Vigyan Vidushi 2020 in online format (June 1st - June 20th, 2020)


The Vigyan Vidushi programme is a three-week summer programme for women students at the end of their M.Sc. first-year in physics, designed to 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.

Due to the current situation caused by Covid-19, the programme cannot be held in the originally envisaged form. However, it will be conducted in an online format during June 1st -- 20th, 2020 . Selected candidates have already been informed by email.

The programme will consist of the following lectures:

Course Instructor Tutors
Quantum Mechanics Arvind Kumar, Anwesh Mazumdar (co-instructor), Amol Dighe (co-instructor) Sumedha, Nishita Desai, Disha Bhatia, Shamayita Ray
Introduction to astrophysics Bhaswati Mookerjea Varsha Chitnis, Sushmitha R. Antony, Anwesh Mazumdar, Supriyo Ghosh, Vinita Navalkar
Statistical physics and condensed matter Rajdeep Sensarma Prerna Sharma, Anupam Kundu, Arti Garg, Kusum Dhochak, Ahana Chakraborty
Experimental techniques Shirish Pathare, Shriganesh Prabhu, Vandana Nanal Saurabhee Huli, Vinita Navalkar
Introduction to nuclear and particle physics Vandana Nanal, Amol Dighe Shireen Gangal, Biswajit Das, Manimala Mitra, Sukanya Mitra
Mentoring sessions and career discussions Led by Deepa Chari, Nishita Desai, Vandana Nanal. Participants: All the women faculty of VV2020, along with Preeti Kharb, Poonam Chandra, Sarita Vig, Moon Moon Devi, Priyanka Mohan and Jyotsna Vijapurkar. Special Invitees : Shubha Tole (Dean, GS, TIFR), Sugra Chunawala (Dean, HBCSE)


The courses will consist of lectures as well as tutorials. In addition, there will be 7 special lectures by eminent women physicists.

The lectures and tutorials will take place on an online platform. About 50 women students from all over India have been selected for participating in these sessions directly. These students will also have an oppportunity of participating in informal mentoring sessions that will take place in smaller groups.

In addition, more than 300 women students will be able to follow the lectures and special lectures, which will be streamed live.

Public events to be streamed live at the Vigyan Vidushi YouTube channel:



Some lectures will be made available in video format later. Check this page for any updates.


VV2020 Academic Committee:
Amol Dighe, Anwesh Mazumdar, Vandana Nanal (Conveners)
Poonam Chandra, Deepa Chari, Nishita Desai, Varsha Chitnis, Kajari Mazumdar, Bhaswati Mookerjea, Shirish Pathare, Shriganesh Prabhu, Rajdeep Sensarma