Department of Physics

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
---Confucius

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Courses
Undergraduate

Semester wise Three Year B.Sc. Honours Course (under CBCS), University of Calcutta

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About the Department

B.Sc. Physics (Pass) course under the University of Calcutta was introduced in the year 1960. Then in 1967 B.Sc. Honours Course in Physics was introduced under the leadership of Prof. Chameli Basu, the then Head of the Department along with her worthy colleagues Dr. Annapurna Sarker, Smt. Pratibha Dasgupta, Prof. Shovana Mukhopadhyay and others. Since then this department produced lots of brilliant graduates, majority of them pursue higher education and research in different reputed universities and institutes such as Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, different Central Universities, IITs, IISc, TIFR, SINP, IACS and abroad.
50 years of Physics Honours teaching at our Department was celebrated throughout the year 2017-18. On the occasion of this Golden Jubilee celebration a commemorative volume "Bahe Nirantara" with contributions from present and past students and teachers of our department was published.


Faculty

Kamal Kanti Som
Dr. Kamal Kanti Som

Associate Professor and HOD
M.Sc.,Ph.D.
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Gautam Goswami
Dr. Gautam Goswami

Associate Professor
M.Sc.,Ph.D.
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Narayan Bandyopadhyay
Dr. Narayan Bandyopadhyay

Associate Professor
M.Sc.,Ph.D.
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Santa Bandyopadhyay(Rajguru)
Dr. Santa Bandyopadhyay (Rajguru)

Assistant Professor
M.Sc.,Ph.D.
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Sourav Ganguly
Dr. Sourav Ganguly

Assistant Professor
M.Sc.,Ph.D.
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Gopa Bhowmik
Dr. Gopa Bhoumik

Assistant Professor
M.Sc.,Ph.D.
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Rakhi Paul
Dr. Rakhi Paul

Assistant Professor
M.Sc.,Ph.D.
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Infrastructure

  • Well-equipped laboratories for both Honours and Generic Elective courses.
  • Rich Departmental Seminar Library (No. of books: 300 approx) in addition to College Library
  • A special book bank donated by Alumnae containing about 250 books for needy students
  • A computer laboratory with 12 PC connected through LAN with Internet facility.
  • Class room with LCD projector.


Research Activities

Dr. Sourav Ganguly is engaged in studying nuclear structure using gamma ray spectroscopy as a tool. His current research interest is to study the structural information of nuclei in the mass 80 and 110 regions. He has recently completed two UGC-DAE-CRS minor projects at 2010-2013 and 2014-2016. Apart from that, he has successfully completed one UGC minor research project in the year 2009-2010.

Dr. Gopa Bhowmik recently completed her Ph.D from Jadavpur University on Experimental High Energy Physics.

Dr. Rakhi Paul is engaged in research in the field of biophysics, especially protein crystallography. She has solved nine crystal structures in different forms of two metabolically significant enzymes. Her recent works has been published in Nature Scientific Reports.


Departmental Prizes/Scholarships

  • The Chhanda Mitra (mother of one of our alumnae) Memorial Prize and Stipend were introduced in 2011 by her husband Swapan Kr. Mitra. The prize is awarded to the overall topper in B.Sc, Physics Honours Examination and the stipend is to be given on merit-cum-need-basis to final year student.Every year a scholarship amounting to Rs. 3000/- approximate is donated by the alumni fund and is given to a needy student/s of final year.
  • Chameli Bose Memorial Prize : Introduced in 1971, awarded to the topper in Physics Honours in B.Sc. final year examination (Part-III).
  • Hirendranath Bose and Chameli Bose Memorial Prize (introduced in 2005) : Awarded for highest proficiency in Physics Honours in the B.Sc. Examination.
  • Kamalmani Sharma memorial Prize (introduced in 2007) : Three prizes are awarded to students securing highest marks in Physics, Zoology and Computer Science Honours.
  • Special Staff Prize : Awarded by the teaching staff of Physics Department to all students securing first class in B.Sc. Honours Examination


