The Infosys Science Foundation has partnered with the Physics Training and Talent Search (PTTS) to run an immersion program for college students from across the country who are pursuing Physics at the bachelors and masters level.
We believe there are motivated students in colleges and smaller Universities, who may wish to consider a career as a scientist or as a science educator but do not have adequate exposure to a good physics education and mentors. Identifying talented students and exposing them to good training and to opportunities in Physics is one of the goals of the PTTS program.
Through this program, we hope to create a stream of talented physics students opting for research in universities and institutes, while those who become teachers turn out to be of high standards. Furthermore, by developing and sharing better techniques for teaching physics, we hope to enhance the quality of education in theoretical and experimental physics across our nation.
Dates & Venue
Manipal Institute of Technology, Mangalore from May 25 - June 15, 2020
Level-1 (50 students) - for BSc (or Integrated MSc course) II year students
Level-2 (35 students) - for MSc-I-year (Integrated MSc-IV year) students
For each level, there will be three courses, including an experimental course, with lectures in the morning and tutorials and experiments in the afternoon. There will be evening lectures by eminent scientists on recent developments.
Selection will be based on the applicant’s answers to the questions in the online application and on a letter of recommendation by the applicant’s teacher/instructor. Academic performance in school/college and in any standard examination such as NGPE, NTSE, KVPY may also be considered. Efforts will be made to give equitable regional, gender and rural representation.
In December 2016, the ISF first ran a pilot summer camp with PTTS for 50 BSc III year students at the Regional Institute of Education, Mysore. In 2018, the program was held at the National institute of Technology, Surathkal from May 21 to June-10, wherein there were two levels of student participants and 50 students were invited for each level. Undergraduate level (BSc-II-year) students formed the level I batch and level-II was comprised of MSc-I-year students.
Preparing a pendulum to study oscillations of iron bob in a magnetic roller coaster
Students preparing single slit to study the cross over from Fresnel to Fraunhoffer diffraction
Students winding copper coils to measure the permeability of the medium
Student participants fabricated a hollow prism to measure the concentration dependence of refractive index of a solution
Interaction with leading scientists
Participating students get an opportunity to interact with leading Physicists from across the globe. Every year, top scientists deliver an exclusive talk and interact with students. Experts from the Infosys prize laureates and jury community like Prof. Srinivas Kulkarni (Caltech), Prof. Rajaram Nityananda (Azim Premji University), Prof. Ashoke Sen (HRI, Allahabad), Prof G. Ravindrakumar (TIFR) have delivered talks at previous immersion programs and engaged with students.