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Department of Physics
Department of Physics
  • Introduction
  • Striking Features
  • Staff Members
  • Career Options
  • Activities
  • Student Achievements
  • Staff Achievements
  • Photo Gallery
“All science is either physics or stamp collecting.” - Ernest Rutherford.

Physics is the foundation of many important disciplines and contributes directly to others. Chemical science deals with the interactions of atoms and molecules and hence rooted in atomic and molecular physics. Most branches of engineering are applied physics. Even in medical sciences, the latest diagnosis of ailments via imaging techniques, laser surgery etc., is based on physics. In architecture, physics is at the heart of structural stability, and is involved in the acoustics, heating, lighting, and cooling of buildings. Parts of geology rely heavily on physics, such as radioactive dating of rocks, earthquake analysis, and heat transfer in the Earth. Some disciplines, such as biophysics and geophysics, are hybrids of physics and other disciplines.
  • Physics Department was established in 1961.
  • Degree courses offered: Physics-6 unit in 1981, M.Sc. by paper in 1987, M Sc by Research in 1998 and Ph D in physics from 2008 onwards.
  • Physics department provides high quality undergraduate teaching embedded in a postgraduate and research environment.
  • The department offers modern and flexible teaching with considerable emphasis on practical training and development of analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • The department has State of the Art Physics Laboratories and dedicated computer laboratory for Physics experiments for UG and PG students.
  • The department has Recognized Crystal Growth Laboratory for research. It is well equipped with high-end research facilities like Vertical Directional Solidification Technique, Metallurgical microscopes with CCD interface, FTIR, Micro-hardness measurement facility, Image analysis software, Tubular furnace, Liquid nitrogen immersed cryostat, Vacuum evaporation thin film deposition system with advanced instruments for characterization, etc.
  • The faculties are actively involved in major and minor research projects offered by various research institutions.
  • Frequently arranges educational visits to research institutes and industries.
  • Organizes seminars and public lectures by eminent scientists and academicians.
  • Conducts seminar sessions by students.
  • Conducts Performance Improvement Programme (PIP) for students.
  • Has excellent Departmental Library and collection of e-books.
  • Has active research Collaboration with faculties from national institutes such as IIT, UM-DAE CBS, BARC.etc
  • Prof. Praveen S MoreProf. Praveen S MoreAssistant Professor,
    Head of Department
  • Prof. B.G. AroteProf. Bhanudas G AroteAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Tushima BasakDr. (Ms.)Tushima BasakAssistant Professor
  • Prof. Karthikeyan SubbuProf. Karthikeyan
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr.(Ms.) Nidhi ThakurDr. (Ms.) Nidhi ThakurAssistant Professor
  • Prof. Praveen S MoreProf. Praveen S MoreAssistant Professor,
    Head of Department
  • Prof. B.G. AroteProf. Bhanudas G AroteAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Tushima BasakDr. (Ms.)Tushima BasakAssistant Professor
  • Prof. Karthikeyan SubbuProf. Karthikeyan
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr.(Ms.) Nidhi ThakurDr. (Ms.) Nidhi ThakurAssistant Professor
Physics prepares you for careers as scientists, theoretical physicists, aeronautical engineers, teachers; in nautical sciences, telecommunication systems, defense forces and more.

