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About Department

The Department of Physics was started in 1969 with a Vision to spread Science and provide higher education. Dr. S.N. Behera was the founder of this Department. The Department offers a two years Master's degree Course in Physics, beside M.Phil and Ph. D. Since its inception the Department has grown appreciably with the leadership of Prof. P. K. Mishra not only in terms of students and faculty strength but also in terms of the introduction of new courses and broadening research activities. The postgraduate curricula have recently undergone significant orientation congruent with the development and trends in different thrust areas, of the subjects like condensed matter physics, materials science, photonics, nuclear Science, nuclear astrophysics, particle physics, cosmology, etc.

The Department made an outstanding contribution to research and published more than 400 papers in reputed international and national journals in the above subjects. The hallmark of the Department is sincere teaching and outstanding research. Several candidates got their Ph.Ds from the Department. Faculty members of this Department Prof. N.C Mohapatra, Prof G.S.Tripathi, and Prof. R .Sahu received the "Samanta Chandra Sekhar award" by Odisha Bigyan Academy for the Years 1996, 2005 and 2010 respectively.

The Department has established a center for applied photonics with the financial support from DST-FIST, to conduct experimental research in the area of photovoltaic and nanomaterials. The Department is also coordinating the center of Excellence for Nano Science and Technology for the development of sensor, a project of Rs three hundred lakhs sanctioned by OHEPEE, Department of higher education, Government of Odisha.

The Department regularly organizes seminars, conferences, summer school /winter school .
Many of its students went abroad for higher studies, and some of them are absorbed in various institutions there. Some of our students are also faculty members in leading national-level institutions and laboratories. This Department is a vibrant place for academics and research.

List of External Mentors

  1. Prof. G.S. Tripathy, Berhampur University, Mob-9937188485, Email:[email protected]
  2. Prof. Simanchal Panigrahi, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, NIT, Sector-1, Rourkela, Mob-9437145313, Email:[email protected]
  3. Prof. Arun Pati, HCRI, Allahabad, Mob-915322274391, Email:[email protected]
  4. Prof. Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, SINP, Kolkata, Mob-9163233885, Email:[email protected]
  5. Mr. Ramesh Chandra Mallick, IISC Bangalore, Mob-8022932450, Email:[email protected]


Master Degree (M.Sc.)

About Course Programme

The Department offers two years Master's Degree programme consisting of four semesters. The course curriculum has been designed in accordance with the recent guidelines from U.G.C. and in tune with the syllabus for NET and GATE exams. It includes advanced topics like General Theory of Relativity (GTR) and Field Theory. The syllabi have been designed to train the students to pursue their higher career.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

After completion of B.Sc.(+3 Science) preferably with Physics Honours and Mathematics/Chemistry, one can apply for this course. Selection of the students to this course is based on the career marks.

Class Schedule

  • 1st & 3rd Semester classes starts from July and ends in December.
  • 2nd & 4th Semester classes starts from January and ends in June.
  • MON TO FRI: Theory-10:30am---- 01:30pm; Practical-01:30pm----03:45pm;
  • UGC NET/Add on/Quiz/Competative Exam-03:45pm----04:30pm.
  • SAT : Theory- 10:30am----01:30pm; PROCT-01:30pm----02:00pm; Seminar-02:40pm----03:45pm;
  • Add on/Quiz-03:45pm----04:30pm.


About Course Programme

Department offers one calendar year i.e. two semesters M.Phil Programme. The course is designed to train the students for higher studies and research in the branches of Solid state, Nuclear and Particle physics. The course consists of two theory papers of 200 marks in first semester and dissertation of 100 marks in the second semester. Paper-I contains Research Methodology paper, which is compulsory. The student has to opt for a special paper (Paper-II) out of Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics. He has to work under a faculty member in any one of the special papers mentioned above and submit the dissertation for evaluation by the external and internal examiners.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

After passing M. Sc. in physics the students are eligible for this course. The selection is based on entrance test followed by Viva-Voce. During Viva-Voce, the career points in the qualifying examinations are taken into account.

Class Schedule

Classes usually starts in January and held on during all working days from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Apart from the theory classes weekly seminars are held regularly.


