The department was established in 1946 to provide opportunity for higher education in science to the students coming from rural and economically poor background. Introduction of Physics honours course was unique in the sense that till then there was no scope to study the course in this vast hinterland.
The study of science has always been a demystifying experience. The ability to ask critical questions and follow them up with a systematic plan of inquiry seeking right answers advances scientific thoughts. Scientific approach ignites minds, keeps life interesting and supports the rapid progress man has been making through ages. The quest for knowledge helps understand the basic constructs better and the drive for expeditions and explorations leads to inventions and discoveries. Physics is a branch of science based on experimental observation. The acquaintance with physics helps to realize the working principles of many of our daily appliances. The beauty of physics lies in the simplicity of the fundamental physical theories.
The Department of Physics has five teachers (out of seven), having Ph. D. as their highest qualification. The subjects of specialization, in M. Sc., of the teachers are diversified: Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics, X-Ray & Crystallography, High Energy Physics, LASER Physics, and Atmospheric Physics. Our motto is to make physics enjoyable to the students. The university syllabus of each academic session has been distributed into three modules to enable the teachers to complete their topics within stipulated period.
The department has got well equipped laboratories and the classrooms have been improved with teaching aids like charts, overhead projector, slide projector and computer. The Departmental Library has a good number of textbooks and reference books. Eminent scientists have participated in different seminars on current topics arranged by our department during the past few years.
The present B.Sc. Course, offered by the University ofBurdwan,is mostly application oriented and more acceptable to the industry. A considerable number of honours graduates from our department opt to study Post Graduate course and then take up research work in different universities and institutes. While some of them go for job-oriented studies like BCA, MCA or MBA, a few of them find placement in Vasavi Steel and other Companies at Industrial growth center, Bishnupur. A good number of students are absorbed as teachers in different schools through the School service Commission.
Ramananda College, Bishnupur, Bankura was established in 1945. Intermediate Science (I. Sc.) classes were started under the Calcutta University from July 1946 and the Department of Physics also came into existence that particular year. Subsequently, B.Sc. course in pure science was started and continued up to 1961. During 1961--62 sessions, the College came under the jurisdiction of B. U.
From 1969-–70 sessions, 3–Year B.Sc. Honours Degree Course in Physics was introduced. In the session 1977–78, H.S (science course) came into existence which has been discontinued since 2000-01. In conformity with the All India pattern prescribed by UGC, the 3 Year General and Honours Degree Course was introduced from 1999--2000. At present the Degree Course (Hons & Pass) of new format Part–I, Part–II and Part–III are in vogue.
Physics has a profound effect on all scientific developments. It is the present day equivalent to “natural philosophy” from which most of our modern sciences arose. Being a description of nature, physics has been our best friend from the very day of human existence. The basic aim of Physics teaching is to let the students know and understand the principles and their applications in real life.
The Dept. of Physics, from the day of its establishment, has been engaged in imparting knowledge and providing opportunity to the students of this locality. The test of all knowledge is experiment, because experiment is the sole judge of scientific ‘truth’. So a number of new experiments have been set up to make them conversant with the modern scientific development. We endeavour a constant encouragement to the students to take part in different scientific competitions and programmes so that they can establish themselves for higher studies in Physics and allied technological subjects.
Seminar room:Two Seminar Rooms for holding honours classesand one classroom for holding 3rdyear general class. Available Space: 91.45 Sq. meters
Staff room: Available Space: 44.13 Sq. meters
Laboratory: Honours Laboratory comprises 4 rooms, including one dark room. Available Space: 174.15 Sq. meters.
General Laboratory comprises2 rooms including one darkroom. Available Space: 129.29 Sq. meters.
Store room:Available Space: 5.09 Sq. meters
Library: One room houses 2 almirahs with 70 books and 3 journals (excludingthe total of 1441 kept in the central library). Available Space: 9.24 Sq. meters
LIST OF EX-TEACHERS AND EX-NON-TEACHING MEMBERS
1) Prof. Prabodh Narayan Chowdhury
2) Prof. Phanindra Nath Mukherjee
3) Prof. Gour Chandra Lohar
4) Prof. Anirudha Mukherjee
5) Prof. Nirmal Kumar Dey
6) Dr. Tushar Kanti Pal
7) Dr. Dhirendra Nath Datta
8) Dr. Dilip Kumar Ghosh
9) Prof. Dhananjoy Khan
10) Dr. Debabrata Adhikari
11) Mr. Becharam Kit[Graduate Laboratory Instructor, B.Sc.]
