The Physics Academy of the North East (PANE) is an organisation of physics researchers, especially from the North Eastern India. The first meeting of the PANE was inaugurated by the well-known educationist and physicist, late Professor G C Deka at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati on April 6, 1998 in a function chaired by Dr D N Buragohain, the then director of the institute.
The genesis of the academy can be traced to a seminar celebrating the hundred years of the discovery of electron held at IIT, Guwahati on November 11, 1997 when a small group of people led by Professor K M Pathak, the founder Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, gave a call to start such an academy with the aim of promoting physics research and education, dissemination of physics information, physics thoughts and culture, and placements of physics graduates of this region. On April 6, 1998, the Academy (PANE) was formally established with the following executive body:
Honourary President : Prof Kishori Mohan Patahk, Founder Vice Chancellor, Tezpur University
Executive President : Prof Y V G Murti, IIT Guwahati
Vice President : Prof Dilip Kumar Choudhury, Gauhati University
Secretary : Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury, Tezpur University
Treasurer : Prof Alika Khare, IIT Guwahati
Members : Prof Kulendu Pathak (former Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University), Prof G K D Mazumdar (Gauhati University), Prof P R Alapati (NERIST, Itanagar), Prof D P Sarma (Nagaland University), Prof Barin Kumar De (Tripura University).
The main office and headquarter of the academy was initially located at IIT, Guwahati, which was later shifted to the Physics Department Premise, Gauhati University, and it remains to be so till now. The Academy has been registered under societies registration act since June 19, 2002.
Some of the main activities of PANE includes
- Organising PANE Biennial Regional Conference
- Organising themes based Short-Term Conferences
- Publishing PANE Newsletter
PANE also offers Affiliate-ship to distinguished physicists of the region. This process is only by invitation. At present, PANE offers two kinds of memberships - Individual and Institutional. For more information of PANE Membership, please follow the appropriate link (on the left panel). PANE Individual membership now stands above 300.