsible citizenship behavior by promoting environmental awareness among the community people

Highlights

  • Devising innovative and students’ friendly teaching methodology to promote motivation and interest on basic knowledge of chemistry
  • Organizing workshop, seminar ,symposia at national and state level is the regular feature of the department. The Department has the credit of conducting four faculty development programmes in collaboration with Indian Academy of Sciences, Royal society of Chemistry, London(Deccan Section) and Association of Chemistry Teachers, India.
  • The various project work undertaken by U.G and PG students have added strength to the department
  • Several common laboratory experiments are redesigned in innovative way and successful experiments are done by Dr. Mala Das Sharma, Head of the department and group that drastically reduce the use of chemicals
  • Ongoing UGC funded project work as well as regular publication is at the credit of the department.
  • To build up a trained team of environmentally conscious and self motivated personnel in the country , student centric environmental research programme has been initiated.
  • The existence of St Pious UnderGraduate Environment Research group (SPUGER) is the unique feature of the department
  • The analysis and subsequent detection of hazardous hexavalent chromium and lead above the permissible limit in the surface and ground water of the Nacharam area of Hyderabad is a significant research finding of the department.
  • The faculty members regularly participate as resource persons in different teachers training programme of the rural school teachers conducted by Andhra Pradesh Academy of rural development
  • Dr Mala Das Sharma is the editorial board member of the international journal “World Journal of Chemical Education and the reviewer of two international journals.
  • As a part of student enrichment programme, brilliant and intelligent students are handpicked by the department and are offered extra training to crack the national level competitive exams
  • 29th and 30th January 2016: Dr. Mala Das Sharma, HOD, Chemistry, was a resource person for the National Conference Chem-Bridge organized by St. Ann’s College, Mehadipatnam.
  • 7th Sep 2016: Dr. Swaraga was a resource persona on NMR Spectroscopy at Little Flower Degree College.
  • Ms J. Deepa, III MBC and Ms S Radhika, III BtBC bagged first prize in paper presentation, at the National Conference at St. Ann’s College on 30th January 2016.
  • 29th Feb 2016: Ist year MSc Students conducted an innovative Quiz Competition at St. Pious School, Ramnagar on National Science Day celebration.
  • The members of SPUGER completed the socially and environmentally useful project on the analysis of heavy metals – Cadmium and Nickel, in ground and surface water of Hyderabad in Feb 2016. Their research findings have been reported in the Deccan Chronicle on 29th Dec 2016.
  • Ms Shivani Kumari, II BtBC and Ms. Neha, II MPC, bagged 2nd prize in “Top the bench” Competition held by Royal Society of Chemistry (London).

MOU/Linkage:

An agreement with Innovation Knowledge Park (Incubator Group) for students training in handling the modern equipment used in pharmaceutical industry is in the process.

Exhibition:

The Department had organized an interesting, informative and student learning exhibition on 18th December, 2015. Exhibits and working models were displayed on various fields related to chemistry such as:

  • Chemistry and Environment
  • Chemistry – A tool for curing disease
  • Chemistry and Entertainment
  • A model on treatment of polluted ground water

Research and Publications

Several common laboratory experiments are redesigned in innovative way and successful experiments are done by Dr. Mala Das Sharma, Head of the department and group that drastically reduce the use of chemicals

Studies are published in different educational journals like:

  • Resonance (Indian Academy of Sciences)
  • Khimia (Bulgarian journal of chemical education),
  • School science Review (Association for science education, U.K.)

A project titled ‘spectrophotometer- based student learning researches for understanding ecosystem complexity due to heavy metal pollution in surface and ground waters from selected cities in India’ submitted by Dr Mala Das Sharma to UGC has been sanctioned for receiving financial grants.

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Mala Das Sharma
  • Co Investigators: Mrs. Archana and Mrs. M. Karuna