Chemistry – Meaning and Relevance
Chemistry is one of the fundamental and basic Science that deals with matter – constitutes of atoms, and molecules – and their structure and changes. In a simple way, matter is something that has mass and occupies some space. If so, whatever comes and confronts us in our day-to-day life is part of chemistry and so we all are chemists in a sense. Starting from our body, everything we see, hear, touch and smell is inevitably related to Chemistry. Chemistry spreads over the entire universe from the very simple atom and sub-atomic particles to very difficult and complicated and structured forms of complexes. The very moment of the discovery of metal makes a remarkable change from the human era the Copper Age (5000BC) to the postmodern era of the digital age which makes new cutting-edge technologies of nano-science, biotechnology and advanced medical sciences and industries.
Since Chemistry is an inevitable subject related to human being and their growth from time to time it is most relevant and suitable to know and study more about this subject. It calls for us to ponder over all our day-to-day affairs and understand the real chemistry behind them.
Hope of Chemistry
Chemistry is a subject that is related to all realms of human life and the Universe. So it provides innumerable opportunities to those who follow it. From the field of agriculture to the highly sophisticated industries are wide open to chemistry students. Moreover, the knowledge of basic chemicals which we come across in our daily life and their uses and the problems that arise due to deficiency or excess and the common reactions etc. get from the study of chemistry will help each person to lead a better life in the modern society. The great challenges that the global society faces including food security, access to clean water environmental pollution and human health, global warming etc. can be addressed and solved only through the help of chemical sciences.
The three-year B.Sc. Degree course opens so many possibilities for getting a job – traditional jobs like teaching to various small & large scale industries, a more deep and wide variety of higher studies and research areas, own entrepreneurship programmes etc. As long as the world exists, there will be a need for chemistry experts.
Chemistry at MMC
By considering the importance and relevance of the subject Chemistry, Mary Matha College (MMC) has started the B.Sc. Degree course in Chemistry in the academic year of 2016-2017. MMC being an exuberant and successful educational institution with a motto of “Committed to Excellence” under the Madurai Kamaraj University has been rendering its service to the society of the Southern part of Tamil Nadu from 2009 onwards. The discipline-committed service of the staff, modern facilities for acquiring better knowledge, a large collection of books, extra care to the below average students to come up in studies, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, eco-friendly atmosphere etc. gave particular uniqueness to MMC. This helps MMC to intake 74 students for the first batch of Chemistry. Though the Chemistry Labs were small at the beginning, the replacement of it to the new block (St. Joseph) provided a well-equipped lab with modern facilities that can use a minimum of 80 students at a time. In order to provide more firsthand experience to the student’s Department of Chemistry included various exposure programmes, industrial visits, surveys, projects etc. in its academic programme. Moreover, the Department of Chemistry made a few collaborations with some of the nearby industries to get the human resource of their experienced staff. Department gives many opportunities and helps to observe various special occasions such as science day, environmental day etc. as talent showing and awareness making day. Along with all these, the committed and academically oriented experienced faculties encourage, and help the students to attain better knowledge and understanding in the subject of chemistry.