University of Calcutta


Welcome to Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics

The Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics was established in 1949 as a post-graduate teaching and research department of the University of Calcutta. Late Professor S.K.Mitra, D.Sc, F.R.S., was the Head of the Institute and continued until his retirement in 1955.   In retrospect, it was in the year 1925 that the University of Calcutta introduced “wireless” as an elective subject for special study in its post-graduate course in Pure Physics and started at the same time a wireless laboratory for teaching and research in the fields of electron tubes and radio wave propagation in the upper atmosphere. Ever increasing applications of radio waves, especially on the eve of and during the World War II, and the rapid development of electronics as an important science by itself created a new situation. Inclusion of these developments was found impossible if the teaching and research activities in these subjects were to be confined within the necessarily limited scope allowed to them as a part of another post-graduate course. A large-scale expansion and re-organization became imperative. To meet this situation the university, in 1946, formulated a plan for the creation of a separate post-graduate department for Radio Physics and Electronics by pooling the then existing resources of the Wireless section of the Pure Physics department and the Communication Engineering section of the Applied Physics department. A visiting committee of the All India Council for Technical Education (A.I.C.T.E) approved this plan in 1947. Grants sanctioned by the Government of India on the recommen ...


Sisir Kumar Mitra, FRS

Discoverer of
Active Nitrogen Glow in Ionosphere

Author of
"The Upper Atmosphere"(1947)



The recommendation of the MHRD task force for Basic Scientific research in Universities as approved by the Government of India stated that " There is a need to create 10 networking centres in basic sciences (two centres each in Physical Science, Chemical Science, Life Science, Materials Science and Mathematical Science) in leading departments of Universities in different parts of the country to promote collaborative research, access to advanced facilities and imparting training in frontier areas. These centres should be supported on a long term basis in a substantial manner to ...


  • Prof. Abhirup Das Barman has been selected for Indo-Italian BILATERAL SIGNIFICANT PROJECT 2017
  • Prof. Debatosh Guha has been elected IEEE Fellow
  • B.Tech. 4th Semester students have produced a short film BISHORJON.
  • Miss Chandreyee Sarkar received INAE Innovative Student Project Award 2016
  • B.Tech. 3rd Semester Students secured 1st place in the Inter College extempore speech competition
  • Prof. Debatosh Guha has received 2016 Ram Lal Wadhwa Award