A post-graduate /graduate with Physics can opt for one of the following careers:
  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Scientist/scientific assistant in national research institutes like BARC, ISRO, RRCAT, IIT’s, IISc, IPR, IPL, PRL, HRI, RRI, IUCAA, SAMEER, etc.
  • Scientific officers in defence institutes like DRDO, DRDL, etc.
  • Communication systems and telecommunications.
  • Technical assistants in various institutes in PSU and national institutes.
  • Banking sector.
  • PSU’s like ONGC, IOL, BPCL, HPCL, BHEL, NPCIL, etc.
  • Systems developer and software engineers.
  • Computer system analysts.
  • Teaching profession for highly motivated and interested souls.
  • KPOs and BPOs.
  • The Department of Physics organized a visit to TIFR for SYBSc and TYBSc students during the academic year 2016-17.
  • A guest lecture on “Nuclear Medicine” was organized  by Physics department. The resource person was Dr. G.H.Tilve, from Seth G S Medical College & K.E.M Hospital. It was conducted in the Physics department on Saturday, 2nd December 2016 at 11.15 am. This lecture was intended to make our students aware of the currents applications of Nuclear Physics in medical field and carrier opportunities in this field.       
  • Dr. G.H.Tilve  is working at Seth G S Medical College & K.E.M Hospital, Parel, Mumbai-12. He was Ex-Head of Department of Nuclear Medicine. Using PowerPoint presentation, he explained how Nuclear Medicine utilizes radioactive Isotopes for the investigation and treatment. He also explained how Thyroid gland needs Iodine for manufacturing Thyroxin. He also emphasized on how radioactive Iodine can be used for treatment of hyper functioning gland and also for cancer of thyroid gland. 
  • Seventy Six Students from science subjects and faculty members of our College attended the lecture. The interaction of faculty members and students with Dr. Tilve, clarified various doubts related to nuclear medicine.
  • A  Seminar was organized by Department of Physics on 06.01.2017 at  10:30 am in the Department of Physics, Mithibai College
  • The Department of Physics had invited Dr. S. Kailas, F.A.Sc, F.N.A.Sc, Raja Ramanna Fellow, an eminent scientist and renowned academician in the field of sciences to deliver a seminar in the field of Nuclear and Atomic Energy to undergraduate and postgraduate students (as part of their co-curricular activity). The lecture titled “ROLE OF ATOMIC ENERGY IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT”  was aimed to enlighten the faculty as well as students of the undergraduate (F.Y.B.Sc, S.Y.B.Sc and T.Y.B.Sc) and post-graduate (M.Sc - I and II) classes about the role of Atomic Energy in national development. Dr. Kailas is currently Raja Ramanna Fellow at BARC, Mumbai and Senior Scientist at UM-DAE CBS. He was formerly Director of Physics Group at BARC. Dr. Kailas has been President of Indian Physics Association, Chairman of Basic Sciences Committee, BRNS, Chairman, Programme Advisory Committee, DST, and Member, Scientific Advisory Committee VECC and RRCAT and Institute of Physics Council.
  • In recognition of his scientific contributions, Dr. Kailas has been elected as Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (2013), Indian Academy of science (1995), Institute of Physics (UK) (2010), Maharashtra Academy of Science (2011) and Tamilnadu Academy of Science (2010). He has been a recepient of Sir C.V.Raman medal in Physical Sciences from the Indian Science Congress Association(2012), Indian Nuclear Society award for Radiation science/technology (2007), and DAE Group Achievement award (2011).
  • Dr. Kailas pointed to the well-known role of the Department of Atomic Energy in facilitating the use of nuclear power and in strengthening safety in the operations of nuclear facilities and in waste management. He presented the roadmap of how India had developed a strong indigenous capacity in the field of nuclear power and made a broad based effort to bring the wide range of nuclear technologies into daily use in the cause of sustainable development. He reiterated the need of nuclear power to avoid the dependence for energy solely on fossil fuels. He mentioned the use of atomic energy to improve and expedite food production, and make agriculture sustainable during a long period of time. He demonstrated the widespread use of atomic energy in the environmental field, where it is added to tracers to detect and analyze pollutants.
  • The lecture was attended by more than 125 teachers and students of Mithibai college and other reputed colleges in Mumbai.
  • The Physics Department organized their annual Technical fest “Einsteinium 99” on 6 and 7 January 2017.
  • This year Einsteinium 99 was inaugurated and addressed by the eminent Nuclear Physicist, Dr. S Kailas, Ex-Director of Physics Group, BARC and currently Raja Ramanna Fellow at BARC. 
  • The prominent exhibits in Es-99 which gathered lot of attention during the fest were Voice controlled automated robots, 3D printer, GSM based irrigation system, Liquid Nitrogen Show, etc. 
  • Visitors highly appreciated the exhibits and were very satisfied with the experience and the explanation offered by the students.  
  • Students from colleges, like R.D National, Bhavans, Patkar, Jhunjunwalla, M.J.College, MPSPS College, etc. participated in the fest. On the whole, we had a participation of more than 114 students.
  • Professor R. Nagarajan (Emeritus Professor from TIFR & Senior Scientist at UM DAE CBS), Principal Dr. Rajpal Shripat Hande and Professor Arjun Birajdar were the guests of honour for the valedictory and prize distribution ceremony. Prof R. Nagarajan interacted with the students and gave lots of suggestions for future demonstrations. Students were highly motivated with the experimental demonstration showed by Professor R. Nagarajan. 
  • The Physics Department organized the following pre events of annual Technical fest “Einsteinium 99”:
a) Midenikó: Puzzle solving competition on 3 Jan, 2017
b) Quizzinga..?? : The quiz competition on 3 Jan, 2017
c) Papyrus: Poster presentation competition on 4 Jan 2017
d) The Untold Saga: The oration of lesser known anecdotes, stories & facts to share about scientists, Inventors & Philosophers on 4 Jan 2017
  • Physics Department organized a seminar on “Role of Atomic Energy in National Development” on 6 January 2017. The Resource person was Dr. S Kailas, (F.N.A, F.N.A.Sc, Senior Scientist at UM DAE CBS and Raja Ramanna Fellow at BARC).  The lecture was attended by more than 125 teachers and students of Mithibai College and other reputed colleges in Mumbai.
“Einsteinium  99 – An Element of Physics”

