The department of Physics was started in 1969 with a vision to spread science and to provide higher education to the people particularly in southern part of Odisha. Dr. S. N. Behera was the founder of this department. The department offers a two-year Master’s degree course in physics. Since its inception the department has grown appreciably with the leadership of Prof. P.K. Mishra not only in terms of students and faculty strength but also in terms of the introduction of new courses and broadening research activities. The Post- Graduate curricula have recently undergone major orientation congruent with the development and trends in the subject to help the students to seek a career in different thrust areas of the subject like condensed matter physics, material science, nuclear spectroscopy, nuclear astrophysics, particle physics, cosmology etc.
The department made outstanding contributions to research and published around 400 papers in reputed international and national journals in above subjects. The hallmark of the department is sincere teaching and outstanding research. The department has availed funds from different all-India agencies for research. Several candidates got their Ph. Ds from the department. The department received assistance under FIST programme of DST, Govt. of India. Promising Faculties of the Department Prof. N. C. Mohapatra, Prof. G. S. Tripathi, and Prof. R. Sahu received the “Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award” by Odisha Bigyan Academy for the years 1996, 2005 and 2010 respectively.
The department offers M. Phil course with specializations in Solid state, Nuclear and Particle physics. It regularly conducts seminars. It has organized six National Seminars in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2014. It hosted the annual Condensed Matter Days symposium in 2005. It organized the OPS meetings twice in 1978 and 1998. It had also organized a Winter School in Disordered systems in Collaboration with TIFR, Mumbai in 1977 and a Summer School in collaboration with the Institute Of Physics, Bhubaneswar in 1999. Both the schools hosted outstanding physicists of the country. It was an associate member of the Theoretical Physics Seminar Circuit (TPSC).
Many of its students went abroad for higher studies and some of them are absorbed in various Institutions there. Some of our students are also faculty in leading national level institutes and laboratories. It is a vibrant place for study and research and it is hoped that it would maintain the same tempo in coming years.
Master Degree (M.Sc.)
The Department offers two years Master’s Degree programme consisting of four semesters. The course curriculum has been designed in accordance with the recent guidelines from U.G.C. and in tune with the syllabus for NET and GATE exams. It includes advanced topics like General Theory of Relativity (GTR) and Field Theory. The syllabi have been designed to train the students to pursue their higher career.
After completion of B.Sc.(+3 Science) preferably with Physics Honours and Mathematics/Chemistry, one can apply for this course. Selection of the students to this course is based on the career marks.
About Course Programme
Department offers one calendar year i.e. two semesters M.Phil Programme. The course is designed to train the students for higher studies and research in the branches of Solid state, Nuclear and Particle physics. The course consists of two theory papers of 200 marks in first semester and dissertation of 100 marks in the second semester. Paper-I contains Research Methodology paper, which is compulsory. The student has to opt for a special paper (Paper-II) out of Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics. He has to work under a faculty member in any one of the special papers mentioned above and submit the dissertation for evaluation by the external and internal examiners.
How to Enter into the Course Programme
After passing M. Sc. in physics the students are eligible for this course. The selection is based on entrance test followed by Viva-Voce. During Viva-Voce, the career points in the qualifying examinations are taken into account.
Curriculum / Syllabi
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Classes usually starts in January and held on during all working days from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Apart from the theory classes weekly seminars are held regularly.
About Course Programme
The Department offers this programme in branches of solid state Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics and Photonics. Candidates seeking admission into this programme are required to possess M.Sc. Degree in Physics with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate. Then the students are selected through URET/CSIR -NET/ GATE to enter to this programme and undergo a Pre-Ph.D. Course work of one semester/ six months duration. The Research Methodology paper provides the necessary skills/tools to design and solve a problem. After clearing the course work, the student can apply for registration for Ph. D Degree and the Degree is awarded as per the Berhampur University Guideline in tune with the 2009 UGC regulation. In this programme close interaction of the students with the faculties, creates a healthy atmosphere where students can choose their own area under the guidance of a supervisor. The Department provides an excellent environment for carrying out advanced research, thus creating highly committed researchers engaged in producing original research work. Faculties of this department have a good net working round the globe which inspires the students to enhance their ability of doing research work.
How to Enter into the Course Programme
The candidates having M.Sc Degree in Physics with minimum 55% of marks in aggregate are eligible to apply for this Course Programme. Our University conducts an entrance test (URET) followed by viva-voce for this programme. Otherwise candidates can enter into the course through NET, GATE or similar type of tests as decided by the university authorities from time to time.
Curriculum / Syllabi
Classes are started in January and held on during all working days from 11.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Apart from the theory classes weekly seminars are held regularly.
Our department offers D.Sc programme in solid state, nuclear and particle physics. After completion of Ph.D Degree in a preferable branch in physics, one can apply for D.Sc programme in concerned branch. In this program, the candidate will work under a supervisor. However he/she has to work almost independently.
The students and teachers of this department are availing the fully-furnished computer laboratory with internet facility. Audio-Visual aids are used during seminars, conferences and special classes of the department.
The seminar library consists of about 2000 books. Besides there are some back volumes of Physical Review Letters donated by Prof. Sashi Satapathy, University of Missouri- Columbia- USA, Reviews of Modern Physics, donated by Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar.
The students and teachers of this Department are availing computing facility including other social science software packages. There is an internet laboratory of ten computers. We have a computer laboratory for students. Besides, all the teachers are provided with a computers and printer.
