Due to the current situation caused by Covid-19,
Vigyan Vidushi 2020 will be held only in the online format, during
June 1st - 20th, 2020 . For information about the online programme,
The selected candidates have already been informed over email.
Note the change in dates and format of the programme.
The information below refers to the original programme announcement.
The logistics and structure of the programme have undergone changes.
The updated information is available at the new webpage above.
Vigyan Vidushi (VV) is a three-week summer programme for women students at
the end of their M.Sc. first-year in physics, which will provide them an
exposure to advanced physics topics and research opportunities, and
encourage them to take up research in physics as a career option.
The students in this program will also get an opportunity to be taught,
inspired, and mentored by successful women scientist role models.
For the announcement, eligibility criteria, and application form
for the inaugural programme VV2020, please
The VV programme will be directed towards students who have just completed
the first year of their M.Sc. degree, or the fourth year of their
Integrated B.Sc. - M.Sc. degree. (Those already enrolled
in an Integrated M.Sc- Ph.D.
programme will not be eligible.)
Number of participants: Up to about 40 women students will
be selected from nationwide applications.
Logistics and support:
The programme will be a residential one, lectures as well as
accommodation will be at the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education
All participants will be reimbursed travel expenses (AC 3-tier train or
road travel per norms). Accommodation and meals will be provided
for the duration of the program.
Structure of the programme:
The basic structure of the VV programme will be like a summer school.
There will be normally six courses, each of which will run for a week.
In every week, two courses will run in parallel.
A course will typically consist of lectures in the morning,
and approximately equal time devoted to tutorials and/or
experimental/computational sessions in the afternoon.
Students may be divided into
smaller groups during the tutorials.
There will be interaction sessions in the evening.
While some of the courses will focus on strengthening basic understanding
of physics essentials, most of the courses will be on topics that may not
be normally covered in M.Sc. classes in a University. Even when the topics
may be common, the elements of research or unique perspectives of active
researchers will be essential parts of the courses. The courses are
expected to lead to a review of current research in the area towards
the end. Some of the topics envisaged are:
This is not an exhaustive list, the Academic Committee will decide on the
course contents every year. The courses may have, in addition to lectures,
components of experiments as well as computation.
- Classical / Quantum Mechanics,
- Statistical Mechanics / Mathematical Methods,
- Astronomy / Astrophysics / Cosmology,
- Nuclear / Particle physics,
- Condensed Matter Physics,
- Experimental techniques.
In addition to the regular courses, the VV programme will have the
following unique points:
- Advanced experiments will be set up, including some of the
experiments offered in the TIFR Graduate School as well as some
developed for the Physics Olympiads
- Visits to TIFR for visiting laboratories as well
as performing some experiments
- Special lectures by women scientists, as well as on women
scientists that would serve as role models
- Ample opportunities for interacting with subject experts, including
many women scientists
- Special mentoring dealing with gender-related issues
- Exposure to Physics Education Research that is carried out at HBCSE