What is Physics Training and Talent Search (PTTS) program?
Physics Training and Talent Search (PTTS) is a training program for undergraduate and post graduate students. The first program of its kind was held from Dec-18 to Dec-30,2015 at Kuvempu University, Karnataka for about 50 BSc III year students selected across India, with funding from several research Institutes and science academies. This program was highly successful and motivated us to continue it. The second program was held at Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Mysore here 50 BSc III year students selected across India were trained with generous funding from Infosys Science Foundation.
Aim of the program:
To train motivated undergraduate/post graduate students to understand and apply physics concepts in both theory and experiments.
To provide a platform for motivated students to interact with peers and experts in the field.
To identify talented students and nurture their talent for a research career in Physics.
The main features of the program are a) Difference in teaching methodology: It will be interactive in nature, where students will encoraged to think, ask questions, criticaly examine the concepts and apply. b) Emphasis on proper foundations in physics. c) Identify talented students from rural, colleges and smaller universities, who may not have access to good education. (Students from IISERs, IITs and Central Universities will be given low priority.)
The programme is modelled along the lines of highly successful Mathematics Training and Talent Search (MTTS) programme that has trained several mathematicians in India since 1993. For details visit www.mtts.org.in .
Other similar programmes in Physics are the Advanced B.Sc. (Physics) Programme in Ahmedabad, the REAP programme in Bangalore [http://www.taralaya.org/reap.htm] and STIPAC: Summer Training in Physics and Chemistry at IGCAR, Kalpakkam. Coordinators of PTTS have been associated with the programmes at Ahmedabad and Kalpakkam.