Extension Activities

Seminars/Conferences/Lecture organized by the department

Seminar/workshop

Date 

Funding agency Speakers and topics
Webinar on "A Tribute to Rosalind Elsie Franklin : Pioneer in DNA Structure Determination"

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86rCBL0kNlc
 
July 27, 2020 Organized Jointly with Department of Chemistry & IQAC, Bethune College 1. Prof. Chaitali Mukhopadhyay, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Calcutta, Topic : Rosalind Elsie Franklin as a virologist
2. Prof. Sudip Kundu, Dept. of Biophysics, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Calcutta ; Topic : Remarkable similarities in structural factors regulating degradation of bio-molecules
5th Ananta Kumar Sarker & Snehalata Sarker Memorial One Day Seminar for the Advancement of Knowledge in Physics September 14, 2019 Endowment created by Dr. Annapurna Sarker,
Retired Professor of the Department in memory of her parents
1. Prof. Narayan Banerjee, Professor, IISER (Kolkata)
Topic : Our Universe
2. Dr. Bhupati Chakraborty, Formerly Associate Professor, City College, Kolkata
Topic : S.N.Bose and Albert Einstein : An unusual Scientific Connection
C. K. Majumder memorial
workshop on Experimental physics.
1st-3rd March, 2019 Bethune College and Indian
Association of Physics Teachers(RC-15)
45 students of 1st year Physics honors
from different colleges and universities
participated in various Innovative experiments
specially designed for undergraduate students
outside their syllabus.
4th Ananta Kumar Sarker and Snehalata Sarker
Memorial One Day Seminar for the Advancement of the Knowledges in Physics.
29th Septermber, 2018 Endowment created by Dr. Annapurna Sarker,
Retired Professor of the Department in memory of her parents
1. Prof. Parthasarathi Majumder, Senior Professor, RKM Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Belur.
Topic : Stories of the Beginning and the End - Seminal contributions of Stephen Hawking
2. Prof. Guruprasad Kar, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute
Title of the talk : Strange Features of QM Find Applications

 
Workshop on Innovative computational experiments for UG teachers. 19th and 20th July, 2018. Bethune College and UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata Centre Dr. Sandeep S Ghugre, Scientist, UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata Centre
11th Chameli Bose Memorial Lecture 13th January, 2018 Chameli Basu Memorial Fund, Department of Physics Speaker: Dr. Saswati Dasgupta, retired Associate Professor of Rammohan College.

Title of talk: "Measurement, its beauty in Physics".
 
3rd "Ananta Kumar Sarker & Snehalata Sarker Memorial One Day Seminar for the Advancement of Knowledge in Physics" 11th November, 2017 Endowment created by Dr. Annapurna Sarker, Retired Reader of the Department in memory of her parents 1. Speaker: Dr. Sudipta Sasmal of Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata
Title of talk: Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica-A Brief Overview
2. Speaker: Prof. Naba Kumar Mondal, Saha Institutre of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata.
Title of talk: Particle Hunter's Guide.
 
Departmental Seminar 14th February, 2017 Bethune College 1. Students' Seminar by the First year Hons. Students.
2. Lecture by - Dr. Shubhankar Ghosh, Associate Professor of Physics, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
Title of talk: Physics of Sports
 
Second "Ananta Kumar Sarker & Snehalata - Sarker Memorial One Day Seminar for the Advancement of Knowledge in Physics" 15th September, 2016. Endowment created by Dr. Annapurna Sarker, Retired Reader of the Department in memory of her parents 1. Speaker: Prof. G. P. Das, Senior Professor, Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata
Title of talk: Quantum Physics and Nanoscience
2. Speaker: Dr. Debi Prasad Duari, Director (Research and Academic), M.P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, Kolkata.
Title of talk: Challenges in Astronomy
 
First Annual "Ananta Kumar Sarker & Snehalata Sarker Memorial One Day Seminar for the Advancement of Knowledge in Physics 22nd September, 2015. Endowment created by Dr. Annapurna Sarker, Retired Reader of the Department in memory of her parents 1. Speaker: Prof. Soumitra Sengupta, Senior Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics, and Dean (Academic Affairs), Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata
Title of talk: Mysterious Space Time -Hundred Years of General Relativity & Beyond

