About the Department:
Chemistry department is one of the oldest of Pithapuram Rajah’s College. It was established in the year 1952. At present, the department is offering 10 group combinations in UG, one community college course (Analytical techniques in Pharmaceuticals) and one certificate course under career orientation programme (Environment Audit). The department also offers self-finance post-graduation programmes in chemistry M. Sc (organic chemistry & analytical chemistry). The department introduced Mathematics, Physics and petrochemicals group in 1998-99. The department has adequate and competent faculty to run the courses effectively. The competency of the faculty is also significant in the area of research with completed Minor research projects and ongoing Major research project. Departmental stalwarts like Sri Jampa Veerabhadra Rao (late), Sri J.S.R.Sarma, and Sri C. Rama Rao were only a few renowned teachers who worked here.
An illustrious Alumnus Late Dr. Y.V.S.S.Murty, D.Sc. (USA) and former MD, Alkali Metals Ltd., Hyderabad donated Rs. 10 Lakhs towards the construction of additional class rooms and renovation of old Heritage building. Dr. Rallapalli Krishna of USA donated costly equipment AAS (Atomic Absorption Spectrometer) worth Rs. 4.80 Lakhs to the department for the development of research.
The department responded to the call of UN to observe 2011 as International year of Chemistry to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry and increase interest among young people. The department carried out as many as 16 activities with the financial assistance of Rs. 1, 00,000 provided by UGC.
Two faculty members of the department visited abroad. E.V.S.Subrahmanyam, Nodal officer of community college programme visited NSW, Sydney and Queensland states of Australia in February, 2017 to study the vocational education in Australia under vocational education leadership programme (VELT) jointly organized by Government of India and Government of Australia. Dr. M. M. Pacha was invited to deliver a paper presentation on environment issues at Belgium in 2014.
The proposal submitted by the department to introduce community college course “Analytical Techniques in Pharmaceuticals” was accepted by UGC. An amount of Rs. 71.6 Lakhs was sanctioned to organize the course which is aimed at developing employable skills to suit the industry needs.
The department has been identified as Research Centre by the affiliating University. Dr. M. M. Pacha and Dr. P. V. S. Machiraju are the recognized research supervisors by Adikavi Nannaya University and JNTU-K, Kakinada respectively. They were also recipients of Best Teacher awards of Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The department maintains linkages with Industries and research laboratories to expose the students to higher levels of knowledge and application of chemistry.
Objectives of the department:
Following is the succession list of the Heads of the department who worked hard for the
development of the department.