Proceedings of the Meeting of the Advisory Committee of
Centre of Advanced Study in Radiophysics and Electronics,
University of Calcutta, held on March 28, 2006 Members present:
Prof. Asis K. Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor, Chairman
Prof. B.N. Basu, UGC nominated expert
Prof. T.C. Goel,UGC nominated expert
Prof. P.K. Basu, Coordinator of CAS
Prof. P.C. Rakshit, Head of the Department
Prof. S. Sen, Dy. Coordinator of CAS
Prof. N. Purkait (Non-thrust area)
Prof. P.K.Saha (Thrust area)
All other Faculty Members of the Department of Radiophysics and Electronics The meeting started with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A. Banerjee in the chair.
Prof. P.C. Rakshit, HOD, welcomed the members with an introduction to the Institute – its history and the on-going academic activities.
The faculty members introduced themselves to the UGC-nominated experts, mentioning their specializations and areas of interest.
Prof. P.K. Basu, Coordinator, next made a presentation about the CAS which covered- background of the previous phase, the review process leading to the extension of the CAS into the present phase, summary of work done during 2005-2006, facilities to be established, details of various academic activities including seminars, symposia and workshops.
On the issue of the faculty strength, sanctioned and currently involved, VC suggested that the advertisements for recruitment to various positions be circulated over wider areas to attract high quality faculty. A search committee may look after the matter of finding exceptionally good candidates. He opined that exceptional candidates deserve exceptional provisions in the recruitment process.
There was a brief exchange of opinions on various points raised by the experts. One of the experts pointed out that about 40-50% of the faculty members are in both teaching and research; the rest should be involved in more productive works. The Coordinator replied that as far as organization of seminars/ symposia/ workshops are concerned, every faculty member contributes in some way. He however, agreed that the ‘rest’ should be motivated to be more active in research.
The faculty members then made the following presentations on the activities in various areas:
VLSI and Information Technology
Prof. S. Kar
Microwaves and Millimeterwaves
Sri A. Das Barman
Sri A. Paul
The AdCom Experts appreciated the presentations and the quality of works being carried out.
Coordinator reported that the Network Analyser, the most costly equipment procured from the CAS grant, was yet to be installed by Agilent. Prof. B N Basu suggested that reminder be sent again with a copy to him
Prof.T C Goel advised that project proposals be submitted to the funding agencies with much higher outlays. On the suggestion that procedure for quicker procurement be implemented, Prof. S. Sen, who is also the Dean of Technology, informed that the process has started with the separation of project accounts from the general account of the University.
Prof. Goel noted that at present, barring a few seats reserved for non-CU candidates, all the M.Tech. Students of Radiophysics and Electronics are CU graduates. He suggested that more candidates from other states be given opportunity for admission to M.Tech. in RPE.
On behalf of the Advisory Committee, he offered full support and cooperation in developmental works in the Department.
Recommendations of the Advisory Committee
for the Centre of Advanced Study in Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta
The committee went through the CAS progress report of the Centre during April 2005 - March 2006. There was also presentation by the Coordinator and other teachers summarizing the activities and achievements of the Centre during the period of review.
The committee was impressed by the very high quality of research presented in the term ending March 2006. Some of the activities are highly commendable and truly of international class. During the reported period, 32 journal papers, 61 conference papers and 6 Ph.D.s have been produced. The Centre arranged a number of lectures by distinguished speakers as well as a few workshop/ tutorials for the students. The staff members presented invited papers on a number of occasions.
The committee noted that 3 new teachers have been recruited. However, there still remain a number of vacancies in the teaching positions. The committee requested the Vice Chancellor to consider immediate recruitment to the vacant posts.
The committee noted with concern that the semester system in B. Tech level has not yet been implemented at the Institute. All measures should be taken for immediate implementation of the semester system. Also the method of the teachers’ evaluation by the students of the courses is to be introduced soon. The encouragement of student activities by forming different IEEE socities in the Centre is a welcome move.
The committee noted that the non-recurring grant earmarked for the current phase has been fully utilised. The problem of inordinate delay in the installation of capital imported equipment has been discussed. The committee recommends to the UGC that it duly consider the delay in providing utilization certificate, and release the next instalement of grant as soon as the UC for all other expenses are submitted.
Although the Institute has done commendable research in a large number of areas of Radiophysics and Electronics including space science, microwaves, solid state devices and circuits (VLSI, nanotechnology, etc.), and so on, it is recommended that the programme henceforth should narrow down its activities to only three major areas as follows:
(i) Space and atmospheric science and technology, (ii) Microwave and lightwave technology, and (iii) Solid-state electronics and circuits (encompassing VLSI and nanotechnology).
