Admissions 2020


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"AMRITA" is established under section 3 of UGC ACT 1956


Vision of our Chancellor Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is to impart education for a living (career in physics, engineering, etc.) along with an education for life with value systems, which gives glimpses of exposure to students on meeting challenges of life with the science of inner poise as well helping them to strengthen their concentration that will enable them to excel in their work. Our department endeavours to play a pivotal role in fulfilling scientific, educational needs of the society in current times.

Physics is the basis of all the physical sciences and forms the backbone of applied sciences, engineering and technology. Physics, besides mathematics, is taught for all engineering students all over the world as a foundational subject. Physicists try to understand how the world around us works and aspire to become investigators and problem solvers from the subatomic scales of constituent of matter to the limits of the observable universe.

The Department of Physics at Amritapuri Campus has developed a strong curriculum in undergraduate and graduate education in physics, with development of skills theoretical foundations of physics, mathematics, electronics, scientific computing, research methods and scientific communication. Coupled with training in value-added education, life skills, and rich cultural and other extracurricular activities, our degree programs help build needed foundation for aspiring physicists and as well as preparing students for a career in related applied sciences.

Our department has excellent dedicated teaching faculty with strong focus in undergraduate and graduate education and research in physics. Thirteen of our faculty are doctorates from reputed institutions, including IISc, IIT, IIST, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Universities of Kerala and Hyderabad, Tohoku University in Japan, Northwestern University and University of Texas at Austin in USA. Some of them have work experiences in DRDO, ISRO and BARC as well. 

Well-equipped with the UG and PG physics laboratories, central library, and integrated multi-disciplinary educational environment, the department provides an ideal and conducive ambiance for learning.

Integrated M. Sc. Physics with Minor in Scientific Computing

Students gain a strong foundation in core physics topics such as Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Thermal and Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Condensed Matter and Nuclear and Particle Physics, Electronics, while developing mathematical, experimental and computational skills. They explore different topics including physics of thin-films and nanomaterials, lasers, semiconductor and optoelectronic devices, plasma, space and atmosphere. This should prepare students for higher studies in all fields of physics and related applied fields.

Unique Features

Minor Program in Scientific Computing

In addition to help building foundations in traditional theoretical and experimental methods of physics, the program offers significant skill development in the methods of scientific computing to meet increasing need for such skills in teaching and research in physics and applied fields. This unique 5-year integrated program, modelled after the minor programs in scientific computing at University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University and supported by the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science, offers a wide range of supporting courses in mathematics, computational techniques, programming and elective courses on scientific computing, including 2 semesters of  Programming in Python, Vectors and Geometry, Linear Algebra, Transforms and Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Methods, Computational Physics, Data Structures and Algorithms, Machine Learning, Optimization Techniques. Students learn these along with mathematicians, offered as part of the Integrated MSc Program in Mathematics with Minor Program in Datascience.

Some Institutes our students went for Internships/ Project/ Thesis Work of Students in the Previous Years

Research, Internship, Publication and Thesis

Students are encouraged to start research early on. To facilitate this, strong foundation in the fundamental aspects of physics that covers UG curriculum is laid in the first two years followed by introduction of advanced topics from 3rd year onwards. Many of them get opportunity to work along with PhD scholars and get a hands-on training to prepare themselves for more challenging MSc thesis work. The final year is almost free for students to explore internship or research projects opportunities in premiere institutions like IISc, IITs, or National Labs. Student gain experience to publish a research paper, and develop skills in scientific documentation and communication, while expanding the human knowledge. In the academic year 2019-20 more than 80% of our students have taken up internship offers from reputed institutions.

Amrita Centre for International Programs (ACIP)

Further, the Campus offers exchange program opportunities to our MSc students through Amrita Center for International Programs. When specific opportunity arises, we facilitate them to do their MSc projects even in universities abroad, including those in US and Europe. Recently, one of our students carried out his MSc thesis work at Colorado State University.

Internship/MSc Project or Thesis Options

A list of such institutions in which our students (5-Yr Integrated MSc Maths-Physics and 2-Yr MSc Physics of previous batches) have carried out their thesis work over many years include

  • IISc, TIFR, Saha Institute, RRI, IIA, CUSAT, NCBS
  • IITs (Madras, Delhi)
  • IISERs (Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Bhopal)
  • NITs (Kozhicode)
  • National Laboratories like NPL, PRL, NCRA
  • DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organizations)
  • ISRO (VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram)
  • BARC
  • NARL Tirupati, IITM Pune (Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology)
  • Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Radiology Division
  • Amrita Center for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine
  • Amrita Center of Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Colorado State University, Boulder, USA


The curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of GATE and UGC-NET syllabus. Guidance is available for students who seek to write and excel in these exams. Many students, benefiting from the rigors of the program, have pursued in the past or are pursuing currently their higher studies in many premiere institutes in India. 

Life Skills Training and Industrial Placement

The department of Corporate and Industrial Relations (CIR) has taken up the task of training students (of all integrated programs) with life skills including linguistic, comprehension (reading and listening), efficient data interpretation and inference, group discussion, leadership, competitive test taking, interviewing and other interpersonal skills. A three semester long intense training is offered to all physics students along with students of other departments of Amrita Schools Arts & Sciences and Engineering. The CIR department also helps those students seeking industrial placements through in-campus recruitment by companies.

Higher Studies and Career Options

A degree in Physics prepares students for further studies in many areas and related employment including

  • PhD in any area of Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, many areas of Applied Physics, including Materials Physics, Atmospheric Studies, Nuclear Engineering, Aerospace, Biophysics, and Medical physics
  • PhD in premiere institutions including IISc, TIFR, IITs, IISERs, NITs, and other prestigious institutions/universities in India and abroad, and all national labs, and organizations
  • Teaching/Academic careers in Schools, Colleges, Universities, and research institutes and organizations
  • MTech & PhD in Applied Physics, including optoelectronic and semiconductor devices and related industrial careers
  • Nuclear Scientist (BARC, IGCAR and other DAE centres)
  • Space Scientist (ISRO)
  • Scientist in National Labs like NCRA, PRL, NPL, NARL, IITM
  • Defence Research Scientist (in DRDO)
  • Radiation Oncologist in Hospitals (after further training)
  • Industrial Careers in Scientific Computing, Data Analytics, including Banking Services
  • Forensic Scientist for Intelligence Operations
  • Communicator of Science and Technical Journalism
  • Administrative Services of the Government

Higher Studies and Career Options Flowchart

The chart below summarizes the options graphically.

Research Areas

Many of our faculty are engaged in active research spanning many areas of physics with over 60 Scopus-indexed conference and journal papers of international repute in the last five years. Research topics are categorized into experimental and theoretical aspect and are list below.

Experimental Materials and Device Physics

  • Metal oxide and Semiconducting thin films, Nano materials, sensor materials, first-principles calculation of defects and impurity energy in semiconducting materials.
  • Organic thin-film sensors for radiation sensing and biosensing applications; Microfluidic biosensors.
  • Thin-film Perovskites, Dye-sensitized solar-cells; Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS); Microcontact printing of Biomolecules and Nanoelectronics.
  • Synthesis, characterization and investigation of the influences of various synthesis techniques on properties of different nano materials like metal oxides, carbon-based materials, core shell nanostructures, and Immunosensor.
  • Semiconductor thin films, nanomaterials and nanostructures, physics of light-matter interactions, optical manipulation based on nanophotonics concepts, third-generation approaches to photovoltaics, technological solutions for sustainable environment.
  • Multiferroics/ferrites bulk ceramics, Nanopowders: synthesis and characterization.
  • Design, development and testing of solid-state lasers for various applications, laser marker systems, arc lamp pumped and diode pumped Nd-YAG lasers, dye lasers, laser beam analyzer, optical testing devices etc.

Theoretical Physics, Scientific Computing, and Modelling

  • Dynamical systems: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos and Synchronization of Coupled Chaotic Systems; Computer simulations of multibody collisions, Dynamics of soft-landing, with collision contact and plastic deformation.
  • Condensed Matter Physics: Berry-phase effects, wave-packet dynamics, anomalous Hall transport; Conducting polymers, soft condensed matter physics, density functional theory and other computational methods in condensed matter theory; Mathematical modelling of photobioreactors.
  • Epistemological aspects and Foundations of Quantum Physics
  • Astrophysics: Anthropic Principle; Image/graphics and audio signal processing for astrophysical and other applications.
  • Space Physics: Solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, aeronomy, space weather and scientific computing.
  • Atmospheric and Geophysics: Numerical Weather Prediction, satellite data assimilation, extreme weather events, multi-hazards, remote sensing for disaster management; Atmospheric observations and thermodynamics, satellite meteorology, extreme weather, cloud properties, atmospheric radiative transfer; Land-slide and associated geophysical modeling and prediction of events. 