About Course Programme

The Department offers this programme in branches of solid state Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics and Photonics. Candidates seeking admission into this programme are required to possess M.Sc. Degree in Physics with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate. Then the students are selected through URET/CSIR -NET/ GATE to enter to this programme and undergo a Pre-Ph.D. Course work of one semester/ six months duration. The Research Methodology paper provides the necessary skills/tools to design and solve a problem. After clearing the course work, the student can apply for registration for Ph. D Degree and the Degree is awarded as per the Berhampur University Guideline in tune with the 2009 UGC regulation. In this programme close interaction of the students with the faculties, creates a healthy atmosphere where students can choose their own area under the guidance of a supervisor. The Department provides an excellent environment for carrying out advanced research, thus creating highly committed researchers engaged in producing original research work. Faculties of this department have a good net working round the globe which inspires the students to enhance their ability of doing research work.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

The candidates having M.Sc Degree in Physics with minimum 55% of marks in aggregate are eligible to apply for this Course Programme. Our University conducts an entrance test (URET) followed by viva-voce for this programme. Otherwise candidates can enter into the course through NET, GATE or similar type of tests as decided by the university authorities from time to time.

Course Schedule

Classes are started in January and held on during all working days from 11.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Apart from the theory classes weekly seminars are held regularly.


Our department offers D.Sc programme in solid state, nuclear and particle physics. After completion of Ph.D Degree in a preferable branch in physics, one can apply for D.Sc programme in concerned branch. In this program, the candidate will work under a supervisor. However he/she has to work almost independently.

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Dr. Sukanta Kumar Tripathy
Professor and Head
Ph. D., Berhampur University
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Dr. Sukanta K. Tripathy did his Ph.D. in Physics under the guidance of Prof S.Anada Rao of NIT
Jamshedpur. He has guided eight doctoral and twelve MTech/MPhil students and had about fifty
publications to his credit. He visited the University of Electro-Communication, Japan; Brunel
University, London and Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences(IAMS), Taiwan; Centre for
Condensed Matter Sciences NTU, Taiwan, as visiting scientist on collaborative research. He has
authored one book on Materials Science and Engineering (SciTech, Publisher) and edited two books:
"Functional Materials" and "Advanced Materials (AIP Publisher). He was PI and Co-PI of DST
Odisha and DST India(UKIERI) projects. Currently, he is the coordinator of the Centre of Excellence
of Nanoscience and Technology for the Development of sensor" a three-crore project sanctioned by
the OHEPEE, Govt. of Odisha. He is coordinating the DST FIST program to set up the center for
Applied Photonics to develop experimental facilities for the fabrication and characterization of the
third-generation solar cell. Dr. Tripathy is a life member of the photonic society of India, Optical
Society of India, Indian Society of technical education, a Patron member of Orissa Physical Society,
and a member of IEEE Photonics Society.
His current research interest includes nanophotonics, optical sensors, and solar cell.
He is a regular reviewer of IEEE Photonics Journal, Journal of Applied Physics(AIP), Journal of
Modern Physics(Taylor Francis), Chinese optics letter(Taylor Francis), .and Optical Fiber
He is a Governing council member, an Academic Council member of the Institute of Physics,
Bhubaneswar, Executive council member of Odisha Bigyan Academy,and a member of council of
higher secondary education ,Odisha.

Dr. Sidhartha Sankar Panda
Ph. D., Berhampur University
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Sidhartha Sankar Panda started his teaching carrier as Physics lecturer at Science College, Hinjilicut, Odisha in the year 1991.He has completed his M.Phil in Physics from Berhampur University Berhampur . He completed his PhD Degree in the year 2001 from Berhampur University, Berhampur under the Guidance of Prof.S.N.Jena. He joined in the department of Physics, Berhampur University in the year 2012 as Reader. He guided M.Phil , PhD scholars, published many papers, reviewed different manuscripts of journals, design U.G & P.G courses, deliver several talk at different College/University with in India . In addition he has many academic administrative assignments during this period. He has been a member of the Research Committee and Board of studies of different Universities/Institutions. Presently, He is appointed as Sports' Council Secretary, Berhampur University. He is a Life Member of Orissa Physical Society. His present research interests have been in the area of High energy Physics attempting to understand the origin of the excess of baryons over anti-baryons in the Universe remains one of the fascinating problems of High Energy physics and cosmology. He is interested in investigating the static electromagnetic properties of light baryons in their ground states, the mass spectra and decay properties of baryons as well as mesons, (light as well as heavy flavoured mesons).

