Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) by DST, India

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“Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE)” is one of the top infrastructure development programs of Department of Science and Technology (DST), India. This was started in 2009 exclusively for Indian Universities. The core objectives of this program is to strengthen the research capacity of the active R&D based Indian Universities and to provide financial support for nurturing the research ecosystem in the country. Department of Science & Technology, India has restructured and re-oriented PURSE in the year 2020. A dedicated Program Management Board comprising eminent academicians is involved in the process of evaluation of fresh proposals, reviews the technical progress, etc. A cumulative weightages of i10 index of faculty members, H index of the University along with NIRF Ranking are considered for selection of Universities under PURSE program. Department of Science and Technology, India has encouraged the Universities to carry out their research activities in Mission mode focusing on thrust areas closely aligned with national priorities such as start-up India, Make in India, Atmanirbhar India etc. Money was also allocated for developing startup and industry collaboration, to train manpower, internships, etc.

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Dibrugarh University PURSE details:

The Dibrugarh University, Assam has been awarded the DST-PURSE project
in the year 2023.
Title of the Project: Designing multifunctional nanostructured materials
for catalysis, energy and biological applications
Total amount: INR 10.76 Crore
Duration: 2023-2027.

In this DST-PURSE program Dibrugarh University has under taken several multi-disciplinary research objectives aligned to National Missions/ priorities. Under this program, the university is going to develop various instrumental infrastructures viz: High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM), High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC), Electrochemical workstation, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GCMS), Liquid -Nitrogen plant.

Honourable Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Prof. Jiten Hazarika, receiving the DST PURSE award from Dr. Jitender Singh, Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, India

Project Implementation group (PIG)

S. No.Name and DesignationAffiliation & Email IDsDST-PURSE role
1Prof. J. Hazarika,Vice-Chancellor, Dibrugarh University (D.U.), Email:
2Prof. Pankaj Das, FRSCDepartment ofChemistry, D.U., Email: COORDINATOR;
3Prof. D. ChetiaDean, R & D, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences D.U., Email:
4Prof. L. R. SaikiaProfessor & Dean, School of Biological Sciences, Dept.ofLife Sciences, D.U., Email: lrsdueco@rediffmail.comMember
5Prof. K. BhuyanProfessor & IQAC Director, Dept. ofPhysics, D.U., Email:
6Prof. (Mrs) G. BorahProfessor & Head, Dept. ofChemistry, D.U., Email:
7Prof. P. SaikiaProfessor & Head, Dept ofPhysics, D.U., Email:
8Prof. S. BorkotokeyDean Student and Affairs, Dept ofMathematics, D.U.,
9Prof. D. SarmaProfessor, Dept. ofChemistry, D.U., Email:
10Prof.(Mrs) S. Borgohain GogoiProfessor, Department ofPetroleum Technology D.U. Email ID :
11Prof. M. DasProfessor & Head, Dept ofPharmaceutical Sciences, D.U., Email:
12Prof. B. MazumdarProfessor, Dept ofPharmaceutical Sciences, D.U. Email:
13 Prof. B. KakotiDirector, Centre forBiotechnology and Bioinformatics, D.U., Email:
14Dr. R. KarAssociate Professor, Dept of Chemistry, D.U., Email: rahul.kar.dib@gmail.comMember
15Dr. P. ChetiaAssociate Professor, Dept.ofLife Sciences, D.U., Email:
16Dr. A. BaruahAssistant Professor, Dept. ofChemistry, D.U., Email:
17Dr. A.T.T. MostakoAssistant Professor, Dept of Physics, D.U., Email:

The Project Working Committee (PWC) is constituted with the following faculty members. The faculty members from various departments will actively participate to realize the research objectives of DST PURSE Project at the host institute/organization.

