The South Indian Education Society with its allied colleges and school has been a unique pathfinder for more than eight decades. Excellence being its hall mark, the institution has always strived to instill values and practice. From basic sciences and arts to high-end technology, SIES has played host to some of the most eminent personalities.
Chromatography and spectroscopy are the pillars of chemical analysis and is like an axle on which the chemical industries revolve; this alone can be the reason that these topics are taught at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students of chemical sciences, biological sciences and engineering. While these subjects are dealt in theoretical classes, majority of the students do not have an opportunity or access to familiarize these students with instruments during their academic years in the college. When the students face the challenge of working with these instruments in their research career or industry jobs, they would definitely feel that it would have been better for them to have seen and worked with these instruments during their college days. It is also felt that the teachers, who are teaching these subjects also would like to have some contact time with these instruments so that they have sufficient practical experience to teach these techniques effectively to students. The SIES Institute of Chromatography and Spectroscopy was established and started functioning in early 2014 to fill this gap in building the capabilities of students and teachers in developing their understanding the theory and operation of chromatography and spectroscopy instruments. The institute is an example of academia and industry participation as it is receiving donation of instruments, consumables and money from a few instrument companies, chemical companies and individuals. Besides this, Chromatographic Society of India (CSI) is a collaborator with this institute in education of chromatography and spectroscopy by conducting, seminar and symposia from time to time.