University of Calcutta

INSTITUTE OF RADIO PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS (IRPE)

UGC NETWORKING RESOURCE CENTRE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

the Summer School on Physics of Semiconductor Nanostructures (SemiNano - 2008)

About The School

As a UGC-NRC, the Centre is to conduct 10 Summer/Winter Schools in 5 years, and to give training to UG, PG students, researchers, postdoctoral workers and faculties of Universities and college to conduct research, develop learning resources, allowing the participants to share the infrastructure, equipment, library, internet and all other facilities. INRAPHEL decided to initiate the program under UGC-NRC by holding a 3 week summer school entitled ”Physics of Semiconductor Nanostructures” (SemiNano 2008) to give an in depth training on Semiconductor Materials, Devices and Nanostructures. The targeted participants are University/College teachers, researchers and M. Tech students. The aim and scope of the Summer School was detailed in a poster displayed in the Institute’s website (www.irpel.org), in which the registration form was included for intending participants for online registration. The printed poster and its soft copies were sent by post and e-mail to more than 100 institutions in India. The intending participants were asked to write a few lines in the registration form how they are involved in teaching and research in the topic of school and their motivation to undertake the course.

Inaugural Function

The inauguration of the Summer School was held at 10 AM on June 2, 2008 at the Meghnad Saha auditorium of the University with Professor Suranjan Das, the Vice Chancellor of the University, as the President. Professor Debes Das, the Minister-in-Charge of Information Technology, Govt of West Bengal, delivered the inaugural address. Prof. D. J. Chattopadhyay, the Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) of the University spoke about the initiatives taken by the Nanofabrication Centre of the University with support from MHRD. Professor Susanta Sen (Dean, Faculty of Technology) introduced the participants to the long heritage of research and education in the University and faculty of technology. Professor Goutam Ghosh, Head of the Department, gave the introductory address narrating the achievements of the department and Professor P. K. Basu, CAS Coordinator, described how the department was selected as the UGC-NRC and what the proposed activities of the NRC are. Dr. D. Guha offered a vote of thanks.

Visits

All the participants, some of the faculties and M. Tech students participating in the school made a one-day visit to the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, where the scientists showed the visitors their growth, fabrication and characterization facilities.
These include the following:

  1. Molecular Beam Epitaxy for Si based Quantum Structures;
  2. Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy;
  3. X-ray diffractometer;
  4. Dektak set-up;
  5. TEM and SQUIDs;
  6. Ion Implantation facility.

Feedback from Participants

A carefully prepared questionnaire form was distributed amongst all the participants inviting comments about course content, method of presentation, choice of speakers, whether the course material would be helpful for their research and/or development of curriculum in UG/PG levels, overall performance of the school and whether they would encourage their colleagues and students to visit the UGC-NRC in INRAPHEL. Questions were also asked about the hall management, distribution of notes, access to other facilities, etc.
The participants were highly satisfied with the activities of the school and the method of distribution of learning resources. The balance between theory and lab work, in their opinion, was right. Some participants however expected more lab exposure, assignment of brief but research oriented problems and seminar by participants. A few suggested that a more focused topic could be chosen.

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Selection of Candidates

The submitted registration forms were examined and a list of selected fellows was published in the website to enable them to reserve train/air tickets. Due consideration was given to select participants from all over India and to give preference to candidates from North Eastern regions. The following Table may provide an idea how the objective was fulfilled.