The Department of Chemistry is one of those in few Departments, which were established soon after the inception of the Banaras Hindu University in 1916. Over the period, the Department has been nurtured under the able guidance of the eminent educationist/chemists like Prof.S.S. Bhatnagar, Prof.Bawa Kartar Singh, Prof.S.S.Joshi and Padmabhusan Prof.Gurubaksh Singh. Prof.C.N.R.Rao, Prof.V.Krishnan, Prof.J.S.Yadav, Dr. Ganesh Pandey, Prof.D.Basavaiah, Dr.Pradeep Kumar to name a few, are the alumni of this Department.The present faculty members are actively engaged, beside their teaching programme, in pursuing research in frontier areas of chemistry. As a result, during the last decade nearly 150 students were awarded Ph.D degree and around 500 research papers were published from this Department in reputed National and International Journals. To keep a pace with the advancement in frontier areas of Chemistry, our faculty members have been visiting laboratories of renowned chemists of foreign countries (USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Canada, Spain etc. and have collaborative projects with them. At present,there are 17 ongoing projects sponsored by defferent funding agencies like DST, CSIR, UGC, MHRD, DAE, DBT, DRDO,etc.with total outlay worth Rs. 3 Crore. Recognizing the research outcome, the Department has received special financial assistnace under COSIST, DST-FIST,and UGC-SAP(Pase I,II,III)to the tune of Rs.3.32 crore. This has helped the Department in establishing Chemistry Instrumentation Service Centre (CISC) equipped with a number of modern, sophisticated instruments which have generated funds amounting Rs.1,28,035 during 2005-06. This has brought the Department to a level where we can venture to pursue research in frontier areas of chemistry. Research areas being pursued in the Department are mainly focused on the development of materials of technological and biological importance.
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