Vigyan Vidushi (VV2021) programme in Physics is a three-week programme for women students in the first year of their two-year M.Sc. degree in physics, or the fourth year of their Integrated B.Sc.-M.Sc. degree in physics. This programme will provide these students an exposure to advanced physics topics and research opportunities, and encourage them to take up research in physics as a career option. The students will also get an opportunity to be taught, inspired, and mentored by successful women scientist role models.

Duration of the online programme: 31 May – 19 June, 2021

Structure of the programme

The basic structure of the VV2021 (Physics) programme will be like an online summer school. There will be normally six courses, each of which will run for a week. In every week, two courses will run in parallel. A course will typically consist of lectures in the morning, and approximately equal time devoted to tutorials in the afternoon. Students may be divided into smaller groups during the tutorials. There will be online interaction sessions in the evening.

While some of the courses will focus on strengthening basic understanding of physics essentials, most of the courses will be on topics that may not be normally covered in M.Sc. classes in a University. Even when the topics may be common, the elements of research or unique perspectives of active researchers will be essential parts of the courses. The courses are expected to lead to a review of current research in the area towards the end.

The programme will consist of the following lectures:

Quantum MechanicsArvind KumarAnkita Budhraja, Disha Bhatia, Shamayita Ray
Statistical MechanicsRajdeep SensarmaKusum Dhochak, Nisheeta Desai, Prerna Sharma
Experimental Techniques in PhysicsShirish Pathare, Shriganesh Prabhu,Vandana NanalAnanya Kundu, Aparajita Mazumdar, Bhagyashri Latad, Praveen Pathak, Saurabhee Huli
Introduction to Astronomy and AstrophysicsBhaswati MookerjeaAnwesh Mazumdar, Poonam Chandra, Varsha Chitnis
Introduction to Laser and Plasma PhysicsG. Ravindra KumarAparajit Chandrasekaran, Vandana Sharma
Introduction to Quantum ComputationR. VijayaraghavanMadhavi Chand, Sumeru Hazra

In addition to the regular courses, the VV programme will have the following unique features:

  • Special lectures by women scientists, as well as on women scientists that would serve as role models
  • Ample opportunities for interacting (online) with subject experts, including many women scientists
  • Special mentoring dealing with gender-related issues
  • Exposure to Physics Education Research

Public events to be streamed live at: Vigyan Vidushi YouTube channel

Special Lecture 1

Bibha Chowdhuri Memorial lecture

Nuclear Reactions: Spanning Fundamental Physics to Applications

Prof. Mahananda Dasgupta

Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
31st May 2021, 4.30 pm
Special Lecture 2

The Strange World of Fractionalized Quantum Numbers in Quantum Matter

Prof. Nandini Trivedi

Ohio State University, USA
7th June 2021, 4.30 pm
Special Lecture 3

Women in Science: Breaking Barriers

Prof. Srubabati Goswami

Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
10th June 2021, 4.30 pm
Special Lecture 4

Photonic Quantum Science and Technologies

Urbasi Sinha

Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru
14th June 2021, 4.30 pm