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School of Physical and Applied Sciences

Erstwhile Departments of (i) Electronics, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics


The School of Physical and Applied Sciences is a result of the amalgamation of three correlated departments which belonged to the erstwhile Faculty of Natural Sciences. Individually, the departments have a long and glorious past. Department of Physics (established in 1963 as a part of Centre for Postgraduate Instruction and Research (CPIR) of University of Mumbai) and Department of Mathematics (established in 1965 as a part of CPIR of University of Mumbai) are two of the oldest departments that served the local students by providing them quality higher education in two of the oldest fundamental sciences for more than four decades. Department of Electronics, on the other hand, was established in 2010, centred around the M.Sc. Electronics programme started by the Physics department in 1992.
The three departments have come together to multiply their strengths and chart out new interdisciplinary programmes of teaching and research. The first two of such programmes are M.Sc. in Biophysics and M.Sc. in Computational Physics. These new programmes will add to the existing M.Sc. Physics, now rebranded as M.Sc. in Solid State Physics, M. Sc. Mathematics and M.Sc. Electronics.
The focus of this School is to develop strong teaching and research programmes in Physical and Applied Sciences. The departments which formed this School had identified thrust areas which continue, but the amalgamation will lead to the emergence of new areas bordering the cutting edge areas of research.
All the three departments that formed this School were well funded. Department of Science and Technology, Government of India under its Fund for Infrastructure in Science and Technology (FIST) programme as well as by the University Grants Commission under its Special Assistance Programme (SAP) provided research funding to the Department of Physics. Department of Mathematics also received funding under the DST-FIST programme while the Department of Electronics was identified by UGC to initiate Innovative program in Embedded Technologies. Additionally, individual research projects funded by the DST-SERB, CSIR, UGC, DoE, ICAR, DST, MeitY, ICMR, etc. have led to the development of research facilities in the School.
The School plans to start certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and B. Voc. degree programme in - Fundamental of computers & networking and Advanced instruments, gadgets & appliances, to provide skill-based education under National Skill Qualifications Framework (NSQF). The aim is to enable a person to acquire desired competency levels via multiple pathways, within vocational education and vocational training, transit to the job market and, at a reasonable time, return for acquiring additional skills to upgrade their competencies.

Thrust areas:

Analysis, Lie Algebra and Discrete Mathematics

Embedded System and Biomedical Instrumentation

Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science


Computational Physics

Academic programmes leading to a Degree / Diploma / Certificate :

Programme Programme Director Intake
M.Sc. ElectronicsTime Table | Syllabus Jivan S. Parab19
M.Sc. MathematicsTime Table | Syllabus Manvendra Tamba36
M.Sc. PhysicsTime Table | Syllabus Cherukulappurath Sudhir50
M.Phil. Mathematics--
M.Phil. Physics--
Ph.D. Electronics--
Ph.D. Mathematics--
Ph.D. Physics--
Vocational Programmes under NSQFTime Table | Syllabus Narayan T. Vetrekar-


Name Designation Areas of Interest
Elaine T. DiasAssistant ProfessorExperimental Condensed Matter Physics
Rajendra S. GadProfessorMultivariate Signals &Systems and Computer Networks
Pallavi Pandhari GaudeAssistant ProfessorTheoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Sandeep Babu GawaliAssistant Professor (Contract)Solid-state lasers, Semiconductor Lasers, Optics
Shreyas GawdeAssistant Professor (Contract)Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0
Venkatesha R. HathwarUGC - Assistant ProfessorX-ray Diffraction, Chemical Physics and Quantum Crystallography, Crystal Engineering, Structural Materials Science
RajeshKumar Shankar HyamUGC - Assistant ProfessorExperimental Condensed Matter Physics, Nanomaterials for Energy Applications, Superconducting Materials, Pulsed laser deposition of thin films
Mailattu KunhanandanAssistant ProfessorFunctional Analysis and Discrete Mathematics
Pranav NaikAssistant ProfessorNanomaterial synthesis, Magnetism, Electrical properties, Radiation effect
Bholanath PahariUGC - Assistant ProfessorExperimental Condensed Matter Physics, NMR Spectroscopy
Ramesh V. PaiProfessorTheoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Phase Transitions, Many-body Physics in Ultra-cold Atoms
Prabhakar PalniAssistant ProfessorExperimental High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics
Jivan S. ParabAssociate ProfessorEmbedded System Instrumentation, DSP,RTOS, HDL, Fiber optic sensors
Jessica Fernandes e PereiraAssistant ProfessorGraph Theory, Topology, Linear Algebra,Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Optimization, Operations Research
Yogini PrabhuAssistant Professor (Contract)Embedded systems, photonics-spectroscopy, machine learning, artificial intelligence
Kaustubh R.S. PriolkarProfessorExperimental Condensed Matter Physics; Structure - Property Correlation in Functional Materials Using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (EXAFS and XANES)
Reshma Raut DessaiAssistant ProfessorNeutron Scattering, Porous media, Condensed matter Physics, Glass, Ceramic
Marlon Darius SequeiraAssistant ProfessorEmbedded systems, signal processing, FPGA.
Cherukulappurath SudhirUGC - Assistant ProfessorNanophotonics, Plasmonics, Near-field optics, Super-resolution Microscopy
Manvendra TambaAssistant ProfessorLie Algebra, Number Theory
Param R. TangsaliAssistant Professor (Contract)Complex Analysis, Algebra
Narayan T. VetrekarAssistant ProfessorPattern Recognition, Biometrics, Multi-spectral Imaging, Machine Learning, Image Processing