Four laboratories are functioning as per M.Sc. curriculum. These are Computer Science Lab, Optic Lab, Solid State and Materials Science laboratory, Modern Physics Laboratory. In addition to it, two advanced labs are there in the Department such as Vacuum Coating Labs and Gamma Ray Spectrometer Lab.
Student Project Work
The Students in M.Sc. Programme are encouraged for doing physics related projects both inside and outside of the Department. Students undertake the projects outside only during summer. As per the new CBCS syllabus, the project work is mandatory for each student in the end semester.
Research Area in the Department
The faculty members and the research scholars of this Department are actively engaged in research. The various fields in which the research work is being undertaken are:
Project Execution in the Department
R & D Project
Project Title :
Spectroscopic study of heavy nuclei
DST(Government of India)
Retd. Prof. R. Sahu
Dr. Snigdha Mishra
About 12 lakhs
2013 - 2016
Ongoing from 2013
Department of Physics conducted an Alumni meet followed by one day scientific session by Dr.H.K.Sahu, Retd. Scientist(H) IGCAR, Madras on topic “Exciting alleys in Physics” and Prof.T.Sahu, Ex-Professor BU on “Quantum Semiconductor Devices” on 20th March 2016.
Department of Physics conducted one day seminar on the eve of science day on 27th February 2016. Prof. S.M. Bhattacharya of Institute of Physics delivered an interesting talk on “Application of physics in biology”.
One day talk by V.N.Mani of CMET,Hyderabad , has been organized by the Department.
One day seminar was held on 13.03.2015 by Prof. Hiranmaya Mishra ( PRL, Ahmedabad) with topic “Matter under Extreme Conditions”. National Science Day was observed on 28.02.2015 with a seminar on “Superstitions in Science” by Prof. Simanchal Panigrahy (NIT Rourkela). A national Seminar on Recent Advances in Physics was organized on 4th-5th May, 2014
Department of Physics conducted a National Seminar on "Recent Advances in Physics" on 5th & 6th May 2014. It was organized in collaboration with Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar. The seminar covered the topics like Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics and Bio-Physics. In the seminar the talks are delevered by eminent scientists from PRL, Ahamadabad; SINP & VECC, Kolkota and IIT & Central University, Hyderbad.
The students and teachers of the department along with the Chairman, P. G. Council Prof. A. K. Panigrahy; performed the extension work by cleaning the premises of the department of physics and chemistry. They also planted the herbs and trees in front of the department.
The students of the department organized the picnic at Salia Dam, Banapur , Odisha.
The department has formed its alumni association in November 2014. It is named as Berhampur University Physics Alumni Association (BUPAA).The next Alumni meeting was held on 20th March 2016. In this occasion two invited talks are delivered by two of our distinguished alumni Dr.H.K.Sahu, Prof.T.Sahu .
Present Office Bearers
Some important Alumni
1971 S. N. Sahu, Medical Physicist USA
1973 Debraj Sahu, Space Scientist USA
1974 Budhinath Padhy, Computer Enginerer USA
1977 Kailash Sahu, Space Scientist USA
1979 Swasti Panigrahi, Computer Engineer USA
1980 M. Mohapatra, SBI Officer USA
1981 Meenakhi Mohapatra, Research Scientist USA
1983 Sanjay Das, Computer Engineer USA
1984 Kalyan Das, Research Professor USA
1987 Upendra Das, Materials Scientist and Computer USA
1994 Nihar Behera, Medical Physicist USA
1995 Satya Narayan Panda, Chemical Physicist USA
1996 Keshab Panda, Materials Scientist USA
1996 Ajit Mohapatra, Research Scientist USA
In reputed National Institutes
1972 Prof. N. Nayak(Retd), Faculty, S. N. Bose national Centre, Kolkata
1973 Prof. H. K. Sahu(Retd), Scientist H, IGCAR, Kalpakkam
1975 Prof. P. K. Mohapatra, Pro ViceChancellor, WBUT, Kolkata
1980 Dr. P. L. Sahu, Scientist. IGCAR. Kalpakkam
1988 Prof. A. K. Pati, Harish Chandra Institute, allahabad
1994 Prof. P. K. Mohanty, SINP, Kolkata
1995 Prof. P. K. Tripathy, IITM, Chennai
1998 Prof. R.C. Mallik, IISc, Bangalore
1999 Prof. Sashi Ratha, IIT, Bhubaneswar
Faculty in Other Universities
1972 Prof. K. Moharana(Retd.), Utkal University
1975 Prof. S. Mishra, Dean of Basic Sciences, OUAT, BBSR
1978 Prof. S. Panigrahi, NIT, Rourkela
1981 Dr. B. Panda, Ravenshaw University
1986 Prof. S. K. Udgata, Hyderabad University
1997 Prof. A.K. Pattnaik, VSSUT, Burla
1999 Dr. S. Mishra, BPUT, Odisha
1999 Dr. T. Routray, SOA University
1999 Dr. D. Mishra, SOA University
2012 S. Behera, VSSUT, Burla
2012 S. Patri, VSSUT, Burla
Faculty in Our University
1976 Prof. G.S. Tripathy
1976 Prof. R. Sahu
1976 Prof. R.C. Nayak
1976 Prof. T. Sahu
1977 Dr. S. Nayak
1981 Dr. C. Das
1984 Dr. S. Das
1985 Dr. M. Patra
1985 Mr. S. Padhy
1988 Dr. S.S. Panda
Dr. Sidhartha Sankar Panda
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