STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The five-day workshop organised by the Department of Chemistry, University of Jammu on updating and restructuring course curriculum for Master Degree programme in Chemistry under RUSA scheme (Phase II) concluded at the University of Jammu on Wednesday. The workshop was inaugurated on May 10, 2019 in the Department of Chemistry by Prof Naresh Padha, Dean Faculty of Sciences and RUSA Phase-II Coordinator. Prof R.K Bamezai, Head of the Department, presented the introductory remarks. Prof V K Yadav, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, faculty members from the Department, GDC-Udhampur/Rajouri and research scholars were also present on the occasion. The inauguration was followed by a lecture from Dr Rajesh Thapar, Director, Brawn Laboratories Gurugram entitled ‘Emergence of new knowledge concepts in pharmaceutical industry’. On second day of the workshop, detailed deliberations on Organic Chemistry were conducted by Prof V K Yadav from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Prof S S Chimni, GND University Amritsar and Prof I P Singh, NIPER Mohali. On third day, the focus was on Inorganic Chemistry wherein Prof Rajeev Gupta, University of Delhi; Prof K K Bhasin, Punjab University Chandigarh and Prof Mohd Shakir, Aligarh Muslim University suggested various reforms to be implemented in the curriculum. The fourth day of workshop was dedicated to Physical Chemistry section in which Prof S K Mehta, Punjab University Chandigarh; Prof Rita Kakkar, University of Delhi and Dr R L Gardas, Indian Institute of Technology Madras suggested ways to improve course contents. Dr Rajesh Thaper was also present on the occasion. On the concluding day of workshop, all the faculty members of the Chemistry Department, University of Jammu and faculty from GDC Udhampur/GDC Rajouri finalised final draft of action plan, after accommodating the suggestions of learned experts, which will be submitted to the University for implementation. Prof R K Bamezai, Head of the Department and Convener of the workshop presented formal vote of thanks.
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