2. Speaker: Prof. Prasanta Kumar Basu, Retired Professor, Department of Radio Physics & Electronics, University College of Science & Technology, Kolkata.
Title of talk: White LED and LASER -An Emerging Lighting Technology
 


Results

U.G. Physics UG Result


Students Section

Achievements of Present Students

Student participation in Seminars/Workshops/Short Term Course and exhibitions outside College:

Name Achievement
Nivedita Sen

She Has been awarded "Jagadish Bose National Talent
Search Bigyani Kanya Medha Britti" in the year 2018.

Priyanka Saha

She Has been awarded "Jagadish Bose National Talent Search
Bigyani Kanya Medha Britti" in the year 2017.

Sayantani Bhandari

Saptashi Chatterjee

Sangita Paul

Sreeja Dutta

Has been awarded "Jagadish Bose National Talent Search
Bigyani Kanya Medha Britti" in the year 2019
 


Achievements of Ex-Students

Students qualifying in State/National/International level examinations during the year (e.g. NET/JEST/JAM/GATE):

Sl. No.

Name

Year of
Graduation
Academic Achievement
1 Ritali Ghosh 2015 CSIR-UGC NET (2018)
GATE (2019)
JEST (2019)
2 Mahasweta Ghosh 2015 UGC NET (2019)
GATE (2019)
3 Atreyee Dey 2015 UGC NET (2017)
GATE (2018)
JEST (2018)
4 Rituparna Ghosh 2015 UGC NET (2019)
GATE (2020)
5 Arpita Mondal 2015 CSIR-UGC NET (2018)
GATE (2019)
6 Eshita Banerjee 2015 GATE (2020)
7 Nandini Das 2018 CSIR-UGC NET (2019)
GATE (2020)
JEST (2020)
8 Poulami Mukherjee 2018 GATE (2020)
JEST (2020)
9 Swati Shaw 2018 GATE (2020)
10 Suvechha Indu 2018 GATE (2020)
11 Sayani Das 2020 JAM (2020)
12 Shalini Maji 2020 JAM (2020)
13 Debdatta Banerjee 2020 JAM (2020)
14 Madhumita Kabiraj 2020 JAM (2020)
15 Anonya Das 2020 JAM (2020)
16 Atanima Mondal 2020 JAM (2020)


Co-curricular and Extracurricular Activities

Co-Curricular  Activities at the College/University/State level and prizes won:

Name of student

Achievements
 

Sayani Das (2nd year)

Participated in International Conference on "XXII conference on Liquid Crystals"
organized by Jastrzebia Gora, Poland during 17th to 21st September, 2018 and
presented poster entitled "Measurement of optical birefringence using a high resolutionTemperature scanning technique".

Debdatta Banerjee

Srijita Chakraborty

Rina Mondal

Shalini Maji

Arna Sikdar

Tiyasa Mishra

Successfully completed project work on Nuclear Physics and Condensed Matter Physics at UGC-DAE-CSR, Kolkata during 15th October to 23rd October 2019 and submitted the final report and presented their work on 29th November, 2019

Krittika Roy

Sukanya Das

Shreya Ghosh

Attended an workshop on Real Astronomy Discovery (RAD) at IISER, Kolkata on 17th August, 2019.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • The Department of Physics became Departmental Champions in the Intra College Competitions, 2019
  • Dr. Gautam Goswami, Associate Professor of Physics was invited to represent Bethune College in the prestigious TV show DADAGIRI hosted by Sourav Ganguly at Zee Bangla on 11th August, 2019.
  • Avipsa Chakrabarti, Alolika Chakraborty, Krittika Roy, Semontee Deb, Madhusree Roy Chowdhury and Sukanya Bose - Participated in Inter College Quiz Competition SciPhy 2018 at RKM Residential College, Narendrapur and was among top six teams.
  • Students of this department excels in different cultural competitions organized by Bethune College and other Colleges.