Physics Department

History of the Department

Physics Major was started in our College during the year 1985- '86. The department has grown into a fully fledged Research Centre from 2011 with all of the six faculty members being recognized as approved guides under Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. Research is meticulously carried out in the Department by undertaking Major and Minor Research Projects funded by UGC, BRNS, DST etc. The research work of the faculty and students are presented in National/ International Seminars and Conferences. The research works undertaken in the Department are published in reputed National and International Journals. The faculty members excel in a broad area of expertise and interests. The infrastructure and the equipments in the laboratory help to boost up the theoretical knowledge of the students with experimental analysis. Along with their regular curriculum, a certificate course in Optical Communication by BSNL, Nagercoil and UGC career orientedAdd-on courses in Maintenance of Electrical Equipments are provided to students. The department has a creditable record in university examinations with the students excelling by securing university ranks. The Alumni decorate goodpositions in teaching and research institutions.

Vision

  1. PREPARE the students spiritually, mentally and physically by making them
  2. PARTICIPATE actively in curricular and extracurricular activities so that they
  3. PRESENT themselves as responsible citizens in the Society.

Mission

  1. PROVIDING high quality Physics Education.
  2. PRODUCING well prepared graduates who are confident in their abilities to understand Physics.
  3. PROMOTING Physics research and creative activities with an appreciation of Physics in everyday life.

Objectives

  1. To provide quality education through excellent teaching, learning methods and quality research to equip students for bright career prospects.
  2. To provide encouragement, support and guidance for shaping up the overall development of students.

Highlights

  1. The Department plays a pivotal role in promotion of researchby undertaking Major and Minor Projects. The staff and students actively present their research works in Conferences and Seminars and also publishin reputed National And International Journals.
  2. UGC career oriented Add- On Certificate and Diploma courses in Maintenance of Electrical and Electronic Equipments are offered to the students.
  3. The Department has MoUs with BSNL-Nagercoil, Kerala State Science and Technology (KSSTM) - Trivandrum and with Department of Humanities and Science, St Xavier's Catholic College, Chunkankadai.
  4. National Seminars on Physics (NSP) are conducted annually with paper presentation sessions. The proceedings being published in ISBN book/ ISSN/U.G.C. care list journal.
  5. Intercollegiate competitions in Physics WIPCO are conducted every year to celebrate National Science Day on February 28th.
  6. "AGNI", the department magazine encompassing the activities of the Department and student achievements is released annually.
  7. Every year, students are encouraged to write the NGP Examination conducted by IAPT.
  8. Physics Association conducts meetings and competitions to instil scientific knowledge and to inculcate the skills of students.
  9. Physica-Fest, a paper presentation competition is conducted to shape the oratory and presentation skills of students.
  10. Based on the MOU with BSNL, the students undertake a certificate course in optical communication.
  11. Students are taken regularly on field trips to scientifically acclaimed places like Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant, ISRO- Mahendragiri, Nehru Planetorium & Science Exhibition- Trivandrum, Science Centre- Tirunelveli etc.
  12. The students are encouraged to develop their soft skills with the help of trainers from Vantage Academy.
  13. The students secure ranks regularly in the University Examinations.

Programme Outcomes

  1. Read, understand and interpret physical information - verbal, mathematical and graphical.
  2. Impart skills required to gather information from resources and use them.
  3. To give need based education in physics of the highest quality at the undergraduate level.
  4. Offer courses to the choice of the students.
  5. Perform experiments and interpret the results of observation, including making a BSc Programme in Physics, an assessment of experimental uncertainties.
  6. Provide an intellectually stimulating environment to develop skills and enthusiasms of students to the best of their potential.
  7. Use Information Communication Technology to gather knowledge at will.
  8. Attract outstanding students from all backgrounds.

Programme Specific Outcomes

  1. Understand the core concept of Physics subjects.
  2. Acquire analytical and logical skill for Higher Education.
  3. Excel in Experimental and Theoretical Physics.
  4. Trained to take up jobs in allied fields.
  5. Confident to take up competitive exams.

