Excellence in research and teaching has been the hallmark of our Department ever since its inception. Apart from our own research at the frontiers, the Department has, over the years, produced some of the brightest minds in physics, active both in the country and all over the world, with several fundamental contributions in the field. The Department has at present 38 faculty members and is assisted by a team of DST-Inspire Faculty Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows as part of the academic staff. There are around 120 research scholars engaged in doctoral research.
The Department actively participates in front-line research in several major areas of Physics. The largest group is working in the Physics of Condensed Matter Systems in all its aspects, with interests more or less evenly divided between theoretical and experimental work, with strong cross-pollination of ideas between theory and experiment. Other moderate-size groups include High Energy Physics and Optics. The Ion-Beam Nuclear Solid State and Plasma Physics Group is involved in applying Nuclear Physics Techniques to the study of materials and applications of Ion Beans in Science and Engineering. Other groups include Biological and Statistical Physics, and Nonlinear Dynamics.
The Department participates in the undergraduate Core Courses in the B.Tech. Programme, and has started a new BS (4 yr) + MS (1 yr) Programme in Physics (making effective use of the flexibility in the new credit-based undergraduate Programme, with options for minor and double major in different disciplines) which includes basic and engineering sciences, workshop practices, courses on computation as well as courses on humanities and social sciences.
The Department has a M.Sc. (2 yr) Programme as well as a Ph.D. Programme with specialization in many major areas of Physics. The Physics Department also offers a unique time-saving M.Sc. - Ph.D. (Dual Degree) Programme for those seeking to take advantage of our M.Sc. training to accelerate their progress in doctoral work. Further, there is a large variety of courses offered by the Physics Faculty that are of interest to a number of Inter-Disciplinary Programmes of the Institute. The Physics Department also participates in the Laser Technology and the Materials Science Programmes of the Institute.