Course – Ph. D. in Physics or Biophysical Sciences
University/ Institute – Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India
The Foundation Stone for the building by Dr Syamaprasad Mookerjee the Institute of Nuclear Physics was founded. The year is 1949. When the building was formally inaugurated by Madame Irene Joliot-Curie on 11 January 1950, a date now accepted as the Foundation Day, the Institute was fully functional. Foundation stone for a students’ Hall, on a piece of land just behind the campus was laid by K D Malavya in early January, 1956. A few days later, on 16th February Professor Saha passed away. Some time after this the Institute was renamed as Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics.
The Biophysics group in the Palit Laboratory had moved in the new building as soon as it was complete. It soon became a Division and called for a separate building to which it moved out in 1964. It was located in the northern part of the city of Kolkata called Belgachia.
The Institute shifted to its new building in Bidhannagar in the late eighties. The Biophysics Division also shifted completely to the Bidhannagar campus after 2000. Basic research is carried out in frontline areas of Physical, Electronic and Biophysical sciences. Such activity is coordinated by various research divisions in the institute. The institute also has various teaching and training programs.
Ph. D. in Physics or Biophysical Sciences
The Ph.D. Programme of SINP starts with a full year of pre-Ph.D. course work called Post-M.Sc.(PMSc).
The PMSc course in Physics was launched way back in 1953 by Professor Meghnad Saha’s initiative. The purpose was to educate the highly motivated students for research in Nuclear Science. In subsequent years, the scope of the course was widened to embrace other areas of Physics. The duration of the course, which was 9 months in the beginning, was soon extended to a full year. In 1973, a similar course was launched in Biophysical sciences. An identical course in Radiological Physics was launched in 1988 which ran for four years. From the session of 1993-94 the PMSc course has become an integral part of the doctoral work in SINP, that is only after successfully completing the course a student is allowed to carry out doctoral work in the Institute.
The course work commences from August and runs through three terms. Some compulsory courses are offered in the first term (August-November). In the second (December-March) and third (April-July) terms, some advanced courses are offered. Each student has to pass four advanced courses during the second and third terms (in the second term a student has to choose a minimum of one advanced course and can choose a maximum of three advanced courses).
In addition to the advanced courses, each student is required to take up a project work on a topic (preferably) related to his/her would be doctoral work. The project starts in December and continue till July. A first evaluation of the progress in the project is made in the last week of March. The final evaluation of the project is made in July.
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