The School of Chemistry made its beginning in 1977 as a Research Department of Madras University Post Graduate Center. It was upgraded as School of Chemistry in 2004 and has now acquired a prominent position in the academic map of India. The School consists of 100 members, including 8 vibrant faculty members, 6 able administrative staff, 56 Research Scholars and around 40 PG students. The faculty members have chosen to work on the most modern and thrust areas in Chemistry, generated more than 85 Ph.Ds and published more than 718 quality research papers so far. One of the strengths of the School is the well-accredited Autonomous Post Graduate teaching program based on the popular CBCS pattern. We are proud that our collective enthusiasm has generated a good number of excellent and world-class Chemists, now occupying important academic and industrial positions in India and abroad. No wonder our teaching and research potentials were recognized by UGC even twelve years ago and by both UGC and DST six years back with financial support to build infrastructure facility and to set up sophisticated instruments facilities.
Almost all the faculty members have undertaken sponsored research projects funded by various National agencies and have successfully completed more than 40 individual research projects. They have organized several Conferences, Workshops, Refresher Courses and other academic programs as extension activities. They have won several National and International honors and recognitions. Prof. M. Palaniandavar was elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 2004. Several International Exchange visits regularly taken up by our faculty members have improved the quality of our teaching and research programs enormously. Now, impressed by the excellent and steady progress made by the School, DST has sanctioned Rs.3.1 crores and UGC has upgraded our School from DRS II level to Department of Special Assistance (DSA) to set up world-class sophisticated instruments facilities.