RETIRED non-teaching members:
1) Sri Nirod Baran Ghosh (Store Keeper)
2) Sri Krishna Chandra Bhuin(Laboratory Staff)
3) Sri Malik Hansda (Laboratory Staff)
4) SriPhatik Chandra Ghosh(Store Keeper)
5) Sri Hemanta Kumar Mal (Laboratory Staff)
6) Sri Dhirendra Nath Rakshit (Laboratory Staff)
LIST OF TEACHERS AND NON-TEACHING MEMBERS
4) Dr. Rajesh Mukherjee (2007),Assistant Professor, M. Sc. Ph.D. (HOD)
1) Sri Sankar Chandra Lohar (Laboratory Staff)
FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS
There are 6 spacious laboratories for Honours and General course experiments. The laboratories cover most of the experiments (more than 95%) prescribed in the Honours and General syllabus of Burdwan University.
• Departmental Library:
The departmental library has about 70 books of different branches of Physics. Every Honours student of each year is allowed to take one book twice a week from this departmental library.
• Question Bank:
The department has had a major contribution in framing of model questions released by the University of Burdwan for distribution among the affiliated colleges of this University. In addition, the departmental library also contains model questions, class test, annual examination and University pre-qualifying test papers set by the faculty members.
• Regular assessment:
All the faculty members take Class tests in regular intervals after completion of a specified part of the syllabus.
1) Two Day Science Camp on “Learning by Doing: Science Mysteries Demystified”, during 8th-9th January, 2014, Sponsored by Centre for Advanced Research and Education (CARE), Kolkata, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata and the Department of Science & Technology, West Bengal, Bikash Bhavan, Salt Lake, Kolkata.
2) National Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Biophysical Reseaches”, during 12th-13th September, 2011, in collaboration with the Departments of Botany, Zoology, Physiology and Nutrition, Ramananda College, Sponsored by the University Grants Commission.
3) A Lecture Workshop on “Interdisciplinary Physics: Some Basic Aspects”, during 6th-7th January, 2011, Sponsored by Joint Science Education Programme of Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore), Indian National Science Academy (New Delhi) and The National Academy of Sciences, India (Allahabad).
4) State Level Seminar on “Nanomaterials: Synthesis and Applications”, held on 8th September, 2010, Sponsored by University Grants Commission.
5) 1st State Level Seminar on “Recent Advances in Materials Science (SSRMS-1)”, during 27th-28th March, 2008, Sponsored by University Grants Commission.
The objective of this programme was to create opportunity among the school students to perform experiments beyond their syllabus by their own. This activity helped them in conceptual development of the subject as well as to find joy in reading and learning Physics under the guidance of trained undergraduate students and supervision of professors of this college, experts of collaborating institute and science center.
A visit to Durgapur Alloy and Steel plant during February1974,
A visit to Saotaldih thermal power plant during February1980,
A visit to various research laboratories of the institutions: (a) Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata (b) Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata (c) Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata and (d) Bose Institute, Kolkata during 28th and 29th February 1996.
Science Communicators’ Forum, Kolkata, selected 5 students of our college for attending a 5-day orientation programme (from 25th to 29th November 2006) in Physics jointly organized by RVPSP, Dept. of Science and Technology, Government of India. The programme was co-sponsored by Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre and Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute. Attending this programme was a unique opportunity for the students to get an exposure and that also helped them to acquire knowledge about the contemporary developments of this branch of science.
v Freshers’ Welcome:
Every year, students of 2nd and 3rd year Honours of the department arrange Freshers’ Welcome ceremonyto let the 1st year Honours students introduce themselves and reveal individual dimensions in a friendly atmosphere.This makes the sphere of interaction a healthy one.
The department arranges Picnic occasionally.
The department has a tradition to arrange farewell ceremony to wish the teaching and non-teaching members good health and spirit, on the last day of their service in the college. Students and teachers assemble and wholeheartedly express individual wishes.
v Teachers’ Day Celebration :
Feelings happen to be very wonderful, for each teacher of our department, on this particular day of the year when all the studentsof the department come in different groups, show respect and honour in a very special way, share lighter thoughts, make everybody feel special in their own way.
This is again one of the most joyful days in our department. The way all the teachers and students interact and share moments together speaks a lot about the strong bonding.
Students and teachers share very close and healthy relationship in this department. Response of the students in the classes is quite encouraging and interactive. The teachers help the students in and off the classes in their study, according to their requirements. Students and teachers jointly conduct departmental activities like Farewell ceremony, Freshers’ welcome ceremony, Teachers’ Day, Raksha-Bandhan, Excursion and Picnic. The Wall magazine of this department is again a result of the combined effort of the teachers and the students. Teachers occasionally arrange departmental seminars and intra departmental extempore competitions and the students participate in this programmes spontaneously and enthusiastically. This close bond between the students and the teachers creates a congenial atmosphere in this department.