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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

 

The department of Chemistry has grown up into one of the leading centre of teaching and learning. Department also encourages project and activity based research for the growth of subject. Department strives for quality in academics, character formation and developing a scientific temperament and opening new avenues for enriching life. There are various activities taken by the members of the department. The department offers courses in ICSE and ISC. There are two dedicated laboratories in the department and we can accommodate forty students in the labs at any time. Our faculty members are council compliant and the department result in ICSE and ISC board examinations is praiseworthy. Mr. Rajib Hazarika is the lab in charge and takes care of lab needs. Mr. Diganta Saikia is the utility worker associated with the department. A brief account of our faculty members is as follow:

 

— FACULTY MEMBERS —

 

Dr. Kuljeet Singh (Chair)

Dr. Kuljeet Singh is the Chair of Chemistry department. Dr. Singh is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. His M.Sc. project at IIT earned him the ‘The Best M.Sc.’ Project Award’. He earned a Ph.D. from Boston University (USA) in the area of Bioinorganic Chemistry. Recently he obtained B.Ed. from Gauhati University. He has taken up various positions in America such as Lecturer and senior postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Singh has presented papers and seminars at IIT Kanpur, Boston University, Pondicherry University, and University of Chicago. He has joined the Chemistry department of the school as a Senior Chemistry teacher in 2005. Since then, he has honed his leadership skills in various positions in the school. He has been Head of Science, Head of Curriculum Development, Housemaster and Chair of Chemistry department. Currently, he is the Head of Professional Development and Chair of Chemistry Department. He has a total of fifteen years of teaching experience. His recent achievements include coordinating various International collaborative projects along with Dr. Hemashree Deka that helped the school earn the accreditation of ‘International School Award’ from the British Council for the period 2013-16. He has also initiated ‘Chem-Fest, 2013’, Chemical Dance’, ‘Science Lecture Series’, ‘Student Self assessment form’, ‘ Canadian Connect programme’, and was involved in quizzing, acting, playing Soccer and Cricket for the staff team to name a few. Dr. Singh loves Chemistry and is a passionate teacher. He loves to interact and guide young children.

 

 

 

Mrs. Shakila Banu (Dean of Studies)

Mrs. Banu has a Masters Degree in Chemistry from Jiwaji University, Gwalior and a B.Ed. from Annamalai University. Guided with a strong core of inner values, she enjoys interacting with others. She has been working at AVS since its inception in April, 1995. Since then, she has been teaching chemistry across the board, including preparing students for the Board Examinations. The School has given her the opportunity to develop her potential in various fields, especially in her transaction as a senior chemistry teacher, leading the department and to her present position as the Dean of Studies.

 

 

Mrs. Shalu Sharma

Mrs. Sharma has done her M.Sc. from MP Bhoj University, Bhopal, and obtained B.Ed. from Kurukshetra University. She believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, and socially. It is her desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk- taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. All students have an ability to learn, so it is necessary for an educator to help them discover how they learn best and provide them with the skills and resources to foster that learning ability. She believes that her role as an educator is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. The students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for them and practice skills in authentic situations. Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and stimulates the passion to learn. Mrs. Sharma has joined the department in 2012. Currenly she is the Housemistress of Kopili House.

 

 

Dr. (Mrs.) Alpana Dey

Dr. Dey has done M.Sc in Biochemistry with 3rd position in university from Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur. She has earned B.Ed. with Gold medal and Ph.D in Biochemistry from the same university. Dr. Dey has also cleared the Central Teachers’ Eligibility Test (CTET) in 2011. She has attended and presented papers in national and international conferences. She has been teaching for past ten years (four years in colleges and rest six years in various schools at Jabalpur, Pune, Chandigarh, and Nagpur). Dr. Dey has joined the department in 2013. She takes Upper School Chemistry activity and looks after responsibilities of Coordinator PTM also.

 

 

 

Mrs. Richa Singh (Teacher)

Ms. Richa Singh was born in the city of tehjeeb, Lucknow. She has done her Masters in Chemistry from renowned Christ Church College, Lucknow and B. Ed. from Gwalior University. Married to a Fighter Pilot in the IAF, Richa has taught Chemistry for five years and did 'Child Development', counselling and HRM courses in the United States.

 

 

 

Mrs. Debjani P. Nath (Teacher)

Mrs. Debjani P. Nath has joined the Chemistry department in the year 2014. She has done her graduation and B.Ed. from the North Eastern Hill University. She has twelve years of teaching experience with different schools in various capacities. She along with Mrs. Shalu Sharma is responsible for the Lower school activity (Project based Chemsitry). Being in this noble profession, she wants to help kids to learn, smile, and try out new things. She wants to share what she has learnt and empower her students.

 

 

 

Mr. Rajib Hazarika (Assistant Teacher)

Mr. Hazarika has done his B. Sc. (Chemistry) from the Guwahati University. He joined AVS in the year 1995. As an Assistant Teacher he is responsible for conducting the Practical Sessions in the Chemistry Laboratory. He is also helping pupils in the Upper and Lower School Activity Programme (Project based Chemistry). Although it has been a long journey for him, he treats every day is like a new day.