University of Calcutta

INSTITUTE OF RADIO PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS (IRPE)

UGC NETWORKING RESOURCE CENTRE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

UGC NETWORKING RESOURCE CENTRE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

The University Grants Commission initiated the Networking Resource Centre (NRC) program in the year 2006. It was planned to establish 10 Networking Centres (2 each in 5 of the areas of Physical Science, Chemical Science, Life Science, Mathematical Science and Material Science) throughout the country and an Empowered Committee was set up to select the centres. Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics was selected as the first Networking Resource Centre in Physical Sciences (NRCPS) with the following mandates:

  1. To help faculty and research scholars to do research, give them training and help them to develop their skill, through periodic discussions, workshop and summer/winter schools.
  2. To engage in capacity building by adopting faculty and departments for augmenting their research skills and to mentor them.
  3. To host researchers from other institutes/ universities and facilitate their research to carry out key experiments in our Centre.
  4. To augment information resource facility of the department to provide quality research information to other institutes/researches.
  5. To enhance and build state-of-the art in-house research infrastructure and other research facilities in the department

In addition to the above, the Institute proposed to organize outreach programs of typically i-week duration once every year, in the North-Eastern ststes of the country. The proposal was approved by the Empowered Committee.

The NRCPS of the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta started the Journey from April 2008.

ACTIVITIES

SUMMER/ WINTER SCHOOL
SL TITLE DATES AREA PROGRAM DETAILS
1 Summer School on Physics of Semiconductor Structures (Seminano) June 2-20, 2008 Semiconductors Program Details
2 Winter School on Broadband Microwave Systems and Communication (MiSCom-2009)Physics Feb 9-27, 2009 Microwaves & Communication Program Details
3 Summer School on Physics and Simulation Techniques for Nanoscale Electronic Devices (NanoDev2009) June 1-19, 2009 Devices, Nanotechnology, VLSI Program Details
4 Winter School on DSP Algorithms, Architecture and Applications (DSPA++-2010) Jan 4-22, 2010 Signal Processing, Communication Program Details
5 Summer School on Photonics : Systems, Modeling Approach and Recent Trends (PhotoSmart-2010) June 2-20, 2010 Photonics Program Details
6 Winter School on Semiconductor Fabrication and Characterization Techniques (FABTech-2011) Feb 14-Mar 4, 2011 Materials Science & Technology Program Details
7 Summer School on Techniques for Design, Fabrication and Computation of Integrated Circuits May 23- June 13, 2012 VLSI Program Details
8 Summer School on Frontiers of Nano Materials, Structures and Devices (nanoMASTD-2012) June 20- July 10, 2012 Materials Science & Technology Program Details
9 Winter School on Physics and Technology of Sensors (PHYTSENS-2012) Nov 21- Dec 11, 2012 System Science & Technology Program Details
10 Winter School on Remote Sensing of the Earth’s Atmosphere and Space Weather (REMATSPACE-2013) Mar 4-22, 2013 Space Science Program Details
11 Summer School on VLSI Design and Microelectronics (VCOMM) Mar 28- Apr 16, 2016 Electronic and Communication Program Details
OUTREACH PROGRAMS
SL TITLE DATES VENUE PROGRAM DETAILS
1 3-day workshop on Frontiers of Electronics & Communication Aug. 7-9, 2009 NERIST, Arunachal Pradesh Program Details
2 Advances in Electronics, Communication and Information Technology(AECI-2011) March 21-26, 2011 Mizoram University, Mizoram Program Details
3 Workshop on Advances in Photonic, Electronic and Communication Systems (APECS-2012) Jan 23-27, 2012 Tezpur University, Assam Program Details
4 Workshop on Communication and Information Technology and Devices for Electronics (CITADEL-2013) Mar 18-22, 2013 Sikkim Manipal University of Technology, Sikkim Program Details
5 Workshop on Advance in Semiconductors, Communication, Electronics and Nanotechnology (ASCENT) May 26-30, 2014 NIT Arunachal Program Details
6 Workshop on Photonics, Electronics, Nanotechnology Integrated Circuits and Systems (PHOENICS) Feb 29-Mar 4, 2016 Tripura Central University Program Details
SEMINARS/ CONFERENCE
SL TITLE DATES PROGRAM DETAILS
1 One day Seminar: M.K.Dasgupta Memorial Seminar(International Year of Astronomy) Sept 1, 2009 Program Details
2 One day workshop on Photonic Devices and Systems for Long and Mid Infrared Ranges Dec 13, 2009 Program Details
3 Workshop on Future Generation ICT and its Standards Dec 14-16, 2009 Program Details
4 International Conference on Computers & Devices for Communication (CODEC-09) Dec 14-16, 2009 Program Details
5 International Conference on Applied ElectroMagnetic Conference (AEMC-09) Dec. 14-16, 2009 Program Details
6 India Antenna Week May 31-June 4, 2010 Program Details
7 Bhar Seminar on Atmospheric Sciences(BHARSA) Oct. 5-6, 2010 Program Details
8 National Workshop on Atmospheric and Space Sciences (NWASS 2010) Nov. 23-24, 2010 Program Details
9 J.N.Bhar Birth Centenary Lectures Feb. 10, 2011 Program Details
10 2011 IEEE Applied Electromagnetic Conference & 2011 Indian Antenna Week Dec. 18-22, 2011 Program Details
11 Indian Antenna Week Workshop on Advanced Antenna Technology May 27-31, 2012 Program Details
12 2-day workshop on Nanotechnology: Fabrication & Characterization Techniques (Nanofact) June 13-14, 2008 Program Details
13 Antenna and Microwave Teaching: New Thoughts and Challenges June 13-17, 2011 Program Details
14 Pre-conference workshop on Advances in Photonics, Electronics and Communication Systems (APECS 2012) of CODEC-2012 Dec. 16, 2012 Program Details
15 International Conference on Computers & Devices for Communication (CODEC-2012) Dec.17-19, 2012 Program Details
16 Workshop on Application of Simulators in Photonics, Electronics and Communication Technology(ASPECT-2013)Track 1: Photonics and Devices | Track 2: Electronic Systems Mar. 11-15, 2013 Program Details
PROGRAM WITH ADOPTED COLLEGE
SL TITLE DATES VENUE PROGRAM DETAILS
1 Teaching of Electronics in Colleges Nov. 6-8, 2009 Scottish Church College Program Details
2 Quantum and Statistical Mechanics QSM 2010 May 24, 2010 Onwards IRPE University of Calcutta Program Details
3 Quantum and Statistical Mechanics QSM 2011 March 15, 2011 IRPE University of Calcutta Program Details
VISITING SCHOLARS
SL TITLE PERIOD DETAILS
1 Visiting Scholars 2008-2014 Details

