Brief History of the department
The glorious history of chemistry department goes back to the inception of this college in the year 1955. The department started with the UG course and was graced by Shri D. D. Lal as first head of the department with Dr P P Singh as second faculty. Since, the department came into existence, it has been enriched by excellent academiciansand researchers like Dr P P Singh (DSc,FNASc), Dr I M Pandey, Dr A K Srivastava, Dr M K Singh, Dr S A Khan, Dr U P Shukla, Dr P K Pandey, Dr P P Agarwal, Dr S P Yadav, Dr S B Sharma, Dr N P Singh to name a few. Under the capable leadership of Dr P P Singh, the department has seen considerable growth and PG course was awarded in year 1970 by the DDU Gorakhpur University Gorakhpur.
The department also has rich history in carrying out research work which has been established in late sixties and carried forward by the distinguished alumni and current generations of faculty members. It is worth to mention the immense contribution by Dr P P Singh who had international collaboration with Prof R. Rivest (University of Toronto, Canada) and published research papers of international repute. During his tenure, he also visited many foreign universities in connection to his research. In addition, Dr AK Srivastava and Dr U P Shukla also brought prestige to the department by visiting University of Toronto, Canada in connection to their respective research works.
The faculty members of the department has published approx 300 research papers in peer reviewed journals of high standards like Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of NuclInorg Chem, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Journal of Molecular Structure, Polyhedron, Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry, Journal of American Chemical Society, ChemCom, Carbon, Chemistry European Journal, Dalton Trans. Spectrochem Acta, Journal of Nanotechnology, Journal of desalination and waste water treatment, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Drug Design, Medicinal Chemistry Research etc.
The department has served as an emblematic example for students coming from various states and backgrounds for pursuing PhD program despite being established in one of the backward areas of North-Eastern UP. The department has been able to guide more than 150 research scholars who have been awarded PhD degree.The department has also been recognized by various funding agencies like DST, UGC, CSIR, Department of Environment; Govt of India, CST-UP which awarded various major research projects.
The hard work put-in-forth by faculty & other staff members and students has seen students from our department receiving Chancellors Medal, thus, carrying forward the legacy of our department.
The department currently has the following teaching faculty members:
- Dr. R K Singh, Associate Professor and Head
- Dr. M Ansari, Associate Professor
- Dr. S K Mishra, Assistant Professor
- Dr. Azad Kumar, Assistant Professor
- Dr. Basant Kumar, Assistant Professor
- Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Assistant Professor
- Dr. R R Pandey, Assistant Professor
The thrust area of the research in the department has been designed keeping in mind the resources, expertise of faculty members and its social impact that includes the following:
- Coordination chemistry of transition metals
- Computational Chemistry
- Environmental Chemistry
- Water Quality assessment
- Heavy metal detection
- Organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry
- Crystal structure determination and analysis
The department is a beacon of hope for students from weaker socio-economic strata by inculcating academic excellence. As a result, the students thrived and achieved prestigious positions in administration, academia, industry and research. This has been reflected in following manner:
Dr Sharad Kr Srivastava (General Manager, Chemistry division, ONGC); Dr Subir Srivastava (General Manager, Chemistry division, ONGC); Prof Nanhai Singh (Faculty, BHU), Prof V P Singh (Faculty, BHU), Dr Raksha Ram Mishra (Faculty, Hindu College, Delhi University, New Delhi), Dr Divya Singh (Assoc Professor, Bareilly College, Bareilly), Dr Tanveer Ahmed (Director Discovery Chemistry-Tri-Institutional Theraputic Institute, NY, USA), Dr Syed F. A. Pasha (LeadScientist SABIC-Corporate Research and Development, Riyadh, KSA); Dr Hemant Kr Srivastav (DST-UP Young Scientist recipient, Research Faculty, IIT Guwahati and Adjunct faculty, NIPER Kolakata); Shri Rajneesh Kr Srivastav (IAS); Dr Kaptan Singh (Associate Director, R&D,Ranbaxy); Dr Mahesh Singh (IFS); Dr Bhuvan Bhaskar Mishra (Research Scientist, FregeniusKabi); Dr R K Singh (Head, Dept of Chemistry, Assoc Professor, MLK College Balrampur); Dr Mufazzal Hussain (DGM and Head, Bioprocesses R&D, Lupin Ltd Pune); Shri Rajesh Singh (Vice president, IDEA, India); Dr Anirudh Chaudhary (Asst Professor, UP College Varanasi); Shri Abhinav Singh (PCS), Shri Rajiv Mishra (PCS), Shri Pradeep Singh (PCS), Shri Dinesh Singh (IOFS), Shri Nizamuddin Khan (Scientist-C, DRDO), Shri Mahesh Srivastava (PCS), Dr. S P Yadav (Ex-Minister of State, UP Government), Shri Sushil Singh Chauhan (DGM, Manufacturing, CTX life sciences Pvt Ltd), SmtGeetika Srivastava (Sr Manager, India division, FISERV, USA), Dr Ram Soorat (Cofounder and Chief Scientist, quantero.com, Dubai), Dr Santosh Tiwari(Scientist, Mechanical Engineering Dept, Hundai University, South Korea), Dr Manoj Gupta (Asst Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, Central University, Haryana), Dr Ruchi Singh (Asst Professor, Dev Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, Young Scientist Awardee), Shri Manoj Jaiswal (Project Scientist, IIT Delhi), Dr Deepa Singh (Asst Professor, Bareilly College, Bareilly), Dr N B Singh (Asst Professor, Bareilly College, Bareilly), Dr M B Kalhansh (Asst Professor, Bareilly College, Bareilly), Dr Preeti Singh (Assoc Professor, K S Saket PG College, Ayodhya), Dr Pratibha Singh(Asst Professor, K S Saket PG College, Ayodhya), Dr D D S Yadav (Assoc Professor, Christian College, Lucknow), Dr R B Pal (Assoc Professor, Christ Church College, Kanpur), Dr Sunil Kumar Mishra (Asst Professor, MLK College Balrampur); Dr Jitendra Kumar (Asst Professor, MLK College Balrampur); Dr Rishi Ranjan Pandey (Asst Professor, MLK College Balrampur) to name a few.
In addition, many students have been able to qualify exams of national repute like NET, JRF, GATE, IIT-JAM and pursued higher studies from various renowned institutes like IITs, NITs, IISERs and CSIR laboratories. The names of few select students are as follows:
Pankaj Kr Gupta (NET), Chayan Kr Kundu (GATE), Dr Dinesh Shukla (JRF), Khurseed Ahmed (NET, GATE), Narayan Upadhyay (NET), Harshwardhan Singh (JRF), Ashish Kr Verma (JRF), Prashant Hr Singh (NET), Kasim Ali (JRF), Govind Kr Maurya (JRF), Akhilesh Kumar (NET), Rajesh Kr Gautam (JRF), Ramanand (JRF), Sahin Fatima (GATE), Avanish Tripathi (GATE), Ramakant Mishra (GATE), Sandhya Kasaundhan (GATE), Vikrant Naval Vikram (GATE) and the likes of them.
The department currently runs classes for the preparation of GATE & NET.