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Brief Description of Department

Department of Chemistry is as old as Ruia College. It is one of the biggest Departments catering to about 600 students at the UG & about 250 students at the PG and the doctoral level. The Department of Chemistry has research tradition spanning over half a Century to with more than 250 students having passed out with doctoral degree through the portals of this Institution. Currently the Department has 6 research guides. Department has received grants from the funding agencies like DBT, DST, UGC and CSIR. It has been successfully running Dr. P. S. Ramanathan Advanced Instrumentation Centre, only one of its kind in the city of Mumbai, housing high-end use instruments like HPLC, GC, GC-Ms, AAS.

Undergraduate Courses Offered by Department
Programme Name B.Sc. M.Sc.
Intake Capacity B.Sc.(240) M.Sc.(50)
Subject Combination Offered B.Sc :
Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics
Chemistry , Physics, Microbiology
Chemistry, Botany, Zoology
Chemistry, Botany, Life Science
Chemistry, Life Science, Microbiology
Chemistry, Life Science, Zoology
Chemistry, Botany, Bio Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Eligibility Criteria B.Sc : S.Y. J. C. ( Science) Pass
M.Sc : B.Sc with Chemistry

Career opportunities within science and technology are seeing unprecedented growth across the world, and so those who study chemistry are seeing their career prospects, develop right before their eyes. Chemistry involves study of all things- chemical processes, chemical compositions and chemical manipulation- in order to better understand the way in which materials are structured, how they react and how they change. Having gained chemical understanding at molecular level, chemistry graduates may choose to apply this knowledge in almost unlimited way, as it can be used to analyze all matter and therefore our environment.

Chemistry graduates have much scope to use their knowledge within a range of research sectors, including roles within chemical engineering, chemical and related industries, healthcare and more. Research careers are more diverse than they might first appear. One could be based in a university combining research with teaching in a pharmaceutical company, working on developing and trialing new drugs or in a public sector research centre. Some examples of the diverse research done by chemistry experts include discovery of new medicines and vaccines, forensic analysis for criminal cases, improving understanding of environmental issues and development of new chemical products and materials such as cosmetics, paints, plastics, food and drink. Closely related to the healthcare industry, the pharmaceutical sector, polymer industry, Cement and ceramic industry, agriculture, medicinal plant chemistry (Phytochemistry), nanomaterials, petroleum industry are huge in their own rights, offering a correspondingly large employment market. Toxicology is another fast growing field for careers in chemistry. Interdisciplinary nexus can be built with Chemistry as it is the fundamental subject. There are a growing number of government funded careers in chemistry within areas such as law, policy, defense, public health and the environment.

Undergraduate Courses Offered by Department
Programme Name B.Sc Chemistry
Degree/Diploma/Certificate Degree (03 Yrs)
Aided/Self-Financed Aided
Year of Starting 1940
Intake Capacity

Post-Graduate Courses Offered by Department
Programme Name MSc Chemistry (By Papers and By Research)
Degree/Diploma/Certificate Degree (02 years for MSc by papers)
Aided/Self-Financed Self-Financed
Year of Starting
Intake Capacity

Post-Graduate Courses Offered by Department
Programme Name PhD in Chemistry
Degree/Diploma/Certificate Degree
Year of Starting
Intake Capacity
Dr. Jyoti Patwardhan Associate Professor, Head of Department M.Sc PhD Analytical Chemistry
Dr. Manish S. Hate Associate Professor M.Sc PhD SET Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
Dr. Atmaram Mapari Assistant Professor M.Sc PhD SET Organic Chemistry
Dr. Kamini Donde Associate Professor M.Sc PhD Inorganic Chemistry
Dr. Madhavi Badole Assistant Professor M.Sc PhD SET Organic Chemistry
Dr. Vaibhav Wagh Assistant Professor M.Sc PhD NET Physical Chemistry
Dr. Vijaykumar Chavan Assistant Professor M.Sc M.Phil PhD Organic Chemistry
Dr. Subhash Vanmali Associate Professor M.Sc PhD NET Organic Chemistry
Dr. Vaibhav Salvi Assistant Professor M.Sc PhD Analytical Chemistry
Niyati Khambete Assistant Professor M.Sc Organic Chemistry
Dr. Mohd Vasim Sheikh Assistant Professor M.Sc PhD Inorganic Chemistry
Niranjan Sanzgiri Assistant Professor M.Sc Organic Chemistryy
Dr. Khushboo Chandorkar Assistant Professor M.Sc PhD Physical Chemistry
Dipika Darekar Assistant Professor M.Sc Inorganic Chemistry
Sana Shaikh Assistant Professor M.Sc Analytical Chemistry
Manik Rathod Assistant Professor M.Sc SET Organic Chemistry
Mr. Ramakant Dhokre
Laboratory Assistant
Mr. Rajendra Thite
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Raju Belekar
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Ankush Panchal
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Ashok Bohat
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Gulab Matera
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Pravin Dalvi
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Prashant Bagwe
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Santosh Kadam
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Dagdu Akhadmal
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Dnyaneshwar Dawkhar
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Nimba Patil
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Maruti Asawale
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Dilip Lakde
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Bhalachandra Karambale
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Ganesh Bane
Mr. Arun Waghmare
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Sunil Aher
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Darshak Mahtre
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Chetan Kanse
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Manohar Kanse
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Arun Patil
Laboratory Attendant
Mr. Santosh Rane
Laboratory Attendant

