The Department of Chemistry, Gauhati University seeks to emerge as one of the best chemistry departments in India through excellence in teaching, research, and innovation.
Established in 1955, the Department of Chemistry, Gauhati University is the oldest postgraduate chemistry department in north-east India. Its flagship programme, M.Sc. in Chemistry (intake capacity: 46) is based on the Choice Based Credit System and it follows an updated syllabus. The department also runs a 1-year postgraduate diploma course in analytical chemistry (PGDAC) with an intake capacity of 20. The thriving Ph.D. programme of the department encompasses several frontier areas of chemistry. With financial assistance from DST (FIST Level-II) and UGC (DSA-II under SAP) the Department has, over the years, built up a modest infrastructure for research. It also has access to the facilities available at SAIF, Gauhati University. 
Most of the faculty members have external funding from agencies such as UGC, DST, DAE, DBT, BRNS, CSIR and ASTEC to support their research activities. The researchers in the department can access a large number of leading journals of chemistry and allied subjects through INFLIBNET. Various databases also can be accessed through the eShodhSindhu consortium made available by the KK Handique Library of the University.
At present the department has 7 professors, 2 associate professors, 7 assistant professors including 1 under UGC-FRP, 1 DST-INSPIRE faculty, 1 guest faculty and 13 supporting staff members including 1 instrument operator, 1 technical assistant and 1 store keeper.
Prof. B. C. Goswami is currently on lien to serve as the Vice Chancellor of Cotton University, Guwahati.
The department grew under the leadership of Prof. B. Sanjiva Rao, former professor of IISc Bangalore, as the first HoD and Prof. Rohini Kanta Barua as the second HoD. Many others have subsequently helped the department grow to its present strength and reputation.

M. Sc. in Chemistry in 4 Semesters (2 Years)

a) Name of the Programme: M.Sc.
b) Intake Capacity: 45 (regular) + 1 (Reserved for the 2017-2018 PGDAC batch)
c) Duration of the Programme: 2 Years
d) Admission Process:
As per rules of the university. All students will need to appear at an Entrance Test for which the syllabus will be based on the syllabus for the TDC Chemistry (Major) course of Gauhati University. All questions will be MCQs.
e) Syllabus/ Programme Structure: Updated & Revised as per CBCS (Syllabus introduced in 2016)

Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Chemistry (PGDAC) in 2 Semesters (1 Year)

a) Name of the Programme: PGDAC
b) Intake Capacity: 20 for students of GU and other universities.
c) Duration of the Programme: 1 Year
d) Admission Process:
All students to be admitted on the basis of marks / Grades secured at the qualifying examination - B.Sc. with Chemistry as a subject, B.E. / B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering.
e) Syllabus/ Programme Structure: to be uploaded soon.

Ph. D.

For details, please see below and click here for 2018-2019 admission.

All courses start in August every year.

Admission to the M.Sc. programme is based on a combination of marks secured in the qualifying examination and an Entrance Test.  In the qualifying examination, B.Sc. (or an equivalent degree from a recognized university) the applicant should have passed with Honours/Major in Chemistry and Mathematics and Physics as the other subjects studied. The syllabus of the programme is based on CBCS and updated. Course Fee: as per university stipulation.

For admission into the PGDAC programme, the applicants should pass B.Sc. with Chemistry as a subject. Chemical engineering graduates are also eligible. Course Fee: Rs. 10,000 per semester.

Admission to the PhD programme is entirely based on the results of GU-RET (Research Entrance Test). However, CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellows are exempted from appearing in RET. The candidates selected to join the PhD programme need to go through PhD course work during the first (August-December) semester during which the PhD students are allotted to supervisors willing and eligible to accept students. After successful completion of the coursework, the PhD students write a proposal or synopsis for research which, when approved by his / her Research Advisory Committee (constituted of the Supervisor and two other faculty members who are reconized as PhD Guides by the University) becomes the topic of research for provisional registration. The award of the PhD degree usually takes about five years. Apart from the Junior and Senior Research Fellowships awarded by CSIR and UGC there are several fellowships / scholarships avalable to students who are admitted to the PhD programme of Gauhati University in Chemistry. These include the DST-INSPIRE Fellowship, the National Fellowships for SC, ST and OBC candidates etc. Faculty members also are sometimes able to provide funding to the PhD researchers. 