Dr. Sashi Sekhar Behera
Assistant Professor
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Dr. S. S. Behera has completed his M.Sc degree from Utkal University, Vani Vihar in 2008. He qualified NET (CSIR) and GATE in 2010 and joined IIT-Kharagpur as a research scholar in the department of Physics and Meteorology in 2010.In 2011, he started his professional carrier as an Assistant Professor in the P.G Dept of Physics, Berhampur University and is still continuing in the current post. He obtained his Ph.D degree from Berhampur University in 2019.He has published many peer-reviewed journals of national and international repute from 2012 to 2019.His area of research include Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor(DMS Materials, Rare-Earth and Transition metal doped Compound Semiconductors), Semi-Magnetic Semiconductors(SMS), Compound Semiconductors (Chalcogenide Materials) and Magnetism. He is a patron member of Orissa Physical Society.

Dr. Kusha K. Naik
Assistant Professor
M.Sc., Ph.D.
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Mr. Kusha Kumar Naik has obtained M.Sc degree in Physics from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack in the year 2008. Later, he didM.Tech in Nanotechnology at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra. He joined as Research Scholarin the School of Basic Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Bhubaneswar in the year 2013 and subsequently submitted his Thesis. He joined as Assistant Professor in the P.G. Dept. of Physics, Berhampur University in the year 2017. He has been qualified national level examinations like UGC-CSIR NET and GATE etc. His current research interest includes Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He has worked a lot in the 2D novel materials(Transition Metal Oxides and Chalcogenides)fordifferent applications like Biosensor, Field emission and Supercapacitor. He has published many papers in the peer journals.

Dr. Chapala Das
Honorary Professors
Ph. D., Berhampur University
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Dr. Snigdha Mishra
Honorary Associate Professor
Ph. D., Utkal University
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Dr. Salila Das
Assistant Professor
Ph. D., Berhampur University
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Dr Salila Das has obtained M.Sc. degree from Berhampur University. She has qualified NET and joined as a research fellow in the same University. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics (Condensed Matter Physics) from Berhampur University. She has started her career as a lecturer in Ramanarayana Degree College, Berhampur. She has been teaching Physics in the Department of Physics Berhampur University since April 2012. Her current research interest includes anti-ferromagnetism and superconductivity. She has guided five M.Phil. students and has published 6 papers in International Journals and 6 in national Journals. She is a life member of Orissa Physical Society.


Experimental Research: (Centre for Applied Photonics). This center is established with DST FIST funding. This center consists of 1.Nano Materials Synthesis Laboratory 2.Device Fabrication Laboratory 3.Device Characterization Laboratory. Coating facilities like spin coating, dip coating, vacuum coating are available in this center. U.V. Visible Spectrophotometer, Keithly Source meter, LCR Meter, Impedance analyzer, Solar Simulator are also available for characterization.

An experimental setup is designed in this centre for the characterization of optical fiber-based sensors.

Theoretical Research: Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics


Research Area in the Department

The faculty members and the research scholars of this Department are actively engaged in research. The various fields in which the research work is being undertaken are:

  • Theoretical Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.
  • Theoretical Nuclear Physics.
  • Theoretical Particle Physics.
  • Photonics (Theory and Experiment)

Project Execution in the Department

R & D Project Major Project
Project Title : Spectroscopic study of heavy nuclei
Funded by DST(Government of India)
Principal Investigator Retd. Prof. R. Sahu
Co Investigator Dr. Snigdha Mishra
Amount About 12 lakhs
Period 2013 - 2016
Status Ongoing from 2013


Department of Physics conducted an Alumni meet followed by one day scientific session by Dr.H.K.Sahu, Retd. Scientist(H) IGCAR, Madras on topic "Exciting alleys in Physics" and Prof.T.Sahu, Ex-Professor BU on "Quantum Semiconductor Devices" on 20th March 2016.

Department of Physics conducted one day seminar on the eve of science day on 27th February 2016. Prof. S.M. Bhattacharya of Institute of Physics delivered an interesting talk on "Application of physics in biology".

One day talk by V.N.Mani of CMET,Hyderabad , has been organized by the Department.

