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School of Pure and Applied Physics

Mahatma Gandhi University,Priyadarsini Hills P O,
Kottayam-686560.Tl:0481-2731043, e-mail: ,



The School of Pure and Applied Physics was established in 1983 along with the inception of the University. Starting out as the Department of Materials Science the School expanded its scope and became the School of Pure & Applied Physics. The activities of the School encompass teaching, research and extension activities, promoting Physics, the basis of all the concrete sciences, which in its pure theoretical aspects becomes our reading of the way Nature expresses herself through Mathematics the queen of the abstract sciences. The School has received funding from UGC SAP-DRS Phase I and FIST Scheme of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The School has recently been short listed to continue on SAP-DRS Phase II from 2016 to 2021. Through the Astronomy & Astrophysics program of the School, MGU is an active member of the Square Kilometer Array -India Consortium (SKA -DAE as signing agency for India) and the Thirty Meter telescope (TMT – DST as signing agency for India) -multinational telescope projects of which India is a member country. The School has a well-equipped library, laboratories, computer labs with network facilities. It has excellent research facilities like Single crystal XRD, Powder crystal XRD, Fluorescence Microscope, Electrometer, Vacuum Coating units, Heating and refrigerating systems, Fluorescent Decay Measuring Instrument, Ellipsometer, Differential Scanning Calorimeter, Programmable furnace, Impedance Analyzer, Spectrophotometer, Spectrofluorophotometer and Storage Oscilloscopes. The School offers Master’s Degree program with Specializations in Materials Science and Astrophysics, an MPhil Program and PhD Program. The fields of research include Materials Science, Theoretical Physics, Spectroscopy, Biomolecules and Molecular Modelling, Nano Science, Photonics, Plasma Physics etc. The School has strong collaboration with the Inter University Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics- Pune, Centre for Materials Technology-Trichur, Third World Academy of Sciences- Italy, JNCSAR-Bangalore, RRI-Bangalore, NSC-Delhi, University of Leeds -UK, Polytechnique Institute of Milan –Italy, Cochin University of Science and Technology- Cochin, CAT-Indore, NIISTThiruvananthapuram etc. The centre provides: data of single crystal XRD and powder XRD , Spectroscopic Analysis and Microtopographic Studies, Technical advice on industrial problems related to Preparation of Single Crystals, Thin and Thick Films and offers Facility for Conductivity and Dielectric Measurements

Academic Programme

• M.Sc. (20) – Specializations: Materials Science and Astrophysics • M.Phil. (10) • PhD

Areas of Research

 Workshop on Free & Open Source Software for Academia on 1st & 8th October 2016 at School of Pure & Applied Physics



School of Pure and Applied Physics

MSc. Physics: 
Total no. of seats: 20

Specializations: Astrophysics, Applied Electronics, Materials Science and Theoretical Physics –


Eligibility: B. Sc. Degree in Physics with Mathematics as subsidiary with not less than 55 % marks in Part III. (For SC/ST candidates only pass in the

qualifying examination is needed)

Admission is based on Qualifying Exam marks (50%), Entrance test (40%) and Interview (10%).

Entrance Test is of two hour duration based on B. Sc. Syllabus with Physics main and Mathematics subsidiary.


  1. Phil Physics 

Total no. of seats: 10

Eligibility: M. Sc. Degree in Physics with 55% marks. (For SC/ST candidates only 50% marks is required)

Admission is based on Qualifying Exam marks (50%), Entrance test (40%) and Interview (10%)

  1. Sc. and M. Phil Courses follows the Credit and Semester system.

Ph. D

Areas of Research Research Guides
Plasma Physics, Space Physics, Non-linear time series analyses, Wavelet analysis Dr. Chandu Venugopal
Laser Spectroscopy, Sol-Gel Optics, Nano Materials, Nonlinear optics Dr.N V Unnikrishnan
X-ray crystallography, Molecular Modeling, Conformational studies of macromolecules, organic , inorganic , natural products, DNA and RNA, structure of modified nucleic acid Dr. C Sudarsanakumar
Galactic and stellar cluster dynamics Dr.K Indulekha
Nanomaterials Syntheses and characterization Dr.Nandakumar Kalarikkal
Solar Physics, Magnetosphere,  Quantum Computation Dr S Antony
Crystal Growth & characterization, Nanocrystals , Magnetic materials Dr Cyriac Joseph
Laser Spectroscopy, Photonics & Nonlinear optics Dr P R Biju




Professor & H.O.D

Dr.K Indulekha,  Tel: 9544901257

email  :

Emeritus Professors

Prof. (Dr.).N. V.Unnikrishnan, Tel: 0469-2619085,9745047850

Prof. Dr.Chandu Venugopal, Tel: 9446196143 

Dr.C Sudarsana Kumar ,  Tel: 9447141561

Associate Professor

Dr. K Nandakumar Tel: 9447671962 

Assistant Professor

Dr. S. Antony,   Tel: 9387847177 

Dr. Cyriac Joseph,  Tel: 9447000537

Smt.Saritha A.C    (on FIP) Tel: 9495321546

Dr.P.R Biju    Tel: 9446316179


spap research

School of Pure and Applied Physics

Major Research Facilities

X-ray Diffractometer, Spectrofluorimeter , UV-Visible Spectrophotometer, Ultrasonic Velocity  Measuring System, Metallurgical Microscope,  Advanced Fluorescence  Microscope, Impedance Analyzers , Microhardness Tester, keithley Electrometer, Vacuum Coating Units, Photomicrographic equipment, Programmable furnace, Crystal Cutter, Spectroradiometer, Spin Coater, Refrigerated circulator Bath.


spap activities

School of Pure and Applied Physics


  • Young Astronomers Meet (YAM-08).
  • Workshop on Advances in Observational Astronomy
  • National workshop on Materials Characterization by Diffraction  methods
  • Inculcate science programme for School students.
  • Inspire Science Programme for Higher secondary students.
  • Invited Frontier lecture series (Faculties from national/International Institutes).

SPAP forum

The SPAPforum provides a common platform for former and present members of the School of Pure and Applied Physics, MahatmaGandhiUniversity, Kottayam.  The activities of the forum, which was started  in 1997, includes creating a stage for its members to interact with eminent persons, to share ideas and work together in academic and other areas.  Those who had worked for the early development of the School will have a lot of experience to share through the forum, which acts as a binding force. The alumni members working in National/International institutes often visit the parent department for delivering lectures and to interact with the students. The forum also plays a major role in non-academic activities in the School.


Prof Ajith Parameswaran ICTS -TIFR an alumnus of SPAP MGU is among the recipients of Milner’s Breakthrough Prize.  The total prize money of 3 Million dollars is divided between the 1012 authors of the paper announcing the discovery of Gravitational Waves by LIGO.  The paper is now part of the history of humankind.  The list of authors can be seen in the link below announcing the Special Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics Awarded For Detection Of Gravitational Waves 100 Years After Albert Einstein Predicted Their Existence




The faculty members of the School of Pure and Applied Physics are providing free consultancy services to the teachers

and researchers of the nearby institutions and affiliated colleges.  The School has initiated to open a centre for industrial

consultancy and instrumentation.