The Department of Physics as an independent department was created in 1971. In the same year B.Sc. (Hons.) course was introduced.
The Department of Physics introduced M.Sc. (Physics) course in the year 1985 with specialization in Physics of Materials. Further in 1995-96, the Department started two more specializations in M.Sc. Physics, viz. Laser & Spectroscopy and Theoretical Physics. Thus, the following three specializations now exist at M.Sc. Physics level:
(i) Materials Science (ii) Laser & Spectroscopy (iii) Theoretical Physics.
Instrumentation was introduced in 1996 as one of the subjects in B. Sc Pass Course. This includes various applied topics such as micro processors, transducers, optical, vacuum & Mechanical instrumentations, Metrology and Entrepreneurship etc. The Department also started a self financing course, M. Tech. in Nanotechnology, in the year 2007 in tune with the rising demand of strengthening research in nanotechnology as well as its commercial utility. From the session 2012-13, this course is transferred to the newly created Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, which has been an offshoot of the research being carried out in the area of Nanotechnology.
Forty students are admitted every year to the M.Sc. course in physics. The intake of students per year for B.Sc. (Hons.) is 40, for B.Sc.(Pass) is 50 and that for B.Sc. with Instrumentation is 20.