Head of the Department
Dr. Saunak Palit
M.Sc (CU), Ph.D (JU).
Course Structure |
Faculty Profile |
M.Sc. Physics Department
M.Sc. in Physics
(specialization: Astroparticle Physics or Solid State Electronics)
The Dept of Physics is one of the oldest and prestigious
Departments of our Institution. Founded under the pioneering
guidance of renowned Jesuits like Fr. Lafonte in the middle of
nineteenth century and contributions over years like Fr.
Verstraeten, Fr. Bonhom & others, the department has grown into
the present structure with both UG and PG sections and
furthermore, a lot of research activities. The present faculty
members are highly dedicated for quality physics education with
innovative methods of theory teaching & practices and inspiring
& guided laboratory classes.
The M.Sc. (PG) course in Physics with specialization in
Astrophysics & Space Sciences, offered jointly with Bose
Institute, Kolkata, have been afloat for four years and have
slowly but steadily grown in stature in the last three years.
The first two batches of the M.Sc. programme, already passed
out, are either suitably placed in jobs or research or are
working for furthering their options.
Departmental Activities: Student’s Achievement (UG)
- Roopayan Ghosh (1st Year) was awarded the Mumraj Aggarwal
Rashtriya Purashkar for being in the top ten in the merit list
of ISC examination 2010. The award was given away by the
honorable Governor of West Bengal on August 28.Soumita Mondal
(1st Year) was awarded the Mumraj Agarwal Rashtriya Purashkar
for scoring 95.6% in CBSE examination 2010. The award was
given away by the honorable Governor of West Bengal on August
28. Sugandha (1st Year) was selected for the College Table
- Dipayan Saha (2nd Year) represented the College in
Badminton and won the inter- college badminton championship
- Aparna Bhattacharya (3rd Year) participated in the Asian
Science Camp 2010 organised by the Homi Bhabha Centre for
- Saikat Banerjee has been awarded the undergraduate
Associateship of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 2010.
He has worked under the guidance of Dr. Parthasarathi Mitra in
the month of June this year.
- Ranajoy Banerjee (3rd Year) performed at MaxMueller Bhavan
in July 2010.
- Shaili Sett (3rd Year) sang songs of contemporaries of
Rabindranath Tagore at Akashbani-All India Radio on August 9,
Student’s Achievement (PG)
- Five of the second year M.Sc Students went on to attend
the Winter School on Astroparticle Physics held at Ooty by
TIFR. All Space Science students went on to conduct
experiments on Atmospheric Physics at the Mayapuri Campus of
Bose Institute, Darjeeling.
- The past academic year in 2010 started with the students
with specialization on Astro-particle Physics visiting ARIES,
Nainital for a short exposure to frontier research in Optical
Astronomy in January, 2010. Mr. Bappaditya Manna and Mr. Avik
Banerjee accompanied the students on this trip. They spent a
week there learning how to align a 1m optical telescope and
perform basic observations.
- Among the 15 students who passed out in May-June 2010, Mr.
Subhas Bose is currently enrolled as a Ph.D student at ARIES,
- Some of the students who passed out in 2009 cleared the
UGC-CSIR-NET examination and are absorbed as Ph.D students in
SINP (Mr. Souvik Priyam Adhya) and Bose Institute (Kinkar Saha,
Sudipa Upadhyay, Sayan Biswas)
- Dr. Sankhasubhra Nag was invited as a Participant at
Resource Person at the HCBSE, Mumbai for Physics Olympiad Camp
in March 2010 and is again invited as a Resource Person for
the Resource Generation camp for Physics Olympiad there to be
held in September, 2010.
- Dr. Sankha Subhra Nag and Dr. Suparna Roychowdhury went on
an academic visit to HRI, Allahabad in March, 2010 for
collaborative work with Dr. Tapas Das and Prof. Bosena Czerny,
Copernicus Astronomical Center, Poland.
- Dr. Sarbari Guha visited IUCAA, Pune during May in
connection to her research work in the field of relativity.
- Dr. Tapati Dutta attended the 3rd International Conference
on Science and Complexity at Cankaya University, Ankara from
July 28-31, 2010 where she read two research papers.
- Mrs. Koyel Ganguly attended the Summer School on Cosmology
at ICTP, Trieste, Italy on July 29 & 30, 2010.
- Dr. Subhankar Ghosh has been selected as a Mentor/
Resource Person for the country-wide INSPIRE Programme,
Department of Science & Technology ( DST), Govt. of India.
- Dr. Tapati Dutta visited France on an Indo-French
collaborative project for a month in CNRS, Montpellier,
- Dr. Shibaji Banerjee and Dr. Suparna Roychowdhury were
invited for a two day workshop on Phoenix interfacing kit at
Physics Department, Presidency College, Kolkata in August,
2010. Dr. Shibaji Banerjee delivered lectures on programming
in Python and Phoenix in addition to conducting hands-on
session for the students. Dr. Suparna Roychowdhury acted as a
resource person during those hands-on sessions.
