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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 : 25*
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: Centre 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 assessment 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.
Head of the Department

Name : Dr. Anand B. Melkani

Phone : 9634061752

Email : melkaniab@rediffmail.com


Chemistry Department: SSJ Campus, Almora
Head of the Department

Name : Dr. Sushil Kumar Joshi

Phone : 5962233577

Email : dr.s.k.joshi.alm@gmail.com

Faculty Members of DSB Campus, Nainital
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. S. P. S. Mehta Professor and Dean, Science Faculty Physical Chemistry spsmehta2004@yahoo.com 9411196960 Dr. S. P. S. Mehta View Profile
2 Dr. Anand B. Melkani Professor and Head Inorganic Chemistry melkaniab@rediffmail.com 9634061752 Dr. Anand B. Melkani View Profile
3 Dr. (Mrs.) Chitra Pande Professor Organic Chemistry pandechitra@yahoo.in 05942236943 Dr. (Mrs.) Chitra Pande View Profile
4 Dr. Pushpa Joshi Professor Organic Chemistry joshipushpa68@yahoo.com 05942236943 Dr. Pushpa Joshi View Profile
5 Dr. Nand Gopal Sahoo Professor Physical Chemistry ngsahoo@yahoo.co.in 9149135437 Dr. Nand Gopal Sahoo View Profile
6 Dr. (Mrs.) Geeta Tewari Associate Professor Inorganic Chemistry geeta_k@rediffmail.com 05942236943 Dr. (Mrs.) Geeta Tewari View Profile
7 Dr. Shah Raj Ali Associate Professor Physical Chemistry shahrajali@gmail.com 9837374538 Dr. Shah Raj Ali View Profile
8 Dr. Suhail Javed Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry msuhail12003@yahoo.co.in 9927966747 Dr. Suhail Javed View Profile
9 Dr. Mahesh Chandra Arya Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry mcarya181@gmail.com 9458921883 Dr. Mahesh Chandra Arya View Profile
10 Dr. Manoj Dhuni Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry manojdhuni@gmail.com 9837554280 Dr. Manoj Dhuni View Profile
11 Dr. Penny Joshi Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry penny.joshi@gmail.com 05942236943 Dr. Penny Joshi View Profile
12 Dr. Lalit Mohan Contractual Faculty Organic Chemistry lalit_mohan99@rediffmail.com 9548324338 Dr. Lalit Mohan View Profile

Faculty Members of SSJ Campus, Almora
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. N.D.Kandpal Professor Physical Chemistry narain_datt@rediffmail.com 9412093825 Dr. N.D.Kandpal	View Profile
2 Dr. N. S. Bhandari Professor (on leave) Inorganic Chemistry im_nsbhandari@yahoo.co.in 9410501355 Dr. N. S. Bhandari View Profile
3 Dr. Sushil Kumar Joshi Professor and Campus Head Physical Chemistry dr.s.k.joshi.alm@gmail.com 5962233577 Dr. Sushil Kumar Joshi View Profile
4 Dr. G.C. Shah Professor Organic Chemistry shah_gc@rediffmail.com 9412093387 Dr. G.C. Shah View Profile
5 Dr. Robina Aman Professor Organic Chemistry amanrobina@yahoo.com 9412042324 Dr. Robina Aman View Profile
6 Dr. Priyanka Sagar Associate Professor Inorganic Chemistry sagarpriyanka2006@gmail.com 9012762479 Dr. Priyanka Sagar View Profile
7 Dr. Bhuwan Chandra Assistant Professor Physical Chemistry bc_physical@rediffmail.com 9411119918 Dr. Bhuwan Chandra View Profile
8 Dr. D.S. Dhami Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry devendra.dhami08@rediffmail.com 9997226767 Dr. D.S. Dhami View Profile
9 Dr Vinod Kumar Assistant Professor (Contractual) Organic Chemistry drvkumar85@gmail.com 9548822690 Dr Vinod Kumar View Profile
10 Dr Rajendra Joshi Assistant Professor (Guest Faculty) Organic Chemistry rachem.joshi@gmail.com 9411182715 Dr Rajendra Joshi View Profile
11 Mr Anshu Tamta Assistant Professor (Guest Faculty) Physical Chemistry anshunadila123@gmail.com 8859288568 Mr Anshu Tamta View Profile

Syllabus of B.Sc (Year Wise)
  1. B.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons.) Syllabus 2019-20 (I & II Semester)
  2. B.Sc I Year
  3. B.Sc IInd Year
  4. B.Sc IIIrd Year
B. Sc. Chemistry Syllabus Semester wise
  1. B. Sc. Chemistry Syllabus
M. Sc. Chemistry Syllabus Semester Wise
  1. M. Sc. Chemistry Syllabus