In Focus

In Focus
Padmashree Prof Jitendra Nath Goswami

Prof Jitendra Nath Goswami has been conferred the 3rd highest Civilian Award - Padmashree by the Govt of India on the recognition of his contributions to development of science & technology and especially in the sector of Space exploration. He was the former Director of Physical Research Laboratory and was the Principal Scientist of the India's Moon Mission known as Chandrayaan-1. An alumnus of the Physics Department, GU, Prof Goswami was born in Jorhat, Assam on 28 November in 1950.

He studied Physics in Cotton College and joined the Physics Department of Gauhati University to study his Masters in Physics after which he moved to Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for his doctoral research. He worked as a research scientist in many prestigious Institutes, like California University, Washington University, Lunar and Planetary Institute and Max Planck Institute. His main subject of research is study of Solar System and Astrophysics. He and his associate scientists have proven that the main resource of energy of Solar System at the time of its origin was 26Al nuclide in its half life. He has also worked on Cosmic Rays and Tectonic Plates. 

He became director of the Physical Research Laboratory and served as the Principal Scientist for the India's Moon Mission Chandrayaan-1. He is also associated with Chandrayaan-2 and Mangalyaan projects. Among many awards he won, some notables are (the recent being Padmashree)
  1. Youth Scientist Award by Indian National Science Association (1978)
  2. NASA's Public Service Group of Achievement Award (1986)
  3. Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award (1994)
  4. Kamal Kumari National Award for science and technology (2003)
  5. Axford awrd by Asia Oceania Geoscience Society (2014)
  6. Asom Ratna (2015), highest civilian award of Government of Assam
  7. Padma Shri in 2017 by Government of India
The GU Community, especially the Physics Department congratulates Prof Goswami and feels enormously proud for his extraordinary achievement and his association with this institute.


Remembering Prof Hira Lal Das

Professor Hiralal Das, a noted experimental physicist and a devoted Physics Professor passed away on October 4,2016 at his Guwhati residence. He retired from the Department of Physics, GU in the year 2005. We at the Physics Department remember him as one of the finest experimentalists of the region. The colleges always remembered his unassuming persona and the students loved him for his energetic and enthusiastic teaching.

Born at a remote village, Bachagaon near North Lakhimpur, Assam in 1942, he passed BSc (Honours) in Physics from Cotton College, Guwahati in 1965. He obtained his MSc degree in Physics from Delhi University in 196. He then started his research work in the Condensed Matter Laboratory of the Department of Physics and Astrophysics, Delhi University under the supervision of late Professor K D Chaudhuri and obtained his PhD in 1974. The title of his thesis was Effect of strain on the ultrasonic attenuation in the superconducting and normal states of pure tin and study of the dislocation damping mechanism.

After his PhD, Prof Das served as lecturer in several colleges of Delhi and then shifted to Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru for sometime In 1977. He then joined Dibrugarh University and subsequently in 1981 joined the Physics Department of Gauhati University and stayed there till his retirement in 2005. As an experimental physicist endowed with a remarkable capacity of hard work, he was very successful in building a laboratory of his own at the Department of Physics, Gauhati University. Study of thin films and how the sizes change their properties was his area of research. In later years, he also worked on nano crystals. Eleven students obtained PhD under his supervision.

After retirement, Prof Das worked in various capacities in Inter University Nuclear Centre, New Delhi, Manipur Uiversity, Tezpur University, and Rajib Gandhi University in Arunachal Pradesh, till 2013. He leaves behind his wife Birina and son Chandan.

(in part contributed by Prof Dilip Kumar Choudhury, Retired Professor of Physics, GU)



Prof Dibakar Chandra Deka, FRSC

Dr Dibakar Chandra Deka, Professor from the Department of Chemistry, GU has been admitted as the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London. Prof Dibakar Chandra Deka did his MSc (Organic Chemistry) from Gauhati University in 1983, MTech in High Pressure Technology & Catalysis from IIT Kharagpur in 1986. He received his PhD in Organic Reaction under Pressure from IIT Kharagpur in 1989. He has been a  Post-doctoral UNESCO Fellow in Tokyo Institute of Technology,  Japan in 1990. He obtained the DSc degree in Organic Synthesis from Gauhati University in 2012. He was a Commonwealth Visiting Fellow in the University of Manchester, UK 1997-1998.

He has also been elected as the President of All India Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT) for three years starting from January 2017.


Dr Rita Rani Talukdar

Dr Rita Rani Talukdar, Associate Professor from the Department of Psychology, GU has received The Best Performance Award in the field of School Psychology in India. The award has been conferred by Indian School Psychology Association (InSPA).




University Remembers Kalam




On the occasion of the First Death Anniversary of Bharatratna Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, the university organised a Memorial Programme. Honourable Chief Minister of Assam Sri Sarbananda Sonowal was also there to pay the homage to this great person. Paying homage to Dr Kalam, the Honourable Chief Minister appeals to the Gauhati University community take on the challenge of the dream to take the country to new heights.









http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00400


Bromination is one of the most important transformations in organic synthesis and can be carried out using bromine and many other bromo compounds. However, due to the hazardous nature of bromine, enormous growth has been witnessed in the past several decades for the development of solid bromine carriers. 

GU researcher Pradeep Phukan and his collegues explore more.


Ref. : Chem. Rev., Article ASAP

          DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00400

Biorefinery


GU Professor, Mohan Chandra Kalita and his colleagues from IIT, Guwahati, Tezpur University, and Federal University Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  are aiming on an Integrated Biorefinery Approach towards production of sustainable fuel and chemicals from Algal biobased systems through their joint Indo-Brazil Research Collaboration under the Bilateral Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Republic of India and the Republic of Brazil.



Dr Rita Moni Baishya, Associate Professor  of Hindi, GU has been awarded the Hindi Writer National Award, 2015 for her book 'Lohit Kinare'.

The award is given by Central Hindi Directorate under the Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, to a Hindi Writer from a non-Hindi Speaking area. The award carries Rupees One Lakh and a Citation.

'Lohit Kinare' is a collection of ten selected short stories written by Sneh Devi, Nirupama Borgohain, Mamoni Roisom Goswami, Manorama Das Medhi, Purabi Barmudoi, Arupa Patingia Kalita, Rita chaudhury, Anuradha Sharma Pujari, Monikuntala Bhattacharjee, and Mouchumi Kandali. The short stories were written originally in Assamese which are edited and translated into Hindi by Dr Baishya.The book has been published by Navachetan Prakashan, Delhi.