The Department of chemistry was the first department to start functioning from the year 1973 in the erstwhile Post Graduate Centre of the University of Madras. The department of chemistry is offering M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes. There are two main areas of research namely synthetic inorganic chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry. At present, the department has five professors, a reader and a lecturer. The seven faculty members working in the department are engaged in guiding M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars besides teaching and guiding M.Sc. students. Recently, the department has started a new self supportive course (Organic Chemistry) along with a new PG diplomo course.