The Department of Chemistry’s history can be traced back to as early as 1968 when Chemistry was taught as a subsidiary subject of Home Science. It became a full-fledged department with the launching of B.Sc. Chemistry in 1998.The first faculty of the department was Sr.Lourdes C.S.N., who retired in 1995 as the Principal of the institution. The Department has produced several university ranks and a number of distinctions and first classes. M.Sc. in Chemistry was started in 2013. The department has a well-equipped laboratory to cope with the present needs of higher education and a departmental library. The alumni of the department are active and vibrant.
Chethana, an endowment programme for the mothers of our students, started in 1995 to remember the services of Sr. Lourdes, former Principal and HOD of Chemistry is organized by the department.
The incorporation of ICT classrooms, equipped with Information and Communication Technologies and Wifi connectivity, has significantly transformed the learning experience within the field of chemistry. In these modern classrooms, students have access to a wealth of digital resources, interactive simulations, and multimedia presentations that bring complex chemical concepts to life.
The Department takes pride in offering two well-equipped Chemistry laboratories for our Undergraduate students, ensuring a seamless and efficient environment for their practical sessions. These laboratories boast ample space and an array of state-of-the-art equipment, facilitating students in conducting their experiments promptly and with ease. The department meticulously maintains and calibrates all the instruments, guaranteeing their accuracy and reliability. Regular replenishment of chemicals is a priority, ensuring that students have access to the necessary resources for their experiments
The Postgraduate Department of Chemistry is equipped with advanced laboratories that encompass a wide range of essential tools required for conducting experiments aligned with the curriculum. These laboratories dedicated to Organic, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry are well-equipped with the necessary instruments for sample preparation and the standardization of various analysis tests. The equipment undergoes regular maintenance and calibration, guaranteeing precision and accuracy in experiments. Safety protocols are diligently followed, with ample precautions taken to protect students and prevent accidents during laboratory activities.
Career Guidance program: IGNITE 2023
Department of Chemistry in association with Chemistry Association conducted a career guidance programme exclusively for UG and PG Chemistry Students. The program IGNITE 2023 was held on 9th March 2023 at conference hall. Dr. Ajith James Jose, Asst. Professor, S.B College Changanassery handled the “Be a Professional” session. The session discussed various career and higher studies options for chemistry graduates and post graduates.
World Ozone Day 2022
Ozone Day 2022 was observed by Department of Chemistry on 16th September 2022. Keynote address was presented by Dr. Marilyn Mary Xavier, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry. Caption writing competition was conducted in connection with Ozone Day and Noufiya T. A. of I M.Sc Chemistry won the prize.
The department of Chemistry conducted a session on “Practicing virtual labs” on 28th October 2022. The session is based on the idea that lab experiments can be taught using the Internet, more efficiently and less expensively. Dr. Sindhu K S gave a demonstration class using Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Virtual Lab and after that the students practiced the experiments by their own. The experiments can be accessed anytime and anywhere, overcoming the constraints on time felt when having access to the physical lab for only a short period of time.
Exhibition for school students
An exhibition on chemistry equipments and experiments for high school students from St. Francis Assissi were conducted on 8th November 2022. The degree students from the department of chemistry exhibited various chemistry experiments and explained the chemistry behind every reaction. The exhibition was very informative to the students. The students could experience the lab experiments which they had studied in their text books.
Department of Chemistry organized a seminar on ‘Fundamentals of Research Methodology’ on 26th October 2022. The purpose of the seminar is to introduce students to the most important conceptual approaches of research as well as to explore and formulate the theoretical framework for the analysis of the topic.
Mole Day 2022
On 23rd October International MOLE Day was observed. Based on the theme Avagadro numbers a poster presentation and letter writing competition was conducted. Varsha P V and Rency Itteera from II M.Sc Chemistry won the first prize for poster presentation and Athira Santhosh and Athira Vijayan from I M.Sc. Chemistry won the second prize. Karthika Devi from I M.Sc. Chemistry and Surya Suresh from II M.Sc.Chemistry won the first and second position respectively for letter writing competition.
Department of Chemistry celebrated Onam with a great splendour. Department arranged an intricately designed pookkalam, aromatic onasadya which represented a remarkable display of culture.
Chemistry Association Inaugration
Chemistry Association is inaugurated by Dr. June Cyriac, Assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, Sacred Heart College, Thevara on 17th October 2022. She delivered a talk on “Feel Chemistry around us” and the session was well appreciated by the students.
State Level Seminar on Research Methodology
Department of Chemistry organized a State Level Seminar on Research Methodology “QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: METHODS AND METHODOLOGY “on 29th July 2022 for UG and PG Students. The programme was conducted in two sessions. Dr. Surendran Cherukodan, Assistant Librarian, School of Engineering Library, CUSAT and Dr. Rejimon P.K. Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Maharajas College Ernakulam was the resource persons. 65 students attended the programme.
Nurturing Future Entrepreneurs
Department of Chemistry and Institution’s Innovation Council jointly organized a seminar on Entrepreneurship and skill development “Nurturing Future Entrepreneurs” on 1st September 2022. Ms. Dolly Maria, Managing Director, IGNIST Enlightenment PVT Ltd, Kochi delivered a lecture on the topic and encouraged the students to think and act in an entrepreneurial way by imparting technical and business skills at an early stage in their career.
Rank Holders 2023
Department of Chemistry bagged three university ranks in final year university B.Sc Chemistry (Model II) examinations.
Power Quiz 2022
Ms.Anakha PM from II M.Sc. Chemistry secured second position(preliminary round) in Power Quiz organized by KSEB.
Rank Holders 2022
M.G. University Rank holders in 2022
Rank Holders 2021
M.G. University Rank holders in 2021
Rank Holders 2020
M.G. University Rank holders in 2020
The department actively encourages students to unleash their creativity by crafting items from waste materials, emphasizing the importance of recycling and sustainability. Through workshops and initiatives, students are motivated to transform discarded items into useful and reusable products. These creations are proudly showcased in exhibitions, raising awareness about the potential of upcycling. Moreover, the funds generated from selling these items are thoughtfully distributed among the students involved, fostering a sense of entrepreneurship and environmental responsibility. This approach not only promotes innovative thinking but also instills a strong sense of environmental consciousness among the student body, creating a positive impact within the campus community.
As a valuable component of the Skill Training Programme, second and third-year BSc Chemistry students participate in practical sessions where they learn to create bathing soap named ‘Star Bathing Soap’ and liquid hand wash called ‘Star Fresh.’ These hands-on training sessions empower students with essential soap-making skills. To showcase their creations, the department organizes an Exhibition cum Sale event, providing students with a platform to display and sell their products. Furthermore, the soaps and hand wash prepared by the students find practical use within the chemistry laboratory, promoting sustainable practices and enhancing the learning experience for all.
The Department of Chemistry demonstrates its commitment to social responsibility through the annual charity program, ‘Many Hands One Heart.’ In this initiative, students actively participate by collecting daily usage items across fifty different categories over the course of a week, typically at the start of the academic year. These essential items are then distributed to impoverished individuals and families, emphasizing the department’s dedication to making a positive impact on the community. By fostering empathy and generosity, this program instills a strong sense of social awareness and compassion among the students, encouraging them to contribute meaningfully to society.
Head of the Department