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I

UNIVERSITY

OF CALCUTTA
nstitute of Radio Physics and Electronics


PROGRESS REPORT

(April 2005 – March 2006)
Centre of Advanced Study

in

Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta,



Presented at the CAS Advisory Committee meeting held on March 28, 2006, at Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta



Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta





Status: Centre of Advanced Study
Address: Sisir Mitra Bhavan

University College of Technology

92 Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road3

Calcutta – 700 009.


Telephone No.: + 91-33-2350-9115 / 9116 / 9413

Fax No. : +91-33-2351-5828

e-mail: pkb.rpe@caluniv.ac.in

susanta.rpe@caluniv.ac.in


Date of first approval: August, 1963.


Programme last reviewed :March, 2005.

1. Advisory Committee













Chairman

Professor Asis K. Banerjee

Vice Chancellor, University of Calcutta


UGC Nominee

Prof. T. C. Goel

Director, BITS-Pilani (Goa Campus)


UGC Nominee

Prof. B. N. Basu

Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University


Member

Prof. P.C. Rakshit

Head of the Department


Member Secretary

Prof. P. K. Basu

Programme coordinator


Member

Prof. Susanta Sen

Deputy Programme coordinator Professor from Thrust area


Member

Prof. P. K. Saha

Professor from Thrust area


Member

Prof. N. Purkait

Professor from non-thrust area

2. Major Recommendations:
Recommendations of the Advisory Committee for the Centre of Advanced Study in Radiophysics and Electronics, University of Calcutta

Meeting held on March 31, 2004



  1. The Committee was impressed with the very high quality of research presented for the term ending March 2004. Some of the activities are truly of international class. Total number of publications: 98 Journal papers and 214 Conference papers. During this period 17 Ph.D.s have been produced.

During the last CAS Advisory Committee meeting, we had requested that the Chancellor consider introduction of some new steps for smooth running of the Centre.

Vice-Chancellor explained that several steps have already been taken. These include:

1. Separate budgeting for projects.

2. Admission of B.Tech. degree holders to Ph.D. programmes.


  1. Delegation of academic, administrative and financial autonomy to

project leaders.

  1. Initiation of efforts for faculty recruitment ( 4 lecturers & 2 reader candidates)




  1. We strongly recommend that CAS be continued beyond 2004 for a new phase in view of outstanding performance in fields identified for the Institute. The Institute is encouraged to send, as soon as possible, a proposal for renewal with information on the areas of thrust and budgetary requirements. We note that the grant approved for 2003-2004 has not yet been released. We recommend the release of this grant at an early date and approval given to utilise the fund till 30 th September, 2004.




  1. The Institute has identified four areas of excellence for research and teaching. These are




  • Solid State and Microelectronics (VLSI and Nanotechnology)

  • Microwave and Lightwave Technology (Devices and Circuits)

  • Space Science and Communication (Navigational Electronics and Radio/Atmospheric Science)

  • System and Computer Science (Information Technology/ Embedded Design)

It is a pleasure to record that the Institute has a core competence and expertise of high order in the above areas, around which most of the revolutions in Electronics and Communication are projected to take place in near and distant future. The Institute has built its reputation through very high quality faculty and their research activities.


The above areas being highly knowledge-intensive and specialised, the Committee is of the opinion that the nucleus of excellence created here must be sustained and nurtured on a long-term programme to establish an institute of international reckoning.


  1. The Committee recommends that the Institute should be recognised by the AICTE as an institution for M.Tech. and Ph.D. programme for college teachers under the Quality Improvement Programme (QIP). Necessary steps should be initiated in this direction by the University.




  1. The Committee was told that the GATE scholars often have to wait a long time for getting their scholarships. The University may consider the modalities for advancing the fellowship amounts from own resources pending release from the UGC. The UGC should also be approached for speedy release of the fellowship amounts. The delay in releasing the scholarship is one of the factors, which does not allow bright students qualifying GATE to seek admission in IRPE M.Tech. programmes.




