The Department of Physics is one of the oldest and prestigious departments of the College. The Department started functioning in 1949 when the College was established. The B.Sc. degree course was started in 1957 with a sanctioned strength of 48. In 1995 the M.Sc. degree course was started and the strength of students sanctioned was 10. Later in 2000, the Department was upgraded as a research centre. Currently the Department has nine faculty members, one guest lecturer and four technical staff. Eight out of the nine faculty members are Ph.D. holders.
One of the major initiatives of the department is the Science Facilitation Centre (SFC). The centre offers opportunity, for the students of VIII and IX classes of the nearby Institutions to do simple experiments in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The Department also extended its experimental lab facilities for the Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST) students of B Tech Aerospace, Avionics and Physical Science students during 2007 to 2010
The Department hosted the 2nd and 5th International Conference on Perspectives in Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICOPVS 2008 and ICOPVS 2014 respectively).The proceedings of the Conference were published by AIP and IOP. In 2015, the Department organized a state wide Awareness Programme in Science Education and Research (APSER) funded by KSCSTE, Government of Kerala. The programme was conducted in all the 14 districts of Kerala. The department has organized two national level workshops on Experimental Physics. The Department conducts workshops and seminars regularly.
The research activities of the Department are of international standard. The Department has produced 41 Ph.Ds, about 330 international publications and 240 seminar presentations. There are 9 new entries in the JCPDS files and 6 patents to the credit of the Department. The Department has received and utilized research funds of about Rs. 271 lakhs. There are 3 ongoing research projects and 28 Ph.D. students in the Department.
Dr.Shyla Joseph is the current Head of the Department.
Dr. Shyla Joseph MSc, MPhil, PhD
Dr. Georgi P. Daniel MSc, PhD
Mr. K. Thomaskutty MSc, MPhil
Dr. Jijimon K. Thomas MSc, MPhil, PhD , MInstP (London)
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Dr. Sam Solomon MSc PhD
Dr. I. Hubert Joe MSc. MPhil. Ph.D
Dr. Daizy Philip MSc., M.Phil., Ph.D
Dr. Annamma John MSc, MPhil, PhD
Dr. John Jacob MSc, PhD
Ms. Silpa Satheesh B.
Dr. K. S. Mathew MSc, MPhil, PhD
Dr. Benny George MSc, MPhil, PhD
Prof. A. V. Varkey
Prof. A. J. Jacob
Prof. P. V. Vareed
Prof. P. K. John
Prof. Mr. Michael D?Souza
Prof. Zachariah Mathew
Prof. N. Viswanantha Pillai
Prof. M. J. Cleetus
Prof. Earnest Stephen
Prof. V.V. Abraham
Prof. P. V. Ramaswamy Iyer
Prof. E. J. Jacob
Prof. Thomas P. George
Prof. M. K. George
Prof. K. M. Varghese
Prof. T. I. Mathai
Prof. P. A. Alexander
Prof. Thomas P. Thomas
Prof. P. S. Sebastian Kunju
Prof. P. J. Thomas Kutty
Prof. Mich Stanley
Prof. Yohannan Pappan
Mr. Varghese P. Abraham
Prof. Mathew Varghese
Prof. Thomas Samuel
Prof. P.N.Easwaran Nampoothiri
Prof. Jacob Sebastian
Dr. P.V. Thomas, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Mr. Y. George, M.Sc, M.Phil., B.Ed.
Dr. V.S. Jayakumar,M.Sc.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.
Mrs. P.V. Sicilykutty, M.Sc., M.Phil.
Mr. Y. Mathew, M.Sc., M.Phil[
Mrs Aleyamma Philip, M.Sc., M.Phil., B.Ed
Mrs. Leelamma T. Alexander, M.Sc., M.Phil
The Department has 3 Major Projects funded by DST-SERB, KSCSTE and CSIR. Departmental projects funded by DST-FIST; DBT, ICSSR, etc have received total grants of Rs. 49 Lakhs.
The UG students work on their projects at VSSC
The students go on study tours accompanied by the Faculty to Koodamkulam Nuclear power plant and the Radio Astronomy Centre, Ooty.