The Physics Department was constituted in 1972. It started with three faculty members and a batch of 40 students in B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics. The classes were held in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi.

The Department shifted to the College in December, 1988. Since then the department has grown in terms of academics, research and faculty strength. Today, the Department has over 20 faculty members, bearing diverse research interests. This lends strength to the under-graduate teaching in the Department.

The Department caters to over 400 students every year. Besides offering core papers to students of B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics, the Department offers Generic Elective papers to students of other disciplines, and Physics papers to B.Sc. Applied Physical Sciences.

There are well equipped teaching laboratories, computer labs and a Departmental Library. Miranda House is known for innovation and quality of the projects carried out by students. The college has set up Project Laboratory and multidisciplinary Computer-based Laboratory that meets global benchmarks.


With a diverse student population, the Department strives to deliver undergraduate teaching in a meaningful manner and create an environment where students are able to discover their potentials.Besides ensuring the availability of prescribed books and supplementary reading material, the department motivates students towards consistent library work. In order to enrich learning experience of students, faculty members use best-in-line ICT facilities. The Department ensures that internal assessment in the form of assignments, tests and quizzes is done in a manner which provides students the necessary push to excel in their coursework.

With the philosophy that teaching-learning should go beyond the classroom, the Department stresses upon project based learning. All possible opportunities within the course structure are used to motivate students towards independent and active learning through projects. Further, the Department motivates students to go for internship programs and summer projects in various research institutions. D S Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education provides immense opportunities for summer internship programs within the college itself.

Since the environment in the Department lays a strong emphasis on going beyond the bounds of formal prescribed coursework, an active and enthusiastic involvement of students in community building exercises is an important facet of the overall growth. The Department has an active student society, Vidyut, which organizes several activities for students including seminars, workshop and educational trips. This gives an opportunity to students to learn team work and to develop leadership qualities.

Capacity Building

The Department is committed to creating a nourishing environment where students are able to both discover and realize their complete potential, and grow overall as individuals during the course of their association with the Department. Clearly, formal teaching-learning and the semester-end examination-based-assessment of a student performance is only a small (albeit important) subset of this overall multifaceted growth which the Department strives towards.

The Department fully endorses the perspective that laying a strong emphasis on project-based learning leads to not just a more active involvement of students in the teaching learning process, but serves to develop a research aptitude which is crucially important for creating future researchers. The D S Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation helped to bring project-based learning to the center stage in the College. Science Departments in the college have come together to create various platforms, giving opportunities for interdisciplinary and collaborative work. Several labs in the College were created under DSKC, two amongst them in the Physics Department. The Center created an in-house opportunity for students and teachers for doing research. A large number of faculty members in the Physics Department organize and participate in the activities of the Center. Availability of multiple sets of state-of-the-art research equipments, is immensely helpful in running various capacity building programs. A large number of workshops for school and college teachers are also organized, which receive an enthusiastic participation. Also, in the last five years, an average of 60 students every year, do their Summer Projects at DSKC.

In particular, every year, the following student enrichment programs are organized:

  • Visit to Inter-University Accelerator Centre on the Science Day (28 February)
  • National Graduate Physics Examination
  • Baseline test in Physics
  • Workshops for students on Robotics, 3D Printing Techniques, Lab-view, Aero-modelling, etc.
  • Seminars by eminent speakers on the frontiers of Physics

A crucial aspect of capacity building exercises is to organize enrichment workshops for the teachers, over and above similar exercises for the students. With this motivation, active learning techniques have been highly stressed on, and workshops to this line have been conducted on regular basis. Via these platforms, the teachers are exposed to techniques for classroom engagement that aids them in developing critical thinking skills in their students.

The Department is glad that the immense efforts directed towards this end, are reflected in the overall student progression of the Department. Aside from excelling in the formal semester-end examinations conducted by the University, over the last few years, an increasing number of students have taken up internships at reputed Indian and Foreign Research Organizations including Princeton University, LIGO, Caltech, RRCAT, ISRO, HBCSE and SINP, with a significant number of students also building further on these internship opportunities and going on to join institutions renowned for cutting-edge post-graduate research.

Student Progression

Result Analysis of the students for the academic session 2011-2017

Result Analysis of the students for the academic session 2017-2019

Students of the Department have a high retention rate in Physics. After their graduation, a significant number join prestigious research institutes in the country as well as universities abroad to pursue master and doctoral programs. Several students have been awarded extremely prestigious awards and scholarships to enable them to carry out postgraduate and doctoral studies abroad.

