With technology changing the education landscape globally, even traditional disciplines such as chemistry are evolving in keeping with the times. For instance, the department of chemistry, Delhi University, offers a three-year MTech programme in chemical synthesis and processed technologies.
“This course prepares students for leadership roles in pharmaceutical companies and also helps them to develop new technologies,” says AK Bakhshi, head of department, chemistry, Delhi University. The course covers areas such as spectroscopy and stereochemistry, reaction mechanism and name reactions, reagents in organic synthesis & newer synthetic reactions & methodologies, process development & technologies & industrial management, chemical engineering & agro chemicals & bio-pesticides, among others.
Students opting for this course will be provided with scholarships. “There are 20 seats available and all students are given a scholarship of Rs 3,000 in the first semester. Based on their performance, they will be entitled to the renewal of the scholarship in the subsequent semesters,” says Bakhshi.
The course is divided in such a way that it ensures hands-on training to students. “We give our students a combination of classroom learning and project work. Students work on projects in the fourth and fifth semesters,” adds Bakhshi.
The department has approximately 50 faculty members. Admission criteria for admissions for the 2011 batch will be an entrance exam, percentage of marks secured in BSc (chemistry honours) or the BSc programme, or the marks scored in the Joint Admission Test (JAM) 2011.
All candidates seeking admission to the MTech course should have passed +2 or equivalent examination recognised by Delhi University, with mathematics as one of the subjects. The sale of information bulletin and forms has begun. Students can collect the forms from the department of chemistry, Delhi University. Classes begin from July 21.