Illuminating Fortunes: Department Of Physics And Astronomy
Mahamaya Mishra | Oct 05, 2020
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at NIT Rourkela was established in 1961. From 1961-2013, it was ‘Department of Physics’ which was changed to ‘Department of Physics and Astronomy’ in the year 2013. It currently has 22 full-time faculty members with illustrious research backgrounds. These faculties have done their studies from reputed state universities, NITs, IITs, IISc, IIA, and foreign universities.
The department currently offers the following programmes:
- 5 Year Integrated M. Sc. since 2009
- Minor degree in Physics since 2018
- 2 Year M. Sc. since 1964
- M. Tech. (R)
- Ph. D.
It offers Ph. D. and M. Tech., M. Sc. and Integrated M. Sc. with specializations in Physics and Astronomy in Physics. The Department of Physics NIT Rourkela (Earlier REC) has had the 2-year M.Sc course since 1964 making it the first NIT (erstwhile REC) in the whole country to introduce post-graduate courses in science. Apart from these, interdisciplinary programmes of the department have seen participation by B.Tech and M.Tech (Cryogenics and Vacuum Science with Mechanical Engineering) students too.
The objective of the department is to encourage the students towards science from the intermediate level, thereby strengthen science education in the country. This objective is at par with establishment IISER and NISER scheme of integrated M.Sc that is prevailing in our country. Further, to meet the requirement of trained postgraduates for teaching in schools, colleges, universities and join research programmes at reputed national/international universities/R&D centres. The department boasts of sophisticated instruments like X-Ray diffraction with small-angle X-ray scattering facility, laser light scattering, fluorescence recovery, photo-bleaching, rheometer, closed-cycle refrigerator, RF/DC magnetic sputtered thin-film coating units, AC/DC resistivity measurement units, and precision ferroelectric characterization system for carrying out research activities.
Research Works and Prospects
At present, the various major research areas of the department encompass soft condensed matter physics, biophysics, theoretical condensed matter physics, non-linear dynamics, multiferroic materials, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, thin films, composite polymers, phase transition, low-temperature physics, magnetic materials, carbon nanotubes, energy storage devices, grapheme, high-temperature superconductor, etc. Faculties have their research collaboration with reputed national and international research labs/institutes.
The department conducts various notable events around the year like conferences, seminars, and workshops while publishing journals and research work. The placement scenario of the department is improving steadily. In the year 2019 to 2020, the average CTC of the branch was between 4 to 6 LPA.
Opening And Closing Ranks
As per JOSAA seat allocation 2019 - Round 7, the opening and closing ranks for acquiring a seat in the branch for Integrated M. Sc. in Physics via JEE Main are as follows:
|Home State/ Other State||Category||Opening Rank||Closing Rank|
All cut-off ranks given above are gender-neutral.
Recent Student Achievements
Some of the achievements of the students in the department in recent years are as follows:
- Several students have secured PhD positions (16 in last 3 years) in the reputed universities in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Poland, etc. and 21 students got admitted to PhD in India in the last 3 years.
- Several students got jobs in reputed MNCs like Goldman Sachs, TCS and Infosys among others.
- Some students are working as scientific officers in research labs such as BARC and IGCAR among others.
- Several students have qualified national exams like GATE, NET, JEST & TIFR. They are pursuing PhD. in reputed research institutes like TIFR Mumbai, IISc Bangalore, IOP Bhubaneswar, IIA Bangalore, IPR Gandhinagar, NCBS TIFR, Bangalore, PRL Ahmedabad, IITs, SINP Kolkata, IISERs, NISER, Central universities, NIT and other CSIR labs.
Message From Head Of Department
Head of the department of physics and astronomy, Prof. Dhrubananda Behera had the following to say,
The Department has experienced and talented young faculties with updated curriculum to provide best teaching for M.Sc students. The B.Tech and M.Sc students are motivated with the expertise of the Department faculties and facilities.
Team MM wishes luck to all the prospective students in their future endeavours.