The Department of Chemistry is one of the oldest Departments existing from the day of the inception of the Institute in 1917. Since then the Department has come a long way and taken up front line areas of interdisciplinary research. At present this Department is actively engaged in research encompassing the following fields such as Molecular crystal, liquid crystal, Biophysical studies of protein folding, Infection biology Sigma factors in gene regulation in mycobacteria and Computational modeling of signaling pathways.