Faculty

Designation Photo Name & Qualification Description
Head of the Department Physics Department Dr. M. M. Latha
M.Sc., B.Ed., PGDCA, M. Phil., Ph. D.
Dr. M. M. Latha, Associate Professor and Head of the Department has been teaching Physics since 1987. Her area of research is Nonlinear Dynamics. She is extensively engaged in research activities. She has completed one Minor Research Project funded by UGC, three Major Research Projects funded by UGC, BRNS and DST.She has published 50 papers in various International Journals and reviewed 97 articles for reputed International Journals. She has attended many conferences and presented papers both inside and outside the country. So far, 13 students have completed Ph.D. under her guidance and 6 students are pursuing research. She has also guided more than 20 M.Phil. Scholars.
Principal-in-Charge and Associate Professor Physics Department Dr. D. Usha
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph. D
Dr. D. Usha is working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics. She joined this Institution in the year 1987. She served as a Member of the Senate and Member of Board of Studies in the U.G. Physics Major in the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. She is also serving as a Member, Board of Examiner for paper setting (Physics), Annamalai University. She is a recognised Research Supervisor in M.S. University. Her areas of research are Spectroscopy, Nano materials and Energy Physics.She has published 21 papers in various National and International Journals. Two candidates have completed their Ph.D. under her guidance and four scholars are pursuing their research under her. She has also guided 6 M.Phil. scholars.
Assistant Professor Physics Department Dr. V. Bena Jothy
M.Sc., PGDCA, M. Phil., Ph. D
Dr.V. Bena Jothy is serving in the Department of Physics since 1991. She has cleared the State Level Screening Test conducted by the University of Madras in 1990. She serves as a research guide in Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. She has published 68 papers in International peer reviewed journals and reviewed 21 articles in Scopus indexed journals. She has presented papers in 143 National and 72 International Conferences. She has delivered invited talks in 4 International Conferences and served as Chair Person in many Conferences. She has guided 10 M.Phil Scholars and 11 Scholars have completed research under her guidance. At present, 4 scholars are pursuing research under her guidance. She has received Best Paper Award in the 98th Indian Science Congress Association Conference and also the recipient of Academic Achievers award from Kanniyakumari Academy of Arts and Science. She is the life member of some scientific associations. She is serving as a member of the U.G Physics Board of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University.
Assistant Professor Physics Department Dr. G. Shanthi,
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Dr. G. Shanthi is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics. She has a total experience of nearly 31 years. Her fields of research are Radiation Physics and Space Physics. She has guided eighteen M. Phil. scholars. Eight Ph.D. scholars have been awarded doctorate degrees under her and four more are pursuing their research.She has published six research papers in International Journals.She is serving as a Chief of the U.G Allied Physics Examination Board of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University.
Assistant Professor Physics Department Dr. S. Grace Victoria,
M.Sc., M.Phil. Ph.D.
Dr. S. Grace Victoria is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics since 2017 after acquiring a working experience of 7 years in the P.G. Department of Physics (S.F). Her area of expertise is Materials Science specialising in Thin Film Gas Sensors. She has 3 publications in InternationalJournals. She has guided eight M.Phil. scholars. She is an approved guide under M.S. University and four research scholars are pursuing research under her. She is the Coordinator of the Add-on course in Physics offered by M.S. University.

Awards

  1. Ruby Arthur Scholarship is awarded to the student of Physics major who secures the highest mark in Part III subjects in the first five semesters.
  2. V. Samraj Memorial Prize is awarded to the best student in I year Physics.
  3. Vethamoni Solomon Merit Prize is awarded to the best student in II year Physics.
  4. Sundara Bai Thankaraj Memorial Prize is awarded to the best student in II year Physics.

Alumnae

The Physics Department maintains good ties with the alumni of our department by organizing Annual Alumnae Meetings to celebrate and cherish old relationships and to form new ones. The alumnae used to assemble together with great enthusiasm and joy and are delighted to be back in the alma mater. The office bearers of the Alumnae Associationare Dr. Goma, Assistant Professor of Physics, Lekshmipuram College, Dr. Radhiha, Assistant Professor of Physics, Pioneer Kumaraswamy College and Dr. Jenitta, Assistant Professor of Physics, Mano Constituent College. The Alumnae are accorded a warm welcome and are updated with the developments in the Department. Playful games and puzzles are given to add an air of happy homecoming.The alumnae recall their fond memories in the campus and extend their full cooperation to the development of the Department. The alumnae meetings serve as a perfect platform to rewind their memories and to revive the ties.

