History of the Department
           When the college was established in 1973, Chemistry was beeing taught to the Pre-University students.B.Sc. Chemistry major was offered to the students from the year 1979 onwards. Ever since the inception of B.Sc. Chemistry major, there has been heavy demand for the course as evidenced by the number of applications received every year. The Department of Chemistry has a well equipped laboratory to impart quality education to the students. The Department was upgraded as Research centre in the year 2012.Four of the faculty members are Ph.D. degree holders and among them two are recognized research guides of the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. Three faculty members are pursuing research programmes.
Vision
To produce young chemists with upgraded skills and clarity of purpose.
Mission
To produce young chemists with theoretical and practical skills that underpins the various branches of Chemistry and to apply the skills and knowledge gained through the subject to real life situations and face competitive examinations with confidence.
Objectives
           1.To impart theoretical and practical skills that underpins the various branches of the science of Chemistry.
           2.To enable the students to have a thorough understanding and knowledge of different branches of Chemistry.
           3.To make the students develop the ability to think analytically and solve problems.
           4.To facilitate the students of B. Sc. Chemistry to join PG courses which in turn help them to job opportunities and research pursuits.
           5.To apply the skills and knowledge gained through the subject to real life situations and face competitive examinations with confidence.
Highlights
           1.To produce young chemists globally, the Department of Chemistry encourage the students to participate in various competitions conducted in the MS University level by providing the Registration fees and TA and to present research papers in seminars.
           2.Once in a year, the Department arranges a State/ national level seminar and to bring out the leadership qualities of the students, the Department conducts association meetings exclusively with the student representatives on the dais.
           3.The students visit regularly chemical industries and research laboratories to develop practical skills and follow activity-based learning for skill-based courses (Clinical Chemistry, Dairy Chemistry etc.) and certificate course (Rubber technology).
           4.The Department Provides financial assistance to the needful students to minimize drop-outs from the Department Poor Fund.
           5.The Department creates a participatory class room environment by presenting the students’ ideas on the subject using power-point.

Faculty
Designation Photo Name & Qualification Description
Head of the Department HOD Dr. V.Gnana Glory Kanmoni
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
Dr. V.Gnana Glory Kanmoni entered into service in this institution in the year 1986. Her research is based on photochemistry and her area of specialization is Analytical chemistry. She has published many papers in International journals like Springer and has attended various national and international seminars. She has served as a subject expert in the selection committee for appointment of Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor in 2014 and at M. D. T Hindu College, Tirunelveli in 2017. She is a recognized Guide in M. S. University. At present, she is serving as guide for three Ph.D scholars and co-guide for one Ph.D scholar.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr. D. Helen
M.Sc., B.Ed.,M.Phil.,Ph.D
Dr. D. Helen is serving in this institution since 2005. She has qualified at the NET in Chemical Sciences. Prior to joining WCC, she served as lecturer in Annai Velankanni College, Tholayavattam for 4 years. She is a recognised Guide in Chemistry and her area of research is Analytical Chemistry and Nano Chemistry.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr. S.P.R. Kalai Kathir
M.Sc., M.Phil., (NET Passed)
Dr. S.P.R. Kalai Kathir studied her B.Sc., Chemistry degree course in Women’s Christian College, Nagercoil and M.Sc., degree course in Annamalai University, Chidambaram. She got gold medal in M.Sc., degree. She did her M.Phil programme in Bharathidasan University. She passed CSIR-NET in the year 2001. She completed her Ph.D programme in the year 2017. She worked as a F.I.P. substitute lecturer in St.Judes College, Thoothoor and Holy Cross College, Nagercoil She entered into the service in Women’s Christian College, Nagercoil in 2005. Her area of research is fuel cell. She published 4 papers in International journals. She presented 2 papers in other Institutions.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr. S. Jasmin Sugantha Malar
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
Dr. S. Jasmin Sugantha Malar had acquired her academic degrees from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and Madurai Kamaraj University. She took her Doctoral degree in 2014. Her area of specialization is Organic Chemistry and particularly Azo compounds. She has published 4 research papers in the international journals. She got guideship in May 2017.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr. K.R.Sheeja
M.Sc., M.Phil.Ph.D(SET)
Dr. K.R.Sheeja has been appointed as Assistant professor in the PG department of chemistry since 07.08.2009 and promoted to UG Aided Department since 27.06.2016. She complected her Ph.D. in the year 2015. Her area of research is Polymer Chemistry. She passed SET Exam in the year 2016. She has 9 Years teaching experience in UG , PG and M.Phil level. She guided four M.Phil scholars successfully. She got Guideship from June 2018. She published three papers in National and International level.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr.C.Starlin Kamala
M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D.
An alumni of the college, she has been appointed as Assistant professor in 2009. Her teaching experience ranges from 2001. She is an experienced faculty in preparing students for various competitive exams. She published 3 research articles in reputed international journals and 2 in national journals. She has contributed or participated in many national and state level seminars in Chemistry. She is a member of IQ2:56 AM 9/21/2018AC.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Mrs. S.Sofia,
M.Sc., M.Phil
Mrs. S.Sofia has been serving as Assistant Professor since 2009. She has served as the NSS programme officer of Unit No.164 in this college and has participated in a number of special NSS camps organized by various institutions of Higher Education. She was honoured with the University Level Best NSS Unit Award 2010-2011 by M S University, Tirunelveli. She is pursuing her Ph.D in Phytochemistry.
Awards
           1. Vasantha Balan Scholarship is awarded to the Chemistry major student who secures the highest mark in part III subjects in the first five semesters.
           2. Bernard Jacob Ross merit Prize is awarded to the best student in I year Chemistry.
           3. Mary Daniel Memorial Prize is awarded to the best student in II year Chemistry.
           4. Mrs. Kamala Bai Pauliah Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the Chemistry major student who gets the highest mark in the University examination in all the six semesters.
           5. Dr. Lion Prof.S.A.P. Varghese Endowment Scholarship is awarded to the student who secures first mark in the V semester examination in B.Sc., Chemistry.

