KERALA

A milestone for St. Teresa’s

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: It is celebration time for the Department of Physics at St. Teresa’s College. Established in 1959, the department has now completed 50 years of existence. The illustrious journey began with the commencement of the B. Sc. Physics course in 1959. Sr. Marita had the honour of being the first head of the department.

The department expanded its domain by offering physics to three batches of pre-degree, subsidiary physics to B. Sc. Mathematics and B. Sc. Chemistry students and also B. Sc. Physics main course. In 1999, it added another leaf to the list of achievements by starting the M. Sc. course in Physics. The year 2008 also turned special when the Mahatma Gandhi University recognised the department as a research centre.

Shalini Rose, the present head of the department, said that the facilities at the department include a research lab, well-equipped laboratories for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, a computer lab with Internet facility and a library and reading room with over 2,500 books and numerous scientific journals.

Ongoing research

The thrust areas of the ongoing research at the department include nanotechnology, thin films, non-linear dynamics and spectroscopy.

M. N. Krishnan, Kerala High Court judge, inaugurated the golden jubilee celebrations on September 24. The old students of the department returned to their alma mater on Friday.

They shared the memories of the past and spoke volumes about the teachers of yesteryear. A ‘guruvandanam’, honouring the former teachers, was held on the occasion.

Prof. Rose said that the department has plans to set up a golden jubilee student aid fund to help students who deserve such assistance.

Old students will join hands in raising the fund. Seminars, physics exhibition for college and Plus Two students and various other competitions will also be conducted in the coming days.