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Activities of the academic year 2020-2021

  1. A National Webinar on "Applications of Vibrational Spectroscopy" in association with Indian Spectroscopy Society was conducted on 28-07-2020. Dr. K. R. Aranganayagam, Dept. of Chemistry, Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore and Dr. I. Hubert Joe, Dept. of Physics, University of Kerala were the resource persons.
  2. On 04-08-2020, an International Webinar on "Physico-chemists Care for Your Health" with Prof. Dr. Sylvia Turrell, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille 1 - France was organized via. Zoom platform that attracted the attention of enthusiastic participants from the student fraternity and teaching community all across the globe.
  3. The Physics Association was inaugurated by Er. Rose Cyril Xavier, Assistant G. M., BSNL, Nagercoil on 19-10-2020.
  4. Throughout the pandemic period, the research guides of our Department have been in regular contact with their Ph.D. wards via. video conferencing. The lock down situation did not deter three research scholars of our department completing their Ph.D Viva Voce.
  5. A Special Online Lecture on 'Introduction to Ensembles' by Prof. Senthilvelan, Head, Dept. of Nonlinear Dynamics, Bharathidasan University, Trichy was held on 25-08-2020.
  6. A National Level E- Quiz competition in Physics attracted a huge response from the students. The toppers were selected and awarded with cash prizes.
  7. Regular Counselling Programmes were offered to the students to motivate and inspire them during the period of isolation in their homes.

Activities of the academic year 2019-2020

  1. The Department flagged off its activities with the Inauguration of the Physics Association on 23-08-2016.
  2. National Science Day was celebrated in a gala manner on 28/02/2017.
  3. The Department quiz club members had a fruitful year by bagging prestigious awards in various quiz competitions held in the District. They brought Laurels by winning the first prize in various intercollegiate competitions held at St. Xavier College, Nagercoil, Pioneer Kumaraswamy College, Nagercoil and Kamaraj College, Tuticorin.
  4. J. Lydia, Gifty John and Fathima Sahana of III B.Sc Physics emerged the Zonal Level winners in the Quiz Competition conducted by IGCAR, Kalpakkam at N.I. College, Kumaracoil.
  5. M. Janaki Devi and J. Lydia of III B.Sc had the privilege of participating in the Physics Talent and Training Search (PTTS- 2016) for a fortnight in the month of December at Mysore sponsored by Infosys.
  6. The students were taken to the National Science Centre, Trivandrum and also to ISRO, Mahendragiri that enriched visual literacy.
  7. Physica Fest- 2017 was held on 11/02/2017 in which Dr. Monickam Mahendran, Associate Professor, Thiyagaraja College, Madurai delivered an interesting and entertaining talk on Kitchen Science.
  8. Dr. M.M. Latha and students attended the workshop on "Ancient Indian Science and Engineering Practices" at Thiyagaraja College, Madurai.
  9. It was a time for recollection of memories in the Department Alumnae meeting held on 09-01-2017.
  10. The annual activities of the Department culminated in the yearly event of NSP- 2017 on the 2nd of March. Eminent Scientists from Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and Indian Rare Earth Limited, Manavalakurichi delivered special lectures.

