University of Calcutta

INSTITUTE OF RADIO PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS (IRPE)

UGC NETWORKING RESOURCE CENTRE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Winter School on Broadband Microwave Systems and Communication (MiSCom-2009) Physics

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 initiated the program under UGC-NRC by holding a 3 week summer school SemiNano during June 2-20, 2008. The second one of the series was focused on Microwave Electronics to give an in depth training specially on broadband microwave systems and communications. The targeted participants were University/College teachers, researchers and M. Tech students.

The aim and scope of the Winter 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 Winter School was held at 10 AM on February 9, 2009 at the B. R. Nag auditorium of the Institute with Professor P. K. Basu, the Director of UGC-NRC, as the President. Professor S. Sen, Dean, Faculty of Technology, introduced the participants to the long heritage of research and education in the University and faculty of technology. Dr. K. P. Ray, Head, RF & Microwave Power System Division, SAMEER-Mumbai gave the introductory address narrating the basic theme, importance and relevance of the Winter School in view of the growth and need of broadband microwave communications in both civil and defence applications. Prof. P. K. Basu described how the department was selected as the UGC-NRC and the proposed activities of the NRC. Prof. D. Guha offered a vote of thanks.

Visits

Visit I:

All the participants made a one-day visit to the BSNL Satellite Earth Station located at Kulpi, about 30 Km away from the city. The Engineers scientists showed the visitors their Laboratory, Transmit-Receive Instruments and Execution Units.

Visit II:

Another visit was arranged to the Haringhata Ionosphere Fields and Research Centre, CU. Dr. A. Pal described the centre activities, satellite receiver, recording system and related studies. Good lunch in typical Bengali style was served.

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 feedback response indicates that the participants are fully satisfied with the school activities. The balance between theory and lab work, in their opinion, was proper. Some participants however expected more research oriented problems and seminar by participants. A few suggested organizing a similar one on a focused topic, like antennas.

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.