Physics Deptt.

Department of Physics, Electronics, Computer Maintenance and Computer Application)

Head of Department: Dr. Ravi Katare

About Department: The Department of Physics was founded in the session 1896-97 as a consequence of the establishment of science faculty in this prestigious college. This Department happens to be the oldest Department of Physics in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The M.Sc. (Physics) programme was started in 1948 and with the admiration of autonomy granted to the college in 1991, Electronics was introduced as a separate subject at undergraduate level. With the permission of UGC in 1996, two vocational courses in Computer Applications (CA) and Computer Maintenance (CM) were started. In 2000-01, under a scheme of UGC, a Nodal Computer Lab equipped with approx. 25 computers and other modern facilities was established in the Department. In 2002, a six-semester BCA program was started and in 2004, two additional lecture halls (BCA classrooms) were constructed from the departmental self-financed fund. In 2004 all the UG and PG Labs were upgraded under the FIST scheme of DST. With such a long history and heritage, it is one of the largest departments in Govt. Model Science College Jabalpur with 22 faculties, running one masters and a number of undergraduate teaching programs alongside Ph.D. program. The department is glorified with several antique instruments and rare books.

Students profile according to programmes of study, gender, region etc

Students from all the corners of the state of Madhya Pradesh and adjoining states have been approaching to this prestigious department.

Subject under the Department are:                                                                                        

Physics (UG and PG)
Electronics (UG)
Computer Application (UG)
Computer Maintenance (UG)


Changes made in the courses or programs during the past five years and the contribution of the faculty to those changes

The semester system of study has been introduced at undergraduate level. There is separate Board of Studies for physics and other subjects. The significant changes in the courses/syllabi have been made with the advice of the board members. We have tried our best to make the courses at par with the model curriculum of UGC.

Learning resources of the Department like library, computers, laboratories and other such resources

There is a good departmental library full of approximately 6500 books on Physics, Electronics and Computers. Six journals are also being subscribed by the departmental library. The Department is honoured to have 3 UG Labs for Physics, 1 lab each for Computer Applications (CA), Computer Maintenance (CM), Electronics and BCA. The four PG labs are designated as Optics and Lasers Lab, Electronics Lab, Digital Electronics and Communication Lab. A  Nodal Computer Lab is an academic addition to the department. Computer Labs have facilities like Internet, Scanners, LCD & OHP projectors etc. An internet broad band connection is also available in the department. Our computer labs are equipped with more than 100 computers.

The CA and Electronics laboratories have been renovated and upgraded with modern conveniences. A modern IT based well equipped classroom has been developed for PG classes and other multipurpose activities. The human resources of the department in particular and the college in general have been trained through organizing four courses (two each for teachers and students) on computer awareness and two courses on library automation.

Participation of teachers in academic and personal counseling of students

The prestigious teacher-guardian (TG) scheme is a unique platform to interact with the students informally. The academic and personal counseling of students is done through projects, assignments, remedial classes and informal training for relatively weaker students. The complete record of the progress of a student is maintained and regulated by his teacher-guardian. The parents-TG meetings are also organized at regular intervals.

Collaborations with other departments and institutions at the national and international level and their outcome during the past five years

The department has collaborated with most of the science faculties of different institutions of the state for exchange of students regarding their project and other works. Two workshops on Radioactivity/Radio-chemistry and one workshop on PHOENIX have been organized in collaboration with BARC and IUAC respectively. We send our PG students for summer training programs to these institutions also. Recently one workshop has been organized on Recent Trends in Emerging Material.

If research is a significant activity, what are the thrust areas of the department?

Our department has potential for innovative and multidisciplinary research focusing on emerging areas such as cosmic physics, condensed matter physics, data storage & information technology, low dimensional systems, luminescence and opto-electronics, materials and polymer physics, nanoscience, solar physics, etc. The department has credit to produce 7 Ph.D. degrees in recent years and presently 18 research scholars are working under the guidance of Dr. R. Katare, Dr. R. K. Kuraria, Dr. S. K. Pandey, Dr. M. L. Chouhan, Dr. S. Kuraria, Dr. Rekha Agrawal and Dr. Sanjay Awasthi. More than 80% of the faculty members are actively involved in R & D activities apart from their typical obligation of teaching physics, electronics, computer science and other applied subjects to UG & PG students.

Participation of the Department in the extension activities of the college

Dr. S. K. Shrivastava and Dr. S. K. Dubey have been visiting as resource persons in refresher courses organized to upgrade the 12th class curriculum of physics and also to train the concerned teachers of the state. Dr. S. K. Pandey has participated as expert member (Physics) in a workshop organized by Rajya Shiksha Kendra to develop the training module for higher secondary & high school teachers. Dr. S. K. Awasthi has been working as general secretary of Mahakoshal Vigyan Parishad, an organization fully devoted to popularize science among masses in the central Indian region. Dr. S. K. Pandey and Dr. N. L. Patel have been participating in social service activities through IQAC of the college. Dr. S. K. Pandey and Dr. S. K. Awasthi have been delivering several AIR talks on the subjects of current scientific importance. Dr. Sudhir K Shrivastava participated in a national workshop on Hindi Terminology organized by MHRD, New Delhi at Vikram University, Ujjain in 2007. Most of the teaching staff have visited abroad for their research paper presentation.

Method of continuous evaluation:

In the semester system of study, stress is given on the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) of the students. Various modes of CCE have been adopted like quiz, assignment, discussion, surprise test, poster, book review etc. The project work in each semester is an integral part of the system.

Involvement of students in academic/co-curricular and other activities of the department The Physics & Computers Society:

Department of Physics has the ultimate goal of providing all round development to its students. With this main objective in mind, our department narrows its focus to a group of supporting goals, which serve as guidelines for the students’ growth and development. The Academic society of “Physics and Computers” is actively working in the department. The primary objectives of the society are student development, inter/intra college cooperation & visibility/partnerships. The important activities are as follows:

  • The society organizes lectures of eminent Scientists/Physicists and Experts of Computers for the benefits of students.
  • It also organizes quiz, science exhibitions and various competitions.
  • The winners are awarded on the occasion of National Science Day each year.
  • The society organizes scientific tours/picnics and get-together parties to enhance teacher-taught relations.

Innovations and best practices initiated/adopted by the departments during the last five years Innovations:

Various innovations in teaching methods (like teaching through power point presentations) and CCE have been initiated by the department. Assignments, reviews and tutorial classes have also become the vital parts of the scheme. Healthy Practices: Apart from the established departmental library, the books supplied to the staff members as specimen copies are stored, maintained and properly distributed among the members and students. The ledger and stock of such specimen books are also maintained by one of the staff members as a healthy practice. The staff members do contribute on their own to this ‘self-maintained mini stock of some good books’. We have been also organizing informal picnic tours for the teachers and the students to bridge the psycho fear of teacher-taught relations

Gold Medals

Gold Medal established in Memory of … Sponsored by … Eligibility …
1 Late Bharat Bhushan Channi Prof. R. K. Channi Highest Marks Scored in M.Sc. Physics
2 Late Shanti Dev Dhagat Dr. N. B. Dhagat Highest Marks Scored in B.Sc. Physics
3 Late Smt. Sushila Devi Shrivastava Dr. S. K. Shrivastava Topper in BCA Degree
4 LateSmt. Tarak Nath Banerjee Dr. B. R. Banerjee Highest Marks Scored in B.Sc. with Electronics