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Department of Chemical Engineering

History

Year of Establishment : 1920 (Erstwhile Department of Applied Chemistry was trifurcated into three departments in 1982, of which Department of Chemical Engineering emerged)

History of the department : The University of Calcutta is a pioneering institute in introducing post-graduate studies in Applied Science in 1920’s. At the initiative of the great educationist, Sir Asutosh Mukhopadhyay and Sir P.C.Roy, the Department of Applied Chemistry came into existence in 1920 along with sister Technology departments. Professor H.K.Sen became the first Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Chemistry


Chronology of Degree offerings by the Department since its inception in the year 1920
Degree Duration Period
M. Sc. in Applied Chemistry  2 Year 1920 - 1950
M. Sc. (Tech.) in Applied Chemistry  3 Year 1951 - 1958
B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering & Chemical Technology 2 Year  1959 - 1968
M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering & Chemical Technology 2 Year 1959 - 1971
B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering & Chemical Technology  3 Year  1969 - 1976
M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering & Chemical Technology  2 Year 1972 - 1976
B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering  3 Year 1977 – 2004
M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering   2 Year  1977 - 1980
M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering  3 Semesters 1981 - 2001
B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering  6 Semesters 2005 – 2015
B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering  4 Year 8 Semesters 2015 onwards
M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering 2 Year 4 Semesters 2002 onwards

The Department of Applied Chemistry started offering degrees in Chemical Engineering in the year 1977 with intake of 40 and 20 for B. Tech. & M. Tech. programs respectively. The Department of Chemical Engineering at present was emerged from the parent department in the year 1980 with 2 programs. In the year 2000, the intake for M. Tech. program was increased to 25. The degrees offered by the department are duly accredited by the AICTE and approved by UGC.
Recently the Department has started to take 20 students from WBJEE and 20 from B.Sc. as lateral entry in the second year.

Vision and Mission of the Department

Vision of the Department
The vision of the Department is to be a nationally and internationally recognized school of Chemical Engineers by producing competent practicing chemical engineers as well as dedicated academicians for the service of the society and humankind.
The Department aims at serving the nation and the society by following the vision of the Faculty of Engineering & Technology keeping in view the motto “advancement of learning” of the University of Calcutta.

Mission of the Department
To achieve its own vision and the vision of the Faculty, the Department of Chemical Engineering is committed to:

  1. Provide high-quality teaching to foster international standard graduate and post graduate Chemical Engineers.
  2. Motivate the students of the Department to face challenges in their professions – industrial, academic, R & D organizations.
  3. Generate knowledge through research as well as through interaction with industries and academia so that the students of this Department can take part in the interdisciplinary fields like environmental engineering, nanotechnology, biotechnology and material science.
  4. Inspire the students of the Department to contribute to the sustainable development of the nation and society through professionalism, education, research, public and social services.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)

    B.TECH IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
  1. To produce graduate Chemical Engineers with professional, social and ethical responsibility, and capable of taking leadership positions in the professional arena and/or society.
  2. To provide chemical engineering graduates with basic skills and modern tools to become effective, innovative, competent, responsible, contributing engineers in the chemical industries of India and abroad, having sufficient flexibility to take up new professional challenges for expansion.
  3. To inspire some of the graduates of the department to be ready for life-long learning by continuing their professional development and to obtain higher degrees in engineering and management. 
    The above objectives for the programme are consistent not only with the Mission and Vision of the Department, but also with the Mission and Vision of the Faculty of Engineering & Technology, University of Calcutta.

    M.TECH IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
  1. To produce post-graduate Chemical Engineers with professional, social and ethical responsibility, having updated advanced knowledge of the subject and self learning attitudes to accept the challenges of industry, academia, R&D and management.
  2. To produce post-graduate Chemical Engineers motivated towards environment-friendly innovation and socially responsible entrepreneurship. 
  3. To produce post graduate chemical engineers having international standard knowledge and skill so that they can be part of global professional community of Chemical Engineers in teaching, research and management. The above objectives for the programme are consistent not only with the Mission and Vision of the Department and programme, but also with the Mission and Vision of the Faculty of Engineering & Technology, University of Calcutta.

