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INDIAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
92, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata-700009
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The Indian Chemical Society

The Indian Chemical Society, a premier Scientific Society of India, was founded in 1924, as National Forum for the community of chemists and members of allied disciplines in the country. The driving force behind its establishment was the nationalistic spirit prevailing in India under British rule. J. N. Mukherjee, J.C. Ghosh and S.S. Bhatnagar while carrying out their research work in the University College, London in 1919 for the D.Sc. Degree, took a decision that after coming back to India their endeavor would be to establish a Chemical Society like the Chemical Society of London. Their cherished dream was transformed into a reality with active cooperation of many of the leading personalities in the country, and the Indian Chemical Society was founded on May 9, 1924, as a registered Society, with Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray, the doyen of Indian Chemists, as the first President. Many of the distinguished personalities in the field of Chemical Science of that time in India took active interest in nurturing the new born Society. The composition of the first Council is shown below


Indian Chemical Society, its objectives and Activities

The Indian Chemical Society, a premier Scientific Society of India, was founded in 1924, as National Forum for the community of chemists and members of allied disciplines in the country. The driving force behind its establishment was the nationalistic spirit prevailing in India under British rule. J. N. Mukherjee, J. C. Ghosh and S. S. Bhatnagar while carrying out their research work in the University College, London in 1919 for the D.Sc. Degree, took a decision that after coming back to India their endeavor would be to establish a Chemical Society like the Chemical Society of London. Their cherished dream was transformed into a reality with active cooperation of many of the leading personalities in the country, and the Indian Chemical Society was founded on May 9, 1924, as a registered Society, with Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray, the doyen of Indian Chemists, as the first President. Many of the distinguished personalities in the field of Chemical Science of that time in India took active interest in nurturing the new born Society. The composition of the first Council is shown below:


Members of the Council and Office Bearers (1924)
President Sir P. C. Ray, KT., C.I.E., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Vice-Presidents Gilbert J. Fowler, D.Sc., F.I.C. J. L. Simonsen, D.Sc., F.I.C., F.A.S.B. E. R. Watson, M.A., D.Sc.
Secretary J. N. Mukherjee, D.Sc.
Treasurer P. C. Mitter, M.A., Ph.D.
Editors N. R. Dhar, D.Sc., F.I.C., Dr.es.Sc A. N. Meldrum, D.Sc.
Members of the Council
H. E. Annett, D.Sc. H. K. Sen, M.A., D.Sc., D.I.C.
S. S. Bhatnagar, D.Sc. R. N. Sen, M.A., M.Sc
R. L. Datta, D.Sc., F.R.S.E. B. K. Singh, D.Sc.
B. B. Dey, D.Sc., F.I.C B. H. Wilsdon




The Society was established with the following objectives as laid down in its

Memorandum of Association
The cultivation and promotion of chemistry and of kindred branches of science.
To co-operate with other organizations having similar objects.
To do and perform all other acts, matters and things that may assist in, conduce to, or be necessary for the fulfillment of the above mentioned objects, and for the purposes of the Society.
The Society shall not make any dividend, gift, division or bonus in money to, or between, any of its members, but may pay remuneration to any of its Office-bearers.
The Council shall have the power to acquire land by purchase, or by lease for the purpose of fulfillment of the objects of the Society and to create charge or Mortgage on the immovable property of the Society for securing payment of unpaid purchase money or premium.


To begin with, Indian Chemical Society started its activity with the publication of a quarterly journal. Initially the Society did not have its own office, and it functioned from the office of the Secretary Dr. J. N. Mukherjee, who was then Sir Rashbehary Ghose Professor of Chemistry in the University College of Science, Calcutta. Sir P. C. Ray made gift of Rupees Ten Thousand to the Calcutta University for providing proper accommodation for the Society. This was utilized for constructing three large rooms in 1933 in the second floor of the south wing of Sir Taraknath Palit Building of the University College of Science and Technology, Calcutta. Two rooms were allotted to the Society for its use and the third one for the use of the University. The Society is housed in this location in University College of Science and Technology, Kolkata at 92, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata-700 009, this being the address of its registered office.

In 1967, The Indian Chemical Society acquired about 660 sq. metre plot of land at Kankurgachi in north eastern part of Kolkata, for construction of a building for the Society. The foundation stone for the building was laid by Professor J. N. Mukherjee in 1970. But the construction work for the proposed Sir P. C. Ray Memorial Building at the site could not be started because of lack of sufficient funds. Generous donation from all concerned, together with the Grants from Government agencies are a dire necessity for the plan to materialize.

The first issue of the quarterly Journal of the Indian Chemical Society appeared in November 1924 and this received appreciation from several leading organizations and personalities of other countries. Professor Wynne, the then President of the Chemical Society, London, cabled to Sir P. C. Ray congratulating the Indian Chemical Society for this venture. The following report published in the renowned journal "Nature (London)" was revealing:

"The great work in chemistry which has occurred in the Indian Empire during the past ten years, had lead to the establishment of an Indian Chemical Society, the first number of the quarterly journal of the Society has now appeared. There are thirteen papers, and only one of these is published under the English names. The remaining papers are published by Indians and come from all parts of the Indian Empire. Four of these emanate from the College of Science, Calcutta, and this is as it should be, because for many years past, this Institution has been the back-bone of chemical research in India."