The illustrious list includes:

  • K. Diana Devi, IAS, AIR-24, 2016;
  • Nimisha Kumari, Ph.D. from University of Cambridge;
  • Darshana Joshi, Ph.D. from University of Cambridge
  • Shikha Bhadoria, Ph.D. from Max Plank Institut fur Kemphysik, Germany.

The student progression on the basis of the data collected through an online survey of alumni of the last five years is:

Student Progression Against % Enrolled
UG to PG 76
PG to Ph.D. 35
Ph.D. to Post-Doctoral Information not available
Employed 26
Campus selection 15
Other than campus recruitment 85
Entrepreneurship/self-employment 4

Faculty Achievements

Faculty members in the Physics Department have diverse research interests, spanning across various facets of Experimental and Theoretical Physics. This lends strength to the under-graduate teaching in the Department. Teachers at our Department have actively contributed to the College and the University through their research and academic work. Some of the faculty members have undertaken a number of Innovation projects granted by University of Delhi, besides being principal investigators in nationally funded research projects with a cumulative grant to the tune of Rs. 13 Cr. From time to time our faculty members have also shouldered administrative responsibilities within the College and outside.

Dr. Pratibha Jolly returned to her alma-mater in 2005 as the Principal. Since then, she has been a constant source of motivation for students and teachers. She has received several national and international awards and fellowships for her research work. At Miranda House, she has brought Science Department together, created platforms and new opportunities for research. The college, especially science departments, benefitted immensely from her experience of collaborative research work. Through her collaborative network, she successfully organized national and inter-national capacity building workshops and seminars at Miranda House. She worked hard to establish D S Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education at Miranda House. She has also served as a member of various national and international committees and editorial boards. She is a proud recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, prominent among them being the Australian Leadership Fellow Award fellowship (ALAF) from AUSAID, Australian Government, University of Sydney, Australia (2013), the Fulbright New Century Scholar Award (2009), American Physical Society Kilambi Ramavataram Fellowship, University of Maryland and Kansas State University (1995-1996), Tata-Fulbright Travel Fellowship, United States Educational Foundation in India and Council of International Exchange of Scholars (1995-1996), Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, University of York, UK (1986-87), Ambassador Peace Award from the Universal Peace Federation (2014), Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women’s International Network on the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women (2012), and Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Smriti Rashtriya Shikshak Samman (2010).

Dr. Mallika Verma is a proud recipient of the Australian Leadership Fellow Award, besides having held significant administrative positions within the college, such as the Vice Principal (2013-15), and Bursar (2011-13). Aside from having 4 book chapters and 6 publications to her credit, she is also the principal investigator of 8 projects, amounting to a total of Rs. 128 lakh.

Dr. Abha Dev Habib has worked as an elected member of Academic Council (2006-08; 2008-10) and the Executive Council (2013-15; 2015-17) of the University of Delhi, apart from having served as the Secretary of the Staff Council of Miranda House (2012-14). All of this is over and above her contributions as an active researcher in the field of Cosmology, wherein she has 22 publications to her credit, with a cumulative impact factor of 89.23 and having her work cited 928 times. She is also the principal investigator of DST projects to the tune of Rs. 17 lakh.

Dr. Monika Tomar received “The Excellence Awards for Teachers in Colleges” at the 94th Foundation Day of Delhi University, 2016. She heads a leading research group in the field of Experimental Material Science, with over 200 publications in journals and conference proceedings, and a couple of patents, to her credit. She has also supervised 2 students towards their PhD, and is currently guiding 4 other students.

Distinguished Alumnae

Some of the distinguished alumnae include:

  • Ms. Shovana Narayan, Renowned Kathak Dancer, Padma Shri (1992).
  • Dr. Chakram S. Jayanthi, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Louisville Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • Dr. Sudha Srinivas, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.
  • Dr. Vandana Singh, Framingham State University, U.S.A.
  • Dr. Pratibha Dev, Howard University, Washington DC, U.S.A.

Several others contribute as faculty in different Universities and colleges:

  • Dr. P. Jolly (Principal, Miranda House)
  • Dr. S. Roy (Principal, Daulat Ram College);
  • Prof. Sumitra (Manipur University)
  • Dr. S. Mahajan (Miranda House, Retd.);
  • Dr. U. Malik (Miranda House, Retd.);
  • Dr. M. Verma (Miranda House);
  • Dr. A. D. Habib (Miranda House);
  • Dr. N. B. Devi (Miranda House);
  • Dr. M. Tomar (Miranda House);
  • Dr. R. Jain (Sri Venkateswara College);
  • Dr. A. Garg (Gargi College)
  • Dr. S. Sachdeva (St. Stephen’s College).