The Department of Chemistry was established in 1977 (under university status) and
has units in both the Campuses.The Department is one of the most prestigious departments
in the country that runs M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes. It also offers courses in basic
chemistry to all UG students. It is engaged in research on chemistry of natural
products, soil chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical evolution and nanomaterials.
The expertise of the Department in above areas is well recognized. The Department
is well equipped with modern analytical facilities like GC, GC/MS, HPLC and FT-IR
with financial assistance from FIST-DST programme. There is a Departmental library,
a Student’s Aid-Fund library and Students-Own library to cater to the needs of postgraduate
and research students of the Department. The department has organized various guest
lecture series by eminent scientists/professors for P. G. students and also conducted
ACT Concept Test-2012 for undergraduate students. The department has conducted various
seminars, symposia, workshops and Refresher courses. The International Year of Chemistry
(IYC-2011) was celebrated with great enthusiasm including a National Conference
the P.G. students were selected in Higher Education CDRI, CIMAP, ICMR, Dabar India
and Morpen Pharmaceuticals etc. The executives of various Industries visited the
Department for career counseling selected as Chemists in the M/s Jubilant Organosys.
The teaching faculty of the Department has several major and minor research projects
from UGC, CSIR, UCOST, USERC and GBPI-IERP and has produced new results.
At undergraduate level, it has a three years degree course comprising of Inorganic,
Organic and Physical Chemistry including laboratory classes related to all these
branches. The postgraduate course structure is of four semesters.
Number of seats in P. G. classes with specialization of the courses at DSB Campus,
Organic Chemistry : 20*
Physical Chemistry : 05*
Inorganic Chemistry : 05*
Number of seats in P. G. classes with specialization of the courses at SSJ Campus,
Organic Chemistry : 25*
Physical Chemistry : 05*
*The number of seats is interchangeable.
Prof. SPS Mehta joined the Department as Assistant Professor in March in 1976. He was promoted to the post of Associate Professor in March 1989 and then to the post of Professor of Chemistry in July 1998. Since very beginning, Prof Mehta has been actively involved in teaching, research and other administrative work of the University. His area of interest in research has been Reaction Kinetics. He has published more than 30 research papers in national and international journals. He has also presented papers in seminars/conferences. Eight students have so far been awarded Ph. D. degree and four are working presently under his supervision.
Besides teaching, Prof. Mehta has contributed by working in a number of administrative positions. He was Proctor, Dean, Students’ Welfare and Coordinator IGNOU, DSB Campus, Nainital. He also contributed as coordinator, Kumaun University Examinations and as the Director, Research & Extension of the University. He has taken over as Head, Department of Chemistry on 18th January, 2014.