Sriya Sainath | Aug 01, 2016

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy, which deals with one of the oldest disciplines of natural science, has had 18 PhD students join the department under the DST INSPIRE/ Institute fellowship for this session, and is actively involved in teaching and research in various areas, all their efforts evident owing to their recent academic accomplishments. It underwent a change of administration when its new HoD, Prof. Pawan Kumar, took office on 1st July.

The present academic programs available under this department are:



M.Tech. (Research)-Physics
M.Sc.2 yearsPhysics
Integrated M.Sc.5 yearsPhysics


Time and again, this department has proved its mettle and its importance in the academic order. There have been regular seminars conducted, like ones on ‘Synthesis and Characterizations of SrBi2Ta2O9 Modified NBT-BT’ and ‘NBT-KNN Ferroelectric Ceramics near Morphotropic Phase Boundary’ by Sridevi Swain on 20th July, and ‘Investigation of Magnetoelectricity in Intrinsic Composites’ by Sweta Kumari on 23rd May. Another significant development which has come about is in its instruments section. The XRD machine, which hadn’t been working since the last 7 months, is now in its final stages of repair, with required formalities duly carried out, and will be functional again within the next 15-20 days.

To add to the heap, there have also been various research projects undertaken in this department, the recent one being a 3 year time bound Junior Research Fellowship on “A study of neutrino parameters in Left-right symmetric models”, sponsored by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, with Dr. Sasmita Mishra as its principal investigator.

The department has had a legacy of prestigious internships bagged by students and notable projects undertaken; and recent developments only help continue the same, with students working as a Summer Research Intern at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, many other reputable internships secured by students, both in India and abroad, and multiple projects being sanctioned. Yet another cherry in the department’s pie of academic excellence has been that of Bamadev Das, an M. Sc. and M.Tech (Research) student, who is to pursue his PhD at the coveted Seoul National University, South Korea. Among the faculty Prof. D.K. Pradhan visited the University of Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain from the 23rd May, 2016 to 17th June, 2016 to carry out a research project in collaboration with Prof. Mois I. Aroyo, Professor, University of Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain and Chairman, IUCr Commission on Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography..

The growth of this department is, if not awe-inspiring, brisk. A glance at the department’s achievements and developments ensures that the future of its students are promising, and we hope they never fall short of the requisites so they keep succeeding in churning out the country’s brightest minds.




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