INSPIRE Science Camp was conducted at Kamaraj College, Thoothukudi during Nov – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 funded by Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi. Nearly 170 Higher secondary students with score (> 95%) in 10 th standard participated in each camp.
Principal Investigator : Dr. G. Vanmathi, Asst. Professor
Department of Chemistry
Kamaraj College, Thoothukudi.
Co-Investigator : Dr. U. P. Senthil Kumar, Senior Vice President
Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Principal Collaborator : Dr. Ganesh Sanjeev, Director
Mangalore University, Mangalore.
Project JRF : Mr. B. Suresh, M.Sc
Duration of Project : 2012-2015 (3 years)
Funding Agency : DAE, BRNS, Govt. of India.
Total Grant : Rs. 22,58,800
Rs.23 lakh sanctioned for research activities
STAFF REPORTER: The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Mumbai, has sanctioned
Rs.23 lakh for executing research activities to G. Vanmathi, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Kamaraj College, Tuticorin.The objective of the project is to synthesise various chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs using microtron beam treated catalysts. It also aims to modify the process of synthesizing life-saving drugs. According to a statement on Saturday from Kamaraj College, the Department of Atomic Energy supports extra-mural research and development activities in nuclear and allied sciences, engineering and technology through its nodal funding agency – The Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS). Among various particle accelerator centres installed by BARC, Mumbai, a variable accelerator – microtron — is installed and commissioned by Mangalore University. The DAE has recognised the Microtron Centre as a Centre for Excellence in Radiation Physics and Radiological Sciences. Thus the novel catalysts used by the Nobel Prize winners of previous years would be activated for having an enhanced catalytic activity. The results of this study may help in reducing the production cost of drugs. This may enable the pharmaceutical industries of India to compete with other industries in the world market and maximize their sales.Principal investigator of this project says that this is the first time that the microtron radiation facility of Department of Atomic Energy at Mangalore University has been used for enhancing organic compounds productivity. The work is carried out in collaboration with U.P. Senthil Kumar, senior vice-president, Research and Development, Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Limited, Chennai.
Worked as Research Fellow in various Research Projects in Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, CSIR, Karaikudi & Tuticorin during 1987 – 1998.
Number of Research Articles Published in National & International Journals : 9
Number of Research Papers presented in Conference /Seminar : 70
Number of Orientation Programme/Refresher Courses/ Workshop attended : 10
Number of Patents Filed : 01
Industry – R &D Experience:
Served as Chief Chemist in R & D, AGSAR Paints (p) Ltd., Tuticorin, during June 1998 to May 2001 under taking
- R & D work in formulating Novel Paint products
- ISI – Quality maintenance
- Quality control of Raw materials and Paint products
- Served as Senior Lecturer & HOD in Dept. of Chemistry, (2.7.2001 to 13.06.2008) Dr.Sivanthi Aditanar College of Engineering, Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu – ISO & NBA certified Institution
- Presently working as Asst. Prof of Chemistry since Jun – 2008, Kamaraj College, Thoothukudi – 628003
Research Project Undertaken:
Project Title : Studies on Development of Electron Beam Treated
Heterogeneous Catalysts suitable for Organic Synthesis
Project Duration : May 2012 – Mar 2015
Project Sponsor : Dep. of Atomic Energy, BRNS, Govt Of India
Amount : Rs. 24 Lakhs
ORGANISER of Eighth INSPIRE Science Camps during – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
INSPIRE Science Camp was conducted at Kamaraj College, Thoothukudi during Nov – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 funded by Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi. Nearly 180 Higher secondary students with high score (> 95%) in 10 th standard participated in each camp.
MINOR RESEARCH PROJECT UNDERTAKEN
Training and Orientation of college NSS Volunteers as Water Educator Fellows for conserving Fresh water Reservoirs along the coastal Belt of Gulf of Mannar – Assignments for Community Services.
Duration : Apr. 2015 to Mar. 2016
Project Sponsor : NCSTC, DST, New Delhi
Amount : Rs. 9.6 Lakhs
Have organised a “Training & Orientation Programme for NSS volunteers as Water Educator Fellows conserving Fresh water Resources: TOP – WEF 2015” during Nov 19 – 27, 2015. This is funded by NCSTC, DST, New Delhi. 100 NSS volunteers from 12 Arts & Science colleges participated. Many Eminent Professors, Scientists, Media people delivered lectures on Water Conservation and Mass Media communication. They were taken for Field visit to Water Treatment Plants at Tirunelveli. This programme was well appreciated by the students.
NSS Programme Activities
As NSS Programme Officer of NSS Unit No.146 (Women Unit) the following activities were undertaken.
- Conducted NSS Special Camp at Kattunaickenpatti during Jan 29 to Feb 4, 2016
- Conducted NSS Special Camp at Kattunaickenpatti & Athanoor during Jan 1 to 7, 2017
- Received the Best NSS Programme Officer Award of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University for the academic year 2015 to 2016.
- Received National Young Leader Program Award in NSS during 2016 to 2017
- Ms Suguna II B.Sc Botany, of this unit received the Best Volunteer Award of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University for the academic year 2015 to 2016.
- Special Camp Feb 2018
Received the NSS Best Unit Award for Unit No. 146 during the acdemic year 2017 -2018
- Received the Best volunteer of this Unit – Pratheeba, III B.Sc Chem during the acdemic year 2017 -2018
Dr G VANMATHI received Women Achiever Award of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University – 2017 to 2018
Dr G. Vanmathi,
Organiser, INSPIRE SCIENCE CAMP
Kamaraj College, Thoothukudi– 628 003
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