PROMOTING UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORY WORK AT NEWLY ESTABLISHED SCIENCE INSTITUTES
NIUS greatly expanded its scope of work with the establishment of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) aided institutions: National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneshwar and University of Mumbai- Department of Atomic Energy for Excellence in Basics Science (UM-DAE CBS). As part of NIUS, HBCSE was proactively involved in the initial curriculum design of these institutes as well as IISER Pune and development of its first year laboratories in all the three subjects. In physics the entire experimental set-up was first assembled at (HBCSE) and then transferred to NISER and CBS. In chemistry, the first year laboratory activity of CBS students in 2008 – 2009 was carried out entirely at HBCSE. Further first year laboratory activity of CBS in Biology and Chemistry for the year 2009 - 2010 is currently being carried out entirely at HBCSE. Besides, NIUS members were also actively involved in carrying out physics teaching programme of CBS, Mumbai. HBCSE also conducted the national Entrance Screening test (NEST 2007) for these institutes, and its members played an active role in the subsequent interviews for admission to them.
PROMOTING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN NON- METROPOLITAN COLLEGES
The task of identifying, encouraging and working with faculty in Non-Metropolitan colleges has been initiated. This had been done in half a dozen places in India notably in Christ Church College, Kanpur (Kanpur University); Science College, Patna (Patna University); Jagdam College, Chapra (Jaiprakash Narayan University); B S. College, Danapur (Magadh University), DAV PG College, Rishikesh (Tehri-Garhwal University), Physics Dept., H. S. Gour University, Sagar, MP and Saran Basaveshwara College of Science, Gulbarga University.
The plan is to enable the teachers to set up a modest research effort so that they in turn will mentor the undergraduate students. In the places mentioned above the plan has been put in place and is operative. The research areas are nanophysics (both theoretical and experimental) and quantum chaos.
Promotion of Undergraduate research in Non-Metropolitan areas: over six (6)