Est. 1879

The St. Xavier's College Physics Department is one of the best places in India for research and education in physics. Our undergraduate students every year achieve excellence in their subject learning and application.

The department has 9 permanent faculty and more than 300 undergraduate (BSc) students. We have a postgraduate (MSc) program where 40 students are enrolled. We have project based learning implemented across all the years and courses. We have programmes like PROBE and JIGYASA to promote creative research among students. Our students and staff publish and present a large number of research papers every year and many get awarded. Our students intern in major institutes all across India.

The Department has been the source of innovation in physics education for decades. Specially after autonomy we have been able to innovate constantly. I am sure you will find this place academically creative and challenging.

– Head of Department


Teaching Pedagogy

Augmented Syllabi

No. of courses: 20 (BSc)

Revision: Almost100 % for all


FYBSc: Fundamentals

SYBSc: New skills

TYBSc: Applications

Zero Rote Learning

We Ask: Analyse, Apply, Comprehend

We Avoid: Define, Derive etc.


Students are encouraged to get deeper in the subject matter

Integrated Laboratory

Strong correlation between theory and experiments; New Experiments developed/introduced (BSc): 44


Better understanding of theory; Better hands on training

Contemporary Learning

Literature Review, SYBSc and TYBSc: 1 per course, Research Papers from last 5 years


Exposure to new research


Semester long project, mini research, exposure to synopsis and thesis writing


Application to real life; developing new/low cost techniques

Project Based Learning

1 small project per course; 20 Projects in 3 years


Independent thinking, lab skills and ability to take initiative

Promoting Academic Talent

PROBE (Student Research Seminar), 54 posters/12 Oral presentations in 2020

Jigyasa (Exhibition), 51 Exhibits in 2020

Competitive, External Judging


Showcasing and Appreciating scientific/academic talent

New Courses

4 New Courses in UG, Astronomy, Acoustics (SY), Digital Image Processing, Applied Physics (TY)

PG (MSc) Course in Physics


Industry Specific, Contemporary, Research oriented

Mastering Applications

3 assignments per course; all application based; evaluated in end semester exam


Better learning of applications, better concept understanding, helps in entrance exams

Make Your own CV

For students CV matters when they apply for PG/PhD courses or a for a job. Here they have an opportunity to choose project topics to propel their career. For example, if one is interested in astrophysics he/she can select project topics of different courses which leads to astrophysics and make a unique CV for their future progress. What more? They can also control the difficulty level of their project making learning suitably paced.