Dandeli Education Society's

Bangurnagar Arts, Science & Commerce College

Barchi Road, Ambewadi, Dandeli-581325

Re-Accredited by NAAC at 'B' Grade Level

Department of Chemistry

Programmes offered:
B.Sc. Bachelor of Science with CBZ and PCM Combinations
Chemistry in BASc Pulp and Paper Science Course of 04 years duration
A PG Course in M.Sc. General Chemistry

Pass in PUC or any other equivalent course of 10+2 years with minimum 45% marks having studied Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics/Biology at the qualifying exam.

Chemistry being the subject, which is ever growing and continue to play an important role in quality of life better of all living beings a happier and merrier place to live. Realizing the importance of Chemistry the philanthropic management “Dandeli Education Society” introduced Chemistry as one of the major subjects at the UG level in the year 1974. The Department began its functioning in neighboring composite junior college building in the initial years. The department was established under the dynamic leadership of Dr. N.N.Sirmokadam with the increase in the strength of the students the department was shifted to the present premises and functioning efficiently. The department of Chemistry has the distinction of organizing the CHEM-FORUM convention twice successfully Chem-Forum is an academic body of chemistry teachers working in affiliated colleges of Karnataka University, Dharwad. The forum recently celebrated its silver jubilee in the month of February 2018 and instituted an award” RASAYAN SHIKSHAK RATNA AWARD” as a part of silver jubilee celebration. The Department of Chemistry is proud that the faculty Dr. H.Y.Merwade is the first recipient of this prestigious award.

The Department of Chemistry has the distinction of organizing a UGC Sponsored National Conference on Recent Trends in Drug Designing and a workshop on Curriculum development on select topics of Basic relevance like: Stereo Chemistry, Electro Chemistry, NMR Spectroscopy and Use of software in Chemistry teaching. A course material was developed on these topics and distributed to the chemistry teachers working in colleges of affiliating university.

The department of Chemistry has successfully completed 05 UGC Sponsored Minor Research projects and 01 VGST sponsored major research project. The infrastructure/equipment augmented through the research projects has made the laboratories well equipped with scope for research and collaborations. Department of Chemistry is equipped with a FT-IR INSTRUMENT OF AGILANT make procured under VGST project a very rare to find such an equipment in an affiliated college laboratories. The Department of chemistry has a linkage with Jian Yang of Department of Biomedical and Bioengineering Penn. State University Pennsylvenia, USA. on a project; Isolation of Anacardic acid from CNSL (Cashew Nut Shell Liquid) in making citrate based biocompatible polymers which are used as bio-implants.

03 Faculty of the Chemistry Department have completed M.Phil. Under UGC FIP fellowship and two faculties have completed Ph.D. With the encouragement of the management and capabilities of the faculties the department has introduced a PG course M.Sc. in General Chemistry from the academic year 2014-15.

The faculty members of the department are actively involved in curriculum restructuring modifications and enrichment in theory and practical in chemistry in the capacity of BOS members. The faculties of the department have played a significant role in revision of syllabi in chemistry in BASc pulp and paper science course.

The department has the distinction of organizing industrial tours / visits to premier Research Institutions viz., Central Water Research Development and Management (CWRDM), Indian Spices Research Institute, Kozikode, Kerala. Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Centre for Cellular Microbiology (CCMB), Hyderabad. Paving the exposure to useful instruments HPLC, GC-MS, NMR, Spectrophotometer.

Infrastructural facilities: Chemistry department has spacious laboratories with capacity of 25 students working independently in separate laboratories specified for Inorganic, Organic qualitative and quantitative experiments and a Physical Laboratory. There is a provision for preparation room. Balance room and an instrumentation room equipped with FT-IR and other important instruments and equipment’s.

Research Activities in the Department: Research is an integral part of the academic pursuit, to fulfill this goal, it is essential to initiate research activities in the Department. The department has the distinction of completing 05 UGC sponsored Minor research projects with a grant of Rs.2.80 Lakhs and a Major Research project sponsored by VGST, Vision Group on Science and Technology, Govt. of Karnataka with a grant of Rs.30.00 Lakhs.

Research Projects undertaken:

Sl.  No.

Principal Investigator

Title of the project

Sanctioned amount

Status of the Project


Dr. H.Y.Merwade

( Major Project)

Innovation  Research in Teaching methodologies and Syntheses of  Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients(API’s) and Pulping Aids

Rs.30.00 Lakhs



Prof. F.B. Holi

( Minor Project)

Spectroscopic studies of Charged Transfer Complexes

Rs.0.55 Lakhs



Prof. H.H. Adavi

(Minor Project)

Synthetic studies of polycyclic bihetrocycles of biological interest

Rs.0.60 Lakhs



Dr. Smt. Shobha Sharma

 (Minor Project)

Synthesis of Surface active agents using naturally occurring phenols from CNSL oil

Rs.1.75 Lakhs


Prominent Alumni: Chemistry subject continues to be in demand in all spheres of academic pursuit, to cater to the needs of the society in providing adequate man-power the department is striving hard to meaningful and purposeful knowledge base to the students who are churn out from this department. Majority of the students join the teaching fraternity completing B.Ed. or other equivalent qualifying exams. A few students persuade post- graduation and join the industries and are doing well in R&D, Quality Assurance departments in Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries.

Miss Rajeshawari Herawadakar secured IST RANK to Karnataka University in the year 2017.

  • No of batches: 40
  • No of students passed out : 1800
  • No of students pursued PG: 300
  • No of students completed PhD: 15
  • Working in various industries in Senior level positions
  • Few are working abroad in premier research Laboratories


Dr. Shobha S. Sharma, Principal and Associate Professor Chemistry
Qualification: M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Specialization: Inorganic Chemistry
Areas of interest: Paper Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Environmental chemistry
Years of experience: 34 years
Dr. H.Y.Merwade, Associate Professor and HOD
Qualification: M.Sc., MPhil., Ph.D. 
Specialization: Organic Chemistry   
Areas of Interest:  Drug Research
Years of experience: 35 years
Shri. Nizamuddin Shaikh, Lecturer
Qualification: M.Sc. 
Areas of Interest:  
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Ms. Maitra Gangai, Lecturer 
Qualification: M.Sc. 
Areas of Interest:  
Years of experience
Ms. Heena N. Rattehalli, Lecturer 
Qualification: M.Sc. 
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