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Date of establishment: 1950
The department of Physics started from the very inception of the Assumption College in 1950 with two batches in the intermediate section. In the years that followed, the department made vast strides in size, strength and vitality. By 1957 when the college was raised to the level of first Grade College, BSc Physics Programme was started with 21 students. During the early years, the Department had a team of eminent Professors and Lecturers who toiled relentlessly for the success and welfare of the students and the department. In 1999 the department was raised as PG department with the introduction of MSc Physics with Computer Science specialization.
In 2001 the specialization was changed to Electronics. A major uplift of the Department took place in 2012 when the department was selected for DST-FIST programme. The Department got recognised as Research Centre under Mahatma Gandhi University in November 2019, with two teachers recognised as Research Guides. Now there are 7 permanent and one guest teaching faculty in the department. As the Department completes 63 successful years, we strive for quality education and high academic standards. We always aim at equipping students with skills to make them intellectually competent.
The department hosts a wide spectrum of activities at national\regional level for the benefit of the students and the society. National Seminars/Science Academies Lecture Series, All Kerala Intercollegiate Physics Quiz and Seminar Competitions, Regional level physics experiencing workshops for higher secondary students, Observance of days of national importance are conducted every year. The inter/intra departmental competitions like Problem Solving, Physics Quiz, Essay writing, Poster Designing and Lecture Series are aimed to foster the overall skill enhancement of the students. Alumnae lectures and peer group lectures add momentum to the progress of the students.
Faculty of the department are involved in several major and minor research projects and the research interest spans a wide range of topics in experimental and theoretical research – thin films and crystal growth, material science, atmospheric science, and plasmonics.
The department got sanctioned as the research centre under Mahatma Gandhi University in November 2019. Topics of research being currently pursued under the centre are Atmospheric Science and Material Science.
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CONVERGENCE is a lecture series done exclusively by the students and for the students aimed at enhancing their presentation and communication skills. As part of the series following lectures were conducted :
1. Ms. Ganga S of III BSc Physics led the first session on 25th September, 2020. The topic of the session was “The ‘Dirty Snowballs’ and ‘Falling Stars”, an informative session on comets and its properties.
2. Ms. Nimmy Annie Thomas of II MSc Physics led the second session on 2nd November, 2020. The topic of the session was ‘Exoplanets: An Introduction to our Neighbours’.
3. Ms. Jemi Maria Jose of III BSc Physics led the session on 22 February 2021. The topic of the session was ‘Gravitational Waves and LIGO’
4. Ms. Sophia Reji of I MSc Physics led the session on 22 April 2021. The topic of the session was ‘Quantum Entanglement: Spooky Action at a distance’.
5. Ms. Diya Joseph of II B Sc Physics led the session on 8 May 2021. The topic of the session was ‘Ingenuity: A Mars Expedition by NASA’.
QUESTA is a webinar series initiated by the Postgraduate students of the Physics Department to enhance their organising, presentation and communication skills. Experts from various frontiers of research are invited to deliver the lectures.
Alumna Lectures are organised by the Physics Association for enriching and motivating the students. Renown alumni are invited to deliver the lectures.
Senior Research Scientist, Bingham Research Center, Utah State University, Vernal, Utah
Professor, Department of Physics and Electronics, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore