Science Quest 2019 @ IIT Palakkad

Continuing the journey with Valsa

IIT Palakkad is conducting a residential science camp in memory of Late Prof. M. C. Valsakumar, former Professor of Physics and Dean Student Affairs at IIT Palakkad. Prof. Valsakumar, Valsa to his friends, was an excellent researcher, an extraordinary teacher and above all a humanist. Spreading his passion for science is our way of continuing the journey with him.

IIT Palakkad will select 30 students from schools across Kerala and Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu. The goal of the camp is to instil a spirit of inquiry and critical thinking, and love for science and mathematics in students. This camp would also provide a platform for interactions between students from various regions and researchers at IIT Palakkad. There will be interactive sessions on various topics in science, engineering and mathematics, and several hands-on sessions in labs where scientific concepts will be introduced through experiments.

The camp will run uninterrupted for 10 days from 15th to 24th of May 2019. Food and accommodation will be provided in the IIT hostels which are inside the campus.

Eligibility and Application Process

Student should be currently studying in Class XI (Eleven) in Kerala or Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu and should be in one of the science streams. The application is to be submitted online through this portal. It has to be accompanied by scanned copies of a bonafide certificate from the Principal and the 10th standard mark list. The bonafide certificate format can be downloaded from the sidebar.  Selection will be made on the basis of 10th standard marks in Sciences and Mathematics and, an evaluation of the answers to the ‘Quest Questions’ in the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The last date for receipt of applications is April 3, 2019. The list of selected students will be published on the institute website by April 15, 2019.

Important Dates

Last date of receipt of online applications April 3, 2019
Announcement of list of selected students April 15, 2019
Dates of the science camp May 15-24, 2019

About IIT Palakkad

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are autonomous public institutions of national importance for higher education in engineering, science and technology. IIT Palakkad was announced by the Government of India in 2014. IIT Palakkad is currently located at two locations - a permanent campus in Kanjikode and a temporary facility at  Ahalia Integrated Campus, Kozhippara.

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About Valsa

Prof. M. C. Valsakumar ( 1952:2019 )

Prof. M. C. Valsakumar was born in Pinarayi, Kannur district in Kerala. He was an alumnus of Government. Brennen College, Thalassery and Department of Physics, University of Calicut. Soon after  his M.Sc (1975- with gold medal) he joined  BARC Training School, Mumbai.  Since then he worked at  IGCAR, Kalpakkam till he superannuated as Outstanding Scientist and Head of Materials Physics Division, IGCAR in 2012. Soon after he retired from IGCAR he was invited as a Distinguished Professor at School of  Materials Engineering/Science, University of Hyderabad.  In June 2015 he accepted the invitation to join IIT Palakkad where he served until March 2018.

Prof. Valsakumar was a versatile researcher.  He published more than 160 research articles in reputed journals. Many scientists and various university students completed their PhD under his able guidance. Some of his seminal works on open quantum systems and statistical mechanics became landmarks in those areas.  His research interests spanned across quantum field theory and computational materials science. He was also an expert in high performance computing and was instrumental in developing dedicated computational facilities at IGCAR.

Prof. Valsakumar was an inspiring teacher with a deep understanding across various disciplines. He was adored by his students.