About Us


The Department of Chemistry, Himachal Pradesh University Shimla established in 1970 is one of the prestigious departments of the university with the growing list of accolades earned nationally and internationally. At present, the department has eight highly qualified and committed faculty members on its staff. The Department offers M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D degree courses in three specializations: i.e. Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. Sixty four students including one single girl child are annually admitted for the two year M.Sc programme through an entrance test conducted by the University. The Department also admits three H.P. Government sponsored school teachers in M.Sc course to help them to improve their professional and academic standards. The output of M.Phil per teacher is two students per annum and for Ph.D is eight per teacher for the past many years. Academic output of the Department is commendable, as an average of 8-10 of our students qualifies national tests like UGC/CSIR-NET, GATE /SLET every year which is quite higher than the National average rate. Many students opt to move out to the centres of higher learning: viz CSIR laboratories such as NCL, IHBT and other reputed institutions like IIT, TIFR, DRDO and BARC. The Department has long tradition of an excellence in research in frontline areas of Chemistry including basic as well as applied nature, i.e. Polymer Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Drug Delivery, Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Solution Inorganic Chemistry, Membrane and Transport science using Nano and Green approaches. Research in Polymer Science has progressed exponentially beyond recognition over the last decades. In addition to the regular grants received by the Department, the faculty members have been awarded research projects by Extra-mural research funding agencies, CSIR, DST, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), UGC, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and ICAR. All the faculty members have collaborative research programme for interdisciplinary innovative findings with reputed scientific institutions. The alumni of the department occupy high positions in industry and academia in India and abroad. Their accomplishments have been outstanding and reflect on the quality training imparted at the post graduate and Ph.D. level.