  1. In view of the competence of the institute it is recommended that in future it takes initiative to play the role of leadership in various national programs in the area of Electronics and Communication to network other national academic institutes in the programs identified for the Centre.

Prof. A. Bannerji Dr.A. P. Mitra Prof. A.B. Bhattacharya Prof. P.B. Rao

Chairman

3. Details of Sanctions and Expenditure



Grant sanctioned
Non Recurring : 68.25 lakhs

Recurring : 31.65lakhs

Total : 99.90 lakhs
Statement of Expenditure
A. Expenditure during 1-4-2005 to 31-3-2006 (approx. figures in lakhs)


Equipment

Amount sanctioned

Order placed

Bill submitted

Balance

(i) Vector Network Analyser

40.00

USD-96,785.60








(ii) Spectrum Analyser

4.00










(iii) DSP tool Kit +10 Pentium

4.50

1,80,498.00+USD3,300.00







(iv)Zero-air and Nitrogen generator

2. 00

1,70,000.00

1,85,104.00

14,896.00

(v)Receiving system for Schumann Resonance

1.00

83,980.00

20,000.00

-3,980.00

(vi)Softwares (Mentor Graphics 5 user)

10.00




9,91,502.00

8,498.00

(vii)Inkjet Printer for B.Tech students Project work (2)

0.15

10,600.00

10,600.00

4,400.00

2.(a)Lecture auditorium with modern facilities including LCD projector

5.00

-

Estmate

Submitted to UGC



-

(b) Dust-free room (for pollution measurement)

1.00

-

Estmate to be

Submitted to UGC



-

(c) Reprographic facilities

0.60




58,500.00

1,500.00

Total:

68.25




-

-

B. Recurring













1. Contingency @ Rs. 75,000/-p.a

0.75




73,151.00

1,849.00

2. Consumables/Chemicals etc. @Rs. 50,000/-p.a.

0.50




41,664.00

8,336.00

3. Travel @ Rs. 30,000/-p.a.

0.30




524.00

29,476.00

4. Visiting Fellows @ Rs. 40,000/-p.a.

0.40




11500.00

28,500.00

5. Seminar @ Rs. 50,000/-p.a. (for two events)

0.50

-

To be utilized in 2006-07

-

6. Hiring of secretarial/Technical services @ Rs. 30,000/-p.a.

0.30

-

12,300.00

17,700.00

7. Advisory committee meetings @ Rs. 50,000/-p.a.

0.50

-

-

-

8. Books and Journals @ Rs. 50,000/-p.a.

0.50

-

-

-

9. Project Fellows (4Nos.) @ Rs. 6,000/-p.a.


























  1. Thrust Areas

Present (New Phase)

  1. Solid State Electronics & VLSI Design

  2. Space Science and Communication




Proposed New Areas

With the rapid expansion of the field of Electronics, any existing infrastructure and knowledge, particularly in the high technology areas tend to become obsolete within a few yearsIt is felt that the present thrust areas should be made more broad based to emphasise the following areas :

a) Computers,

b) Information Technology,

c) Photonics,

d) Artificial Intelligence,

e) CAD and CAM,

f) Radio and Atmospheric Science

g) Nanoelectronics and Nanosystems






  1. Major Achievements in Teaching and Research




(a)

Course Development

Semester system in M. Tech level was introduced earlier. It has been decided to introduce Semester system in the B. Tech. level for both Radio Physics and Electronics and Information Technology.
The proposed structure for B. Tech. in RPE is given in Annexure I(A)
The proposed structure for B. Tech. in IT is given in Annexure I(B).
The existing M. Tech structure is given in Annexure II.
Structure for 1 yr. Diploma in MM wave Technology is given in Annexure III.


