This department was established in 1984, with the basic aim to cater to the needs of students of Vindhya Region which is a socially and economically backward part of Central India. This region is particularly rich in natural resources. Our former Prime Minister (Late) Mrs. Indira Gandhi foresighted it as Cement Belt and planned to run "Cement Express" from Delhi to connect it to the Power Capital of the Country "Shakti nagar" in the Singrauli area. Situated on the border of UP & MP the region is rich in natural resources like limestone, bauxite, coal, diamond, granite and iron. Based on these resources, major industries like cement aluminum coal, (Power) and paper are operating since past fifty year. Chemical Sciences are the backbone of these major industries; Most of such industrial units are in the university jurisdiction.
The department has been recognized by the UGC, New Delhi for its academic pursuits. Special assistance programs under DRS was sanctioned to the department in the year 2006. Despite all natural resources and manpower, the younger generation of the region lacked technical skills and the expertise for exploitation of the resources available. Local stalwarts' and academicians felt that by providing proper guidance, quality teaching and technical know-how, this region can be developed and brought in the main stream of the country. With these objectives the then Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof. Hira Lal Nigam, a renowned Inorganic Chemist, took all the pains to establish a Department of Chemistry in this University.
Postgraduate teaching and research programme were undertaken by the department to fulfill the aims and goals of the department.
The department runs M.Sc., and Ph.D. courses as regular Programmes. The syllabus of M.Sc. has been revised as per the syllabus recommended by UGC New Delhi. We have implemented CBCS pattern as laid down in new Education Policy 2020 of Govt. of India. The department also runs M.Sc. (Biochemistry), B.Sc. Hons Chemistry & B.Sc. Hon’s Biochemistry Programmes on Self Supporting basis and is going to offer B.Sc. (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) Programme from the current session.
The department has received major research projects from DST, CSIR, UGC, AICTE, MPCST etc. It was given DRS by the UGC in 2004. The pass-out students are well placed in different institutions/organizations like IIT, NIT, NITTTR, Universities, Govt. PG Colleges, Research Laboratories even in abroad.
The department is also facilitating research activities to colleges. The department has sophisticated instruments like AA Spectrophotometer, Cyclic Voltammetry, IR, UV spectro photometer, Flame photometer, Softwares and computer facilities for Computer Aided Drug Design. The department has an e-class room, Conference Hall and modern laboratories. Presently an MoU has been signed with MPCST, Bhopal (MP).