Wednesday, September 30, 2009

National Strings Meeting 2010 (NSM10)

The next edition of the National Strings Meeting (NSM10) will be hosted by IIT Bombay and locally organized by Dr. P. Ramadevi.

Dates: 10-15 February 2010 (starts after lunch on 10th and ends with lunch on 15th).

As usual, the meeting will be sponsored by contributions from various Institutions around the country. More details will be posted as and when available.

Update(Nov. 25, 2009): The NSM10 homepage is ready.

Monday, September 28, 2009

RIP: Alok Kumar

Here is the email from IOP Bhubaneswar on the passing away of Alok Kumar

On September 26, Alok passed away at 10:45 in the morning due to a cardiac arrest. He was 48. He left behind his spouse Archana and their only kid Harshul (fondly known to us as Siddhu).

We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family. For us, in Institute of Physics, it is an irreparable loss at every front.

Institute of Physics

: Sudipta Mukherji has created a webpage in Alok's memory.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The XXV SERC Main School on THEP

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the XXV SERC Main School on Theoretical High Energy Physics to be held during 2-22 April 2010 at the Department of Physics, Panjab University. This is the 25th in the series of such schools sponsored by the SERC division of DST, Govt. of India, and conducted every year nationally since 1985. The aim is to provide an overview on different topics in high energy physics to the Ph.D. students in their early years of research. Each school has pedagogical lectures on selected topics supported by rigorous tutorial sessions.

This school will have the following courses:

Course I Perturbative QCD
Prof. Rahul Basu (IMSc, Chennai)
Guest Faculty: TBA

Course II GUTs: Flavour Physics & Leptogenesis
Lecturer: Prof. Goran Senjanovic (ICTP, Trieste) .
Guest Faculty: Prof. Borut Bajc (Institut Josep Stefan, Ljubljana)

Course III SM Higgs and Top Physics at the LHC
Lecturer: Prof. Saurabh Rindani (PRL, Ahmedabad)
Guest Faculty: TBA

Course IV AdS/CFT and Hydrodynamics
Lecturer: Prof. Shiraz Minwalla (TIFR, Mumbai)
Guest Faculty: R. Loganayagam (TIFR, Mumbai).

Applications are invited from graduate students working for their Ph.D degree in Theoretical High Energy Physics. Fresh postdoctoral fellows working in the field and highly motivated final year M.Sc.(Physics) students are also welcome. Preference will be given to those who have already attended a SERC Preliminary School. Students are expected to participate for the full duration of the school.

Selected participants will be paid round trip travel expenses by train (3AC). Organisers will also take care of the local hospitality of the participants.

Please visit: for more details. For general information on SERC Schools on THEP, please visit

The last date for receiving completed applications is 10 November 2009. Please fill out the application form and send it by post or a scanned copy by e-mail to :

Prof. Charanjit S. Aulakh
XXV SERC THEP Main School,
Department of Physics,
Panjab Univ., Chandigarh 160014

E-mail: ;
Phone: +91-172-2534449(1300-1900 Hrs) ,
Fax: +91-172-2783336