Established in 1933 by the Nobel Laureate C.V. Raman, the Department of Physics soon evolved into the leading centre in the country for advanced postgraduate education and cutting-edge research in physics. The largest number of Ph.D.s in physics in India -- 110 since 1998 -- come from this department. Graduates from the department have gone on to distinguished careers in science and occupy leading positions in research institutes in India and the world over.
Research in the department ranges across the most challenging problems in condensed-matter and materials science, nanoscience and nanotechnology, astronomy and astrophysics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, the physics of biological systems, and the computational physics of complex systems. The department also maintains strong links with the Centre for High-Energy Physics.