Introduction

M. S. M. College, Kayamkulam is the first among the network of educational institutions established by M. S. M. trust under the inspiring and dedicated leadership of the Late Al-Haj P. K. Kunju Sahib, ex-Finance Minister of Kerala. The college started functioning in 1964 as a junior college. In the year 1968 it was upgraded by starting Degree courses.

B. Sc Degree course in Mathematics with Physics as one of the subsidiaries was introduced in the year 1968. In the year 1979 the department of physics became a fully fledged entity offering B. Sc degree in Physics with sanctioned student strength of 32. Now the department offer Physics Complimentary courses to Chemistry core programme and Statistics core also. PG programme was started in the year 1995 with a sanctioned strength of 13.

Ever since its inception, the department has been produced commendable results. Our efforts to start Post Graduate course in Physics became fruitful in 1995 with sanctioned student strength of 10.

Mission

The mission of the Department is to train students in Physics and allied subjects like Electronics and Computer science which offer better opportunities for higher studies and employment.

The Department

We started B. Sc degree course in Physics in 1979. The Department of Physics became a Post Graduate Department in 1995. In spite of the difficulties in the beginning, our former Heads of the Department with the whole hearted co-operation of the management materialized the tremendous task of providing laboratory and library facilities to the UG and PG courses in time.

We are all thankful to our former Heads of the Department Prof. Premeela(1964-1980), Prof. M. Abdul Jabbar(1980-2000), Prof. B. Fatima(2000-2001) Prof. Abdul Rabbu (2001-2007), Prof. S. K. Govindan Kutty Karnavar(2007-2010), Prof. Sherly Kutty P Mathew (2010-2012) and Dr. S. Jayakumar(2012-2015). They have their own contributions for making the Department to the present position. After the retirement of Dr.S.Jayakumar, Dr. S. Bhadrakumari is the HOD.

It is worth mentioning that the percentage of results in the university examinations in every year has been high with a good number of distinctions. Our PG students secured third rank in 1998, Second rank in 1999, First rank in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2016. All these achievements are due to the team work of a group of dedicated faculties and laboratory staff.

Faculty

Name: Dr. Bhadrakumari.S
Designation: Associate professor
Area of Specialization: Polymer Composites

DOB & Age: 53 years
Official Address: M S M College Kayamkulam, Alappuzha 690502
Permanent Address: Muttathu House, Thottumugham . P.O, Mynagappally, Kollam (Dist.), Kerala, India.
Qualification: M.Sc., B.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D
Administrative Responsibilities: HOD from 01/06/2015 onwards, Served as Deputy Chairman, M.Sc. Examinations, University of Kerala
Professional Experience: 26 years

Name: Dr. Anilkumar. K. M.
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area of Specialization:

DOB & Age:
Official Address: M S M College Kayamkulam, Alappuzha 690502
Permanent Address:
Qualification: M.Sc, B.Ed., Ph.D., NET
Professional Experience:

Name: Dr. Jyothi G.
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area of Specialization: Development of inorganic photoluminescent materials for efficient lighting elements and displays

DOB & Age: 41 Years
Official Address: M S M College Kayamkulam, Alappuzha 690502
Permanent Address: Amarjyothi (H), Muttathipparambu P.O, Cherthala, Alappuzha-688527
Qualification: MSc, B.Ed., Ph. D, CSIR-NET
Mail address : jg.78@rediffmail.com
Mobile number : +91 9446118259
Professional Experience: 7 years of teaching at higher secondary school. 9 years of teaching of UG and PG courses at M.S.M. College, Kayamkulam

Area of Research

  • Synthesis of highly luminescent pervoskite based phosphors emitting red and white colors by incorporating the activator ions, Eu3+ and Dy3+
  • The effective control of charge transfer transitions and the selective excitations in phosphors by site selective substitution for getting enhanced emission with increased colour purity
  • Codoping of Dy3+ and Eu3+ ions for producing emission in excellent white, cool white and in different colours
  • Design of efficient host materials as solid solution compounds of perovskites for rare earth doped inorganic phosphors
  • Site selective substitution of Rare earth ions in various host lattices and study of its influence in photoluminescence and structure using X-ray diffraction, Rietveld analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Photoluminescence spectroscopy

Number of PG Physics Projects Guided: 8

Responsibilities Undertaken:

  • Member, Board of studies in Optoelectronics, University of Kerala
  • Coordinator (College level), Walk With a Scholar Programme, New Initiatives, Department of Collegiate Education, Kerala.
  • Member, Malpractice Prevention Squad, University of Kerala

Programmes Coordinated:

  • Coordinator, One Week Online Short-Term Faculty Development Programme on Pedagogical and e-learning tools for teaching ( MOOC with four quadrants), organised by Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha in collaboration with The Kerala State Higher Education Council in August 2020
  • Coordinator , One Week Online Short-Term Faculty Development Programme on Implementation of Information and Communication Technology in Teaching (MOOC with four quadrants) , organised by School of Legal Studies , Cochin University of Science and Technology in collaboration with The Kerala State Higher Education Council in July 2020
  • Centre Coordinator, State level All Kerala Physics Talent Search Examination by APT Kerala in 18-19
  • Programme coordinator, Talent Hunt-Sasthrajalakam, 3-day residential Workshop, conducted at M.S.M. College, Kayamkulam in association with Department of General education and SIET Kerala in November 2018.

