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Chemistry Department: DSB Campus, Nainital

The Department of Chemistry was established in 1951 (under Agra University, Uttar Pradesh) and became part of Kumaun University in 1973. Apart from being 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 undergraduate students. Some of the notable topics of research being undertaken by the faculty include topics from the fields of chemistry of natural products, soil chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical evolution, nanomaterials and development of technology for waste plastic management, among several others. Not only is the expertise of the Department in above areas well recognized, the department is also well equipped with modern analytical facilities like GC, GC/MS, HPLC and FT-IR, DMS, TGA with financial assistance from NMHS projects and DST-FIST programme to enable research feasibility and continuity.


The Departmental library which is a Student’s Aid-Fund library acts as student’s own library to cater to the domain-specific needs of postgraduate and research students of the Department. The department not only organizes various guest lecture series by eminent scientists/professors for P. G. students but has also conducted several seminars, symposia, workshops and refresher courses. Officials from various pharmaceutical companies are invited to the Department for campus recruitment of final semester PG students as chemists. The teaching faculty of the Department has several major and minor research projects from UGC, CSIR, UCOST, USERC, DST and GBPI- IERP which have produced novel results. Having always been proactive towards its role in environmental sustainability, the department has developed new technology to transform waste plastic into useful products including graphine, a work that was recognized by the central government. The department is also involved in the waste management and working with Municipal Board of Nainital city.


Courses Offered:

At undergraduate level, it has a six semester degree course comprising of Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Analytical Chemistry including laboratory classes related to all of the aforementioned branches. The postgraduate course structure is of four semesters.


Number of seats in P. G. classes with specialization of the courses at DSB Campus, Nainital
1. Organic Chemistry : 20*
2. Physical Chemistry : 06*
3. Inorganic Chemistry : 06*

Number of seats in P. G. classes with specialization of the courses at SSJ Campus, Almora:
1. Organic Chemistry : 20*
2. Physical Chemistry : 05*
3. Inorganic Chemistry : 05*

*The number of seats is interchangeable.

Important Projects going on in the Department:

  1. Co-Ordinator and Co-PI: Prof. N.G. Sahoo, Prof. Anand B. Melkani, Dr. A. Dandapat; Partnership with Municipal Board of Nainital:A Multidimensional Remediation and Innovative Tailoring of Materialistic Waste (AMRITAM): An Innovative Approach for the Collection, Segregation and Upcycling of Solid Waste, Rs.`3.5 Crore, November 2019 - October 2022, GBPNIHESD, NMHS, Kosi- Katarmal, MoEF&CC.
  2. Principal Investigator (PI): Prof. N.G. Sahoo; Co-PI: Prof. Anand B. Melkani, Prof. S.P.S. Bisht, Dr. M. Rana  "Smart Synthesis of Carbon Nanomaterial Along With the Production of High Value Added Fuel and Additives for the Concrete Mixture from WASTE PLASTIC", Rs.`2.24 Crore, April 2016- March 2020, GBPNIHESD, NMHS, Kosi-Katarmal, MoEF&CC.
  3. Project Partner: Prof. N.G. Sahoo: for Sustainable Treatment, Reuse and Management for Efficient, Affordable and Synergistic solutions for Water (Water-IC for Sutram of Easy Water), in IIT Madras, Nodal Indian PIs. Prof. Ligy Philip and Prof. T. Pradeep, IIT Madras, Rs. 31.08 Lakh (For Kumaun University), 2018-2022.
  4. Co-PI: Prof. N.G. Sahoo, Synthesis of hierarchical mesoporous WO3@MnO2/3D-RGO hybrid composite for high performance supercapacitor, Rs. 17.42 lakhs, MHRD, Govt. of India, Since June 2019.
  5. Dr. Penny Joshi; Co-PI:To Establish a DNA- Barcoding and Chemotaxonomy Empowered Herbarium of Lichen-Species of Uttarakhand- Himalayan and Development of a Resource Group for Conservation and Characterization of Lichen-Biodiversity;
    Grant Amount: Rs 60.66 Lakh
    Agency: NMHS New Delhi
    Period: 2018-2021
  6. Dr. Penny Joshi; Co-PI: DNA-barcoding of ethno-medicinal and high-value plants of Uttarakhand Himalaya and as sessment of anti-inflammatory nutraceutical potential of selected phyto-extracts; Grant Amount: Rs 9.97 Lakh
    Agency: DIBER (DRDO)
    Period: 2020-2021.
  7. Prof. Chitra Pande -PI; Dr. Geeta Tewari-Co-PI: Sustainable approach for cleanup of metal polluted soils using basil species with respect to their genetic diversity, GBPNIHE & SD, Kosi, Katarmal, Almora; 9.95 lakh; 2017-2020.
  8. Dr. Geeta Tewari-Co-PI: National campaign on Tinospora cordifolia (Amrita) for life,; Ministry of Ayush, NMPB, New Delhi, 18.90 Lakh; 2019-2020.

