School of Physical Sciences
The School of Physical Sciences (SPS) has recently shifted to a new building in the main academic complex of JNU, next to the Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, behind the School of Life Sciences.
The School of Physical Sciences is one of the leading departments of India in terms of research and teaching in physical sciences. The SPS faculty has made significant contributions to novel interdisciplinary areas interfacing physics, chemistry and mathematics, in addition to the more traditional areas of physics. The School has well-developed computing facilities and well-equipped laboratories. The research emphasis is on topics of Chemical Physics, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Disordered Systems, Granular Materials, Mathematical Physics, Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Probability Measure, Quantum Chaos, Quantum Optics, Statistical Nuclear Physics, and String Theory. Experimental areas include Complex Fluids, Supra-molecular Chemistry, Materials Science, Superconductivity, Magnetism, Nonlinear Optics, Semiconductors, Polymers and Nanoparticle Physics, and Ultrafast Photophysical Processes in Bio and Nano-materials.
The research and teaching contributions of SPS have been acknowledged in many ways. The SPS graduates (Pre-Ph.D./Ph.D. and M.Sc.) have found subsequent positions with great ease. Many of the faculty members are frequent speakers at national and international conferences. The faculty and students regularly publish research papers in the best international journals. Some faculty members have received prestigious national awards and been elected fellows of important scientific academies. The UGC has recognized the research excellence of SPS by granting it the DRS (Phase I) scheme in 1994. This was upgraded to DRS (Phase II) in 1999, and DRS (Phase III) in 2004. The DRS activity was further augmented by the UGC-COSIST scheme for the period 2000-2004. Apart from the UGC support, SPS also received major funding from the DST under the FIST program in 2002, and again in 2007. It is also worth mentioning that SPS faculty members have attracted considerable individual support through research projects from DST, DBT, CSIR, etc.,
SPS is a standard stopping point for many renowned physicists from all over the world and a vigorous seminar program is one of the most valued features of the departmental life. Before proceeding to present detailed facts about the School, it is relevant to remark on the SPS milieu. SPS is a particularly democratic school, with vigorous debate on all matters – academic or otherwise. There has never been a strong hierarchical structure in SPS, with the result that faculty, students and staff have all been involved in most decision-making processes. This process has continually energized the School and resulted in a progressive and close-knit department.
The School offers a Ph.D. (Physical Sciences/Chemical Sciences/Mathematical Sciences) and an M.Sc. (Physics) degree programme.