FACILITIES

EQUIPMENT:

  1. Capacitance voltage measurement: Electrical characterization of materials and devices
  2. Dual Monochromatic: Optical characterization of materials and devices
  3. 2 stack, 2 zone furnace: Diffusion /Oxidation/Annealing
  4. 0.5 T Rare Earth Magnet: Hall Effect measurement
  5. Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) System: Deposition of semiconductor metallic and dielectric Thin films
  6. Micro Rain Radar: 2 Rain Drop Size measurement
  7. Signal Generator with modulation units & Signal Analyzer with educational software
  8. Measuring Instrument, Spectrum Analyzer, Oscilloscope
  9. Spartan III based DSP in VLSI Photoboard
  10. Optical Fiber Training Kit
  11. TMS 320 DSP kit: for read time execution of DSP Algorithms
  12. Microwave Components: Waveguides, horn antennas
  13. Optical Mounting Components
  14. Computational Machines: Computer terminals, Servers
  15. SOFTWARE:

  16. Electromagnetic full wave Solver: To analyse microwave passive circuit and devices and components: Simulation of electron device and circuits: Ansoft HFSS
  17. Process and device simulation of package, Simulation of electron devices and circuits: TCAD Package from Silvaco
  18. Simulation of the electrical, optical, and thermal behavior of semiconductor devices: ATLAS Framework
  19. Simulation of Opto Electronic Devices and Optical communications system: Optisim V5.1.
  20. VLSI Design: Mentor Graphics
  21. Multipurpose Physics based Simulation software: COMSOL
  22. Circuit Simulator - Tanner Software
  23. Computational software –Labview, Matlab

ABOUT US

The Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, a department of Calcutta University, was established in 1949. It was the first University department to teach and conduct research in Electronics, Communication, Computers, and all branches of Radio Science. Under the direction of the great visionary Prof. Sisir Kumar Mitra, FRS, the founder of this Institute and the dynamic leadership of Prof. Jatindra Nath Bhar, the Institute earned the status of Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in Radio Physics and Electronics (RPE) from the UGC in 1963. Thus, it is perhaps the only department under the Special Assistance Program (SAP) of the UGC, which is enjoying the CAS status uninterrupted for more than 50 years.