Books Published -:

Patent approved -:

1. Patent No. 352780: A Process of Manufacturing Graphene from Waste Plastic

2. Patent No. 352905: Natural Degradation Products of Promethazine Compound

Head of the Department

Name : Dr. Anand B. Melkani

Phone : 05942-236943(O); 9634061752, 9456524783 (Mobile)

Email : melkaniab@rediffmail.com


Faculty Members of DSB Campus, Nainital
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. Anand B. Melkani Professor and Head Inorganic Chemistry melkaniab@rediffmail.com 9634061752, 05942236943 (O) Dr. Anand B. Melkani View Profile
2 Dr. (Mrs.) Chitra Pande Professor Organic Chemistry pandechitra@yahoo.in 05942236943 Dr. (Mrs.) Chitra Pande View Profile
3 Dr. Pushpa Joshi Professor Organic Chemistry joshipushpa68@yahoo.com 05942236943 Dr. Pushpa Joshi View Profile
4 Dr. Nand Gopal Sahoo Professor Physical Chemistry ngsahoo@yahoo.co.in 9149135437 Dr. Nand Gopal Sahoo View Profile
5 Dr. (Mrs.) Geeta Tewari Associate Professor Inorganic Chemistry geeta_k@rediffmail.com 05942236943 Dr. (Mrs.) Geeta Tewari View Profile
6 Dr. Shah Raj Ali Associate Professor Physical Chemistry shahrajali@gmail.com 9837374538 Dr. Shah Raj Ali View Profile
7 Dr. Suhail Javed Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry msuhail12003@yahoo.co.in 9927966747 Dr. Suhail Javed View Profile
8 Dr. Mahesh Chandra Arya Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry mcarya181@gmail.com 9458921883 Dr. Mahesh Chandra Arya View Profile
9 Dr. Manoj Dhuni Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry manojdhuni@gmail.com 9837554280 Dr. Manoj Dhuni View Profile
10 Dr. Penny Joshi Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry penny.joshi@gmail.com 05942236943 Dr. Penny Joshi View Profile
11 Dr. Lalit Mohan Contractual Faculty Organic Chemistry lalit_mohan99@rediffmail.com 9548324338 Dr. Lalit Mohan View Profile
12 Dr. Deepshikha Joshi Guest Faculty Organic Chemistry Deepshikha30898@rediffmail.com 05942-236943 Dr. Deepshikha Joshi View Profile
13 Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Guest Faculty Organic Chemistry kamleshkumar@kunainital.ac.in 8800529033 Mr. Kamlesh Kumar View Profile
14 Dr. Anirban Dandapat Assistant Professor (INSPIRE Faculty) Inorganic Chemistry dranirbandandapat@kunainital.ac.in 7300583963 Dr. Anirban Dandapat View Profile
15 Dr. Girish Chandra Kharkwal Guest Faculty Organic Chemistry gckharkwal@gmail.com 9758854864, 8126573948 Dr. Girish Chandra Kharkwal View Profile
16 Miss Anchal Aneja Guest Faculty Physical Chemistry anejaanchal1991@gmail.com 05942236943 Miss Anchal Aneja View Profile