S. NoNameAffiliation
1Prof. Pankaj Das, FRSCDept. of Chemistry, DST-PURSE Coordinator
2Prof. (Mrs) G. BorahHead, Dept. of Chemistry
3Prof. P. SaikiaHead, Dept of Physics
4Prof. S. BorkotokeyDept of Mathematics
5Prof. D. SarmaDept. of Chemistry
6Prof.(Mrs) S. Borgohain GogoiHead, Department of Petroleum Technology
7Prof. B. MazumdarDept of Pharmaceutical Sciences
8Prof. B. KakotiDirector, Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
9Prof. A. BharaliDept of Mathematics
10Dr. R. KarDept of Chemistry
11Dr. P. ChetiaDept. of Life Sciences
12Dr. B. ChetiaDept of Chemistry
13 Dr. S. KonwarDept of Chemistry
14Dr. P DuttaDept of Physics
15 Dr. G. S. DasDept of Physics
16 Dr. P. DuttaDept of Mathematics
17 Dr (Mrs). B. KalitaDept of Physics
18 Dr. (Mrs) B. PathakDept of Physics
19Dr. J. SaikiaDept of Chemistry
20Dr. P. KhakhlaryDept of Chemistry
21Dr. K. DeoriDept of Chemistry
22Dr. A. BaruahDept of Chemistry
23 Dr. B. MeshDepartment of Petroleum Technology
24Dr. P. MudoiDept. of Chemistry
25 Dr. H. R. BhatDept of Pharmaceutical Sciences
26 Dr. B. BhuyanDept of Pharmaceutical Sciences
27 Dr. G. SarmahDept of Chemistry, DUIET
28 Dr. R. NathDept. of Life Sciences
29 Dr. S. RajkhowaCentre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
30 Dr. K.GoswamiDept of Statistics
31Dr. A.T.T. MostakoDept of Physics, Convener

Project Staff:

Name of Project Staff and Designation



Group leaders

Email id.

Jyotishma Boruah

Project Associate 2 (SRF)


Nanomaterials for hydrogen evolution and dehydrogenative coupling reactions (P-04)

Prof. Pankaj Das

Prof. G. Borah

Jyotismita Bora

Project Associate 2 (SRF)


Transition metal oxides/sulphides based materials for water splitting, energy device and sensor application. (P-05)

Dr. Bolin Chetia

Dr. Prithiviraj


Madhusmita Baruah

Project Associate 2 (SRF)


Application of nanomaterials in biology/drug deliver/enhance oil recovery (P-06)

Dr. Jiban saikia

Prof. Diganta Sarma

Sumon Boro

Project Associate 1 (JRF)


Perovskite based materials for catalysis and solar cell application (P-01)

Dr. A.T.T. Mostako

Dr. P. P. Mudoi

Masshuda Madni khatun

Project Associate 1 (JRF)


Metal organic frameworks, layer double hydroxide or graphene based materials for catalysis, energy device and environmental application. (P-02)

Dr. Kalyanjyoti Deori

Dr. Surajit Konwar

Ms. Rituparna Hazarica

Project Associate 1 (JRF)


Computational Study (P-03)

Dr. Bulumoni Kalita

Dr. Anupaul Baruah


Brief description about infrastructure to be created:

  1. HRTEM (200KV) with STEM-HAADF, EDS.
  2. High Performance Computer Cluster
  3. GCMS
  4. Liquid Nitrogen Generator
  5. Electrochemical Work station

More details about the equipments will be updated soon.

Title of the Project: Designing multifunctional nanostructured materials for catalysis, energy and biological applications

The broad objectives of the project are as follows:

  1. Synthesis of transition metal-organic frameworks (MOF), graphene or graphene like nanocomposites for energy efficient optoelectronic device applications, chemical sensors, water remediation, etc.
  2. To synthesize tunable perovskite Quantum Dots (QDs) of transition Metal Oxide (TMO) for solar cell, LED, and gas sensor application.
  3. To characterize nanostructure materials by various techniques such as FTIR, BET surface area, XRD, XPS, ICP, HRTEM, HAADF, FESEM, VSM, DTA-TGA, etc.
  4. To explore catalytic potentials of nanophasic materials for evolution of H2 from alcohol (including biomass-based), photocatalytic water splitting , oxidation, hydrogenation, cross-coupling reaction, etc.
  5. To investigate the synthesized nanomaterials as potentiel drug delivery candidates, and to study the interaction of loading and release of drug molecules using molecular docking and other computational methods.
  6. To synthesize Layer Double Hydroxides (LDH) based nanocomposites for controlled delivery of soil relevant agrochemicals, etc.
  7. Some of the nanostructured materials will also be explored for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) from depleted oil reservoirs of Upper Assam basins.

To be updated soon

To be updated soon

Prof. Pankaj Das


Department of Chemistry, Dibrugarh University,