The Department of Physics had arranged its annual inter-collegiate Technical Fest “Einsteinium 99 – An Element of Physics” on 18.12.2015 – 19.12.2015. The Fest was open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students of all colleges in Mumbai. It was inaugurated and addressed by the eminent astronomer and renowned academician, Dr. Mayank Vahia (Scientist and Senior Professor at TIFR and National Co-ordinator, Indian Astronomy Olympiad Programme). The exhibition was based on experimental and applied Physics at advanced level. Each exhibit/experiment was presented by one or two students (as the case required). Students from three different colleges participated in the event. A list of exhibits/experiments presented is given below.
  1. Voice controlled Robot               
  2. Plasma globe               
  3. Plasma Plate               
  4. Applications of Stroboscope.               
  5. Jacob’s ladder (using Induction/Rumkorff coil)               
  6. Van de Graff Generator               
  7. The wonder of Interference – Moire pattern.               
  8. Total internal reflection               
  9. Efficient power saver for tunnel lighting.               
  10. 3D Hologram.               
  11. Eddy current effect.               
  12. Hand boiler.               
  13. Ruben’s tube.               
  14. Privacy Monitor.               
  15. Coloured Shadow               
  16. Flipping top               
  17. Hydraulics               
  18. Clap Switch               
  19. Luggage Safety Alarm               
  20. Stirling Engine.               
  21. Infinity Mirror.               
  22. Visualization of Magnetic flux lines on PC.               
  23. POV               
  24. Logic Level Indicator.               
  25. Radar System.               
  26. Home Automation.               
  27. LED cube.               
  28. Demonstration of diamagnetism of water.               
  29. Solar controlled automatic watering system.               
  30. Fiber optics.               
  31. Computer interfacing.               
  32. Quiz Board.               
  33. Number guessing game.               
  34. Singing bowl, musical system.               
  35. Digital piano.               
  36. Digital game.               
  37. Slinky.               
  38. Remote controlled skate board.               
  39. Gyroscope.               
  40. Mechanics.               
  41. Looping pendulum.
Inter-Collegiate Quiz (Oral and Written) and Poster Competition

The Department of Physics had organized an intercollegiate oral and written quiz competition as well as poster competition on 14.12.2015. The competition was open to students of both Junior as well as Degree Colleges. The theme for the oral and written quiz was ‘Science and General Knowledge’. Students in groups of two were allowed to participate in the oral quiz competition. Overall 9 groups participated in the oral quiz competition. The group representing S.Y.B.Sc, Mithibai College won this competition.

