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Belagavi: Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India has sanctioned Rs. 1.25 crore to Department of Chemistry, Rani Chennamma University (RCU) under ‘Fund for Improvement of S & T infrastructure in Universities & higher educational institutions (FIST)’. This is the first of its kind in the history of RCU that such a major funding is made to create S&T infrastructure in the RCU campus at Bhutaramanahatti in Belagavi.

Although it is the youngest Department/ University, it is one of the seven departments identified throughout India under Chemical Sciences during 2016-17. The first instalment of Rs. 86 lakh has been released recently to initiate the FIST programme. The sophisticated equipment (X-ray diffractometer, TG/DTA and Electrochemical workstation) will be procured soon in addition to the renovation of research labs and setting up Networking & Computational facility.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Shivanand B. Hosamani and Registrar, Prof. Siddu P. Alagur have congratulated the faculty members led by convener, Dr J. Manjanna, for their efforts. They have suggested keeping the R & D infrastructure open to the faculty members and researchers from affiliated colleges as well as local colleges and Institutes including Industries. Department of Chemistry in RCU has mobilized over 2 crores in the last two years from various funding agencies for R & D in the frontier areas of Chemical Sciences. The faculty members in Chemistry Department own 7 patients (both national and International) and a number of high impact journal publications and are very active in their pursuit of excellence. They have received Vice-Chancellor’s appreciation awards and recently he has sanctioned Rs.15 lakh under UGC grant for this Department. He has assured more grants to make it an ideal Department to promote excellent teaching and Research activities.