Publications – Books / Chapters / Journals

  • G. Jyothi, K.G. Gopchandran, Role of La3+ ion substitution sites on the photoluminescence properties of the SrTiO3:Eu3+ phosphors, Journal of Science: Advanced Materials and Devices, 5(2020) 233-241.
  • Sajesh Sasidharan, G. Jyothi , S. Sameera , K.G. Gopchandran, Perovskite titanates at the nanoscale: Tunable luminescence by energy transfer and enhanced emission with Li+ co-doping, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 288 (2020) 121449.
  • G. Jyothi, K.G. Gopchandran, Influence of substitution of LiNbO3 in enhancing luminescence in Eu3+ activated strontium titanate, AIP Conference Proceedings 2082 (2019), 050006
  • G. Jyothi, K.G. Gopchandran, Synthesis, structural and photoluminescence studies on perovskites –A novel phosphor for WLEDs, Materials Today: Proceedings 2018, 5, 16267–16271
  • G. Jyothi, K.G. Gopchandran, Compositional tuning and site selective excitations in SrTiO3:Y3+, Eu3+ red phosphors, Dyes and Pigments, 2018, 149, 531-542
  • G. Jyothi, L. Sandhya Kumari, K.G. Gopchandran, White emitting Dy3+ activated perovskite titanates and energy transfer by Eu3+ codoping, Ceramics International, 2017, 43, 12044–56
  • G. Jyothi , L. Sandhya Kumari, K.G. Gopchandran, Site selective substitution and its influence on photoluminescence properties of Sr0.8Li0.2Ti0.8Nb0.2O3 :Eu3+ phosphors, RSC Advances, 2017, 7, 28438
  • Jyothi G., Sandhya Kumari L. Gopchandran K.G ,Luminescence Properties of Eu Activated BiYInNbO7 as a Potential Phosphor for WLEDs , book chapter in ‘Methodologies and Applications for Analytical and Physical Chemistry, Apple academic Press, USA’, Canada Pub Date: May, 2018 Hard ISBN: 9781771886215 E-Book ISBN: 9781315159539

Papers presented in seminars

International

  • G. Jyothi, K.G. Gopchandran, Influence of substitution of LiNbO3 in enhancing luminescence in Eu3+ activated strontium titanate, International conference on optoelectronic and Nano Materials for Advanced technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, 3-5 January 2019
  • G. Jyothi, Sandhya Kumari L. Gopchandran K.G, Syntesis, structural and photoluminescence studies on perovskites –A novel phosphor for WLEDs, First International Conference on Advanced Materials at Amrita Viswavidyapeetham University, Coimbatore on 19-21 December 2016
  • G. Jyothi, Sandhya Kumari L. Gopchandran K.G, Second International Conference on Advanced Materials for Power Engineering at International and Inter University Centre for Nano science and Nanotechnology Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala on 11-13 November 2016

National

  • G. Jyothi, K.G. Gopchandran, Red luminescence from Eu3+ activated (SrTiO3)1-x(LliNbO3)x perovskites, national seminar on Science, Technology and future world at St.Xavier’s college, Thumba on 5-8 September 2018
  • G. Jyothi, Sandhya Kumari L, Gopchandran K.G, Photoluminescent properties of red emitting Sr0.8-xLa0.2TiO3: xEu3+ phosphors for white light emitting diodes, National seminar on Trends and advancements in ICT at Department of physics, University of Kerala, 7th december 2015.
  • G. Jyothi, Sandhya Kumari L, Gopchandran K.G , Eu3+ luminescence in the perovskite host lattice Sr0.95Y0.05TiO3, National seminar on Photonics and its applications at Department of Optoelectronics, University of Kerala, 9-11 December 2015
  • G. Jyothi, Sandhya Kumari L., Gopchandran K.G., Considerable photoluminescence enhancement of LiSrTiNbO6:xEu3+ by Y3+ doping for white LEDs, National seminar Advanced materials characterization techniques at Department of physics, University of Kerala, 27-28 March 2015
  • G. Jyothi, Sandhya Kumari L., Gopchandran K.G, Novel red phosphor of double perovskite compound LiSrTiNbO6:xEu3+,Frontiers of polymers and advanced materials, Department of Chemistry, University of Kerala, 5-7 November 2014.