Laboratories: Materials Physics Lab, Optoelectronics Lab

Research Equipment

Synthesis, Fabrication, and Characterization facilities accessible to faculty from our department, other departments and other campuses include

  • Advanced Manufacturing Workshop with CNC machines (Lathe, Milling, Laser cutting), 3D Printer (through Amrita Technology Business Incubator)
  • Fume hood for safe synthesis of complex materials
  • Spin thin-film coating unit
  • SILAR thin-film coating unit
  • Hydraulic Press for pellet fabrication
  • Muffle Furnace
  • Hot Air Ovens
  • Incubators
  • Rotavapor
  • Ultra-centrifuge
  • Mass spectrometer
  • Fluorescence Plate Reader
  • FTIR
  • UV-Vis-NIR spectrometer
  • LCR-Meter for Dielectric characterization
  • Keithly I-V meter
  • Newport Solar Simulator
  • Pneumatic vibration isolation optical table for sensitive optoelectronic and laser/optical characterization
  • Many advanced characterizations using XRD, SEM, AFM, TGA/DSC are accessible through inter-campus collaboration and protocols.

Computing and Internet Connectivity

  • Central Computing facility shared with Engineering departments with access to software like MS Office, MATLAB (with most specialized packages)
  • Campus Wi-Fi Internet both in school & hostels for staff & students 

Central Library

Central library is well equipped with Reference Sections, Digital Library with access to many Online International Journals.

Alumni Achievements

Selected list of our alumni who have either taken up higher studies (currently pursuing/finished) or employed:

  • Aiswarya A M (2017), Post-MSc Diploma in Radiation Physics, Regional Cancer Center, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Amelia Teresa Surgy (2012), Manager, United India Insurance Co.
  • Anjali Nair, PhD at Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), IISc
  • Anu B Sreedevi (2018), Intern, Udaipur Solar Observatory
  • Anu B. (2012), PhD in IIT Madras
  • Apurv Chaitanya (2012), PhD at PRL, PDF in Mexico
  • Arushi P.V. (2011), PhD at IISc, Bangalore
  • Dileep Sivaraman (2012), PhD Biomedical Engineering (Bangkok)
  • Govindan Namboothiri S (2018), Educator at Center for Fundamental Research and Creative Education, Bangalore
  • Harikrishnan A (2014), PhD at Indian Inst. of Geomagnetism
  • Harikrishnan V, PhD at VIT, Vellore
  • Harisankar P.C. (2016), PhD at IIITDM Kancheepuram
  • Krishnakumar M.A. (2011), PhD (NCRA, Ooty), PDF (Bielefeld)
  • Kulandai Velu R.M. (2017), PhD (Amrita Centre of Nanosciences, Kochi), Thesis (Colorado State University, Boulder)
  • Lakshmi Das (2013), PhD at University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Lakshmi K.P. (2013), PhD at IISER Thiruvananthapuram
  • Lekshmi B (2015), PhD at IISER Kolkata
  • Lekshmi M, Indian School in Abu Dhabi
  • Meenakshi S (2017), PhD at NARL, Tirupati
  • Meenu Murali (2015), PhD at University of Luxembourg
  • Pallavi Sreenath (2019), MTech in Optoelectronics at IIT Delhi
  • Prabhath P Prabhu (2011), Sr. Process Associate, TCS
  • Radhika V Kartha (2015), Radiology in BARC, Radiologist in Hospital
  • Roshima N.S. (2011), Faculty at Amritapuri
  • Silpasree S.J. (2016), PhD at Amrita Center of Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine, Kochi
  • Sitara Vinod (2012), PhD at IGCAR Kalpakkam
  • Sreedevi P.D. (2011), PhD Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  • Sreevisakh (2011), Higher secondary school teacher, Kerala
  • Sujata Krishnan (2018), PhD at Université de Sherbrooke
  • Suraj T.S. (2012), PhD at IIT Madras
  • Vishnu Narayanan S (2018), PhD at Université de Sherbrooke

