Lady Irwin College

University of Delhi
NAAC Accredation A+ | NIRF Ranking 24

Department of Science


The Department of Science has an interdisciplinary approach, we are committed to instilling rational thinking, creating scientific temper, and decision making amongst undergraduates. Students are taught basic and applied aspects of Botany, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Physics, and Zoology. The curriculum of the subjects trains the students in the laws of natural sciences through supportive practical experiments and field visits.


The Department strives towards transacting basic and applied science activities encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation, experiment, and personal experiences.


The department makes the students aware of eco-friendly farming and organic food. The department organizes various academic activities viz. lectures, plantations, conservation of environment activities, field visits, Eco Club activities, quizzes, etc. The curriculum of the department has changed from time to time, keeping the requirement of students of today’s world in focus. The Department of Science prepares the students to have analytical thinking, to be observant, to have a rationalistic approach, to value and conserve natural resources, and to be sensitive towards agrarian society.


  • Students are trained in the basic and applied understanding of science disciplines
  • The Science curriculum focuses on the exposure of students to science applications in real life.
  • Students are exposed to applied tools of science such as biomedical methods, quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Students are exposed to the present environmental issues and also trained to use some of the tools such as economic assessment of the ecosystem, EIA, biodiversity assessment, etc.

Courses Offered

The department of science is involved in teaching basics and applied sciences to the students of M.Sc. Home Science, B.Sc. (P) and B.Sc. (H) of Home Science and B.Sc. (Food Tech). The Department is responsible for training students in various aspects of basic sciences such as zoology, botany, physics, and chemistry.
The faculty of the Department of Science is associated with various Post Graduate Departments like Food and Nutrition, Development Communication and Extension and Resource Management and Design Application to teach Postgraduate students and guide dissertation students.

Value added courses and Skill enhancement activities

Department has conducted various webinars/talks/lecture to enhance life skills of students
Webinar on using the internet for credible health care services, 21 July 2020
Webinar on ‘Science of COVID-19: An invisible Killer’, 19 May 2020
Landscape and garden training of students is done on a regular basis
Students are trained in EIA, biodiversity assessment, and economic assessment of ecosystem services regularly.

Teaching Staff:

Prof. Rupa Upadhyay
Dr. Nancy Raina
Assistant Professor (Botany)
Dr. Swati Raman
Assistant Professor (Physics)
Dr. Rajneesh Dwevedi
Assistant Professor (Zoology)
Dr. Vijay Kumar
Assistant Professor (Chemistry)
Dr. Okram Zenita Devi
Assistant Professor (Chemistry)
Dr. Pallee Shree
Assistant Professor (Zoology)
Dr. Vandana Maurya
Assistant Professor (Env. Studies)
Dr. Aditya Narayan Upadhyay
Assistant Professor (Physics)

Non Teaching Staff (In alphabetical order)

Mohd Aamir
Mohd Irfan
Dharmesh Kumar
Giriraj Dogra
Kapil Sah
Nabi Iqbal
Nishant Singh
Ravinder Kumar

Time Table

For Time Table, please view the Time Table Page

Annual Calendar

Date Activity
July 2020 Webinar on Safe Electronics
July 2020 Webinar on Credible health care services
July 2020 Webinar on Social equity and environmental security
September 2020 Film on Nutrigardening and Biodiversity of College
September 2020 Plantation drive
September 2020 Inter University essay competition under Dr. Kalam series on science and environment
October 2020 Interactive talk with eminent scientist
January 2021 Inter University debate competition under Dr. Kalam series on science and environment
January 2021 Lecture by eminent scientist
February 2021 Popular Science Series on National Science Day

Departmental Activities

The department is involved in various activities. Complete list of activities can be viewed here: Departmental Activities