(b)

Student intake

  1. B. Tech in RPE : 42 (32 general + 8 SC/ST + 2 outside CU

  2. B. Tech in IT : 20 (course fee @ Rs. 3000/= pm)

  3. M. Tech : 40 ( 28 general + 2 outsideCU + 8 SC/ST + 8 sponsored @ Rs. 3000/ pm)




(c)

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)]




(d)

Teaching/Research Labs

With the introduction of IT new teaching laboratories have been introduced. The laboratories are renovated and shifted to new locations. Recently financial support from World Ban/MHRD supported TEQIP has been received. The teaching and research laboratories are being augmented.


(e)

Research Activities

The Centre is well known for its research activities, both theoretical and experimental, in four 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 ).





  1. Facilities Available




(a)

Equipment

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 furnace

Mask Aligner

Vector Network Analyser

Spectrum Analyser

Gas Chromatograph



OTDR

EDA Suite



VLSI related Softwares


(b)

Library

  1. No of Books: 18000

  2. Journals: transferred to Central Library

  3. CD/LRs : more than 150.

  4. Computers: one

(c)

Internet

All teachers have access to internet. Journals availble in the e-library of CU can be accessed.

(d)

Website

The Centre has its own website : www.irpel.org, which is regularly updated.




  1. Faculties




(a)

List of Faculties with specialisation

Annexure VII (A) : 1


(b)

List of Guest Lecturers/retired teachers

Annexure VII(A): 2


(c)

List of Scientific Workers

Annexure VII(A): 3


(d)

List of CAS Project Fellows

Annexure VII(A): 4


(e)

List of Other Workers working for Ph.D. under Faculties

Annexure VII(A): 5


(f)

List of Ph.D. theses submitted/awareded

Annexure VII(A): 6.


  1. Achievements/activities of Faculties




(a)

Membership etc

Annexure VII(B) : 1


(b)

Visits abroad

Annexure VII(B): 2


(c)

Awards, Distinction, Editorship, Reviewer, etc

Annexure VII(B): 3


(d)

Invited talks/Chairmanship

Annexure VII(B): 4


(e)

Conferences attended

Annexure VII(B): 5


(f)

Books published/under preparation

Annexure VII(B): 6

(g)

Collaboration with International/ National Institutions

Annexure VII(B): 7


(h)

Distinguished Visitors in the Centre

Annexure VII(B): 8


(i)

Patents

Annexure VII(B): 9


(j)

Conferences/Workshops arranged

Annexure VII(B): 10


(k)

Lectures arranged

Annexure VII(B): 11


9. On-going Projects:

Details about the on-going projects are given in [Annexure–VIII]



10. Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP)

Activities are described in [Annexure IX]


11. Collaboration with regional institutions
The faculties serve as experts and mentors to regional institutions, in particular, the institutions in North Eastern region of the country. Each year a few students from the Department of Electronic Science, Gauhati University, comes to the Centre, to undertake their summer projects under the faculties of the Centre.
The University College of Technology- Calcutta University (UCT-CU) has been identified as one of the Lead Institutions under Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) f World Bank/MHRD. It is forming a network with Govt. College of Engg. & Ceramic Technology, Kolkata, and Haldia Institute of Technology, Haldia. As a department under UCT-CU, the Centre provides support to these Institutions in holding seminar/symposia. It is planned to guide faculties of these two institutions for Ph.D. work.
12. Encouragement of Student Activities


  1. The Faculties of the Centre, in collaboration with LEOS Chapter, IEEE- Kolkata, arranged a Students lecture contest on December 24, 2005, at Haringhata Field Station.

  2. The Faculties of the Centre, in collaboration with LEOS Chapter, IEEE- Kolkata, arranged a Research Awareness Program on February 15, 2006.

  3. A Students Section of IEEE has been opened in the Campus, under the initiative of the faculties of the Centre, who are IEEE members.

  4. The National Science Day (28.02.06) has been observed by arranging an exhibition of Photonics related equipment for school and college students, followed by demonstration and question-answer period.


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