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Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

Established : 1876
Type : Co-Education
Director : Deb Shankar Ray (acting)
Principal / Teacher-in-Charge : --
Former Name : IACS
Location : Kolkata
Affiliation(s) : University of Calcutta
Category : Postgraduate, Ph.D & Research
Accreditation / Recognition : All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
Department(s) : Science

Courses Offered

Post–B.Sc. Integrated Ph.D. Programme in Chemical Sciences

Course Structure for M.Sc.


  • “L+T” means 3 hours of lecture are followed by 1 hour of tutorial
  • “P” means practicals
  • For every course, course credits are equal to the number of contact hours per week

First Year

Semester I
Course Number Course Title L+T - P
CH411 Mathematics for Chemists 3-0
CH412 Quantum Mechanics 3-0
CH413 Inorganic Chemistry-I 3-0
CH414 Organic Chemistry-I: Structure and Dynamics 3-0
CH415 Biological Chemistry 3-0
CH416 Techniques in Chemistry-I 3-0
CH417 Laboratory 0-6

Total Contact Hours per week 24
Total Credits 24

Semester II
Course Number Course Title L+T - P
CH421 Symmetry in Chemistry 3-0
CH422 Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics 3-0
CH423 Inorganic Chemistry-II 3-0
CH424 Organic Chemistry-II: Reagents and Reactions 3-0
CH425 Elementary Polymer and Solid State Chemistry 3-0
CH426 Numerical Methods and Computer Programming 2-1
CH427 Laboratory 0-6

Total Contact Hours per week 24
Total Credits 24

Second Year

Semester III
Course Number Course Title L+T - P
CH511 Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics 3-0
CH512 Chemical Kinetics and Electrochemistry 3-0
CH513 Inorganic Chemistry–III 3-0
CH514 Organic Chemistry–III 3-0
CH515 Techniques in Chemistry-II 3-0
CH516 Research Project (With Seminar) 0-16

Total Contact Hours per week 31
Total Credits 31

Semester IV
Course Number Course Title L+T - P
CH521 Techniques in Chemistry-III 3-0
CH522 Elective-I 3-0
CH523 Elective-II 3-0
CH524 Elective-III 3-0
CH525 Elective-IV 3-0
CH526 Research Project Continued (With seminar) 0-16

Total Contact Hours per week 31
Total Credits 31

Post - B.Sc. Integrated Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences

Admission for Integrated Ph.D Programme in Chemical Sciences (IntPCS)

  • Applicants who have secured a minimum first class (60% marks in aggregate in Chemistry honours papers or equivalent) in B.Sc. (Chemistry-honours) with Physics and Mathematics as subsidiaries or a first class (60% marks or equivalent in aggregate) in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics for Universities that do not offer honours degree at the B.Sc level are eligible for applying. Candidates in the later case should clearly mention "Honours degree not provided" in their applications. Those who have appeared in the final examination may also apply but their final selection will be subject to securing the required percentage of marks, in the qualifying examination.
  • The Candidate with Chemistry (Hons.) should provided only Honours marks, where the candidates from those universities that do not offer Honours degree, the marks should be provided as the overall percentage for Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
  • The Candidates whose marks are given in CGPA or CPI are advised to multiply their respective scores by a factor of 10 to obtain the percentage equivalent, e.g. if the CGPA/CPI score is 7.2, the equivalent percentage should be 72.00%.
  • Short-listed applicants will be required to appear for a written test based on multiple-choice questions. Candidates short listed on the basis of the written test will be called for an interview, out of which ten candidates will be selected for admission (reservation of seats will be as followed by the University of Calcutta). List of successful candidates will be displayed on the website of the institute.
  • Outstation candidates called for interview will be reimbursed with Sleeper Class railway fare by the shortest route provided they are selected and finally join the course. Admitted students will be entitled to a stipend of Rs. 12,000/- p.m. (fixed) for the first two years. On successful completion of the M.Sc. course Junior Research Fellowship will be awarded as per the prevailing norms. It may be possible to provide accommodation (if needed) for out station candidates joining the programme.

Important Information

  • Applications should reach the Coordinator, Integrated Ph.D. Programme in Chemical Sciences before Closing date.
  • Applications received after due date will be summarily rejected.
  • Interim queries will not be entertained.
  • Candidates are not required to attach their educational certificates or mark sheets along with the application.
  • Date of Entrance test will be notified later.
  • Dully filled in application in prescribed format should be sent along with a self addressed envelope (size of envelope: 10”x5” & no postage stamp is required).

Information not found

  • »  Auditorium (MLS Hall)
  • »  Seminar Rooms & Council Room
  • »  Administrative Hall
  • »  Energy Research Building
  • »  Biological Chemistry Building
  • »  Workshop
  • »  Liquid Nitrogen Facility
  • »  Canteen Facilities
  • »  Modern Library
  • »  Laboratories
  • »  Computer Centre
  • »  Essential Staff Quarters
  • »  Research Scholars' Hostels
  • »  Pool
  • »  Play Ground
  • »  Internet Facilities

The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, established in July 1876 at 210 Bowbazar street, Kolkata, is a national institution for higher learning whose primary purpose is to foster high quality fundamental research in frontier disciplines of the basic sciences. Founded by Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar, a philanthropist, the activities at the Association in the very early years were supported by generous public contributions. It was conceived and planned in the backdrop of the great cultural and intellectual awakening of the nineteenth century Bengal and was desired by its founder to be an institution 'solely native and purely national'. The original objective of the Association, which continues even today, was to cultivate science in all its departments both with a view to its advancement by original research and to its varied applications to the arts and comforts of life.

Now it is an autonomous institution which controlled by a General Body and Governing Council. IACS receives fund from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and Government of West Bengal, many Public agencies (DST, CSIR, DAE, MNES etc.), Private Companies as well as Foreign sources (NSF, UNDP, Japan, European Union, Sweden etc.). A number of specific projects raised by individual scientists or groups of scientists are being supported by different funding agencies such as CSIR, DAE, DNES, DST, DOS, DSIR, ICMR, INSA, NSF, UGC and UNDP. At present there are about 80 faculty members working in physics, and chemistry. The present Director of the Institute is Prof. Kankan Bhattacharyya. The Institute has dynamic programmes for the pursuit of research leading to the doctoral degree and for post-doctoral work and has Visiting Scientists Scheme. There is an excellent library, good computing facilities and is connected to Internet.

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