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The School of Pure and Applied Physics (formerly the Material Science department) is one of the departments that started along with the establishment of the Mahatma Gandhi University in 1983. Currently, the department is one of the premier research departments across various universities in India. The school comprises more than 20 researchers covering a wide area of research including biophysics, astrophysics, advanced materials, solar physics, optoelectronics, photonics and crystalline materials, sol-gel optics, ultrafast, and attosecond Science. 

The School has trained 32 batches of M. Sc. and 24 batches of M. Phil. students. More than 110 students have been awarded their Ph.D. degrees from this School.  The School has been nationally recognized through the UGC: SAP-DRS Phase I, phase II, and DST –FIST programs. We have published more than 700 original research publications in international journals. The School has conducted a number of national seminars and arranged refresher courses for college teachers. Many of our alumni who had been awarded international fellowships are now working in premier institutions in India, the USA, UK, Germany, Japan, and Taiwan.