The committee feels that the Centre has not achieved a meaningful position in the teaching and research in VLSI Design, although the subarea has been identifid as one of the thrust areas. Many IITs and even NITs are offering M.Tech courses in VLSI over a long period. Considering the expertise available in the Centre, an M. Tech course should immediately be introduced in the Department. The Committee requests the Vice Chancellor to provide all kind of support for this.
While the committee feels that the work done by the faculty of the Centre is of high quality, it also feels that there is further scope of projecting the image of the Centre at the national scenario. These include 1) holding of UGC /AICTE/ DST sponsored Staff Development Program, Summer/Winter Schools, 2) Writing books and popular articles 3) publication of B.Tech/M.Tech project reports in journals of education ( IETE Tech Review, UGC Journal of Education, Resonance, EFY, Physics Teacher (IPS), Physics News (IPA), Science & Culture, etc.). The committee notes that though the background and specialization of all the teachers are of a very high standard, the names of some of the teachers do not appear in the report submitted. Teachers who are less active in research should be involved in the activities mentioned above.
The Committee once again expresses its deep impression of the high quality of teachers and wide area of expertise available. It feels that the Centre should accept foreign students as early as possible. This will also enable the Centre to be financially self sufficient.
Prof. A. Banerjee Prof. B. N. Basu Prof. T.C. Goel
6. Hiring of secretarial/Technical services @ Rs. 30,000/-p.a.
7. Advisory committee meetings @ Rs. 50,000/-p.a.
8. Books and Journals @ Rs. 50,000/-p.a.
9. Project Fellows (4Nos.) @ Rs. 6,000/-p.a.
Less 50,000.00 for CODEC 06
(Excess under NR)
Note: The excess expenditure for NR head has been met from the interest accrued, with the verbal consent of the External Experts. 3. (B) Expenditure during 1-4-06 to 31-03-07 : Tentative statement placed on Table, as no grant has been received till date. (C) New Grants Sanctioned under SAP (i) Creation of 5 Senior Research Fellowships @ Rs. 8000/= + allowances
(ii) Sanction of additional grant of Rs. 20.00 lakhs for infrastructures like power
and water supply, secutity equipment, classroom furnitures, equipment
In view of the recommendation by the Advisory Committee made last year the work conducted in diversified areas are grouped into the following three categories:
Space and atmospheric science and technology,
(ii) Microwave and lightwave technology, and
(iii) Solid-state electronics and circuits
(encompassing VLSI and nanotechnology).
Major Achievements in Teaching and Research
Semester system in M. Tech level was introduced earlier. Semester system in the B. Tech. level, with summative and formative methods of evaluation has been introduced for both Radio Physics and Electronics and Information Technology from the academic session starting September 2006.
In addition a new M. Tech course in VLSI Design has been introduced in September 2006.
Structure for B. Tech. in RPE is given in Annexure I(A)
Structure for B. Tech. in IT is given in Annexure I(B).
The existing M. Tech structure is given in Annexure II (A).
Regulation and Structure for M. Tech VLSI Design is given in Annexure II (B).
Structure for 1 yr. Diploma in MM wave Technology is given in Annexure III.
B. Tech in RPE : 42 (32 general + 8 SC/ST + 2 outside CU)
B. Tech in IT : 20 (course fee @ Rs. 3000/= pm)
M. Tech : 40 ( 28 general + 2 outside CU + 8 SC/ST + 8 sponsored @ Rs. 3000/ pm)
M. Tech in VLSI Design : 20 (course fee @ Rs. 4000/= pm)
New Academic/ Research Programs
A brief note on the Training Programme in
Millimetrewave Technology and Wave Propagation [Annexure IV(A)]
A report on the S. K. Mitra Centre for
Research in Space Environment [Annexure IV(B)]
With the introduction of B. Tech in IT, new teaching laboratories have been introduced. The laboratories are renovated and shifted to new locations. Recently financial support from World Bank/MHRD supported TEQIP has been received. The teaching and research laboratories are being augmented.
The Centre is well known for its research activities, both theoretical and experimental, in the thrust areas mentioned earlier.
The achievements in the thrust areas during the period under review are highlighted in Annexure–V(A).
Proposed research activities are discussed in Annexure –V(B).
Research papers in Journals are listed in Annexure VI (A)
Research papers in Conferences are listed in Annexure VI (B).
Reports/Technical Notes published are given in Annexure VI (C ).
Ph.D. theses with titles are given in Annexure VI (D).
(a) Facilities Available
Over the years the Centre has generated important research facilities through grants received from the UGC, DOE, DST, MHRD, AICTE, DRDO and other Government and non-government agencies. A list of major equipment is given below:
Diffusion furnaceMask Aligner
Vector Network Analyser
VLSI related Softwares
DSP tool kit
No of Books: 18,000
Journals: transferred to Central Library
CD/LRs : more than 150.
All teachers have access to internet. Journals available in the e-library of CU can be accessed.
The centre has its own website : www.irpel.org, which is regaularly updated