  1. Annual Debate under Dr Kalam Series on Science and Environment
  2. Annual Essay competition under Dr Kalam Series on Science and Environment
  3. Webinars to create scientific awareness
  4. Annual Lecture by an eminent scientist on National Science Day
  5. National Wildlife Week
  6. Annual lecture on contemporary science
  7. World Wetland Day celebration
  8. Field visit of a natural ecosystem
  • TedX talk screening – 28th February 2019
  • Lecture on “Green Chemistry: A Greener Future” by Dr. Parul Singh, Department of Chemistry, Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi – 28th February 2020
  • Online Lecture on “Application of Nanotechnology in Sustainable Production of Horticultural Crops” by Prof. Ratna Rai, Head, Department of Horticulture, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand- 28th February 2021
  • National webinar on “Science of COVID-19 – An Invisible Killer” by Dr. Ajit Narula, Head, Nephrology, FORTIS Hospital, Delhi, 19 May 2020
  • National webinar on “Preventive healthcare diagnostic platforms based on Micro-Nanotecnologies” by Dr. Prabhat K. Dwivedi, Senior Scientific Officer, Centre for Nanosciences, IIT-Kanpur – 30 May 2020
  • National Webinar on “EIA – Basic concept, procedure and relevance” by Dr. A. K. Maurya, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Multani Modi College CCS University, Ghaziabad. – 9 June 2020
  • National webinar on “CRO – India stepping towards safer electronics” by Dr. Bharat K. Yadav, Scientist E, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India. – 18 July 2020
  • National webinar on “Using internet for credible healthcare service” by Dr. Manuj Garg, PhD Stanford University, USA. Founder , 21 July 2020
  • National Webinar on “So Let us reflect on striving for excellence, social equity, and environmental security” – by Prof. Radhey Shyam Sharma, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Delhi. 27th July 2020.

Research & Publication

The department is involved in various research projects. Here are some of projects and publications. Complete list can be viewed here: Research & Publications

Department Projects
  1. Comparative analysis of Vitamin-C concentration in commercial and fresh fruit juices. In collaboration with the Department of Food and Nutrition. Supervisors – Dr. Anjali Sherawat, Dr. Swati Raman and Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
  2. To study the physicochemical properties of different brands of honey. Supervisors- Dr. Anjali Sherawat, Dr. Swati Raman and Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
  3. Trans Fatty acid content in diverse edible oils used for cookery in Indian Homes-A Research Study, Funding Agency: University of Delhi : 6.5 lacs. PI/Co-PI: Dr. Anjali Sherawat
  4. Learning teaching process developed material for teaching of concepts at primary school level for students with disabilities. Funding Agency: University of Delhi, Grants received project-wise: 3.4 lacs, PI/Co-PI: Mrs. Jugta Singh


  • Gupta R (2019) Science of Adolescence. Goya Publishing. ISBN: 9789388951647
  • Upadhyay R (2017) Elements of Plant Sciences. Elite Publication ISBN-10 : 8188901687
  • Ram H H, Upadhyay R, Dubey R K and Mandal B. (2017)Vegetable Seed Production Principles & Practices. ISBN: 9789327282641
  • Upadhyay R, Pandey R, Raina N (2017). Botany- A Practical Manual. Elite Publication. ISBN: 978-81-88901-69-2


Research Papers
  1. Tomar, D. and Upadhyay, R. (2020). Impact of polluted Yamuna water on the agricultural practices performed by the farming community (Delhi). International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research. 11 (12): 1105- 1110.
  2. Mahendra Kumar Meena, Durgesh Kumar, Abhilash Jayaraj, Ajay Kumar, Kamlesh Kumari , L. M. Katata-Seru,Indra Bahadur,Vinod Kumar, Anjali Sherawat &Prashant Singh. (2020) Designed thiazolidines: an arsenal for the inhibition of nsP3 of CHIKV using molecular docking and MD simulations. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and dynamics.
  3. Tomar, D., & Upadhyay, R. (2018). Heavy metals in Yamuna river: A Review. International.
  4. Dwevedi, R., Krishna, V., & Kumar, A. (2018). Environment and big data: role in smart cities of India. Resources, 7(4), 64.


