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m.sc. - chemistry

The NMIMS (Deemed to be University) is introducing the M.Sc. programme in Chemistry from August 2012. The salient feature of this programme is the emphasis being laid on the overall development of laboratory skills of a student coupled with an expansion of his/her knowledge base through an interdisciplinary course work comprising lectures and practicals in the first year of the course and subsequently fine tuning these skills in a particular area of specialization. While the student will have ample opportunity to acquire hands-on training on modern, sophisticated instruments/equipment, he/she will also be able to benefit from the expertise of one or more faculty, wherever needed.

Duration

The M.Sc. is a two years course which includes four trimesters and a six month project work.

Intake

A total of 10 seats are available for the M.Sc. program in Chemistry

Board Of Studies

  • Dr. Aparna Khanna, Chairperson; Dean, School of Science
  • Dr. Nancy S. Pandita, Professor, Chemistry, School of Science
  • Dr. Supriya Mahajan, Professor, Department  of Pharm Chemistry, C.U. Shah college of Pharmacy , SNDT University, Mumbai
  • Dr Sulekha Gotmare, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Vaze College, Mumbai
  • Dr. Evans Clifton Coutino, Professor and Head, Department  of Pharmaceutical Chemistry ,Bombay college of Pharmacy, Mumbai
  • Dr. Ajit Ganesh Datar, Advisor, Shimadgu Analytical India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai
  • Dr.  Prasenjit Ghosh, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
  • Dr. Laxmikant Gharat, Vice President, Glennmark Pharmaceuticals, Mumbai

Value Proposition

  • Unique program, with a provision of completing M.Sc. in 2 years including 6 month project work either internal or external (with reputed academic institutions)
  • Extensive course work in line with the requirements of Industry, thus adding value to the degree
  • Hands on training on sophisticated analytical instruments
  • Development of skills to use statistical and computational techniques as research/data analysis tools
  • In built opportunity to improve soft skills as well as scientific writing
  • Flexibility in project selection on interdisciplinary topics to complete thesis requirement.
  • Grading system at par with international standards
  • Each student will be supervised by an individual expert committee constituted according to the interdisciplinary nature of the research project
  • A system of continuous evaluation through seminars, quizzes and practicals
  • Exit option with M.Sc. degree (2 years course work + 6 months of research project)
  • Guest faculty drawn from a pool of experts from Industry
  • Innovative teaching methods involving continuous interaction amongst faculty and students

Programme Objectives

  • Modern facilities to provide ambience and support for curricular and extra-curricular activities for the overall development of students.
  • Dedicated, qualified faculty to ensure high standard of teaching, learning and evaluation processes.
  • Periodic review and revision of curricula based on feedback from the industry with quick response to ensure the relevance of the programmes to the changing needs of industry.
  • Trimester system with proper planning to utilize the resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Industry based project work as part of the curricula to get recognition and reward to the students in the form of job offer or support for further studies and research.
  • The “Industry Interface Program” has been initiated to keep the students abreast of the latest trends in the industry/research organizations through industrial visits and guest lectures.
  • The program is a full time program which is offered from Monday to Saturday.

Pedagogy

The course lays emphasis on the overall development of laboratory skills of a research student coupled with an expansion of his/her knowledge base through an interdisciplinary course work. The course work comprises of lectures and practicals in the first year and subsequently fine tuning these skills in a particular area of specialization.

The course is reviewed regularly in consultation with our Board of Studies, which comprises of experts from academia, research institutions and industry from all over India. Thus, the course is tailor made to fulfill the requirements needed to keep pace with the current developments in scientific research.

While the research student will have ample opportunity to acquire hands-on training on modern, sophisticated instruments/equipment wherever necessary, he/she will also be able to benefit from the expertise of one or more supervisors, wherever needed.

In the first year, along with the permanent faculties, the regular lectures are also conducted by visiting faculties who are experts in their respective fields. Apart from the course work, the Faculty also conducts Guest lectures by eminent academicians and scientists, paper presentations (Journal Club), etc. to ensure learner centric environment.

In the second year, after the fourth trimester, students can take up 6 month research projects on varied topics either at the School or any other academic or research institutions of repute.

Eligibility

For the M. Sc. program in Chemical Sciences, a candidate must have passed the three year B.Sc. examination of any recognized University and scored not less than 50% in Chemistry.

Admission Criteria Process

Students who satisfy the requirements of the two stage selection process will be considered for admission to the integrated courses.

  • Stage 1 - All eligible candidates will be required to appear for a Written Test to be conducted at the NMIMS campus in Mumbai. The venue will be announced sufficiently in advance of the test date.
  • Stage 2 - Based on the performance in the written test, candidates will be short listed and called for a personal interview at the NMIMS Campus, Mumbai.

Based on the performance in Stages 1 and 2, a composite merit list will be prepared as per criteria laid down by the University.

Curriculum

First Year

Trimester - I

Paper I: Analytical Chemistry, Paper II: Inorganic Chemistry

Trimester - II

Paper I: Physical Chemistry-I, Paper II : Organic Chemistry

Trimester - III

Paper I: Modern Methods of Analysis, Paper II: Elements of Drug Design

Second Year

Trimester - IV

Paper I: Advanced Organic Chemistry, Paper II: Quality Management

Trimester - V

Project Work

Trimester - VI

Project Work

Evaluation Criteria

During the course work the students will be required to have a minimum attendance of 80% for lectures, practicals and seminars, separately. The students will be evaluated through trimester end exams and through continuous internal assessment.

Internal assessment will be on the basis of fortnightly tests based on Theory. Practical work will be evaluated each week during the course of the regular practicals. Seminars will be evaluated weekly. The grade will be awarded at the end of the year on the basis of Cumulative Grade Point Average.

The project work will be evaluated by a Project Monitoring Committee (PMC) before beginning of the table work as well as at the end just before the submission of the final report.

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