University of Calcutta

INSTITUTE OF RADIO PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS (IRPE)

UGC NETWORKING RESOURCE CENTRE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

The Summer School on Frontiers of Nano Materials, Structures and Devices (nanoMASTD-2012), June 20-July10, 2012

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 is continuing the program under UGC-NRC by holding seven schools each having 3- week duration since June 2008. The series of schools were conducted to give an intensive training in different areas of Physical Sciences. The present school was focused on imparting training in the areas of nanoelectronics. The targeted participants were University/College teachers, researchers and M. Tech students.

The aim and scope of the nanoMASTD-12 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 at different parts in India. The intending participants were asked to write a paragraph in the registration form regarding his/ her interest, field of teaching and research, if any, and also their motivation to undertake the course.

Inaugural Function

The registration of the candidates for the Summer School was held at 10.30 am on 23.05.2012 at the A.K.Choudhury Auditorium of the University. This was followed by the inaugural function. Prof. Susanta Sen, Ex Dean, Faculty of Technology, CU and Coordinator, CAS, IRPE, Prof. A.Maitra, HOD, IRPE, Prof. S.Kar, Prof. J.B.Roy and Dr. A. Biswas graced the occasion. Prof. A.Maitra introduced the participants to the long heritage of research and education in the University and faculty of technology. Dr. S.Sen described how the department was selected as the UGC-NRCPS and the proposed activities of the Networking Resource Centre. Prof. S. Kar delivered a motivating lecture to the participants. Dr. A.Biswas spoke on the purpose and utility of the Summer School TECHNOMICS. Finally, the course director, Dr. S.Pandit offered a vote of thanks.

Visits

All the participants and the course director made a one-day visit to CRNN, University of Calcutta which is about 3 kM away from the Department of Radio Physics and Electronics by a number of hired cars. Prof. S. Sen, Deputy Director joined us in the CRNN. Dr. A. Bhattacharya explained the clean room practice and showed MBE, TEM, SEM and other growth and characterization Laboratories. Dr. S. Bandyopadhyay, Department of Physics, CU explained the SQUID system for magnetic measurement of different samples at various temperatures down to 10K.

Feedback from Participants

Various questionnaire form was distributed amongst all the registered participants inviting comments about course content, choice of speakers, method of presentation, whether the course material would be helpful for their research and/or development of curriculum in UG/PG levels, visits at CRNN, 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, food, accommodations, etc. Also in the valedictory session all the participants are asked to give suggestions regarding the school. The participants were fully satisfied with the Lectures and Practical sessions organized in summer school as evidenced by their feedback response. Some participants suggested to organize a similar school in future focused on nano-electronics in the valedictory session.

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Selection of Candidates

The submitted registration forms were examined and a list of selected candidates were published on the website to enable them to book for 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. Twenty one (21) participants from various regions of our country attended in the school – 13 were outsiders and 8 were from the University of Calcutta as indicated in the Table. Four (4) candidates belonging to the SC community attended the school.