Seminars/Lectures organized by the department:

Category Title of the seminar/ conference/ training Local/State/National/International Location/Date Duration List & Designation of Speakers Sponsoring Agency
Workshop (For Teachers) UGC guidelines for curriculum designing local 20 December 2017 1 Day Dr. Sugandha Shetye, Dean Academics, Somaiya College Dept. of Chemistry
Workshop (For Teachers) Industry-Academia relationship with respect to curriculum designing local 19 December 2017 1 Day Dr. Rajiv Kothurkar Dept. of Chemistry
Workshop (For Teachers) Why we should critically look at the undergraduate chemistry laboratory courses? local 20 April 2018 1 Day Dr. Savita Ladge, HBSEC Dept. of Chemistry
Workshop (For Teachers) Academic freedom and the ‘WH’ factor local 21 April 2018 1 Day Dr. Gharpure, Associate Professor, IIT-Bombay Dept. of Chemistry
Student Name Class Academic Year Academic Achievements Awards
Aakanksha Singh M.Sc. 2017 Received Three Gold Medals from University of Mumbai 1. First in M.Sc.(II) Physical Chemistry
2. First in M.Sc.(II) Chemistry
3. First in M.Sc.(II) Science stream
Yash Acharya T.Y.B.Sc. 2017 Stood Second in Aptitude test conducted by Indian Chemical Society
Yash Acharya T.Y.B.Sc. 2017 Cleared IIT-JAM
Riddhi Joshi T.Y.B.Sc. 2017 Cleared IIT-JAM
Saurav Pramanya T.Y.B.Sc. 2017 Cleared IIT-JAM
Dipesh Somvanshi T.Y.B.Sc. 2017 Cleared IIT-JAM
Manasi Shetye T.Y.B.Sc. 2017 Cleared IIT-JAM
M.Sc. (II) Students M.Sc. (II) 2017 Rasayanam Trophy From ICT, Matunga for Best College
Vaibhav Pongade Pursuing PhD Cleared SET exam
Antara Vaidyanathan MSc(II) Cleared SET exam

In last four years, more than 50 students were placed in the esteemed organizations viz. Kansai Nerolac, Rubicon India Pvt. Ltd and Cipla through the Campus Interviews.

  • Prof. Suhas Pednekar: Current Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University
  • Dr. Ramani Narayan , Professor of Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, USA
  • Prof. S.D. Samant, Former Head, Dept of Chemistry, ICT, Mumbai
  • Mr. Shriram Dandekar, Vice Chairman & Executive Director, Kokuyo Camlin
  • Ms. Medha Patkar , Social Activist
  • Mr. Vinit Kathardekar, Patent Advocate, Pharma Cyclics Inc. San Francisco, USA.
  • Dr. V. Shankar, Research Group Leader, Merck, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Dr. Venkatesh Krishnan, Research Scientist, Eli Lilly and Co., Indiana, USA
  • Dr. Vijay Shastri, Technical Advisor, Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals, USA.
  • Dr. Savita Ladge, Co-ordinator, Chemistry Olympiad, Homi Bhabha Cetre for Science Education.
  • Dr. S.S. Deval, General Manegar, R and D, Clariant Chemicals.
  • Mr. K. T. Krishnan, Country Marketing Manager, TRANE India Ltd.
  • Dr. T.G. Chandrashekhar, Director and Head, Analytical Research, Ranbaxy.
  • Dr. Vinay Nayak, President, Technical Operations, Watson Pharma.
  • Dr. Milind Joshi, Corporate Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Operations, J.B. Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals.
  • Dr. V.B. Malkar, Scientific Director, Head-Regulatory and Quaility Assurance, Reliance Life Sciences, DAKC, Navi Mumbai.
  • Dr. Rajiva Kothurkar, Head, CPO, Quality Assurance, Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
  • Ms. Rujuta Divekar : Nutritionist and Author