The Heber Analytical Instrumentation Facility (HAIF) has been established at Bishop Heber College to strengthen the quality of research in advanced as well as applied field of sciences. Bishop Heber College students and researchers, as well as those from other academic institutions and businesses, can conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that is significant on a national and international level because to the centre's powerful analytical equipment. The centre provides facilities for fabrication work, material testing, characterisation, new device fabrication, etc., to help R&D labs, industrial R&D, MSME, Incubators and Start-ups, etc. The college has also received several grants from UGC, DST SERB, DBT, DST FIST and MOFPI New Delhi to augment the facilities of the Science Departments and the common instrumentation centre. In the previous five years, the HAIF centre has served about 2500 students from our college, including scholars, UG and PG students, and 3500 students/scholars from other Universities and colleges, who have used its services for consultancy, instrumental analysis, and corporate level training. Due to this support, our professors and students' publication output has increased over the previous five years in Web of Sciences and Scopus.


HAIF aspires to become a state of the art instrumentation centre by acquiring the sophisticated analytical instruments to serve in cutting edge areas of science and technology.  


  • To provide high quality sample design, development, and characterization services.
  • To make high end analytical instruments available to Bishop Heber College students, faculty, researchers, and other universities and businesses at competitive prices.

Objectives of the centre

  • To provide techniques for fabrication and characterization of materials for researchers of physical, chemical and life sciences disciplines.
  • To support widely the under graduate, post graduate and Ph.D students and faculty members of Bishop Heber College towards quality research publications, patents and projects.
  • To expand the facility to researchers from other academic institutions across the country to promote interdisciplinary research.
  • To train technicians, research scholars and Post Graduate students in the operation and maintenance of Hi-end sophisticated instruments.
  • To organize workshops/training programs/short-term courses on the applications of analytical techniques for research scholars, students, faculty members and personnel from Industries.

The centre is equipped with the following instruments procured under the support of different funding agencies:

Roles and Responsibilities

    • Purchasing of equipment, chemicals, and backup supplies in accordance with the needs of the college's physical, chemical, and life science departments.
    • Arranging periodical review meetings with HAIF executive committee and purchase committee to assess the progress, procurement of new equipments and revision of tariff for sample characterization.
    • Organizing certification programmes/ workshops / seminars/ hands-on training/ short term courses on the application of diverse instruments and techniques for both the host and external users and provide technical help and scientific knowledge to the end users.
    • Arranging Demonstration sessions for all Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of all science departments.
    • Arranging Visits of Faculty and Technical staff to the research laboratories.
    • Involving faculty members of science departments to offer summer internship with the support of HAIF.
    • Teaching technicians to maintain and operate equipment related to the basic sciences, material sciences, food and agricultural sciences, biological sciences, and data sciences, and utilising this trained labour force for improved societal outreach.

Procedures and Policies for maintaining and utilizing HAIF facilities

The equipments, specimens, chemicals and contingencies are purchased by purchase committee comprising of the Principal Dr. D. Paul Dhayabaran, Bursar Dr. Isaiah, Advisors Dr. V.Violet Dhayabaran, Coordinator Department of Biotechnology, and Dr. V.Anand Gideon, Head Department of Botany, and the Coordinator Dr.K.Vijayalakshmi Assistant Professor Department of Physics, as per the requirements of the teaching departments of the college. The college administration purchases them by calling quotations from the reputed companies. The teaching staff from life sciences, physical and chemical sciences departments are taught and trained about the use and maintenance of equipments and they also take the responsibilities of periodic up-gradations of the resources. The instrument facilities are maintained by technical support staff of the Instrumentation centre Dr. G. Solaraj and Mr. R. Manoji. The support staff keeps a record of all the equipments. Every year, accounts are audited and stock is verified. A team of employees and sweepers is in charge of maintaining the lab's cleanliness. The authority has periodically organised various training, internship, and other workshop, seminar, and demonstration programmes for both staff and students of the college and other nearby institutions in order to improve the instrumentation centre. The college authorities also have a significant financial impact on the college's faculty and students by extending the characterisation facilities for 50% of the sample's initial cost.


The facilities created in the centre have helped the researchers of Bishop Heber College to publish more number of papers in the reputed journals.

Organisational Structure / Team Members

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Dr. K. Vijayalakshmi

Centre Coordinator

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Dr.V.Violet Dhayabaran


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Dr.V.Anand Gideon


Contact Us

Dr.Vijayalakshmi K

Centre Coordinator, Asst.Professor ,Department of Physics

Bishop Heber College (Autonomous)

Tiruchirappalli – 620 017