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Science outreach prog at Dibrugarh University

 GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - A science outreach programme was organised by Dibrugarh University in association with the Physics Academy of North East (PANE) and IIT, Guwahati Outreach office on August 10 last. This was stated in a press note received here.

At the beginning, Prof Saurabh Basu, Dean, Outreach office, IIT, Guwahati delivered a talk on the topic ‘Opportunities of Higher education in different IITs’. He discussed in details about the different modes of entries into IITs like JEE Advanced, JAM, GATE, CEED and PhD entrance.

Prof Bipul Bhuyan of IIT, Guwahati delivered a talk on the topic ‘Fundamental Physics: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe’. At the beginning, he briefly introduced the Standard Model of Physics, the Grand Unified Theory (GUT) and the discovery of Higgs particle. He mentioned about Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful accelerator at CERN. He focused light on ‘ATLAS’ and ‘CMS’ experiments and the underlying detector layout. He discussed about the enormous data volumes from these experiments which are analysed by the scientists from institutes all over the world using the distributed GRID computing. He also spoke on CP violation in Physics, which might explain matter-antimatter asymmetry of the present Universe.

In the next talk, Prof Saurabh Basu illuminated the audience about Bose Einstein condensates which are often called as the fifth state of matter, the existence of which was first theoretically proposed by an Indian scientist, SN Bose along with A Einstein in 1924, and over 70 years later, they were experimentally realised by three American scientists, Cornell, Ketterle and Weiman. The phenomenon takes place at a temperature which is the coolest known temperature of the universe, can slow down light, flows without friction and emphasises the role of quantum mechanics taught at the undergraduate level.

Earlier Dr Dipak Chetia, Dean of Research and Development of Dibrugarh University inaugurated the programme. Dr Pankaj Dutta, HoD of Physics of Dibrugarh University welcomed the audience.

Prof Bipul Bhuyan, general secretary, PANE said in his inaugural address that the outreach programme is an attempt to make the students aware of the latest developments in ‘Physics Education and Research’ so that they can project themselves appropriately in the national and international platform. In his view, students of this region are lagging behind in the case of Higher Education and so he strongly advocated the establishment of additional institutions like IISER in the region.

The vast audience comprised PANE life-members, dignitaries, faculty members and research scholars of various institutions. There was large scale presence of students from 14 different institutions.

The vote of thanks was given by Dr Gouree Shankar Das of the Department of Physics of Dibrugarh University. The entire programme was coordinated by Dr Umananda Dev Goswami of the same department.

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