To provide firm foundation of “PHYSICS” with a strong base of Mathematics so that the students can build a good career in academics, research and Industry.
About the Department:
Physics Department is one of the oldest departments of Modern College. It was established in 1993. The subject was introduced at the third year B.Sc. since 2007-08.The department has two dedicated laboratories and a separate Research Section. The programme offered by the department is B.Sc. (Physics). It also offers courses for B.Sc. Biotechnology.
The department offers Biophysics and Electro acoustics and Entertainment Physics as elective courses at the UG level. Faculty members are actively involved in the syllabus framing and restructuring at the University level.
The Department is supported under DBT Star College scheme of Department of Biotechnology Government of India, New Delhi. The Department has also received grant under DST FIST Scheme of Department of Science and Technology Government of India, New Delhi and UGC. The Department has an ongoing minor research project sanctioned by UGC.
Physics department encourages many student-centric, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. These help the students in developing creative minds, leadership quality, ability to work in a group /with peers and also enhances their interest in the subject. These are mainly conducted by the students and staff of the department.
Teaching Staff Information : Physics Faculty
: Dr. Varsha Ashutosh Joshi
: Head, Department of Physics
: Ph.D.(Physics), Sangeet Visharad in Classical Vocal Music
Varsha Joshi, Role of ICT in Higher Education, Conference proceeding (20-21 Feb 2015)
Sangram Gholap, Kalpesh Mahamunkar, Sougata Ghosh, Varsha Joshi, Electrical impedance as a function of biofilm formation: A novel strategic drug discovery tool, Dnyanamaya Journal of PE Society
N. Kortikar, P. Pagar, S. M. Rathod, S. Chaudhari, V. Joshi, Synthesis And Characterizations of Nickel-Ferrites [NiFe2O4] Nanoparticles, IJCPS Vol. 7, Special Issue ISSN:2319-6602 RTCS - April 2018 International Journal of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Varsha Joshi, Pratibha Rao, S Dheke, S Chaudhari, Synthesis and Structural Properties of Doped and Un-doped MnO2 Nanoparticles for its Use in Percussion Instruments JETIR May 2019, Volume 6, Issue 5 (ISSN-2349-5162)
V Joshi, P Rao, S Chaudhari, Synthesis and characterization of Fe3O4 nanoparticles to study effect of doping on ink used in Indian percussion instruments International Journal of Management, IT & Engineering (IJMIE) Vol. 9 Issue 6, June 2019, ISSN: 2249-0558.
Mahendra D. Waghmare, Sopan Rathod and Y.B. Khollam, Study of structural and optical properties of NixCo1-xDyyFe2-yO4 nanomaterial synthesized by sol-gel autocombustion method, JETIR May 2019, Volume 6, Issue 5 (ISSN-2349-5162)
Pratibha Rao, R.V. Godbole, D.M. Phase, R.C. Chikate and Sunita Bhagwat, Ferrite thin ﬁlms: Synthesis, characterization and gas sensing properties towards LPG, Mater. Chem. Phys. 149 (2015) 333–338
Pratibha Rao, R.V. Godbole and Sunita Bhagwat, Chlorine gas sensing performance of palladium doped nickel ferrite thin films, J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 405 (2016) 219–224
Pratibha Rao, R.V. Godbole and Sunita Bhagwat, Copper doped nickel ferrite nano-crystalline thin ﬁlms: A potential gas sensor towards reducing gases, Mater. Chem. Phys. 171 (2016) 260–266
Pratibha Rao, Rajeev C. Chikate and Sunita Bhagwat, Highly responsive and stable Y3+ doped NiMg–ferrite thick films as an efficient humidity sensor New J. Chem. 40 (2016) 1720- 1728
Pratibha Rao, R.V. Godbole and Sunita Bhagwat, Nanocrystalline Pd:NiFe2O4 thin films: A selective ethanol gas sensor, J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 416 (2016) 292–298
R.V. Godbole, Pratibha Rao, P.S. Alegaokar and Sunita Bhagwat, Influence of Fuel to Oxidizer Ratio on LPG Sensing Performance of MgFe2O4 Nanoparticles Mater. Chem. Phys. 161 (2015) 135–141
R.V. Godbole, Pratibha Rao,V.P. Godbole, P.S. Alegaokar and Sunita Bhagwat Influence of Fuel to Oxidizer Ratio on Gas Sensing Characteristics of ZnFe2O4 Nanoparticles, Proceedings of the 2015 2nd International Symposium on Physics and Technology of Sensors (ISPTS – 2), IEEE Conference Publication, Pune, India, 8–10 March 2015, pp. 147–153
Sunita Bhagwat and Pratibha Rao Study of Dielectric Properties of Nano-crystalline Mn-Zn Ferrite, IOSR Journal of Applied Physics 3(1) (2013) 1-6.