One day seminar was held on 13.03.2015 by Prof. Hiranmaya Mishra ( PRL, Ahmedabad) with topic "Matter under Extreme Conditions". National Science Day was observed on 28.02.2015 with a seminar on "Superstitions in Science" by Prof. Simanchal Panigrahy (NIT Rourkela). A national Seminar on Recent Advances in Physics was organized on 4th-5th May, 2014

Department of Physics conducted a National Seminar on "Recent Advances in Physics" on 5th & 6th May 2014. It was organized in collaboration with Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar. The seminar covered the topics like Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics and Bio-Physics. In the seminar the talks are delevered by eminent scientists from PRL, Ahamadabad; SINP & VECC, Kolkota and IIT & Central University, Hyderbad.

The students and teachers of the department along with the Chairman, P. G. Council Prof. A. K. Panigrahy; performed the extension work by cleaning the premises of the department of physics and chemistry. They also planted the herbs and trees in front of the department.

The students of the department organized the picnic at Salia Dam, Banapur , Odisha.


The department has formed its alumni association in November 2014. It is named as Berhampur University Physics Alumni Association (BUPAA).The next Alumni meeting was held on 20th March 2016. In this occasion two invited talks are delivered by two of our distinguished alumni Dr.H.K.Sahu, Prof.T.Sahu .

Present Office Bearers

  1. President: Prof.H.K.Sahu, Scientist H, IGCAR
  2. Vice-President: Dr.Bana Bihari Panigrahy, Principal IC, Chatrapur Science College
  3. Secretary: Prof. Sukant Kumar Tripathy, Berhampur University
  4. Joint Secretary:Dr. Sidhartha Sekhar Panda(B.U.), Mr.Sumant Kumar Pattanaik(NIST)
  5. Treasurer: Mr. Santosh Kumar Padhi

Some important Alumni


1971 S. N. Sahu, Medical Physicist USA
1973 Debraj Sahu, Space Scientist USA
1974 Budhinath Padhy, Computer Enginerer USA
1977 Kailash Sahu, Space Scientist USA
1979 Swasti Panigrahi, Computer Engineer USA
1980 M. Mohapatra, SBI Officer USA
1981 Meenakhi Mohapatra, Research Scientist USA
1983 Sanjay Das, Computer Engineer USA
1984 Kalyan Das, Research Professor USA
1987 Upendra Das, Materials Scientist and Computer USA
1994 Nihar Behera, Medical Physicist USA
1995 Satya Narayan Panda, Chemical Physicist USA
1996 Keshab Panda, Materials Scientist USA
1996 Ajit Mohapatra, Research Scientist USA

In reputed National Institutes

1972 Prof. N. Nayak(Retd), Faculty, S. N. Bose national Centre, Kolkata
1973 Prof. H. K. Sahu(Retd), Scientist H, IGCAR, Kalpakkam
1975 Prof. P. K. Mohapatra, Pro ViceChancellor, WBUT, Kolkata
1980 Dr. P. L. Sahu, Scientist. IGCAR. Kalpakkam
1988 Prof. A. K. Pati, Harish Chandra Institute, allahabad
1994 Prof. P. K. Mohanty, SINP, Kolkata
1995 Prof. P. K. Tripathy, IITM, Chennai
1998 Prof. R.C. Mallik, IISc, Bangalore
1999 Prof. Sashi Ratha, IIT, Bhubaneswar

Faculty in Other Universities

1972 Prof. K. Moharana(Retd.), Utkal University
1975 Prof. S. Mishra, Dean of Basic Sciences, OUAT, BBSR
1978 Prof. S. Panigrahi, NIT, Rourkela
1981 Dr. B. Panda, Ravenshaw University
1986 Prof. S. K. Udgata, Hyderabad University
1997 Prof. A.K. Pattnaik, VSSUT, Burla
1999 Dr. S. Mishra, BPUT, Odisha
1999 Dr. T. Routray, SOA University
1999 Dr. D. Mishra, SOA University
2012 S. Behera, VSSUT, Burla
2012 S. Patri, VSSUT, Burla

Faculty in Our University

1976 Prof. G.S. Tripathy
1976 Prof. R. Sahu
1976 Prof. R.C. Nayak
1976 Prof. T. Sahu
1977 Dr. S. Nayak
1981 Dr. C. Das
1984 Dr. S. Das
1985 Dr. M. Patra
1985 Mr. S. Padhy
1988 Dr. S.S. Panda


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Dr. Sukanta Kumar Tripathy
Professor and Head
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