Programme Outcomes (PO)

    B.TECH IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
    It is expected that after completing the B.Tech course in Chemical Engineering, the students will emerge in the society as:
  1. Graduates with professional ethics and with in-depth knowledge of mathematics, science and chemical engineering to identify, formulate, and solve problems in chemical engineering and inter-disciplinary areas.
  2. Graduates with communication proficiency to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools for chemical engineering practice.
  3. Graduates with ability to recognize the need for, and to engage in independent and life-long learning in the context of technological change.

    M.TECH IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
  1. Post-graduates with professional ethics, social responsibility and in-depth knowledge of chemical engineering to identify, formulate, and solve problems of the subject and inter-disciplinary areas using their ability of critical thinking and management skill.
  2. Post-graduates with communication proficiency to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools independently for chemical engineering practice in industry as well as in research activities.
  3. Post-graduates with ability to recognize the need for, and to engage in independent and sustainable entrepreneurship that utilizes life-long learning in the context of technological change.

Academic

Faculty members :

Name Designation Area of specialisation Email Mobile Number
Prof. Amitava Bandyopadhyay
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Head & Professor Environmental Engineering, Mass Transfer.     abchemengg@caluniv.ac.in
amitava.cuche@gmail.com
cuhod.chemengg@gmail.com
9073507941
Prof. (Smt.) Sampa Chakrabarti
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Professor Separation Process, Environmental Engineering sampac.2008@gmail.com
scchemengg@caluniv.ac.in
9831384628
Prof. Sudip Kumar Das
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Professor Environmental Engg., Multiphase Flow, CFD drsudipkdas@vsnl.net
skdchemengg@caluniv.ac.in
9830638908
Prof. Asim Kumar De
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Professor Environmental Engineering, Process Control akdecuce@gmail.com
adchemengg@caluniv.ac.in
 
Sri. Bhaskar Chandra Das
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Associate Prof. Chemical Reaction Engineering, Biotechnology bdascuce@gmail.com 9433625290
Sri. Kaushik Ganguly Associate Prof. Liquid-liquid dispersion kaushikgangulycuce@gmail.com  
Dr. Debasish Sarkar
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Associate Prof. Mathematical Modeling,  Membrane Separation debasish.sarkarcuce@gmail.com 9330806040
Dr. Asit Baran Biswas
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Assistant Prof. Multiphase flow, Waste water treatment. abbiswas@gmail.com 9433161843
Dr. Paramartha Mukhopadhyay
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Assistant Prof. Thermal Cracking mparamartha@yahoo.co.in  
Dr. Subhasis Roy
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Assistant Prof. Nanotechnology, Solar Energy subhasis1093@gmail.com
srchemengg@caluniv.ac.in
9775032952
Dr. Baisali Rajbansi
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Assistant Prof. Heat Transfer, Environmental Science, Fluid Mechanics baisali_rajbansi@rediffmail.com
brbchemengg@caluniv.ac.in
9836864273
Dr. Barnali Mandal
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Assistant Prof. Bioprocess Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Thermodynamics bmandal20@yahoo.co.in 9163821105
Dr. Debajyoti Goswami
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Assistant Prof. Enzyme  Catalysis, Micellar Catalysis,  Oleochemicals, Reaction Engineering goswami.debajyoti@gmail.com
dgoswami2@rediffmail.com
9433312510
Sri Arindam Mandal
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Assistant Prof. Fuel Cell arindammandal010@gmail.com 9051070820
Sri Biswajit Kamila
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Assistant Prof.   bkamila2012@gmail.com 9932196494

Courses

4 Year (8 Semester) B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering:
Number of seats per year is 20 from WBJEE and 20 from 3 years B.Sc (Hons) course with Chemistry as Major and Mathematics and Physics as Minor by lateral entry in the 3rd semester.
2 Year (4 Semester) M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering :
Number of seats per year is 25. Eligibility for admission is B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering with or without GATE.
Ph.D (Tech) in Chemical Engineering:
Number of seats per year is variable and decided by the Department every year. Eligibility for admission is M.Tech./B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering and M.Tech. in few other subjects decided by the department.
Syllabus and Regulations [B.Tech]
Syllabus [M.Tech]

Research

Areas of research of the department:

