School of Physical & Chemical Science

Physics

The Physics department at St. Joseph’s College had its humble beginnings in the year 1923 under the first HOD Sri. S. Ramaswamy Iyengar and Sri. P. Devasy. At present, the Department has 14 faculty members and teaching around five hundred students in the UG section and 60 students in the PG course. Over the last nine decades, the Department has scaled new heights in setting standards of education by promoting scientific temperament and kindling curiosity in physics among students. The laboratories and library are enriched by grants from the UGC, K.Kasturirangan MP LADS funds, and CE grants. The department organizes a certificate course “Space and Rocket Dynamics” in collaboration with ISRO since 2000. The course which is also open to students from other institutions provides a unique platform for the engineering and degree students to interact closely with eminent scientists from ISRO, IIA. The course helps in creating awareness among the students on India’s triumphant odyssey in space exploration. The department has to its credit an 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain optical telescope sponsored by ISRO to see the wonders of the night sky.

Vision

The Department of Physics strives to prepare the students for higher educational and career challenges by fostering scientific temper and human values


Mission

The Department of Physics is dedicated to inculcating in its students a deep commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding in the Physical Sciences through promoting a spirit of open- ended intellectual curiosity. We encourage our students to be innovative and adaptable to new developments in society through an emphasis on quality in teaching, learning and research.

The Physics Students Association (PSA) is very active and provides an opportunity for the students to exhibit their extra-curricular talents thereby enabling them to enjoy learning physics. The PG students have an association φψξ (called physeeksee). Under this banner the students host the intercollegiate event called Tek-Olma every year and also organize special lectures and various intra-collegiate events. These associations both at the UG and PG levels provide the students a dais for showcasing their creativity and giving an opportunity to amplify their organizational skills. The P.G. Physics course was initiated by the department in 2010 to promote higher studies and research in physics. The section started with very moderate grants and a humble number of twenty students. The PG section has now grown to include sixty students. The course attempts to provide Physics skills to students by way of providing ground for the application of concepts. There is a very active forum engaged in the discussion of physics strengthened by various visiting experts giving small discourses in their fields of specialization.

Some of the courses are provided through learning management systems. The numerical techniques course has a hand on laboratory using Python programming. There are two open electives 1. Astrophysics 2. Soft condensed matter physics. The students will have to do a compulsory project with premier research institutes like ISRO, IISc, RRI and IIA etc during their final semester. In addition, the program has initiated bridge courses to make learning physics at the PG level more conformable and to provide continuity to the narrative from the UG curriculum and helping students from disparate backgrounds. A recent approval of the department as a research Centre under Bangalore University will see more advances in the unique features of this department.

Dr. C.A.Rodriguez Maria Sahayaraj

HOD

Dr. Sandiago

Associate Professor

Dr. Veena Adiga

Associate Professor

Lora Rita Goveas

Associate Professor



Ms. Joseline Joseph

Associate Professor

Dr. Rabbi Akkiba Angiras

Associate Professor

Ms. Sheela Jose Thomas

Associate Professor

Ms. Bruno Martin

Associate Professor



Ms. Bessy Esthelene

Associate Professor

Ms. Parul Goel

Assistant Professor

Dr. Arun Varma Thampan

PG Coordinator

Mr. Ricky Wilfred G

Assistant Professor



Dr. Kennedy. R

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mohan. A

Assistant Professor