This Department was started as Division of Oils, Fats and Waxes in 1943 offering a 2-year course B.Sc. (Tech.) [Technology of Oils, Fats and Waxes] after B.Sc. (Chemistry). The duration of this course was increased to 3years from 1965. In 1998, this Division was renamed as Division of Oils, Oleochemicals and Surfactants. The undergraduate course was changed to a 4-year course, namely B. Chem. Tech. [Technology of Oils, Oleochemicals and Surfactants]. Students are admitted on the basis of MHCET and AIEEE after 12th Grade. The course is a combination of theory, practicals, seminars, inplant trainings, industrial visits and project work. The course syllabus has been designed keeping in mind the requirement of the industry and international institutions. It is updated from time to time. Nearly 30% of our undergraduate students choose to pursue further education in top most universities abroad. Some of them opt for jobs in the edible oils, surfactants, cosmetics, perfumery, paints, and related industries. A few of them start their own industries. Students are generally well placed before the completion of their graduate course. The Department also offers a Post Graduate and Doctoral Program. The Department has done pioneering work in the field of Oil Technology. From the time of its inception, faculty members have maintained a close interaction with industry and have been associated with the development of the oil industry. Several short and long term projects instituted by sponsoring bodies for process/product development at this Department have been supervised by faculty as part of their routine research activity. Alumni of this Department have reached very senior and responsible positions in the Indian oil and surfactant industry.
The Department has excellent facilities for research and is equipped with advanced instruments such as: Gas Chromatograph GE17A. Gas Chromatograph-4890D, UV-Spectrophotometer, Automatic Tensiometer, Karl Fischer Titrino, HPLC, HPTLC, Spray Dryer LSD-48, Lab Pervaporation Unit, Glycerol Evaporation pilot plant, Toilet Soap Plant, Refining Plant, Filtration Plant, High Pressure Autoclave, Short Path Distillation Unit, Batch Solvent Extraction Plant, Turg-O-Tometer, Rotary Vaccum Evaporator, CEC Biodegradability test, Brookfield Viscometer, Pour Point Apparatus, Shear Stability Testing Unit, Rancimate.