A Two day National CONFERENCE ON ‘INNOVATIONS IN CHEMISTRY LABORATORY TEACHING’ was organized by ‘ZAKIR HUSSAIN COLLEGE, DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY’ DELHI UNIVERSITY. The Conference was attended by Dr. Megha Mittal, Head Chemistry Department and M.Sc. students Ms. Saloni, Sherry, Priyanka Arora, Shivangi and Aanchal.
The Conference started with a talk by Prof. M.K PANDIT who highlighted the concept of story-telling in science and technology which was followed by the lecture series. LS 1-This lecture was given by Prof. Uday Maitra who discussed about ‘Learning Chemistry in Computer Age With Fun.’ He discussed various points about how to make chemistry relevant, gathering information along with demonstration on polarization of light, ORD phenomenon, elephant toothpaste, solvatochromism, chemiluminiscence. LS2 –Prof. C.K.Seth provided an informative talk on Catalysing Chemistry Laboratory experimentation. Demonstration given by him included use of very simple techniques like the non burning towel, use of a battery instead of starch as indicator, oscillatory chemical reactions. LS3- This series was given by Mrs. Savita Ladge who enlightens everyone on Role of Chemistry Laboratories in Chemistry. It was quite an enriching discussion for both faculty and students.
2nd day- Started by a talk by Chairperson Prof. Rita Kakkar followed by lecture series on Innovative Practices and Lab experiments for conceptual learning of science. LS2- This was given by Prof. Sunita Dhingra on the topic ‘Research efficient and cost effective qualitative organic analysis. This lecture provided alternative ways for performing various experiments. LS3-‘INNOVATIONS IN CHEMISTRY LABORATORY TEACHING’ which enlightened the process of innovations and stimulants, various aspects of innovations etc. LS4-A invited lecture was given by Dr. INDU SIDHWANI on green chemistry. She explained the importance of green chemistry, its principles through various real life cases like the Bhopal Tragedy etc. LS5-Mr. Sanjay Kasana presented his view on LAB SAFETY which is a crucial part of chemistry as chemistry deals with more practical aspects than theoretical aspects. All in all, it was an enriching experience.