The Department of Chemistry was established in 1956 with the establishment of University College of Engineering (UCE Burla), presently transformed to Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, a UGC Recognized Unitary Technical University Established by Government of Odisha in 2009. It is one of the oldest Chemistry Departments in the State started under the founder headship of Late Prof. Sripati Pani. The department has been engaged in providing highest level and quality of academic education. The main focus of the teaching and research in the department is centred on interdisciplinary themes, which have gained attention and appreciation. This department features a 12-member faculty with expertise in frontier areas of research. Active research in the areas of design of Nano hybrid materials, synthesis of Biomaterials, Nanohydrogels, synthesis, characterization and applications of Quantum Dots and Graphene based nanocomposites, Physico-organic chemistry, Corrosion chemistry, Alternate/Renewable energy, Polymer chemistry, Catalysis, Asymmetric synthesis Environmental chemistry, Photochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Supramolecular Chemistry, X-ray crystallography, Crystal engineering etc. are being pursued. The faculty members have contributed towards the publication of 4 patents, over 10 books and more than 250 research papers in the peer reviewed journals. There are about 10 research projects sponsored by various Government organizations (UGC, DST, CSIR, AICTE, BRNS-DAE, and DBT) and many consultancy from nearby industries.
The Department infuses the fundamentals of Chemistry to the students at B Tech level. In addition, it offers 2 year M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry, intake capacity-18) from 2018, 2 year M.Sc. (Industrial Chemistry, intake capacity-18), 5-Year Integrated M.Sc. (Intake capacity-18), M.Phil. (Intake capacity-08), and Ph.D. programme (Continuing-25). Students get admission in to the Masters programme through career marks. Integrated M. Sc. students get admission on the basis of the university entrance test. One of the unique features of the postgraduate course in the department is, it offers courses from emerging areas of Chemical Science such as Nano chemistry, Green Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry in addition to core courses as per UGC norms to cater the industry and academia requirements. In addition, credits for seminar talk and project is compulsory for the partial fulfilment for the award of degree. In this period, the students acquire opportunity to improve their communication skill and perform basic research in frontier areas. Furthermore, research scholars are enrolled in the department leading to degree.
Head, Department of Chemistry