An Interview with Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Assistant Professor & Director in charge School of Physics
Dr. Yugal Khajuria is an Assistant Professor & Director School of Physics at the university. Dr. Yugal has an excellent academic record and is a Ph D from Banaras Hindu University. His research area is Atomic & Molecular physics and he has published extensively in this area. Dr. Khajuria shares his ideas & thoughts with us.
Dr. Khajuria, many thanks for taking time out and speaking to us. Sir, tell us a little bit about your Academic and Research background?
Dr. Khajuria: I graduated from Govt. Degree College Poonch (Jammu University). After Graduation I joined Allahabad University, Allahabad for my Post Graduation (M.Sc. Physics). After Graduation from Allahabad University, I joined Banaras Hindu University for my Ph. D degree in 1995. I completed my Ph. D degree in 1999 on the topic “A electron-atom/ion collisions processes: (e, 2e) processes. Then I joined as Senior Project Officer at IIT-Madras under Prof. P. C. Deshmukh. From IIT-Madras I got Chinese Academy of Sciences fellowship for one year to work as Post doctoral fellow at University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei. From China I moved to Japan to work as post doctoral fellow at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan and worked there for one and half year. From Tohoku University I moved to Institute for Molecular Sciences, Okazaki Japan and also worked there as post doctoral fellow for one and half year. Then in 2005 I joined as assistant Professor at IIT-Madras and worked there for one year and joined this university on 3rd Aug. 2006 as Assistant professor. During my Ph.D. Period I worked on electron impact single ionization of atoms and ions by using well known theoretical model known as Distorted Wave Born Approximation and during my Post doctoral fellow period for 4 years I worked with experimental groups both at China and Japan. In this way I got both theoretical and experimental experience in the field of collision Physics.
Dr. Khajuria, Can you tell us a little bit about the field of Physics in general and the current research areas? What are the Career options for students in these fields currently?
Dr. Khajuria: Physics - the study of matter, energy and their interactions - is an international enterprise, which plays a key role in the future progress of humankind. It generates fundamental knowledge needed for the future technological advances that will continue to drive the economic engines of the world. Physics extends and enhances our understanding of other disciplines, such as the earth, agricultural, chemical, biological, and environmental sciences, plus astrophysics and cosmology - subjects of substantial importance to all peoples of the world. A student with Physics degree can have multiple paths for their carrier for example development of new instrumentation and techniques for medical applications (computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, ultrasonic imaging, and laser surgery), they can find the jobs in Computer related companies to develop the software required to work in the field of molecular imaging, material science, high energy physics etc. The students with physics degree can also join the companies involved in designing and manufacturing the equipments required in Physics laboratories. Students have large options to work in government sector organizations for example in DRDO and ISRO where physics plays an important role.
What are the current research projects that you are working on? What are the research areas that the School is focusing on?
Dr. Khajuria: Presently I am working on the electron impact ionization studies of alkali atoms. In one of my recent publication I have seen that there are some discrepancies between the experimental and theoretical results. These discrepancies are mainly due to the non inclusion of some parameters in the theory. At present I along with my collaborators at IIT-Madras and IIT-Mandi are modifying our computer program to include all the interaction between the electrons. On the basis of the same problem recently I got sectioned a project from CSIR and I have also submitted a very big project to DST with my collaborators. As for as research area in the school of physics, we are doing research work in different areas like Thin films, Laser Spectroscopy, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. Polymer Science & Technology, Bio-preservation in protein drugs, Nanocomposites of CNT, Silica & Layered Silicates and X-Ray Crystallography, Nanotechnology and Computational Physics.
Dr. Khajuria, What is your impression about the students here at SMVDU and what is your advice to them for achieving success in their career?
Dr. Khajuria: As the students at SMVDU are admitted through entrance test so they are capable enough. My advice to them for achieving the successes in their carrier is whatever they do; they should do in best possible way. They should understand the basic concepts and should have a habit of constant study rather than cramming just one or two days before the examinations.
Dr. Khajuria, What is your advice for achieving success in the mission and vision of SMVDU?
Dr. Khajuria: Mission and vision of SMVDU can successfully be achieved if students as well as faculty put their best efforts, as all we know education is a two way process i.e. giving and receiving a faculty should give 100% and a student should receive 100%. The best possible way to achieve the mission and vision of SMVDU is that whole family of SMVDU should work as a team with full dedication.
Dr. Khajuria: Sir, Many thanks for sparing your precious time to speak to us and for advising the students.