The Department of Chemistry, Miranda House was established in 1948. It currently has three modern and well-equipped chemistry laboratories. It also has an Instrumentation Laboratory with various instruments enabling the students to carry out all the experiments included in the new syllabus as well as some simple projects. Facilities of a modern computer laboratory are also available to the Department. There is a well-stocked store for apparatus and another for chemicals. The Department Library has a good collection of chemistry books which supplements the wide range of books available in the main library of the College. There is also a reading room equipped with ten computers and comfortable seating arrangement. The faculty is highly qualified and motivated. Some of the faculty members are currently involved in research and have also presented papers in international conferences. The Department has a designated laboratory space for setting up experiments undertaken by faculty as part of their research. There is also an Instrumentation Lab for this purpose with state-of-the-art instruments such as Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Photocatalytic Reactor, Microwave Oven and Rotary Evaporator. A few faculty members have also authored Chemistry textbooks for undergraduate students. In keeping with the traditions of the Department, the non-academic staff is hardworking, helpful and committed.
The Chemical Society Rasayanika arranges guest lectures by reputed scientists from India and abroad. Dr A. S. Matharu, Dr Govardhan Mehta, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Dr R.A. Mashelkar, Dr. M.G.K. Menon, the Prof. Yash Pal and Dr Samir K. Brahmachari are some of the renowned speakers who have addressed the students and faculty over the years. The Society also runs a wall magazine, publishes a printed annual magazine, Rasayani and organises the annual inter-college Chemistry Festival 'Pratikriya', which is enthusiastically attended by students from institutions all over Delhi.
Each year the majority of Miranda House Chemistry students graduate with first divisions and some of them achieve university positions. Several students receive the University Science Meritorious Students' Award every year. The Department also has a number of INSPIRE scholars in I Year, II Year and III Year. While pursuing the undergraduate chemistry programme in Miranda House, some students are selected for summer training at the IITs and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. A number of Miranda House Chemistry graduates are pursuing post-graduation at the IITs and the IISc, Bangalore and some are also doing Ph D at top-ranking universities in the US,UK and Germany. Many Chemistry alumnae are faculty members in various colleges, universities and institutions in India and abroad. A number of alumnae are engaged in research work at reputed pharmaceutical companies and research laboratories in India and abroad. They are also well-represented in diverse fields such as computer applications, management, law and the civil services.
Bridge Course for the students of first year Chemistry Honours on Laboratory Safety and Handling of Equipment was organised by Department of Chemistry on 1 and 3 August in 2017, 3-4 August in 2016 and 19-20 October in 2015.
Teachers use following tools/methods to get the effective teaching and better understanding.
Department of Chemistry organises conferences/hands-on workshops for students every year.
In these workshops, students learn the use of a variety of software such as Chem Draw, Argus Lab, Gaussian, basic concepts associated with interdisciplinary topics and also participate in oral paper presentation and poster presentation competitions.
Chemistry students actively participate as mentors in INSPIRE programme for high school science students. Chemistry undergraduates are usually associated with five different workshops for high school students under INSPIRE. Every year,several renowned Professors of Chemistry and associated fields are invited to deliver talks to the students. During Pratikriya, the annual Inter-college Chemistry Festival organised for the students,Rasayanika hosts an inter-college Scientific Paper Presentation Competition Eureka! Pratikriya also has other co-curricular activities such as Prayog, the labwork competition. The Departmental magazine Rasayani provides a platform for students to write articles on diverse scientific topics and about their experiences in college.Students and teachers went to Rajasthan in 2017, Kullu-Manali in 2016, Mussoorie in 2015 and Chandigarh in 2013 for education-cum-sightseeing field trips. The field trips also included visits to TERIGram, Gurgaon, TERI University, New Delhi, National Institute of Solar Energy, Gurgaon, ITC Green Centre, Gurgaon, Airports Authority of India Paper Recycling Unit, Ruchi Vihar, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi and other interesting sites.
|Student Progression||Of % enrolled(approximately)|
|UG to PG||90|
|PG to Ph.D.||20|
|Ph.D. to Post-Doctoral||15|
Academic performance of B.Sc. (H) Odd Semester 2016-17
Academic performance of B.Sc. (H) Even Semester 2016-17
The department of Chemistry has highly motivated Faculty. Faculty members got many innovation projects and awards. Some Faculty members participated in international conferences outside India for paper presentation and delivered invited talk.Dr. Bani Roy and Dr Mallika Pathak were a part of the 9-member team to receive the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships (ALAF) to participate in the project Building Leadership Capacity in Undergraduate Science Teaching at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, in April 2013. Dr Kalawati Saini was invited for delivering a lecture in the European Advanced Material Congress 2017, Sweden.
|S.No||Name Of Teacher||Year||Award|
|1.||Dr. Mallika Pathak||2016||
|2.||Dr. Kalawati Saini||2017||
|3.||Ms. Nutan Rani||2016||
|4.||Dr. Malti Sharma||2016||
|5.||Dr. Smriti Sharma Bhatia||2016||
A number of students after completing their post graduation and Ph.D. serve as college and university teachers and research scientists. Many complete MBA and go on to become managers.Yet others become IAS officer, Air Force pilots, lawyers, computer professionals etc. Some students get extremely prestigious awards and scholarships to enable them to carry out postgraduate and doctoral studies abroad. Some recent alumnae doing Ph D abroad are:
A large number of alumnae hold academic positions in Universities/research institutes across the world. A small illustrative list is given below: