SERC Schools in Theoretical High Energy Physics (India)

in brief

The High Energy Physics community in India has been organising SERC Schools in Theoretical High Energy Physics (THEP) since 1985. The objective of these schools is to train Ph.D. students in subjects one needs to learn to do research in THEP and, at the same time, to expose them to recent developments in the field. Preparatory Schools featuring foundational courses were introduced in 1996 and have since been held almost every year. The courses in the Main School are now more advanced. The need for this enterprise and its success lead to schools in the same model in several other disciplines. Today a good number of ‘graduates’ from the SERC School are established researchers and hold faculty positions in various institutes and universities.

forthcoming/ ongoing/ just concluded schools

The approval for the next Schools is awaited from Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology.

most recent schools

The last Preparatory School was held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Gandhinagar during September 5 — October 1, 2016.

The XXXI Main School was held at the University of Kalyani during January 9 — 28, 2017.


These schools are sponsored by the Science & Engineering Research Board (erstwhile Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC)) under the auspices of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

review meeting

A Review Meeting was held at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Mumbai during May 21 - 22, 2010 after the Schools completed 25 years. The purpose was to introspect and to plan and evolve to meet the challenges of the future. There were a few scietific talks by the former students of the SERC Schools. The main focus, however, was on intense discussion sessions to examine all aspects of the schools. Among those attended were T. Ramasami (Secretary, DST), Praveer Asthana (DST) and all the past Chairs of the Organising Committees: N. Mukunda, G. Rajasekaran, H.S. Mani, Sunil Mukhi and Rohini Godbole. The review meeting was organised by the last two.

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