Book Chapters
  1. A. Tomar, D. and Upadhyay, R. (2019). Water conservation practices in Agriculture: A review. 3rd International Conference on Global Initiatives in Agriculture and Applied Sciences for Ecofriendly Environment. Agricultural Technology Development Society, Ghaziabad, India and Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 16- 18 June. 66, ISBN 978- 3- 96492- 103- 1.
  2. Upadhyay R, Dwevedi R, Krishna V, and Pandey R, (2018) Management practices to improve productivity and quality in cucurbitaceous crops in Introduction to challenges and strategies to improve crop productivity in a changing environment. Enriched Publications Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, ISBN No. 978-81-934634-9-9.
  3. Upadhyay R (2013)Post harvest management of food crops. In B. Prasad and S. Kumar (eds) Reshaping Technology for Agricultural Development. SS Publishing House, New Delhi. pp.249- 269. ISBN: 978-93-81226-50-6.
  4. Upadhyay R (2006) Breeding potential of indigenous lines of bottlegourd . In Cucurbits breeding and production technology. Pub. GBPUA&T, Pantnagar. Pp.233-236.


M. Sc. Dissertations
Sr.No Year Title of dissertation Name of Student Name of Supervisor
1 2016 Effectiveness of Safe drinking water and utilisation of discarded water from Reverse Osmosis system Deepika Prasad Dr. Renuka Gupta
2 2015 Pilot study on Adolescent health education. Devyani Lingwal Dr. Renuka Gupta
3 2015 Carbon footprints of cremation. Priyanka Nimesh Dr. Renuka Gupta
4 2015 Impact of polluted Yamuna water on agriculture practices performed by the farming community in Delhi Deepa Sharma Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
5 2015 Participation of Women in Agriculture: A study in Pilibhit District Dixita Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
Ph. D. Thesis

Students awarded Ph. D.

Sr. No Date of Registration Title of Thesis Name of Student Name of Supervisor
1 2014 Use of pesticides in vegetable farming in district Ghaziabad: Effectiveness of an intervention programme” Ms. Nity Nishant Maurya Dr. Rupa Upadhya
Prof. V S Mehrotra

Students with ongoing Ph. D. Thesis

Sr. No Date of Registration Title of Thesis Name of Student Name of Supervisor
1 2020 Empowerment of FarmWomen through Agricultural Practices: A study in Tehri Garhwal District, Uttarakhand Ms. Ankita Dr. Rupa Upadhya
2 2020 Involvement of Rural Farm Women in Mushroom Cultivation: A Study in two districts of Bihar Ms. Beauty Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
3 2020 Urban Agricultural Practices in Households: A Study in Delhi NCR Ms. Sanchya Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
4 2019 Information & Communication Technologies: Utilization pattern in Jhajjar in Karnal Haryana. Ms. Jyoti Yadav Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
5 2019 Aspirations of Rural Youth towards agribusiness: A study in Bhagpat District of Uttar Pradesh Ms. Himani Bharat Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
6 2019 Effectiveness of vegetable production under poly house and open-farm conditions: A comparative study in Karnal, Haryana Ms. Kiran Saini Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
7 2018 Usage of Digital Devices by farm women: A study in Tehri district, Uttarakhand Ms. Heeba Jamal Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
8 2018 Effect of Climate change on agricultural production: A study in Jodhpur, Rajasthan Ms. Manisha Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
9 2018 Deforestation and people: A study in Tehri district of Uttarakhand Ms. Tanvi Gulati Dr. Rupa Upadhyay
10 2018 Ganga’s Tributaries and Livelihood practices of women farmers: A study inTehri District Uttarakhand Ms. Umang Chauhan Dr. Rupa Upadhyay


Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Rajneesh Dwevedi (2017) CSIR-HRD Travel Grant for paper presentation at University of Leicester, UK

Value Added Courses

Capability Enhancement Programs

Skill Development Courses


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