D. Inamdar, C. Agashe, P. Kadam and Shailaja Mahamuni, Doping Optimization and Surface Modification of Aluminum-doped Zinc Oxide Transparent Conductive Coating Thin Solid Films 520 (2012) 3871
R.V. Godbole, Pratibha Rao and Sunita Bhagwat, Magnesium ferrite nanoparticles: A rapid gas sensor for alcohol Materials Research express 4 (2017) 025032
Achievements of alumni
Name of past student
Nature of Achievements
Mr. Anand Parchure
1. Founder and Managing Director – Parchure Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Pune
2. Business owner of NAVTANTRA , a company manufacturing domestic wind turbine systems
Mr. Hrishikesh Bhosale
Started his own coaching classes “The Learners’ Academy” at Balewadi, Pune
Mr. Sanjit Deokar
Cleared intelligence bureau assistant; central intelligence officer grade 2 examination conducted by ministry of home affairs.
A member of Pune University team at “Interuniversity National Youth Leadership Camp” organized by Association of Universities New Delhi at Gurunanak Dev University Amritsar from 7-11 August 2012. The team got second prize for Best Disciplined Team.
Mrs. Varsha Kulkarni
Got 8th Rank in Savitribai Phule Pune University M.Sc. (Physics) Exam (2015-16)
Mr. Swapnil Shevakari
His project titled “Effect of different light intensity on stridulations of black cricket” has won prizes at college level science exhibitions at different colleges. His project was also part of state level science exhibition.
Mr. Dattatraya Sawant
Cleared Govt of India, Ministry of Home affairs (intelligence bureau) exam for the post Jr. Assistant Officer grade 2
Contribution of alumni
Name of past student
Nature of Contribution
Member of college IQAC
Involvement in departmental activities, worked as faculty at the department
Various special instruments at the department are:
Name of the instrument
Millikan's oil drop experiment set
Two probe method
Microcontroller based furnace
Geiger Muller counter
Pallet making machine
Ball milling apparatus
Digital Storage Oscilloscope
e/m Thomson's apparatus
Mr. Sachin Gaikwad
Mr. Sanjay Jadhav
Co-curricular Activities conducted by the Department:
The department organizes Guest lectures, Educational Films and Videos screenings, Industrial visits, Study tours for students, and interdisciplinary workshops
for teachers, students and support staff. Lecture series for various entrance exams after graduations is arranged by department. Subject related special events are
celebrated by the department. A project and poster competition was held by the Department to celebrate 2015 the International Year of Light. A slide show and
presentation by Students was arranged to celebrate the discovery of Gravitational waves.
In the year 2020 department has started Astroclub – Astrophiles. Under this department organizes various activities like courses, guest lectures etc.
This is the talent search activity of the department. The department organizes various co-curricular activities under this like Physics Quiz, Subject Based Rangoli, Subject Based Cartoons, puzzle and fun game competitions.
Physics Forum :
Physics forum is a platform that provides opportunity to students to participate in academic activities conducted by other institutes. The forum also runs a wallpaper activity, seminars, Guest Lectures and Demo sessions.
Annual Science Exhibition – Anubhuti:
The Annual Science Exhibition ‘Anubhuti’ exhibits models, projects and charts to explain some complex concepts in Physics in a simple way. This is an event visited by many school children also.
Indian Physics Association:
Students participate in the activities of The Indian Physics Association (IPA, Pune chapter) every year.
Various Activities organized by department in last five years:
Skills and Open ended Experimentation in Optics
Teachers training in Optics Experimentation and help them in acquiring special skills in order to demonstrate experiments to the students.
Laboratory maintenance and Safety workshop
To train the non-teaching staff working in different laboratories about the safety measures to be taken in the laboratory and maintenance of some equipment.
Interdisciplinary certificate courses: Basics of Nanoscience, Basic Astronomy
To cultivate research aptitude through Interdisciplinary courses.
Popularization of Physics in school through experiments
Purpose of this activity is to develop interest in science and they understand basic concepts in basic sciences.
Competitive Examination Guidance lecture series
To prepare our students for M.Sc entrance exam and IIT JAM exam etc.
Hands on training: Soldering and de-soldering, Plotting of graph
To develop various skills in students apart from regular curriculum.
The department organizes Educational Toys making workshop and skill development course for the students.Department conducted a skill development course titled “Repairing and maintenance of electrical home appliances” for undergraduate students. Students are encouraged to apply the skill developed within their regular practical sessions.
The department has received grants from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and New Delhi under DBT STAR College Scheme. These grants are used for providing infrastructure and organizing activities for students to enhance their interest in basic sciences and to improve their skills. Special instruments are made available to the staff and students of the department under this scheme.
Students also work on inter-disciplinary projects within and outside the college.
The department has also organized small hands on training workshop for non-teaching staff.