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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 also offers UGC approved certificate and diploma programmes in Fundamental of computers & networking and Advanced instruments, gadgets & appliances, to provide skill-based education under National Skill Qualifications Framework (NSQF). These programmes will be extended to advanced diploma and B. Voc. degree programme in near future. 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.
The success of the School is a result of the foundations of a vibrant academic culture and significant contributions of several of our distinguished colleagues including D.B. Wagh, A. Wagh, A.K. Heblekar, C. Mande, S.G. Deo, R.B. Prabhu, Y.S. Prahalad, A.B. Bhattacharya, P.R. Sarode, J.A.E. Desa, R.B. Tangsali, Y.S. Valaulikar, G M. Naik, Uma Subramanian, M.T. Nair, S. Pandit, G.R. Bhat, A. Banerjee, M. Ganesh, A.J. Jayanthan, P.K. Choudhuri, R.K. Kamat, R. Panda and A. Mohapatra.

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 | Syllabus 2022-23 Jivan S. Parab19
M.Sc. MathematicsTime Table | Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Manvendra Tamba38
M.Sc. PhysicsTime Table | Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Cherukulappurath Sudhir50
M.Phil. Mathematics--
M.Phil. Physics--
Ph.D. Electronics--
Ph.D. Mathematics--
Ph.D. Physics--
Vocational Programmes under NSQFTime Table | Syllabus 2022-23 Narayan T. Vetrekar-


Name Designation Areas of Interest
Bhargav K. AlavaniAssistant ProfessorCondensed Matter Physics, Computational Physics
Elaine T. DiasAssistant ProfessorExperimental Condensed Matter Physics
Brandon FernandesAssistant ProfessorLie Algebra, Linear Algebra
Rajendra S. GadSenior ProfessorMultivariate Signals &Systems and Computer Networks
Aniketh A. GaonkarAssistant ProfessorBiometrics, Image Processing, Machine Learning, Robotics
Pallavi Pandhari GaudeAssistant ProfessorTheoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Sandeep Babu GawaliAssistant Professor (Contract)Optical communication, Data communication
Mridini GawasAssistant ProfessorDifferential equations, Integral Equations, Linear Algebra, Partial differential equations
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
Priyanka V. KamatAssistant Professor (Contract)Signal Processing, Image Processing, Wavelet Filter Banks
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 Professor (on lien)Experimental High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics
Jivan S. ParabProfessorEmbedded 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
Shreya Sanket PrabhudesaiAssistant Professor (Contract)Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0
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, Xray Astronomy
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
Narayan T. VetrekarAssistant ProfessorPattern Recognition, Biometrics, Multi-spectral Imaging, Machine Learning, Image Processing

Superannuated Faculty:

Name Designation Areas of Interest
A.J. JayanthanAssociate ProfessorTopology
Gourish M. NaikProfessor (HAG)Fiber Optics & Sensors, Opto-electronics, Biomedical Instrumentation
Uma SubramanianProfessorExperimental Solid State Physics
Yeshwant S. ValaulikarAssociate ProfessorOrdinary and Delay Differential Equations

Other Information:

  • Activity Report: Five Day Workshop on LaTeX Typesetting in Mathematics (23-28 Oct 2023)
  • Activity Report: Invited Lecture by Prof. S. Arumugam (12 Oct 2023)
  • Activity Report: Deep Learning and Hardware Integration Using MATLAB (5 & 6 Oct2023)
  • Activity Report: Fundamental Glossary of Mathematics (ENGLISH-HINDI-KONKANI) (22-26 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: "Meri Maati Mera Desh" Campaign organised by Electronics Discipline (11 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: Extension Activity by SPAS, Mathematics discipline (24 Jul 2023 & 02 Aug 2023)
  • Activity Report: Mathematical Methods & Structural Analysis (17-21 Jul 2023)
  • Activity Report: Mathmeasure 2023 (17 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: स्वच्छता अभियान -Cleanliness Drive' (13 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: रक्तदान - A Blood Donation Camp organised by Electronics Discipline in association with SES-REC, UBA (5 Apr 2023)
  • Activity Report: Open day in commemoration of National Science Day (28 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: International Conference on Advanced Materials: Properties and Applications (20 -24 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: Vidnyan Dhara’ lecture (16 Feb 2023)
  • Activity Report: Advanced Astrosat Data Analysis Workshop (9-15 Jan 2023)
  • Activity Report: Talk on 'Observable Universe & Potential for Space Tourism' at Shri Hanuman Vidyalay, Valpoi, Sattari, Goa (27 Dec 2022)
  • Activity Report: Prof. D.B. Wagh Endowment Lecture and One Day Mathematics Symposium (28 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: National Conference on Electronic Structure - NCES-2022 (14-16 Nov 2022)
  • Activity Report: Contribution of Tribal Heroes in Freedom Struggle (30 Sep 2022)
  • Activity Report: Seminar on International Year of Glass: Recent Trends in Glass Research (24 Sep 2022)
  • Activity Report: Talk on Career Opportunities in the Semiconductor Industry (22 Aug 2022)
  • Activity Report: Talk on Overview of the Advances in Robotics (5 Aug 2022)
  • Activity Report: Talk on Life Cycle Of Chip Design (19 Apr 2022)