(Information for Authors for contribution of articles for publication in the journal is given in form A)

Publications of the Society
1. History of chemistry in Ancient and Medieval India [ incorporating P. C. Ray's History of Hindu Chemistry]-Edited by P. Ray
2. Reflections on Chemical Education - N. R. Dhar
3. Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray : Life and Achievements - N. R. Dhar


The Library of the Society

The Society is receiving about 125 Journals in exchange of its own Journal. Some of these Journals are not available elsewhere in the Eastern Region of India. In addition, there is a fairly large collection of books. The library facilities are open to all interested/readers. But due to dearth of adequate space, the Society is unable to extend full facilities to its Fellows and other intending users of the library.

Memorable Past Events
1. Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Indian Chemical Society: held at University College of Science and Technology, Calcutta-700 009 in 1948.
2. Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Indian Chemical Society: held at University College of Science and Technology, Calcutta-700 009 in 1973.
3. Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Indian Chemical Society: held at Jadavpur University, Calcutta-700 032 in 1984.
4. Platinum Jubilee Celebration of the Indian Chemical Society: held at Jadavpur University & Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Calcutta-700 032 in 1999.
The prestigious IUPAC sponsored 20th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry was hosted under the Convenership of Professor D. Banerjea by the Indian Chemical Society at Calcutta, in 1979.
This was co-sponsored by the following organizations / institutions:
Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi

5. Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi The University Grants Commission, New Delhi University of Calcutta, Kolkata


Membership of the Society:

The Indian Chemical Society has provision for the following classes of membership:

1) Student Membership
2) Associate Fellow
3) Fellow
4) Benefactor
5) Patron


Regarding eligibility, dues, benefits and privileges, the provisions in the Constitutions and

Bye-Laws of the Society be consulted. Copies of which may be had from the Honorary Secretary, Indian Chemical Society, on payment of Rs.100 (in cash or by bank draft on Kolkata Bank) to the Indian Chemical Society, to cover cost and postage. At present the Annual Subscriptions payable are as follows:

InlandForeign

Fellows 2200 30
Subscribers 350 60

Benefactors and Patrons have to make the following payments:

Admission to the membership is made by the Council and formal admission becomes valid following the 1st day of the next month on receipt of the dues.

Mode of payments

All payments can be made by demand draft drawn in favour of Indian Chemical Society payable at any bank at Kolkata.

Endowment Memorial Award Lectures

Several Endowment Award Lectures (At present Ten Annual and Nine Biennial) have been instituted in the Society.

1 Acharya P. C. Ray Memorial Award (Annual)
2 Acharya J. C. Ghosh Memorial Award (Annual)
3 Professor P. K. Bose Memorial Award (Annual)
4 Professor Priyadaranjan Ray Memorial Award (Annual)
5 Professor R. D. Desai 80th Birthday Commemoration Award (Annual)
6 Professor J. N. Mukherjee Award (Annual)
7 Professor A. S. R. Anjaneyulu 60th Birthday Commemoration Award (Annual)
8 Professor S. C. Ameta Award (Annual)
9 Professor Dhananjay Nasipuri Memorial Award (Annual)
10 Professor R. S. Varma Memorial Award (Annual)
11 Dr. Basudev Banerjee Memorial Award (Biennial)
12 Rev. Fr. L. M. Yeddanapalli Memorial Award (Biennial)
13 Professor B. N. Ghoah Memorial Award (Biennial)
14 Professor S. S. Sandhu Award (Biennial)
15 Dr. Ghanshyam Srivastava Memorial Award(Biennial)
16 Professor G. V. Bakore Memorial Award(Biennial)
17 Professor D.P. Chakraborty 60th Birthday Anniversary Commemoration Award (Biennial)
18 Dr. D.S. Bhakuni Award (Biennial)
19 Professor U. C. Pant Memorial Award (Biennial)



Twenty Annual Convention Awards for Young Scientist

Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

i Professor V. S. Tripathi Award
ii Professor V. Pandu Ranga Rao Award
iii Professor A. K. Dey Memorial Award
iv Dr. Upadhyayulu V. Rao Memorial Award
v Dr. Upadhyayulu Annapurna and Satyanarayana Memorial Award
vi Professor G. Gopalarao Centenary Young Scientist Award
    

Organic and Biochemistry

i Dr. B. N. Mankad Award
ii Dr. J. M. Dasgupta Award
iii Dr. D. S. Bhakuni Award
iv Professor P. Sengupta Memorial Award
v Professor S. K. Talapatra Award




Inorganic Chemistry

i Professor A. K. Dey Memorial Award
ii Professor B. C. Halder Memorial Award
iii Sri B. M. L. Bhasin Memorial Award
    

Physical Chemistry

i Professor Santi Ranjan Memorial Award (Two Awards)
ii Association of Kineticists Award (Two Awards)
iii Professor S. T. Nandibewoor Award

Industrial and Applied Chemistry

i Indian Chemical Society Award


Annual Convention of Chemists

Since 1963 The Indian Chemical Society has been organizing an Annual Convention of Chemists in collaboration with the Institution of Chemists (India). This is sponsored by different funding agencies, such as the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, University Grants Commission, including DST and others. At the Annual Convention, the endowment lectures of the Society are delivered by distinguished speakers, selected by dully constituted selection committees and in addition there are invited lectures delivered in the different sessions of the convention. Oral and poster presentations of communications by younger chemists are also arranged. Some of the papers published at the Annual Convention of Chemists are selected for Convention Awards.

Branches

There is provision in the rules of the Society for establishing of branch in different regions of the country. At present the Society has the branches at the following places Allahabad, Magadh, Mumbai, Sagar, Udaipur, Vadodara and Tamil Nadu.

Appendices:

1) Form for application for Membership of the Society
2) Information for Authors