About DAC

The Department of Applied Chemistry was established in 1976 with the support of UGC envisaged to play an important role in the further development of the industrial belt in the Greater Cochin area by providing scientific support and trained personnel to the existing industries and by acting as a catalyst for starting up of new industries.  The Department started M.Sc. programme in Applied Chemistry in 1977, M. Phil. programme in Chemistry in 1986,  and  M.Tech. programme in Industrial Catalysis in 1996 (approved by UGC and AICTE).

 The Department has acted as a nucleus for starting the Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology and the Centre for Biotechnology by initiating B.Tech. and M.Sc. course in the respective areas.  After the initial problems of infancy, the Department has grown and emerged as one of the best centres of Chemistry and has been fortunate to produce the first Bhatnagar Award Winner in Chemical Sciences in the entire State of Kerala.  The UGC has identified it as one of the national centres to conduct refresher courses for University and College teachers in Chemistry.

 The Department has been selected for the “Fund for improvement of S&T Infrastructure” (FIST) programme of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India Special Assistance Programme” (SAP) of University Grants Commission.  The Department was selected for funding at the second level of support under FIST and SAP programmes. 

 The Department has carried a number of research projects, supported by Central and State Government agencies such as DST, MHRD, UGC, AICTE, CSIR, DRDO and KSCSTE.  Several research schemes stand completed and ongoing projects valued at about Rs.500 lakhs.

 The Department has conducted several national seminars/symposia, the major ones being, a seminar and Mass Education programme in Environmental Awareness (1988), the National Symposium on Current Trends in Co-ordination Chemistry (1995) MATCON (2001, 2007, 2010 and 2016), CTRIC (2004, 2008, 2011- 2014) Frontiers in Chemistry (2006) and four International Seminars “MATCON (2007 - 2016).” The Department is currently organizing two series of conferences, MATCON (the international conference series) and CTRIC (a national conference series). The Department has over 400 research publications to its credit during the last five years in addition to a few monographs.  About 100 students have taken their Ph.D. from the department.  Almost all the students who had successfully completed the M.Sc Applied Chemistry and M.Tech  Industrial Catalysis  courses have found employment in industries, R & D institutions or colleges, some of them have pursued a career in research and have been awarded Ph.Ds.  A few of them have also gone abroad and are well settled in industrial establishments, universities and other institutions.