ज्ञानं शीलं धर्मश्चैव भूषणं  "The Real Ornaments are Knowledge, Modesty and Sense of Duty.”
 
Accredited with Grade 'A' by NAAC
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
I. ABOUT DEPARTMENT
Department of Chemistry started in 1967 since the inception of Kalindi College, a constituent college of the University of Delhi. This Department has been working as an integral part from the very beginning of various interdisciplinary courses in the College that comes under Bachelor of Science in General and/or Life Sciences Stream, Honours in Physics and Mathematics. The Department has remained engaged actively in the successful journey of following programmes:
 
Details of courses/programmes provided and their status:

S.No.

Course/Programme

Academic Year

Mode of Running

Status of course

Reason of Discontinuation

1

B.Sc. General Group B

1967-68

Annual

Discontinued

Introduction of

Semester Mode

since 2010

2

B.Sc. Environmental Sciences

1985-86

Annual

Discontinued

 

3

B.Sc. Life Science

2005-06

Annual

Discontinued

 

4

B.Sc. Applied Life Science

2005-06

Annual

Discontinued

5

B.Sc. (P) life Sciences

2010-11

Semester

Running

-

6

B.Sc. (P) Physical Sciences

2010-11

Semester

Running

-

7

B.Sc. (H) Chemistry erstwhile FYUP

2013-14

Semester

Running

-

 
II. SCOPE OF CHEMISTRY
The past decades are considered as the witness for the global perspective of Chemistry in all branch sciences and even in daily life. This era is directly related to the wellbeing of human being which encompasses various modern areas of Chemical Sciences such as Chemical Synthesis, Medical Science, Physical Science, Biological Science, Environmental Science, Agriculture Science, Forensic Science and several applied courses of Chemical Sciences. All these modern areas are offshoots of the major domain of Chemical Science called as Chemistry, which directly concerns wellbeing of everywhere. 
Chemistry is that physical science which includes the study of a range of matters such as atoms, crystals, molecules and many other collections of matters whether they are in isolation or in combination. It also involves the concepts of energy and entropy that are related to the spontaneity of various chemical processes. Since this is a branch of natural sciences, it is commonly known as “The Science of Matter”.
Professionals working in this field are called chemists. They study the various compositions of matters and its concerned properties like density, size, shape and acidity. Usually the chemists specialize in one or more sub disciplines depending on their interests and the choice of their specialized field.
Due to highly prized nature of Chemistry and its diverse curriculum, it lays the foundation for extremely productive and exciting career in variety of disciplines as pharmaceutical, agrochemical, mineralogy, molecular biology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, polymer technology, teaching research, scientific publication and so on. The importance of Chemistry would not diminish over time, so it will remain a promising career path. In a nut shell, the study of Chemistry provides a vehicle for obtaining an education for life in a broad sense, so welcome to the great world of chemistry!
 
III. CAREER PROSPECTS
After completion of Bachelor Degree with Chemistry, a large number of Higher
Education avenues open up for the student such as:
  • M.Sc. Chemistry (At some places)
  • M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry
  • M.Sc. Drug Chemistry
  • M.Sc. Organic Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • M.Sc. Physical & Materials Chemistry
  • M.Sc. Forensic Science
  • M.Sc. Biochemistry
  • M.Sc. Polymer Science
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
o Research Training and Ph.D.-A student of Chemistry develops an analytical bend of mind which makes them a good candidate to pursue research training and Ph.D. at renowned National and International Institutes and universities such as University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Indian Institute of Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and TERI (The Energy and Research Institute) as well as various CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) institutes for summer training programs and internships.
o Post-Doctoral Fellow- a large number of students also go in for research as Post- Doctoral Fellows in various Universities and Institutes all over the world.
o Teaching assignment- students can go for school teaching and can teach in various Colleges or Department of University after completion of Ph. D.
o Scientists- various funding agencies especially UGC, DST and CSIR offers a number of Women’s Scientist positions particularly aimed at motivating more women to take up research positions. Being a women’s college, this is an area which would be tapped by our students if they are adequately exposed to in depth knowledge of the subject.
 
IV. INFRASTRUCTURE
To cater the need, and to groom the interest of students towards science, the Department of Chemistry has two well-equipped laboratories (space for 60 students in laboratory-1, 40 students in laboratory-2) for conducting practical classes which are managed by well experienced and capable staff. The Laboratories have been upgraded and well equipped with the instruments, glassware to make learning more interesting and congenial with new advancements and separate facilities like Filtration Room, Balance Room, Fuming Cupboard, Preparation Room, Instrument Room, etc. Moreover, the laboratory has all the necessary infrastructure and equipment to conduct practical as per the requirements, which are also prescribed in the various syllabus of interdisciplinary courses. In addition to the laboratory a instrument room has been designated for various instrumental chemistry practical. Department of Chemistry has also a good collection of books.
Details of Infrastructural Facilities
a) Laboratory: The Department has 2-spacious well-furnished laboratories: Lab-1 for 40 students and Lab-2 for 20 students with water, electricity and gas connections on each working bench along with following provisions:
b) Preparatory & Balance Room: Attached with laboratory, these rooms are fabricated with concrete slabs furnished with tiles to stock the entire chemicals and glassware necessary for conducting practical classes. Balance Room is equipped with electronic single pan balance.
c) Store Room: The chemistry store room is spacious and furnished with shelves and cupboards to store glassware and chemicals safely.
d) Filtration Room: It is equipped with 3 filtration units.
e) Instrument Room: Is a cosy, neat and air-conditioned room having tiled slabs, sufficient almirahs and electrical points for use & storage of delicate equipments
f) Desktop: 03 desktops with Wi-Fi connection.
g) Equipment in Laboratories
  • Spectrophotometer with printer
  • Potentiometer
  • Polarimeter
  • Flame-Photometer with printer
  • Digital pH meter
  • Conductometer
  • Electric balances
  • Colorimeter instruments
  • Facility for chemical complex/ compounds synthesis
  • 03 Desktops and printers.
h) Staff room: Department has 03 staff rooms for the faculty members. The staff rooms are provided with individual table and chair and almirah.
i) Class rooms with ICT facility: The College has provided the class rooms in the academic block with ceiling mounted LCD projectors for use of audio visual aids in teaching.
j) Cyber Centre: As the computational approach became the integrated part of education system and it connects the students and faculty to outside the class at a rapid rate. College has a fully air conditioned Cyber Centre with the facilities of ICT that acts as a medium to disseminate our curriculum which includes papers like Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Biology.