(Selection of students may start from 01 October, 2015.)
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
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 www.mtts.org.in .
Other similar programmes in Physics are the Advanced B.Sc. (Physics) Programme in Ahmedabad, the REAP programme in Bangalore [http://taralaya.org/reap-overview.php] 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
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or send it by speed post to the address in the form.
Last date for receiving the application (by email or speed post):
Extended up to 15 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.
Address for correspondence:
Dr. Sudha Shenoy,
Department of Physics,
Shankaraghatta 577451, Shimoga Dist., Karnataka