History of the Department
The Department of Chemistry, Alphonsa College, Pala was established in 1964. Since 1967, the Department has been offering a full-time program of graduate study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in general chemistry with Physics and Mathematics as complementary science subjects. The Department has a long tradition of over nearly 55 years in imparting Chemistry education to the Southern districts of Kerala. The department also extends its services to other degree courses (B.Sc Botany, Physics and Zoology) of this college that include Chemistry as complementary part of the curriculum.
The glorious achievements and successful run of the department are entrenched on its dedicated faculty members. The former members of the faculty were: Prof. K.I Mathai (1968-1970), Prof. ThankammaVarkey (1964-1968), Rev. Sr. Treesa Margaret (1965-1993), Rev. Sr. Mary Annice SABS (1967-1994), Rev.Sr.Claris S.H (1969-1995), Rev. Sr. Salomy CMC (1965-1998), Prof. M. J. Annamma (1967-2000), Rev. Sr.Annie SABS (1970-2000), Prof. E.P. Aleykutty (1969-2001), Prof. V.A .Rose (1969-2001), Prof. P.T. Lucykutty (1969-2002), Rev.Sr.Roselind SABS (1970-2002), Prof. Thresiamma Jacob (1978-2003), Rev. Sr. Lioba(1976-2004), Rev. Sr. Jais CMC (1978-2009College Principal [2005-2009]),Prof. Mercy Joseph (1979-2009), Dr. Sr. Elsamma Thomas (1982-2014 College Principal [2013-2014]) and Dr. Lucy Mathew P (1987-2017).
At present the Department functions with 6 faculty members and 2 lab assistants. The faculty members are Dr. Sr. Gigimol M. G.(Assistant Professor, Principal 2018 onwards), Dr. Sr. Jilly James (Assistant Professor), Dr. Kochurani George (Assistant Professor), Ms. Dayana Elizabeth Jose (Assistant Professor), Dr. Sr. Sheena Varghese (Guest Lecturer), Ms. Geena George (Guest Lecturer), Ms. Jomol Joseph (Guest Lecturer). The lab assistants of our department are Ms. Sinimol Joseph and Ms. Princy Antony.
The Department faculty was successful in carrying out one major and three minor research projects of UGC and one major research project of KSCSTE. Presently three of the four faculty members of the department are PhD holders and one is doing PhD. Three teachers are recognized guides for PhD. The faculty members of the Department have published 2 books and more than 25 research papers in reputed research journals. They have also presented many research papers in national and international conferences. Placement of students of this Department in industries, Universities/Colleges/Institutes abroad and reputed national institutions etc. are other feathers in its credit.
The Department organizes various programmes for the overall development of the students. Tutorial and Mentoring sessions and Parent-Teacher-Student (PTS) interactions are held periodically to evaluate and improve the performance of the students. The Department organizes presentations by students on various aspects of chemistry. It also publishes a manuscript magazine ‘Yougik’. The students are encouraged to attend seminars, workshops and quiz competitions. They have also brought many laurels to the institution through creditable performances in many intercollegiate quiz competitions.
A number of teaching-learning methods such as classroom seminars, group discussions, quiz programmes, project work, use of charts, paper clippings are used to supplement the conventional lecture method. Online submission of assignments and seminar presentations by students using Power Point is also encouraged. The Department regularly organizes seminars by experts on different advanced and relevant topics of Chemistry.
The Department has instituted four merit scholarships. Every year, several of our final year students get placements in leading IT companies. We offer an open course ‘Chemistry in Everyday Life’ for the students of other departments. The choice based course offered by the Department is Polymer Chemistry.
Profile of the Department
P.G Department of chemistry (S.F) is established in the year of 2013 . We offer a P.G degree in chemistry . We have 20 students each for I P.G and II P.G classes. Our department has a Rtd. Professor and three lectures.
We provide oppourtunity for both students and teachers to participate in National seminars conducted by various colleges and universities. With careful consideration, we have shortlisted CUSAT, Agricultural University Mannuthy, Cardamom Research Centre Myladumpara and M.G. University for doing MSc Chemistry project. We hope these prestigious institutions will help our students to get practical experience and knowledge on what they have learned. Our students used to secure good results (above 80 %) in university examinations .