Activities of the academic year 2019-2020

Activities of the academic year 2018-2019
          Chemistry plays an important role as central science in connecting physical sciences with life sciences and applied sciences such as medicine and engineering. By recognizing the dynamic nature of science, the Chemistry Department aims to guide the students in research opportunities that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of chemistry. Our staff and students are committed in developing and using their creativity and critical thinking skills to achieve excellence in inquiry, discovery, application and service. The department strives hard to achieve the Holy Trinity of Science – Reason, Observation and Experience. To begin the activities of department, the freshers were cordially welcomed by the seniors on 10-07-2018. The inauguration of Chemistry Association for the academic year 2018-2019 was held on 25-07-2018. The importance of “Polymers” was pictured clearly by Dr. M. Chandran, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Vivekananda College of Arts and Science on that day.
          To train up our students as professional careers in chemistry, as skilled entry level employees in industry and to promote the research activities of our students, a one-day workshop on “Entrepreneurship training on preparation of simple chemical products” was organized on 11-09-2018. The participants received the first hand information to prepare various chemical products such as tooth powder, tooth paste, wash liquid, cleaning powder, face powder etc.
         R. Aseela Banu and Ayun R. Jini of II B.Sc. Chemistry participated the workshop on “Simple Chemical Products” at Scott Christian College on 10-08-2018. A faculty and 5 students attended the National seminar on “Recent Advances in Chemistry” at Holy Cross College, Nagercoil on 29 – 08 - 2018. Four students participated in the Cubane – St. Xavier’s Rolling Trophies, Science and Chemistry Quiz on 31-08-2018. Four of our students participated in Chem Quiz - 2018 competition conducted by the Department of Chemistry, Annai Velankanni College, Tholayavattam on 06 - 09 - 2018 and H. Atchaya and S. Barzi Jeba of III B.Sc. Chemistry won the second prize. Three staff members and 42 students of III B. Sc. Chemistry visited the Indian Space Research Organisation, Mahendragiri on 03-10-2018. Students acquired knowledge about space reactions, liquid propulsion and rocket launching. Also they visited Vattakottai, a historical tourist place and Kanyakumari on the same day. To promote the leadership qualities and personality of the students, an association meeting was conducted on 17-12-2018 by the students. Indhu Rajendran of II B.Sc. Chemistry gave a talk on “Nano Technology”. Ayun R.Jini of II B.Sc. Chemistry and H. Akshara of III B.Sc. Chemistry delivered lectures on “Quarks” and “Chemistry Facts” respectively
         The ALUM MEET – 2019 of the Alumnae Association of the Department of Chemistry was held on 29-01-2019 at 3 p.m. The Head of the Department, Dr. V. Gnana Glory Kanmoni addressed the gathering. Afreen Jameela, A. Jency Monicca, Jasmine and Jothi shared their joyful moments and recalled the reminiscence in this campus. The alumnae members had a memorable time on that day. International Seminar on “Modern Trends in Material Science” was organized on 31-01- 2019. Dr. Jeya Ephraim, Director, Titanium River Pvt. Ltd., UK delivered lectures on “ Titanium Rich Materials from Illmenite ore – 4R concept and zero mitigation on waste utilization” and “Separation of ultra pure and fine Titanium metal powder from Titanium dioxide via powder metallurgy” . Dr. Gomathi, Associate Professor, IIST, Trivandrum gave a talk on “Surface Modification of Nano materials for Sensing applications”.
         According to Francis Bacon, “Travelling is a part of Education”. To enhance the knowledge of the students beyond the four walls of the classroom, a one-day tour was organised for the III B.Sc. students. 39 students and three staff members participated in the tour. They went for boating in Poovar backwaters, visited Vizhinjam fish aquarium, Veli beach park and Kovalam beach. They also visited Kerala state Science and Technology Museum and Priyadharshini Planetarium which gave a great and memorable experience. Dr.S.P.R.Kalai kathir attended a Refresher Course in Chemistry from 08- 06-2018 to 28-06-2018 and Refresher Course in Material Science from 30-10-2018 to 21-11-2018. Dr.S.Jasmin Sugantha Malar attended a Orientation Programme from 04-09-2018 to 01-10- 2018. By the grace of Lord Almighty, the Valedictory Meeting of Chemistry Association was held on 22-04-2019 and H. Akshara of III B.Sc. Chemistry explained the need of the hour- “Green Chemistry”. Prizes were distributed to the students for their best performance.
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