The Department of Chemistry, St. Xavier’s College Mapusa-Goa, organised a Study Tour to Bangalore-Mysore for the T.Y.B.Sc. Chemistry students from 15th-20th November 2018. The Coordinator for the tour was Ms Janesline P. D. Fernandes and the co-coordinators were Dr Teotone Vaz (Head, Department of Chemistry), Dr Hari Kadam, Ms Shivta T. Mhamal and Ms Flavia S. Travasso. The main agenda of the tour was to visit and gain insights into two of the prestigious and world recognised institutes of India- Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Christ University.
During the visit to IISc, an institute for research and higher education in science, engineering, design and management, the students were taken to the Organic, Inorganic & Physical Chemistry Departments by Dr Sanjay Prasad, Scientific Officer. The students got to view and learn about the working and applications of various sophisticated instruments like NMR, Mass & Raman spectrometers and UV-Visible & IR spectrophotometers.
At Christ University, the students were introduced to Dr James Arulraj, Asst Prof. of Chemistry Dept at Christ University, who guided the students through the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research laboratories. The students were taken to the Instrumentation Lab, wherein they were given a brief description of various instruments like GC, HPLC, GC-MS, AAS etc.
The student’s group also visited the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological museum, Bangalore, which fascinated them with the engineering masterpieces and working models along with various fun games and illusions. A visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, took the students on a fascinating journey of space through the spectacular planet show. The students also visited the LalBagh Botanical Garden and the Brindavan garden, which has India’s largest collection of Tropical and flowering plants and the Lalbagh Rock, which is one of the oldest rock formations on earth.
The students visited the majestic Mysore Palace, a magnificent edifice, which has a rich history attached to it. The grandeur of the palace, durbar halls, courtyards, gardens and temple was absolutely an enchanting sight to behold. The group visited the Chamundi Hills, a prime landmark of Mysore city, which has a temple dedicated to goddess Chamundeshwari. They also visited the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, one of the oldest zoos in India, home to a wide range of animal and bird species. Lastly, the group visited St. Philomena’s Church, Mysore which captivated everyone with its stained glass paintings and architectural excellence of the British era.
The tour was a wonderful experience filled with immense knowledge for the students, giving a golden opportunity to visit institutes of high repute and historically important structures which culminated with myriad memories of days fruitfully spent at Bangalore and Mysore.