The oral quiz was followed by a written quiz competition where students had to participate individually. There were 4 rounds in the written quiz competition with increasing hierarchy in complexity of questions. 23 students participated overall in the written quiz competition. The competition was won by an F.Y.J.C student of Mithibai College.

The written quiz was followed by poster competition wherein students had to present some innovative idea. One of the groups from F.Y.B.Sc, Mithibai College won this competition.

The winners were announced on 14.12.2015 and prize distribution was held at Department of Physics, Mithibai College on 19.12.2015.
Report of Public Lecture

Title of Talk: INDIA IN SPACE
Speaker: Dr. Mayank Vahia (Eminent Scientist and Professor, TIFR and National

               Co-ordinator, Indian Astronomy Olympiad Programme)

Date: 18.12.2015

Time: 11:00 am

Venue: Juhu Jagruti Hall, 1st Floor, Mithibai College

  The Department of Physics had invited Dr. Mayank Vahia, an eminent scientist and renowned academician in the field of sciences to deliver a public lecture in the field of Astrophysics.       Dr. Vahia is a renowned Astronomer and Senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He is the National Co-ordinator of Indian Astronomy Olympiad Programme. He is also an active member of International Astronomical Union. Dr. Vahia has participated in experiments such as Anuradha that was flown on the Space Shuttle in 1985 and Indian X-ray Astronomy Payload that was flown on an Indian Satellite in 1996. He has also participated in the Solar X-ray Spectroscopy Experiment that was launched on India's GSAT 2 satellite in 2003. Dr. Vahia is now involved with the ASTROSAT, India's most ambitious multi wavelength astronomy satellite.

Dr. Vahia’s Public Lecture was aimed to enlighten the faculty as well as students of the undergraduate (F.Y.B.Sc, S.Y.B.Sc and T.Y.B.Sc) and post-graduate (M.Sc - I and II) classes about the contribution made by India in the field of Space and Technology and the future expectations from budding researchers/students of our country.

Dr. Vahia spoke about the journey made by India in Space, beginning from its first rocket launch on 21.11.1963 from Thumba to its most recent launch of ASTROSAT from Sriharikota.   He described the PSLV’s launch sequence in minute detail, the design of various orbits, characteristic differences and applications of PSLV and GSLV, the INSAT family, Chandrayan and Mangalyan. Dr. Vahia also elucidated the need for Chandrayan and Mangalyan in great detail and explained the striking successes of these missions over all the satellites launched by NASA to moon and Mars till date.

The lecture was attended by more than 100 students and teachers of Mithibai college and other reputed colleges in Mumbai.
  • T.Y.B.Sc student, Arjun Iyer, received 5 awards in prize distribution of Mithibai College. 
  • TYBSc Sem-V, Mr Arjun Iyer scored 98.87% marks.
  • Ms. Anamika Dubey secured 7th Rank in T.Y.B.Sc. exam with 83%.
  • Ms. Anamika Dubey was shortlisted for final interview for Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D at IUCAA.
  • T.Y.B.Sc student, Mr. Yaksh Popat, completed successfully a summer course  on “Experimental Physics” organized by HBCSE-TIFR.
  • F.Y.B.Sc. students participated in National Seminar on “Understanding the Great Scientific Institutions in India - DRDO”.
  • Mr. Yaksh Popat secured 92.4 % at T.Y B.Sc. Semester-V, University examination- October 2014.