In addition, Mr. Arvind Paranjape from IUCAA visited the
department for consultation and advice on upgradation of the SXC
Observatory. The faculties, along with Mr. Paranjape visited
Gurap (Gurao Maria Sneha Sadan) to explore the option of setting
up a remote Astronomical Observatory for the course as well as
for future research.
Dr. Tapati Dutta and Dr. Shibaji Banerjee have worked towards
the formulation of the utilization of the DST-FIST Grant at
Level 0 for the College along with the faculties of the Science
Departments and have presented a talk in INSA, New Delhi leading
to its sanctionment in November 2010.
The highlights of this course are:
- Courses being taught by specialized faculties from several leading
research institutes in Kolkata and around the country.
- Interactive tutorial sessions with students for every module.
- Extensive computation courses offered, along with hands-on sessions for
- Interfacing experiments introduced for students to learn to design and
fabricate modular experiments.
- Student seminars, journal clubs and discussion sessions on different areas
of research in physics are planned on Saturdays.
- Workshops arranged by St. Xavier's College and Bose Institute enable
students to learn and interact with scientists and researchers from all around
the country on different specialized topics in physics (with a special
emphasis on astro-particle physics and space sciences).
- An extended project at different National research institutes and
observatories in the final semester for students to gain experience as well as
get introduced to the existing facilities in our country.
Course Structure and Syllabus
Two years of course work consists of four semesters. The focus of this course
is to equip the student with a foundation in the core areas of theoretical and
experimental physics in a manner which would help them to learn the advanced
topics in the subject.
A large emphasis is laid on computation and learning to use computation as an
important tool to solve different problems in physics ranging from non-linear
dynamics to data analysis and simulations in astrophysics and cosmology. A
course is also conducted on interfacing experiments where students are taught to
perform and design simple physics experiments using the power of the Python
powered open source hardware “Phoenix box”. The syllabus has been designed with
the aim of creating individuals who are equipped with concepts and tools in
physics, experiments and computation which will take them to the next level of
sophistication in the final two semesters – Astroparticle Physics or Space
Sciences and General Relativity. The 3rd and the 4th semester has courses on
advanced topics where the students can choose between Astroparticle Physics and
Space Sciences. They do three courses through these two semesters in any one of
these specialized areas. In addition, they have to also take core courses on a
couple of advanced topics like General Relativity, Nuclear and Elementary
Particle Physics and Plasma Physics. Their Computational Physics course
continues into the 3rd and the 4th semester as well. In addition, they are also
given an idea of the zeal and excitement of research in Physics through a
project in the 4th semester. Scientists and faculties from Bose Institute, St.
Xavier's College and other institutes guide them through a semester long project
on specific topics of their interest where they are given a flavour of working
through seminal research papers and adding to it, if possible.
M.Sc Physics has been running for the last three years. The first batch of
students graduated with M.Sc Physics degree in 2009. Three of these students
have qualified in the National Eligibility Test (NET), three students have
qualified for Graduate Aptitute Test (GATE) in 2009 and one qualified for JEST
in 2009. One of the students qualified for joining the Ph.D program at S.N.Bose
Centre for Basic Sciences.
The evaluation system of this 2 year course is based on an examination at the
end of each semester (both theoretical papers and laboratory). In addition, a
general viva is conducted at the end of the final year to
evaluate the over-all progress of the students. In addition, the students will
also be evaluated through a seminar on the project they would work on in the
The Department hosted a one day national seminar “Spectrum 2009” in March.
Key publications of the department during 2009 include Geometrical dark energy
in braneworlds Article XIV 0906.3894.
XIVth International Clay Conference in Italy (June 2009) was attended by Dr.
Dr. Subhankar Ghosh attended the ICTP Workshop “Entrepreneurship development
for physicists and engineers”, Trieste in 2008 and the Faraday course in St.
Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge in 2008.
The visits and UGC research projects of the department include
- A visit to HRI, Allahabad with a seminar delivered by Dr Sankha Subhra Nag
in October, 2009.
- Dr. Suparna Roychowdhury delivered a talk in IIA Bangalore and visited RRI
Bangalore in February, 2009.
- Dr. Sarbari Guha visited IUCAA, Pune as a research associate in May, 2009.
- UGC Major Projects in the department include Wellness ,Spreading and
Adhesion of liquid on Solid Substrate (where Dr. Tapati Dutta is guiding the
Ph.D. student Supti Sadhukhan) and MRP PSW-055/08-09 undertaken by Dr.
- 2009 also saw a P.G student visit to Cosmic Ray Facility, TIFR, Ooty and a
visit to the radiotelescope, IIA Gauribidanur.
- P.G. Students attending Winter School in Astroparticle Physics in
Darjeeling and Ooty organized by Bose Institute.
- The faculties of the department have designed course materials and devised
innovative methods in teaching theoretical and computational modules in
Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.
Restructured Syllabus (wef 2013 -2014)
M.Sc. Syllabus &
Paper Structures [PDF]
At the time of
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Total = Rs.23400/-