July 18th, 2006
My father retired as a Professor of Physics from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1996, having taught Physics for 43 years. Always interested in improving Science education in general and Physics education in particular, he has served in the Board of Studies of various universities in North India, written books for NCERT, been a regular member of NCERT’s NTSE selection panel, and is one of the founding members of Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). He’s served on the Executive Council of IAPT for years in various capacities and is currently the ex-officio General Secretary and the Chief Editor of the monthly Bulletin of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers, IAPT’s monthly magazine that goes out every month to over 4000 addresses and is read by approximately twice as many educators all over the country and many abroad.
IAPT organises two Physics exams every year:
- National Graduate Physics Examination (NGPE) for B.Sc. (Bachelors) level students of Physics, and
- National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) for +2 (Pre-Grad) level students.
Approximately 30,000 students registered to write the NSEP examination held in November ’05. The top 1% from those who gave the exam were selected for Indian Physics Olympiad (InPhO). The top 60 students from there went into a selection Camp in HBCSE, Mumbai out of which the top 30 participated in a 7-10 day camp from where the team of 5 was chosen to represent India in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) held in Singapore this month.
Raghu Mahajan, one of the team members, is from Chandigarh. I remember the day he visited us to get my father’s advice on practicals (Vijai Singh, who (Update:
teaches) has taught Physics in IIT, Kanpur and is the National Science Olympiads coordinator, referred him over).