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 last Preparatory School was held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Gandhinagar during September 5 — October 1, 2016. As usual, the courses taught were Group Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Particle Physics & the Standard Model, General Theory of Relativity and Statistical Methods in HEP. Please visit the home pages of the School for further details and links to the lectures. The director of the School was Baradhwaj Coleppa.

The XXXI Main School will be held at the University of Kalyani during January 9 — 28, 2017. The courses to be taught are: Renormalization of the Standard Model, Scattering Amplitudes, Perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics and Radiative Corrections in the Standard Model and New Physics. Please visit the home pages of the School for further details. Jyoti Prasad Saha, is the Director of the school. Applications and recommendation letters are to be e-mailed to sercthep17 AT

Courses to be taught in the two Schools, and the names of the instructors, can also be found here.

most recent schools

The Preparatory School was held at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) - Bhopal, Bhopal during June 29 — July, 25, 2015.

The XXX Main School was held at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) - Pilani, Pilani during November 16 — December 5, 2015.


These schools are sponsored by the Science & Engineering Research Council 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.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License