Creating the foundation and strengthening the base of every technology
Physics is about the curiosity to explore how and why the objects around us behave the way they do. Discoveries in physics have been fundamental to the numerous technological advances we enjoy today. They are shaping our future. Physics is both exciting and challenging. If you are inquiring and playful, this is the field you should study. The rewards include the satisfaction of better understanding of the objects - both living and lifeless - around us and the development of various skills that only a few people possess. Employers are just looking for such human resources.
The faculty members affiliated to the School of Physics and Materials Science (SPMS) have expertise in theoretical nuclear science, particle physics, computational physics, nonlinear dynamics as well as experimental materials science, nano-medicine, magnetism, functional nanostructures, photovoltaics and experimental nuclear physics. SPMS houses cutting-edge experimental and high performance computational facilities. Faculty members have a synergetic approach towards their academic and research endeavors. SPMS has an established reputation of delivering interdisciplinary technology with strong theoretical back up.
Experimental work forms an important aspect of learning. The SPMS provides training in problem solving, instrumentation and measurement techniques as well analysis. We also ensure that all the students are exposed to the world of measurements at an early stage. Most of the courses have a lab component and practical work is compulsory for all programs. Students spend a large chunk of their learning time in hands-on experiments. The SPMS has well-maintained teaching laboratories those cater to the curiosity of the students. All PG students get involved in research. Even the UG students are given formal as well as informal exposure of research based learning.
To develop our academic and research programs as per the national needs competitive with global development.
The SPMS from its modest beginning in 1960s has now evolved into one of the most vibrant and dynamic academic units of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology. Today it stands as one of the leading schools in the country, well-known for its excellence in teaching and research. Sustaining the achieved success in the academic and research pursuits has been the driving force among the faculty, students and the support staff. The SPMS is the receiver of the DST-FIST grant, both stages-I &II. SPMS regularly fetches R&D projects from the leading funding agencies, e.g., DST, SERB, UGC, CSIR, AICTE, DAE, DRDO, BRNS, MeitY, MHRD. The ongoing R&D projects worth ~4 crores suitably complements the last five years’ completed projects worth ~5 crores. The scholars of the school bagged prestigious award and fellowships that includes Fulbright fellowship, Commonwealth fellowship, Kothari fellowship, Visvesvaraya Young Faculty Research fellowship etc. Number of research publications by SPMS faculty members is ~4000 (SCI journals). Besides academic research labs, the school has sixteen dedicated research labs on diverse field of physical science and interdisciplinary topics. The school is not only trying to unveil fundamental mechanism of physical science but also providing local solutions of global problems. For example, scholars of SPMS have developed glass and bio ceramics from stubble, while stubble burning causes huge pollution during post harvesting season. Metal foam for armor, thin film for solar cell, membrane for water purification, electromagnetic wave shielding; the list of achievements of the SPMS are long. The alumni of the schools are established in diverse fields, mainly, research and teaching in leading institutes of India and abroad.
Each programme (MSc Physics and PhD) is designed and developed with the aim of supporting students in their endeavors to pursue higher studies and explore job opportunities in related industries. Research based learning has been the theme of our programmes.
Delivering excellence via varied research avenues, trained faculty and innovation
Our faculties are competent in what they do. We encourage you to take full advantage of their expertise and use it for your purpose. We take pride in making you realize your full potential.
Our distinguished alumni members with a roster of noteworthy achievements and accomplishments
Associate Consultant Engineer, University of Greenwich: London Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom
Assistant system engineer, Tata Consultancy Service TCS)
Scientist, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel (LNHB), CEA,Saclay, France.
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