Physics Training and Talent Search - 2015

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PTTS 2016 will be held at Regional Institute of Education, Mysuru from December 9-24, 2016.

What is PTTS?


Physics Training and Talent Search - 2015 is a two week residential programme in December 2015 for students who are in the third year of B.Sc. (Physics).  The programme will be conducted at Kuvempu University, Shankaraghatta, Karnataka from December 17-30, 2015.


Aim of the programme 
  1. To train motivated students to understand and apply physics concepts at undergraduate level in   both theory and   experiments
  2. To provide a platform for motivated students to interact with peers and experts in the field

  3. To identify talented students and nurture them for a research career in Physics

The programme is modelled on the highly successful Mathematics Training  and Talent Search (MTTS) programme that has trained several mathematicians in India since 1993. For details visit .

Other similar programmes in Physics are the Advanced B.Sc. (Physics) Programme in Ahmedabad, the REAP programme in Bangalore [] and STIPAC: Summer Training in Physics and Chemistry at IGCAR, Kalpakkam. 
Coordinators of PTTS have been associated with the programmes at Ahmedabad and Kalpakkam.

We are thankful to the following organisations for their support to this programme:

Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore
Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi
National Academy of Sciences India, Allahabad
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-TCIS, Hyderabad


Details of the Programme

Structure of the PTTS Programme

Every working day, there will be two lectures of 90 minutes duration in the forenoon followed by two tutorial sessions of 90 minutes duration in the afternoon.   The schedule will also include experimental sessions. The courses will be as below:

Classical Physics
Quantum Mechanics
Experimental Physics

To bring students in contact with scientists, all the courses will be taught by faculty doing research at either universities or research institutes.  There will also be guest lectures on topics of current research. There will be a few sessions of star-gazing to introduce students to basic astronomy and the night sky. There will be a session on career prospects in physics and the path a student must follow to become a physicist.  

Methodology of training

Unlike in traditional lectures, in this programme classes will be interactive in nature.  Students will be asked questions, and will be encouraged to ask questions, in the lectures and will be asked to come to the blackboard to solve a problem or explain a concept during tutorials.  There will be an emphasis on clarifying students’ understanding of fundamental principles.  Assignments for the afternoon tutorials will include problems and discussion questions based on the topics discussed in the morning.  Students will be encouraged to discuss the solutions among themselves with the teacher playing more the role of a facilitator. An appropriate syllabus will be developed keeping in mind the college syllabus in different parts of the country.  The experimental physics course will be structured so as to make students think of how to propose and design an experiment, and to identify errors in obtaining and interpreting the data.  They will not be given a pre-designed experiment with instructions. The emphasis in both theory and experiments will be on training students to think independently. Motivated students will learn to enjoy doing physics.

Selection Process
  • About 30 students from all over India will be selected. 


  • The selection of students will be by a committee consisting of the coordinators. 

  • Students from colleges and smaller universities, who may benefit the most from the exposure to a programme such as PTTS, will be preferentially selected. 

  • Selection will be based on the performance in any standard examination such as the National Graduate Physics Examination (NGPE), NTSE, KVPY, academic performance at school and college level, teacher's recommendation, your responses in the application form, etc.

Teachers when giving recommendation letters are encouraged to assess the students for high motivation, analytic ability, how quick they are in understanding concepts, curiosity and eagerness to ask questions in class.

How to apply

Download the Application form here.

Please email the filled application form to or send it by speed post to the address in the form.
Download the Teacher's Reference form here.  

Your teacher should email the filled Reference form to or send it by speed post to the address in the form.
Last date for receiving the application (by email or speed post):

30 September, 2015
Extended up to 15 October, 2015.
(Selection of students may start from 01 October, 2015.)
Dates of the Programme
 17-30 December, 2015 
 Travel and accommodation

Students selected for participation will be provided to and fro Sleeper class train fare from residence/institution to Shankaraghatta. Free boarding and lodging will be provided at Kuvempu University.


Students successfully completing the programme will be given a certificate and resource materials such as books.


Kuvempu University, Shankaraghatta,  near Shimoga,  Karnataka
Names of Lecturers and Tutors

This will be announced later.  As mentioned above, the lecturers will all be active researchers thereby giving students an opportunity to interact with scientists.  Tutors will be Ph.D. students.

Contact details


Phone: +919449968098

Address for correspondence: 

Dr. Sudha Shenoy, 

Department of Physics, 

Kuvempu University,

Shankaraghatta 577451, Shimoga Dist., Karnataka