During this period the Institute did many pioneering work in the field of Radio Science in India, e.g., development of the first valve C80, magnetron, first analog computer, recording of ionosonde, fabrication of Gunn oscillators. Later, research work carried out in the Centre on semiconductors, including quantum nanostructures, microwaves, devices, communication, computers and system science, earned international acclaim.

The Institute had been offering the post-B.Sc. 3-year B.Tech. degrees in Radio Physics and Electronics (RPE) and in Information Technology (IT). The 3-year degree has recently been replaced by the 4-year B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, in conformity with the AICTE curriculum. Thereafter, students may pursue the 2- year M.Tech. degree in RPE and in VLSI Design. The courses meet international standards and may be useful for faculties in Science and Engineering departments as well as Scientists/Engineers. The Institute, as a University department, offers a Ph.D. program in different and associated areas of Electronics and Radio Science.

In 2005, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) felt the need to impart training in the basic sciences and on the recommendation of the task force for Basic Scientific Research in Universities, otherwise known as the Empowered Committee (EC), set up by the MHRD, decided to create 10 networking centres in the basic sciences, two centres each in Physical Science, Chemical Science, Life Science, Material Science and Mathematical Science, in leading departments of universities in different parts of the country to promote collaborative research, access to advanced facilities and for imparting training in frontier areas. These centres are to be supported on a long term basis in a substantial manner to enable them to realize internationally competitive status. The approach to achieve these goals would be through a system of both Winter and Summer Schools and such other programs which may be deemed essential to promote the quality of scientific research in universities and these must be supported. Each subject area of basic sciences may offer up to ten such programs (Winter and Summer Schools) within a five year period and there should be also provision for Visiting Fellowships for faculties within the country.

The University Grants Commission accepted the guidelines proposed by the Empowered Committee (EC) for establishing the UGC Networking Resource Centres. It was decided to identify three UGC networking Centres during the year 2007-2008, one each in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Chemical Sciences.

Accordingly, proposals were invited from SAP departments indicating the areas of Summer/Winter schools, types of training, infrastructure, laboratories, equipment etc. as well as expertise of faculties, awards and honors received by them. The proposals were considered by the Empowered Committee and after scrutiny the Centre of Advanced Study in Radio Physics and Electronics (CASRPE), University of Calcutta, was invited to make a presentation at the UGC office on November 20, 2007. The Experts advised the Centre to submit a revised proposal indicating the types of training, proposed number of intakes under each category, etc.

The revised proposal submitted by CASRPE was given careful examination by the Empowered Committee, who decided to invite the representatives to meet them for further discussions. On February 5, 2008, in the final meeting held at the UGC office, New Delhi, CASRPE was awarded the status of UGC Networking Resource Centre in Physical Sciences. The Institute was asked to send its willingness to follow the guidelines framed by the EC.

The Institute gave its consent to undertake the following activities as a UGC Networking Research Centre:

  1. To help faculty and research scholars to do research, give them training and help them to develop their skill, through periodic discussions, workshop and summer/winter schools.
  2. To engage in capacity building by adopting faculty and departments for augmenting their research skills and to mentor them.
  3. To host researchers from other institutes/ universities and facilitate their research to carry out key experiments in our Centre.
  4. To augment information resource facility of the department to provide quality research information to other institutes/researches.
  5. To enhance and build state-of-the art in-house research infrastructure and other research facilities in the department.

After receiving the consent letter from the Institute, UGC released an initial grant of 2.50 crores to the University of Calcutta for the said purpose.

The Institute started its activity as a Networking Resource Center in Physical Sciences on April 01, 2008 and thus has completed its fifth year of activity on March 31, 2013.

The Networking Center of CASRPE has been continuing its activities on a short-term basis pending approval of its proposal for the next phase.

CONTACTS

Prof. Nikhil Ranjan Das
Director UGC NRCPS

  • Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics University of Calcutta
  • 92, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road.
  • Kolkata - 700009
  • West Bengal
  • Phone: 033-2350 9115 (Ext 44)
  • E-mail: nrd@ieee.org