School of Physics

About

School of Physics

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Physics, which is sometimes called as Natural Philosophy, is a science of matter, energy and their interaction as experienced in our universe. This ‘definition’ hardly represents what physics exactly means and allows physics to overlap on almost every branch of science and technology. The disciplines like chemical physics, biophysics, mathematical physics, geophysics, astrophysics, medical physics, polymer physics, petrophysics and engineering physics clearly indicate the all-inclusive nature of physics. One remarkable difference between physics and other disciplines is that while other sciences try to explain a phenomenon using the principles peculiar to their own field, physics tries to explain the same phenomenon using the generalized and minimum set of (or possibly using single) principles.

Throughout its course of development, physics has evolved through the interlocking of theory, experiment, and technology. Though many branches like thermodynamics, electronics, fluid mechanics, material science, electromagnetic engineering have branched off from physics during the course of its evolution, physics still continues with its original aim of understanding nature and natural phenomena. For a technocrat or an engineer, physics is just like a ‘window’ through which he can observe nature in a scientific manner.

At present, the School of Physics runs a course named Physics, in F.Y. B.Tech This course has a lab component where students perform seven experiments in addition to a few demonstrations in each trimester and submit the term work. The performance is evaluated on the basis of well-defined parameters including viva. The Physics labs A206 and B107 admeasure 134 m 2 and 67 m 2 respectively. Both the labs are well equipped with all the required equipment (including experimental and demonstration setups and a few research facilities).

The School also has a departmental library which has all the required references. The school has well-qualified faculty with excellent teaching records. Physics is taught with an emphasis on practical applications. The School envisages expanding with a threefold objective. One is to offer Physics courses (regular and/or electives) required in various branches of engineering and technology. Second is to start short duration certificate courses and the third is to launch a B. Tech. (Engineering Physics) program.
The school also proposes to start a research program related to emerging branches of Physics, particularly nanoscience and nanotechnology

Vision


  • To emerge as a full-fledged MIT WPU School of Physics proficient in providing a high quality Physics education at graduate, postgraduate, doctorate and post doctorate level to the students aspiring to become a competent and renowned Physicist

Mission


  • To attract the nationwide talent determined to make an exceptional career in Physics

  • To attract well-recognized and able faculty across the nation which will impart high quality Physics education integrated with state-of-art research to the aspirants

  • To establish ultramodern Physics laboratories encompassing sophisticated experimental set ups for demonstrations, experiments, projects as well as research

  • To nurture an environment in the School where academics and high quality research in Physics will advance in association

  • To acquire a status where the school becomes truly interdisciplinary with other schools across the campus

  • To establish close collaborations with organizations dealing with research and education in Physics.

Meet the Head of School

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Dr. Narendra L. Mathakari

Professor and Head
School of Physics

A warm welcome to School of Physics, MIT WPU!

Physics plays a key role in scientific, industrial and social development. At most fundamental level, Physics deals with matter, energy and their interactions in the universe. The fabric of Physics allows it to interconnect with almost every discipline related to science and technology, be it Chemical Physics, Biophysics, Geophysics, Astrophysics, Mathematical Physics and even Engineering Physics. Physics has originated only a few hundred years back, but soon it has acquired a status of highly interdisciplinary subject. Physicists in classical era as well as modern era have contributed immensely in Science and Technology.

In classical era, well known Physicists such as Newton, Faraday, Ampere, Hertz, Henry, Joule, Maxwell, Young, Gibbs, Bernoulli, Kelvin, Carnot have not only pushed the technology ahead but have given birth to the several technologies as well. Nobel era began in 1901 and then up till today 213 Physicists have been awarded Nobel prizes for their contributions in a wide range of Physics sub-disciplines such as Discovery of electron, Structure of atoms, X rays, CT scanning, MRI, ECG, Transistor, Integrated circuit, Lasers, Giant Magnetoresistance, Liquid Crystalline displays, Graphene, Fiber optics communication, Ferrites, Conducting polymers, Superconductivity. Each of these discoveries and inventions has uplifted Science and Technology and this has really brought our society in a truly modern era.

School of Physics of MIT WPU has made every attempt to maintain the name and fame of this exciting, classic and enriched subject. The well qualified and experienced faculties are experts not only in teaching but are active in the predominant research as well. Research areas such as radiation processing, conducting polymers ad nanoscience are being tackled. At present, School of Physics maintains two ultramodern Physics labs and a well-equipped research lab.

Almost every experimental set up in all these labs is interconnected with computers and this allows the students to analyze the experimental data using software and also to perform virtual lab experiments. The students and faculty of several disciplines regularly use the Physics equipment in their projects as well as their research. A full-grown departmental library caters the requirements of students and faculty. From year 2020-21, the School has launched M.Sc. Physics (Photonics) program which is a perfect blend of core Physics and Photonics. Photonics is a rapidly emerging high-tech technology which aptly combines optics with electronics. School has launched some open electives and also plans to introduce a few more. In due course, the School also envisages introducing UG programs in Pure and Applied Physics.

Dr. Narendra L. Mathakari

Professor and Head,
School of Physics
narendra.mathakari@mitwpu.edu.in
9850870732

Advisory Board

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Dr Rajeev Naik

Dr. Rajeev M. Naik

Professor and Head,
Department of Biochemistry
Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth Rahuri

Dr. Anjali Kshirsagar

Dr. Anjali Kshirsagar

Former Professor and Head
Department of Physics SPPU
Former Director, Centre for Modeling and Simulation & Interdisciplinary School of Scientific Computing

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Dr. Shriganesh Prabhu

Associate Professor and Physicist
Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Shri. Dhiraj Keskar

Mr. Dhiraj Keskar

Business Head
(Aerospace & Missiles)
Walchandnagar Industries Limited