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The Department welcomed the academic year with a series of workshops for the students and the faculty, on Chem-Draw, Math Type and Laboratory safety procedures to enhance their ICT skills under the guidance of Mr. Marazban Kotwal who took over as the in-charge head in place of Fr (Dr) Roy Pereira who proceeded on leave till the end of December 2019 to perform his duties as the Director of XDP leading the college in its sesquicentennial celebrations, and then resigned and moved to Creighton University, USA to pursue his passion of teaching Neuroscience. Dr. Bonde retired from the Department on 31st May on superannuation.

The Department conducted a spectroscopy workshop titled ‘Signatures of Molecules’ which was open to the students and faculty of all the colleges under Mumbai University in collaboration with RUSA and ISMAS with Dr. Rajesh Vatsa being the main resource person and Padmashree Dr. J.P. Mittal delivering the keynote address.

The Department conducted two faculty development programmes: one titled ‘Contemporary ICT Tools in Chemical Education’, inaugurated by Dr. Ravi Deshmukh and conducted by Prof. Saima Khan & Prof. Kyle Meyers and alumnus Mr. Aditya Chalishazar and the other titled ‘Percolating Newer Teaching Trends to Classrooms’, in collaboration with Sophia College and Jai Hind College, where Prof. Marazban Kotwal and Prof. Saima Khan served as resource persons. Both were open to the faculty of all the colleges under Mumbai University.

The Department continued its research- oriented Honours Programme trend with the newest being ‘Inquiry-based Practicals for Organic Chemistry’ by Dr. Pralhad Rege and Dr. Nikhila Bhat and a workshop ‘Chemistry in Context’ by Dr. Geeta Kotian and Ms Saima Khan.

On the research front, the Department published 5 papers with 8 of the faculty members involved in the research work. Dr. Abhilasha Jain attended a course in Chemistry titled ‘Recent Development in Applied Chemistry’. Dr. Nikhila Bhat attended a workshop on ‘Cheminformatics for Chemistry Teachers Bioinformatics Centre’ by Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.

Dr. Ashma Aggarwal attended a cultural exchange programme in collaboration with Sunburst Youth Camp, Singapore Government and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Department alumnus, Ms Nikita Braganza and Ms Deepika Yadav cleared NET exams and Ms Anuja Sharma, Ms Trisha Bhagde and Mr. Aditya Chalishazar joined for a PhD programme at the University of Arizona, University of Pennsylvania and IIT, Mumbai respectively.

Under lockdown, due to the SARS- COV-2 pandemic, the Chemistry Department conducted webinars and training workshops for teachers. Mr Marazban Kotwal and Kyle Meyers conducted multiple workshops in the use of LMS, online pedagogical tools and Conferencing Apps. Dr. Pralhad Rege was instrumental in conducting 2 webinars by Dr. Ajit Datar of Shimadzu and Dr. Vishwanath Patil, an associate professor from the University Chemistry Department which was open to all the students of Mumbai University.

Prof. Marzban Kotwal,
Head, Department of Chemistry

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