Activities of the academic year 2018-2019

  1. The Inauguration of the Physics Association on 25-07-2018 marked the beginning of a series of vibrant activities.
  2. R.G. Praganya, P. Vinsha, R.J. Beni of III B.Sc Physics, K. Diyvadharshini and B. Harishma of I B.Sc Physics emerged as the State level toppers in IAPT- NGPE examinations.
  3. Physica Fest that serves as a perfect platform for paper presentations by students was successfully conducted on 23-2-2019.
  4. WIPCO, the annual intercollegiate competitions held on 7-3-2019 attracted many participants from the length and breadth of the district.
  5. The Department Seminar NSP'19 was held on 13-3-2019 that included a paper presentation session. The proceedings were published in a book with ISBN number.
  6. The students visited scientifically acclaimed places like Jawaharlal Nehru Planetorium and Visveswaraya Technological Museum at Bangalore, Dalmia wind farm, Aralvaimozhi, Priyadharshini Planetorium, Thiruvananthapuram and ISRO, Mahendragiri.
  7. The Department of Physics signed two new MoUs with Department of Humanities and Science, Xavier's College, Chunkankadai and the Kerala State Science and Technology (KSSTM), Trivandrum, Kerala.
  8. Dr. V. Bena Jothy served as resource person in the International Seminar on Technologically Advanced Materials on 29thseptember 2018 at Muslim Arts College, Thiruvithancode.
  9. Dr. M. M. Latha, Head of Physics Department is operating a Major Research Project entitled "Chaotic Dynamics of Heisenberg Ferromagnetic Spin Systems and its Application to Spin-Transfer-Nano-Oscillators" funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India for Rs. 18,93,520/-. She is also operating another Major Research Project entitled "Chaotic Behaviour of Cubic Quintic Septic Equation Governing Duffing Oscillator" funded by the 'National Board for Higher Mathematics', Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India amounting to Rs. 13,56,600/-

Activities of the academic year 2017-2018

  1. The annual activites kickstarted with the inauguration of Physics Association on 09-08-2017 by Mr. P. Pandaram, Scientific Officer, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
  2. Periodic meetings were held with eminent experts in science. Mr. Allwin Jose, Section Head, Vikram Sarabai Space Centre-Trivandrum, Dr. Kalainathan, Director, VIT and Dr. Anoop, Scientist from IGCAR were some of the notable chief guests.
  3. A. Asha of II M.Sc. and Evangelin Ashna of III B.Sc. bagged I and III prizes respectively in the paper presentation competition as part of PHYSCOM '18 at St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai.
  4. Effective counseling to the students was provided with immense help of Dr. J. Beula, Retired Prof., in Physics and Former Coordinator of Counselling cell of our College.
  5. The counseling skills of Prof. Vijayakanta Robin, Former HoD of Botany was also made use of in the counseling programs.
  6. The Department celebrated the Joy of giving (2nd -8th October 2017)

Activities of the academic year 2016-2017

  1. The Department flagged off its activities with the Inauguration of the Physics Association on 23-08-2016.
  2. National Science Day was celebrated in a gala manner on 28/02/2017.
  3. The Department quiz club members had a fruitful year by bagging prestigious awards in various quiz competitions held in the District. They brought Laurels by winning the first prize in various intercollegiate competitions held at St. Xavier College, Nagercoil, Pioneer Kumaraswamy College, Nagercoil and Kamaraj College, Tuticorin.
  4. J. Lydia, Gifty John and Fathima Sahana of III B.Sc Physics emerged the Zonal Level winners in the Quiz Competition conducted by IGCAR, Kalpakkam at N.I. College, Kumaracoil.
  5. M. Janaki Devi and J. Lydia of III B.Sc had the privilege of participating in the Physics Talent and Training Search (PTTS- 2016) for a fortnight in the month of December at Mysore sponsored by Infosys.
  6. The students were taken to the National Science Centre, Trivandrum and also to ISRO, Mahendragiri that enriched visual literacy.
  7. Physica Fest- 2017 was held on 11/02/2017 in which Dr. Monickam Mahendran, Associate Professor, Thiyagaraja College, Madurai delivered an interesting and entertaining talk on Kitchen Science.
  8. Dr. M.M. Latha and students attended the workshop on "Ancient Indian Science and Engineering Practices" at Thiyagaraja College, Madurai.
  9. It was a time for recollection of memories in the Department Alumnae meeting held on 09-01-2017.
  10. The annual activities of the Department culminated in the yearly event of NSP- 2017 on the 2nd of March. Eminent Scientists from Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and Indian Rare Earth Limited, Manavalakurichi delivered special lectures.