  • Transport processes in multiphase system
  • Artificial Neural Network and Fuzzy Logic Control
  • Preparation of Gold Nanoparticles
  • Interphase phenomenon
  • Fluidization and Inverse Fluidization
  • Bio pulping and utilization of biological wastes
  • Microbial production of  Lipase and Protein – enzymes for agricultural wastes
  • Removal of heavy and toxic metals from industrial wastes by chemical and photochemical methods
  • Removal of dyes from textile effluents by adsorption with agricultural waste
  • Photocatalytic and sonochemical oxidation of refractory organics
  • Bioleaching of silica from Indian Pyrolusite, dolomite and chromite ores
  • Production of bio-gas and organic fertilizer from waste hyacinth
  • Microbial Desulphurization of Indian Coal
  • Sonochemical synthesis and characterization of semiconductor nanoparticles
  • Smart textile and paper
  • Gas-phase odour sensing and control
  • Fuel cell
  • Enzyme Catalysis, Micellar Catalysis and Surfactants, Oleochemicals 
  • Removal of fluoride from water
  • Environmental Policy
  • CO2 Capture
  • Water Auditing for Industries
  • Investigation on Air & Water Qualities

Instrumental facilities for conducting Research at the Department:

  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
  • FTIR spectroscope
  • Gas Chromatograph
  • HP Liquid Chromatograph
  • IR spectroscope
  • BET surface area analyzer
  • Particle size analyzer
  • Total Organic Carbon analyzer
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer

Besides the above, Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CRNN) has instruments like SEM, FESEM-EDX, XRD, TEM where the faculty members have access.

Placement : Most of the students find placement through the dedicated Placement & Training Cell of the University. Some of the renowned employers in recent times are Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd, Berger Paints India Limited, Phillips Carbon Black Ltd., Hindusthan Unilever Ltd, ATUL Ltd., BOC (Linde) India Ltd., Polyrub Cooperstandard FTS Pvt Ltd., Worley, TECHNIP India Limited, West Bengal Chemicals Industries Ltd.

Summer Internship Program : Students undergo 4 to 8 weeks in-plant summer internship/training in the following renowned organizations

  1. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOC Ltd.)
  2. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India
  3. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
  4. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
  5. Indian Farmers & Fertilizers Corporation  (IFFCO)
  6. Haldia Petrochemical Ltd.
  7. NTPC Ltd. Farakka (Farakka Super Thermal Power Station)
  8. MCC PTA India Corp. Private Limited, Haldia
  9. Dhunseri Petrochem Limited, Haldia
  10. Linde India Limited, Rourkela
  11. Kesoram Rayon Industries Limited
  12. ATUL Ltd
  13. Hindalco Indusries Limited, Belagavi, Karnataka
  14. IOC Petronas, Haldia
  15. Matix Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited, Durgapur
  16. Exide Industries Limited, Shyamnagar
  17. Berger Paints India Limited, Rishra
  18. Adani Willmar Limited, Haldia
  19. TATA Autocomp Systems Limited, Pune (Chakan)
  20. ITC limited
  21. Diamond BeveragesPvt. Ltd., Kolkata
  22. Development Consultants Limited, Kolkata
  23. Balmer Lawrie, Kolkata

After training the students have to submit a report and appear at viva-voce examinations for both summer internships under different semesters

CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY CHEMICAL ENGINEERING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (CUCEAA)

CUCEAA was founded in 1993 and a renowned chemical engineer and faculty member of this department, Prof. N. K. Bose was the founder president of the alumni association.  Since then eminent practicing chemical engineers and academicians working in India and abroad are associated with this Alumni Association that plays a very important role in the development of the department.  Following activities of the Alumni Association are there in the department:

  • An Alumni Meet with national/international seminar is organized in every third year in the department by the Alumni Association.
  • Text books are distributed among the current students on loan.
  • Prof. N. K. Bose memorial fellowship has been housed for R&D activity
  • Invited lectures are organized regularly
  • Plant visits and mentoring of the present students are organized by the Alumni.

Contact

Head of the Department. Department of Chemical Engineering
Rashbehari Siksha Prangan. University College of Science & Technology
University of Calcutta. 92, A.P.C. Road. Kolkata. 700 009
Tel.: +91-33-2350 8386; Fax: +91-33-2351 9755; Email: cuhod.chemengg@gmail.com