Prof.Pravin S. More (Head and Assistant)

  • Completed training programme on “Physics Education Research “at HBCSE. Mumbai 
  • Presented research paper at a National Seminar on “Recent Trends in Science and Technology” organized by SSR college Silvasa.
  • Participated and presented a research paper on “The effect of controlled vibrations on bulk crystal growth of GaInSb ternary semiconductors: Growth by VDS technique” at a national conference on New frontiers in Chemistry- from fundamentals to applications, at Bits Pilani campus  K K Birla Goa campus, on January 28 -29, 2017
  • Convener for Inter-University “Avishkar-2014” Workshop conducted at Mithibai College.(4th July 2014)
  • Received Minor research project Design of Vertical Bridgman crystal grower with controlled dynamic   vibrations for crystal growth of  III-V ternary semiconductor  from BCUD,MumbaiUniversity.(Sanction amount : 36500/-
  • Participated in workshop on revised syllabus of F.Y.B.Sc organised by V.G.vaze college, Mulund.(9/04/2015)
  • Participated in Refresher course on “Nano Science and technology” at  ASC Mumbai (9/12/14 to 30/12/14)
  • Participated in National Seminar on “Experiments with PHOENIX” jointly organized by Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi and University of Mumbai.(19-29 September,2013
  • Participated in workshop on revised syllabus of T.Y.B.Sc(Electronic Instrumentation) organised by V.G.Vaze college, Mulund.(22/02/2013)
  • Participated in workshop on “ Effective Implementation of ceredit based system for M.Sc-II” organised by K.J.SomyaCollege,Vidyavihar, Mumbai (10th July, 2013)
  • Participated in workshop on “The credit based system for second year Physics course”  at R.D National college, Bandra(W),Mumbai, organised by board of studied in Physics, University of Mumbai.(23rd June 2012)

Prof.Bhanudas G. Arote

  • Conducted a lecture to guide students in preparation of NET, SET and GATE examination.
  • Recognized as a Post Graduate teacher by the University of Mumbai. 
  • Was Center Coordinator for NGPE examination and conducted the National Graduate Entrance Test , which was held on 22/01/2017 in Mithibai College.
  • Participated in two days workshop on "Application of Software in statistical Analysis" at NSS college of commerce, Tardeo Road, Mumbai on December 19-20, 2014.
  • Participated in Inter-University “Avishkar-2014” Workshop.

Dr.(Ms.)Tushima S. Basak

Achievement for academic year 2016-2017

  • Participated in seminar on “Latest Trends in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Technologies “at NMIMS’s MPSTME.Attended a one day workshop on “Recent trends in Nuclear Physics” at VES College, Chembur on 4 January 2017.

Prof.Karthikeyan Subbu

Achievement for Academic Year 2014-2015
(1) Participated in Sixtieth Refresher Course in Experimental Physics, organized by University of Mumbai, from 3 to 18 June 2014.
(2 )Participated in Inter-University “Avishkar-2014” Workshop.

Achievement for Academic Year 2013-2014
(1) Presented a paper titled “Magnetodielectric effect in multiferroicBa(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3/BaFe12O19/PVDF composite” at International Conference on Magnetic Materials and Applications (MAGMA-2013) at IIT-Guwahati.
(2) Participated in National Seminar on “Experiments with PHOENIX” jointly organized by  Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi and University of Mumbai.
(3) Presented a paper titled “Low cost Lock in amplifier system.” in Manshodhan IV.
(4) Invited as Visiting Faculty for conducting M.Sc. lectures at P.G. Center, Bhavans College.
(5) Invited as a resource person and delivered a talk on “Fascinating world of Robotics” in Short-term Training Program for Teachers (STTP) in K.C. College (Thane) on behalf of ACRET.
(6) Invited as resource person by ACRET for conducting workshop on "Matlab" at Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra on 29th September, 2nd October & 6th October.
(7) Participated in National Science day Celebration (Open Day) organized by Department of Physics, University of Mumbai.