Prof. Rohini Kanta Barua, the Second Head of the Department, had initiated research activities in Chemistry in the early sixties. At one point of time it was one of the few postgraduate chemistry departments of Indian universities that could boast of facilities such as UV-visible and IR spectrophotometers. The achievements of Prof. Barua were of such high standard that he could even publish two papers in Nature from here.
All faculty members of the department are engaged in research activities with the help of M.Sc. students who do their master's project work in the fourth semester and the doctoral students who are enrolled in the Ph.D. programme of Gauhati University. Some of the students receive financial support from CSIR, UGC and DST as Junior or Senior Research Fellows under various schemes. A few others receive their stipend from research grants of individual faculty members. Currently, research activities are going on in the following fields.
  • Catalysis
  • Synthetic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry   
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Nanochemistry
  • Natural Products Chemistry


Department of Chemistry

Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014

Assam, India


Phone: +91-98641-67741




Instrumental Facilities

Bruker 300 MHz NMR Spectrometer (DST-FIST)

Rigaku Ultima-IV Powder X-ray Diffractometer with SAXS attachment (DST-FIST)


PerkinElmer GC-MS (Oil India Limited)

Hitachi UV-Vis-NIR spectrometer (DST-FIST)

Keithley Electrometer (UGC-SAP DSA)

Micromeritics Surface Area Analyzer (DST-FIST)

Apart from the above, the department also has Electrochemical Analyzers, Gas Chromatographs, HPLC systems, UV-vis, Fluorescence, and IR spectrometers, Digital Polarimeter, Microwave Reactor and many other instruments for research as well as teaching purposes.

The Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF), Gauhati University has three major instruments, viz. Phillips X’Pert Pro Powder X-ray Diffractometer, PANalytical AXIOS Sequential X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer, and Bruker Smart Apex II X-ray Single Crystal Diffractometer, all of which are accessible to researchers from this department for a charge.

The Central Instruments Facility (CIF) which is being set up at Gauhati University has already purchased a Zeiss Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) and it is being installed shortly.

Library and other information resources

Departmental Library with over 1000 text and reference books

ACS, RSC, Elsevier, T&F, Springer, Wiley and other journals through INFLIBNET

Databases such as Web of Science, Scopus, Chemical Abstracts Service (SciFinder), others available through the eShodhSindhu consortium

ICDD PDF4+, Cambridge Structural Database (CSD)

Recent Lectures / Seminars / Symposia

19th Prof. R. K. Barua Memorial Lecture, 15 February 2018

Prof. Christian Griesinger, Director, Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, Germany delivering 19th R. K. Barua Memorial Lecture on “Structure and dynamics of molecules by NMR spectroscopy in immunology and neurodegeration”


National Seminar on Emerging Trends in Chemical Sciences 29 January 2018

Head of the Department and Seminar Chairman speaking at the Inaugural Function of the Seminar

Prof. Shyamalava Mazumdar of TIFR Mumbai delivering the Keynote Lecture at the Seminar

Supeannuated teacher Prof. P. J. Das being felicitated at the Seminar

20th CRSI National Symposium in Chemistry (2-5 February, 2017) 


Entry to BKB Auditorium, the venue of the symposia  

Prof. B. K. Das (Symposium Chairman), Prof. G. Biswas (IITG Director), Prof. M. Hazarika (VC, GU), Prof. S. Pal (President, CRSI), Prof. G. Mugesh (Secretary, CRSI) and Prof. P. Phukan (Symposium Convener) at the Inaugural Session of the 20th CRSI-NSC held at Gauhati University

GU Vice Chancellor Dr. Mridul Hazarika with Prof. C.N.R. Rao of JNCASR
and Prof. R.N. Zare of Stanford University during a Technical Session of the 20th CRSI-NSC


