Advance Centres of Research
Centre for Advanced Studies in Materials Science and Solid State Physics
The University Grants Commission, New Delhi, has given the status of Centre of Advanced Studies in Materials Science and Solid State Physics to this Department in 1988. In 1993, this status was extended for a further period of five years. Recently in 1998, the UGC has further extended this status to this Department for Phase III, upto March 2002.
The UGC gives a suitable funding for the Department under this programme. A Liquid Nitrogen facility was installed in this Department during the first two phases. This was among the major facilities approved by the UGC. This has indeed helped the Department to take up various research programmes on superconductivity, magnetism, characterisation of materials etc. at low temperatures. In the present phase III, UGC has given funding for books, journals, upgradation and automation of facilities, and for research on scanning tunnelling microscopy, nanoparticles, materials science, lasers etc.
Collaboration has been established between the Centre of Advanced Studies in this Department and the Centre of Advanced Studies in the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA. A memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the two centres to arrange mutual visits and programmes such as conferences and workshops on areas of mutual interest.