Curriculum and Syllabus

Course Schedule 

Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18MAT107 Single Variable Calculus 3 1 0 4  
18MAT108 Vectors and Geometry 3 1 0 4  
18PHY105 Introduction to Mechanics 3 1 0 4  
18CHY103 Chemistry I 3 0 0 3  
18CSA102 Introduction to Programming I 3 0 2 4  
18ENG101 Communicative English 2 0 2 3  
18CHY182 Chemistry Lab 0 0 2 1  
18CUL101 Cultural Education I 2 0 0 2  
  TOTAL   25  
Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18MAT116 Multivariate Calculus 3 1 0 4  
18MAT117 Introduction to Differential Equations 3 1 0 4  
18PHY115 Electricity and Magnetism 3 1 0 4  
18CHY114 Chemistry II 3 0 0 3  
18CSA112 Introduction to Programming II 3 0 2 4  
18ENG121 Professional Communication 1 0 2 2  
18PHY184 Physics Lab I 0 0 2 1  
18CUL111 Cultural Education II 2 0 0 2  
  TOTAL   24  
Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18PHY206 Intermediate Mechanics I 3 1 0 4  
18PHY207 Introduction to Thermal & Modern Physics 3 1 0 4  
18MAT220 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3 1 0 4  
18MAT210 Transforms and PDE 3 1 0 4  
18ENV300 Environmental Science and Sustainability 3 0 0 3  
  Language I 1 0 2 2  
18PHY281 Physics Lab II 0 0 3 1  
18AVP201 Amrita Value Programme I 1 0 0 1  
  TOTAL   23  
Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18PHY211 Intermediate Mechanics II 3 1 0 4  
18PHY212 Thermal and Materials Physics 3 1 0 4  
18PHY213 Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics 3 1 0 4  
18PHY219 Waves and Optics 3 1 0 4  
18MAT225 Numerical Methods 3 1 0 4  
  Language II 1 0 2 2  
18PHY282 Physics Lab III 0 0 3 1  
18AVP211 Amrita Value Programme II 1 0 0 1  
  TOTAL   24  
Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18PHY301 Classical Mechanics 4 1 0 4  
18PHY302 Mathematical Physics I 3 1 0 4  
18PHY303 Electrodynamics I 3 1 0 4  
18PHY304 Electronics I 3 1 0 4  
18PHY390 Open Elective/Live in Lab® (2nd Summer) 3 0 0 3  
18PHY386 Physics Lab IV 0 0 3 1  
18PHY387 Physics Lab V (Electronics I) 0 0 3 1  
18SSK201 Life Skills I 1 0 2 2  
  TOTAL     23  
Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18PHY311 Mathematical Physics II 3 1 0 4  
18PHY312 Electrodynamics II 3 1 0 4  
18PHY313 Statistical Mechanics 3 1 0 4  
18PHY314 Quantum Mechanics I 3 1 0 4  
18PHY315 Electronics II 3 1 0 4  
18PHY383 Physics Lab VI (Electronics II) 0 0 3 1  
18SSK211 Life Skills II 1 0 2 2  
  TOTAL   23  
TOTAL (for Exit-option students) 142    
Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18PHY507 Quantum Mechanics II 3 1 0 4  
18PHY505 Condensed Matter Physics I 3 1 0 4  
18PHY506 Computational Physics I (Minor Course I) 3 1 0 4  
  Minor Course II 3 0 1 4  
  Physics Elective I 3 0 0 3  
18PHY584 Physics Lab VII 0 0 6 2  
18SSK301 Life Skills III 1 0 2 2  
  TOTAL   23  
Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18PHY516 Condensed Matter Physics II 3 1 0 4  
18PHY517 Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy 3 1 0 4  
  Minor Course III 3 1 0 3/4  
  Physics Elective II 3 0 0 3  
18PHY590 Research Methodology and Seminar 1 0 1 2  
18PHY585 Physics Lab VIIII 0 0 6 2  
  TOTAL 18/19  
Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18PHY603 Nuclear and Particle Physics 3 1 0 4  
  Physics Elective III 3 0 0 3  
18PHY691 Mini project and Seminar   6  
  TOTAL   13  
Course Code Course Title L T P Cr ES
18PHY699 Thesis   15  
  TOTAL   15  
  TOTAL CREDITS     =   211/212  

Live in Lab®: This initiative is to provide opportunities for students to get involved in coming up with solutions for societal problems.

Language Electives

Code Paper I         Paper II    
18HIN101 Hindi I 1 0 2 2   18HIN111 Hindi II 1 0 2 2
18KAN101 Kannada I 1 0 2 2   18KAN111 Kannada II 1 0 2 2
18MAL101 Malayalam I 1 0 2 2   18MAL111 Malayalam II 1 0 2 2
18SAN101 Sanskrit I 1 0 2 2   18SAN111 Sanskrit II 1 0 2 2

Physics Electives (3 Credits)