Activities Beyond the Classroom and Laboratory

Under the umbrella of Society for Chemical Education, Assam (SCEA) the Department organized various awareness and educational programmes at various schools and colleges of the state.The SCEA, headquartered in the department, organizes a State Chemistry Olympiad every year separately for students of classes IX, X, XI, XII. About 10,000 students appear in the Olympiad every year and the best performers are awarded cash prizes and mementos at a function organized in the GU campus. An eminent scientist is invited every year to deliver the Prof. P. K. Sarma Memorial Lecture for the benefit of the ~300 school students who participate in the prize distribution ceremony. This year's P. K. Sarma Memorial Lecture was delivered by Prof. V. Chandrasekhar, Centre Director, TIFR, Hyderabad on 5 May 2018. SCEA also publishes a bilingual magazine called Rasayan Siksha (Chemistry Education).

Prof. V. Chandrasekhar, Director, TIFR, Hyderabad delivering the Prof. P. K. Sarma Memorial Lecture on 5 May 2018.


Prof. D. K. Das delivering a polular talk at a gathering of the students of Dudhnoi College, Goalpara district, Assam


Dr. N. Nath speaking at an outreach programme held at Ramanuj Academy Junior College, Baihata Chariali, Kamrup, Assam.


Dr. D. Mahanta speaking at an outreach programme at Ramanuj Academy Junior College, Baihata Chariali. Kamrup, Assam.


Prof. P.J. Das interacting with parents of students at a function held last year. Seating in the middle is Prof. B. C. Goswami, Vice Chancellor, Cotton University and seating between Prof. P. J. Das and Prof. B. C. Goswami is Prof. J. N. Ganguli, from USTM and former professor of the Department.


Prof. P. Phukan (2nd from right) of the Department had the distinction of serving as the mentor of the Indian students participating in the International Chemistry Olympiad held in Baku and also in Hanoi, Vietnam.


Anup Kumar Talukdar
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) DTIT (Tokyo)
Catalysis, Environmental Chemistry
Bhabesh Chandra Goswami
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Liverpool)
Bioorganic Chemistry, Carotenoids-vitamin A
Birinchi Kumar Das
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (IISc)
Coordination Chemistry, Inorganic Synthesis, Catalysis
Chitrani Medhi
MSc (NEHU) PhD (IACS) Commonwealth Fellow (UCL)
Quantum Chemistry, Anti Cancer Ruthenium Complexes, Molecular Modelling and Anti Cancer Drug Design
Dibakar Chandra Deka
MSc (Gauhati) MTech (IIT Kharagpur) PhD (IIT Kharagpur) DTIT (Tokyo) DSc (Gauhati) FRSC
Natural Products, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Biofuels
Diganta Kumar Das
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Bioelectrochemistry, Inorganic Synthesis
Dilip Kumar Kakati Head of the Department
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (London) DIC (London)
Polymer Chemistry, Organic Synthesis
Prodeep Phukan
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (NCL Pune)
Organic Synthesis, Catalysis, Computational Organic Chemistry

Associate Professor

Rupam Jyoti Sarma
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (IITG)
Supramolecular Chemistry, Organic Synthesis
Sonit Kumar Gogoi

Assistant Professor

Bhabatosh Banik (INSPIRE Faculty)
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (IISc) Postdoctoral Fellow (Georgia and Miami)
Inorganic Chemistry
Debajyoti Mahanta
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (IISc)
Physical Chemistry
Dhruba Jyoti Kalita
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (IITG)
Theoretical Chemistry
Nilamoni Nath
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (IISc, Bangalore) Postdoctoral Fellow (Max-Planck Institute, Göttingen)
NMR Methodology, Plant Metabolomics, MRI Contrast Agents and Computational Chemistry
Ranjit Thakuria
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Hyderabad)
Supramolecular Chemistry
Sanfaori Brahma
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (IITK)
Inorganic Chemistry
Sushobhan Ghosh (UGC Faculty)
MSc (North Bengal) PhD (IISc)
Supramolecular Chemistry
Tridib Kumar Goswami
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (IISc)
Biological Chemistry, Catalysis