Courses &Workshops attended

  • Refresher course in Material Science at UGC-HRDC, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram from Nov-Dec 2019
  • Seminar on MOOC Development by EMMRC, University of Calicut and DB College, Thalayolaparambu on October 2019
  • FDP in Philosophy of Science by Kerala state higher Education Council at School of Environmental sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam on Aug-Sept 2019
  • Orientation Programme at UGC-HRDC, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram from January 2016
  • Workshop on Tune and Prune your research- Material Characterization Techniques by IIPC, Biomedical Wing, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology on August 2014
  • Refresher course in Nano Sciences at UGC-HRDC, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram on Oct- Nov 2013
  • Refresher course in Quantum Mechanics by Indian Academy of Sciences at S.B. College, Changanacherry on May 2013

Achievements:

  • Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) conducted by Inter University Center for  Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in the year 2002
  • SET Examination conducted by Government of Kerala in the year 2002
  • Member, APT Kerala

Name: Dr. Rejeena. I
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area of Specialization: Non Linear Optics, High Power Lasers

DOB & Age: 20/05/1985, 34 Years
Official Address: M S M College Kayamkulam, Alappuzha 690502
Permanent Address: New Yellows, Malamel Bhagom, Kareelakulangara
Qualification: MSc.Physics, CSIR UGC NET, GATE, PhD
Professional Experience: 8 years 9 months (both PG and UG)
Date of joining: 17/10/2011

Name: Anjana R
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area of Specialization: Optics

DOB & Age: 32 years
Official Address: M S M College Kayamkulam, Alappuzha 690502
Permanent Address: Plankeezhil, Nangiarkulangara P.O, Haripad
Qualification: M.Sc, M.Phil.
Professional Experience: 6 years

Name: Sefeena A
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area of Specialization:

DOB & Age:
Official Address: M S M College Kayamkulam, Alappuzha 690502
Permanent Address:
Qualification: M. Sc, NET, Alumni
Professional Experience:

Name: Ajeena R
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area of Specialization:

DOB & Age:
Official Address: M S M College Kayamkulam, Alappuzha 690502
Permanent Address:
Qualification: M. Sc, NET, Alumni
Professional Experience:

Name: Febina
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area of Specialization:

DOB & Age:
Official Address: M S M College Kayamkulam, Alappuzha 690502
Permanent Address:
Qualification: M. Sc, NET
Professional Experience:

Research Activities At A Glance

Total Number of permanent Teachers: 9
No of Teachers Completed PDF: 1
Number of Teachers with Ph. D: 5
No. of Teachers with M. Phil: 3
No. of Research papers published in National/International Journals: 49
Number of papers presented in Seminars / Conference: 42
No. of Research Projects Completed: 2
No of M. Sc projects completed in our minor research Lab: 72
Short term objective: To establish a research centre

Achievements

1. University III Rank for M.Sc Physics in 1998 for Samuel Vargheese. He took Ph.D from Cochin University of Science and Technology and now working at NEST, Ernakulam
2. University II Rank for M. Sc Physics in 1999 for Smitha, now HST in Bangaloore
3. University I Rank for M. Sc Physics in 2001 for Jitty Mathew. She is now working as Assistant Manager, Federal Bank, Mavelikara, Kerala
4. University I Rank for M. Sc Physics in 2005 for Retheesh Kumar. T. He took Ph. D. from the University of Kerala and now Assistant professor at NSS College, Kottiyam, University of Kerala
5. University I Rank for M. Sc Physics in 2007 for Rejeena. I. She has obtained Ph. D from Cochin University of Science and Technology and working as Assistant professor at M. S. M. College, Kayamkulam, University of Kerala.
6. University I Rank for M. Sc Physics in 2016 for Fathima. She has attained Junior Research fellowship of UGC-CSIR. She is now doing Ph.D at Cochin University of Science and Technology.

Functions were arranged at the college to congratulate the rank holders. Personalities such as Dr. R. Ramachandran Nair, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Kerala and Dr. J. Letha, Former Vice Chancellor, Cochin University of Science and Technology were the dignitaries in these functions.

At present the department has eight permanent teaching faculties, one guest faculty and two laboratory staff.

The faculty members have a good number of publications in National/ International journals and are regularly participating and presenting papers in National/ International conferences. All the faculty members are always keen in attending the Orientation and Refresher courses organized by the university from time to time. Dr. S. Bhadrakumari and Dr. D. Sushama had completed one minor project each funded by the UGC. Dr. D. Sushama had completed the Post Doctoral Fellowship at NIT Calicut. All the faculty members are constantly engaged in duties in connection with internal examinations and University Examinations. Sri Anilkumar K. M. is elected the member Board of Studies, University of Kerala on 2013.