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Best Practices - Chemistry Department

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
PRESENTATION OF BEST PRACTICE OF DEPARTMENT
2010

1. Title of the Practice Motivating students (UG & PG) to apply and get selected for Summer Training / Summer Research Fellowships in reputed institutions / research centres.
2. Goal The aim of this evaluation is two fold -
  • (i) To encourage students to apply for Summer Training / Summer Research Fellowships
  • (ii) To enhance the probability of getting selected by augmenting their academic caliber.
3. Context In the present scenario of basic science education, research has become an integral part of learning. Hence it has become necessary to motivate students towards research to ensure a bright and prosperous career in the future. As a prelude to this, students should be exposed to the current research work carried out in leading and reputed institutions / centres. The students should also be exposed to the rudiments of research and receive hands-on training in handling latest instruments / equipments. They should also develop the skills in acquiring & interpreting data and arrive at logical and acceptable conclusions. Undergoing such training / research programmes should develop in the students a thirst for higher studies in the field of chemistry. With this in mind, the department has taken efforts to encourage students undergo summer training / summer research.
4. The Practice As and when the advertisements appeared / letters received for Summer Training / Summer Research, the Department identifies meritorious candidates (both at the PG & UG levels) and encourages them to apply for the programmes. If necessary parents are also counseled to motivate their wards to participate in such programmes. The students are helped in properly filling the application forms, writing proposals and online submission of application forms. When selected the students are aided in planning their travel and period of training / fellowship. On duty leave is granted for the working days they miss during the period of training.
5. Evidence of Success
  • 1. P. Mahalakshmi, II B.Sc. Chemistry - Awarded the Summer Research Fellowship Programme at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research for the year 2004 and Worked on a project for 2 months from 1.5.2004 to 30.6.2004 under the guidance of Prof. G. U. Kulkarni of GPMU at JNCASR, Bangalore.
  • 2. N.C. Uma, II M.Sc. Chemistry – Awarded the Summer Research Fellowship Programme and worked on a Project titled “Construction of Novel Heterocycles via the Trapping of Pyridine - DMAD Zwitterion with Isatins and Istylidines-May - June 2006 Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.
  • 3. P. Priyadharshini - II B.Sc. Chemistry - Awarded the Summer Research Fellowship programme 2007 in chemical sciences- IICT, Hyderabad, JNCASR, Bangalore. May & June 2007
  • 4. S. Mathiya - I M.Sc. Chemistry - Awarded the Summer Research Fellowship - School of chemistry, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, IASc-INSA-NASI. May & June 2007
  • 5. C. Saranya Devi – I M.Sc. Chemistry - Selected for the Summer Training Programme in Chemistry - 2009, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Madras and Science city, Department of Higher Education, Government of Tamilnadu. (25.5.2009 - 13.6.2009)
  • 6. Suganya S. - II B.Sc. (Spl.) Chemistry with Cheminformatics - Selected for the Summer Research Fellowship 2010, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore May- July 2010.
  • 7. Revathi M. - I M.Sc. Chemistry- Selected for the Summer Fellowship Programme, IIT Madras, Chennai, May- July 2010.
  • 8. Three students of I M.Sc. Chemistry - applied for the Summer Training Programme in Chemistry- 2010, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Madras and Science city, Department of Higher Education, Government of Tamilnadu.

S. Mathiya and N.C. Uma have continued their studies and have obtained M.Phil. degree. C. Saranya Devi has applied for the M.Phil. programme. P. Priyadharshini is currently doing her M.Sc. Chemistry.

C. Madhana - II UG, Selected for Summer Research Programme 2011 organized by Science Academies Summer Research Fellowship Programme 2011 at Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.

M. Roopathy - II UG, Selected for Summer Research Programme 2011 organized by Science Academies Summer Research Fellowship Programme 2011 at IIT, Mumbai.

S. Preethi - II UG & Rajeswari S. - I PG, Selected for Summer Research Programme 2011 organized by Science Academies Summer Research Fellowship Programme 2011 at Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad.

6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required Due to the culture and conservatism of the locale, it is difficult to motivate the students to cross the borders of Madurai City and acclimatize themselves to new environment. It is even more difficult to convince the parents to permit their wards to apply for such programmes. For training programmes that are not sponsored the department requires some basic funding to help meritorious but needy students to participate in such programmes.
7. Notes -
8. Contact Details Head,Department of Chemistry,

Lady Doak College, Madurai.

Phone No: 0452 2524575 Ext. 216

Email :chemistry@ldc.edu.in

 

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