Code Physics Electives L T P Cr Code Minor Course II & III L T P Cr
18PHY336 Space Physics 3 0 0 3 18CSA209 Data Structures and Algorithms 3 1 0 4
18PHY342 Nonlinear Optics 3 0 0 3 18CSA308 Machine Learning I 3 1 0 4
18PHY531 Introduction to Quantum Computing (Physics) 3 0 0 3 18CSA316 Machine Learning II  3 1 0 4
18PHY532 Advanced Statistical Mechanics 3 0 0 3 18MAT541 Probability and Statistics with R  3 1 0 4
18PHY534 Epistemological Foundations of Quantum Mechanics 3 0 0 3 18MAT542 Optimization Methods 3 1 0 4
18PHY535 Topics in Astrophysics 3 0 0 3 18PHY551 Computational Physics II 3 0 0 3
18PHY536 Plasma Physics 3 0 0 3 18PHY552 Computational Condensed Matter Physics 3 0 0 3
18PHY537 Fluid Dynamics 3 0 0 3 18PHY553 Nonlinear Dynamics 3 0 0 3
18PHY538 Solid State Electronic Devices 3 0 0 3        
18PHY539 Optoelectronics 3 0 0 3   Open Electives (Physics)    
18PHY540 Physics at Nanoscale 3 0 0 3 18OEL297 History and Philosophy of Science 3 0 0 3
18PHY541 Mesoscopic Physics and Quantum Conductors 3 0 0 3 18OEL298 EU History of Science and Technology 4 0 0  3
18PHY542 Thin Film Physics 3 0 0 3  
18PHY543 Methods of Experimental Physics 3 0 0 3
18PHY320 Modern Optics 3 0 0 3
18PHY545 Fourier Optics 3 0 0 3
18PHY546 Lasers and Applications 3 0 0 3
18PHY547 Physics of the Atmosphere 3 0 0 3
18PHY633 Biophotonics 3 0 0 3
18PHY636 Fibre Optic Sensors and Applications 3 0 0 3
18PHY637 Fibre Optics and Technology 3 0 0 3
18PHY638 Nanophotonics 3 0 0 3

Open Electives (3-0-0-3) (3 Credits)

Code Course Title Code Course Title
18OEL231 Advertising    
18OEL232 Basic Statistics 18OEL263 Negotiation and Counselling
18OEL233 Citizen Journalism 18OEL264 New Literatures
18OEL234 Creative Writing for Beginners 18OEL265 Non-Profit Organization
18OEL235 Desktop Support and Services 18OEL266 Personal Effectiveness
18OEL236 Development Journalism 18OEL267 Perspectives in Astrophysics and Cosmology
18OEL237 Digital Photography 18OEL268 Principles of Marketing
18OEL238 Emotional Intelligence 18OEL269 Principles of Public Relations
18OEL239 Essence of Spiritual Literature 18OEL270 Science, Society and Culture
18OEL240 Film Theory 18OEL271 Statistical Analysis
18OEL241 Fundamentals of Network Administration 18OEL272 Teamwork and Collaboration
18OEL242 Gender Studies 18OEL273 The Message of Bhagwad Gita
18OEL243 Glimpses of Indian Economy and Polity 18OEL274 Understanding Travel and Tourism
18OEL244 Graphics and Web-designing Tools 18OEL275 Videography
18OEL245 Green Marketing 18OEL276 Vistas of English Literature
18OEL246 Healthcare and Technology 18OEL277 Web-Designing Techniques
18OEL247 History of English Literature 18OEL278 Organic Farming
18OEL248 Indian Writing in English 18OEL279 Basic Legal Awareness on Protection of Women and Rights
18OEL249 Industrial Relations and Labour Welfare 18OEL280 Ritual Performances of Kerala
18OEL250 Introduction to Ancient Indian Yogic and Vedic Wisdom 18OEL281 Documenting Social Issues
18OEL251 Introduction to Computer Hardware 18OEL282 Fabrication of Advanced Solar Cell
18OEL252 Introduction to Event Management 18OEL283 Basic Concepts of X-ray Diffraction
18OEL253 Introduction to Media 18OEL284 Introduction to FORTRAN and GNUPLOT
18OEL254 Introduction to Right to Information Act 18OEL285 Introduction to Porous Materials
18OEL255 Introduction to Translation 18OEL286 Forensic Science
18OEL256 Linguistic Abilities 18OEL287 Introduction to solar Physics
18OEL257 Literary Criticism and Theory 18OEL288 Recycling Recovery and Treatment Methods for Wastes
18OEL258 Macro Economics 18OEL289 Acting and Dramatic Presentation
18OEL259 Managing Failure 18OEL290 Computerized Accounting
18OEL260 Media Management 18OEL291 Kerala Mural Art and Painting
18OEL261 Micro Economics 18OEL292 Painting
18OEL262 Micro Finance, Small Group Management and Cooperatives 18OEL293 Reporting Rural Issues


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