Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
Bethune College

Department of Physics

 

  • Bethune College : Physics Department
  • Bethune College : Physics Department
  • Bethune College : Physics Department

Course Details

  • 3 years semester wise B.Sc. Honours course (under CBCS) of The University of Calcutta
  • 3 years B.Sc.Honors course (under 1+1+1) of The University of Calcutta
     

Syllabus

https://www.caluniv.ac.in/CBCS/UG-Physics.pdf

About the Department

In the year 1960, B.Sc. Physics (Pass) course under the University of Calcutta was introduced then in 1967 Honours Course affiliated to the same University was started under the leadership of Prof. Chameli Basu the then Head of the Department along with her worthy colleagues Dr. Annapurna Sarkar, 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 and abroad.

The department celebrated the golden jubilee year of this glorious commencement throughout the academic year 2017-18. The celebration was inaugurated on 11th November, 2017 by felicitating the respected teachers and members of that era. On the same day 3rd Ananta Kumar Sarker & Snehalata Sarker Memorial One Day Seminar for the Advancement of Knowledge in Physics was conducted by the department. The second phase was celebrated on 8th January, 2018 by students' seminars and debate program. The concluding ceremony was held on 13th January, 2018 by organizing the 11th Chameli Bose Memorial Lecture and departmental reunion by our alumnae.
 

Infrastructure

  • Well-equipped laboratory
  • Rich Departmental seminar library in addition to college library (No. of books: 275)
  • A special book bank donated by Alumnae (No. of books : 250)

Research

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.


Extension activities

Workshop / Seminar

Seminar/workshop

Date 

Funding agency Speakers and topics
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.
Title of talk: 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
 

Departmental Prizes
 

  • 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

Students Section

Results

Under Graduate

Year

Total no of Students

No of First Class University rank
2018 29 14 Second, 8th, 19th, 20th
2017 33 18  
2016 24 15  
2015 26 15  


Awards and achievements of current students

Garima Rajguru (3rd year)

She Has been awarded "the Jagadish Bose National Talent
Search Senior Scholarship" from the year 2016.

She Has been awarded SINP Undergraduate Associateship in 2018.

She Ranked First in Poster Competition in the Conference named
"Precision-2018 Presidency Physics Summit" organized by Presidency University.

 

Nivedita Sen (1st Year, Sem-1)

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

Anjali Bhatter (3rd year)

She Has been awarded SINP Undergraduate Associateship in 2018.

Priyanka Saha (2nd year)

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

Ankita Khanra (2ndyr)
Shreya Debnath (3rd year)
Garima Rajguru (3rd year)
Shramana Das (3rdyr)
Poulomi Mukherjee (3rdyr)
RitosreeSuthadhar (3rdyr)
Chandrima Ghosh (3rdyr)
 
They have been awarded Inspire Fellowship
Sampurna Lahiri
Arpita Nandi (3rdyr)
 
They have been awarded "the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship" from the year 2016.

Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of current students

Name of student

Achievements
 

Garima Rajguru (3rd year)

Participated in Astronomy Camp and Training on Sky Observation organized by JBNSTS and Sky Watchers' Association Kolkata in March, 2018

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".

Anjali Bhatter (3rd year)

Participated in poster competition in the conference named "Precision-2018 Presidency Physics Summit" organized by Presidency University.

Avipsa Chakrabarti, Alolika Chakraborty, Krittika Roy, Semontee Deb, Madhusree Roy Chowdhury
and Sukanya Bose (1st Year, Sem-1)
Participated in Inter College Quiz Competition SciPhy 2018 at RKM Residential College, Narendrapur.

Important Links:

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www.vlab.co.in
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