Saturday, March 7, 2009


Indian Association of Physics Teachers [IAPT]
Regional council -11 (Andhra Pradesh)


Indian Association of Physics Teachers [IAPT] Regional council -11(Andhra Pradesh) along with Bapatla College of Arts & Sciences organized a “National Seminar on Physics curriculum and text books of + 2 level ” on 1st March, 2009 at Bapatla.

At the inaugural function Dr.M.Prakash, ERTW, Board of Intermediate Education, Hyderabad, was the Chief Guest, Prof. K.Subbaramaiah, HOD of Physics, S.R.K.R.Engineering College, Bhimavaram, presided over the function. The programme was conducted by Sri. D.V.Brahmaji, Convener of the seminar.

Prof.K.Suubbaramaiah in his presidential speech stressed the importance of various aspects of curriculum and modification of academy text books at intermediate level.

Sri.K.Venkateswara Rao, Principal of Bapatla College of Arts & Sciences gave the welcome address and highlighted the role of physicists. He advised to improve the curriculum and text books at intermediate level to acquire the application knowledge and skills which required for the development of society. And also advised the delegates to take the steps to popularize the Physics among the students.

Prof.V.S.Murthy, IIT Madras, delivered the key note address. He gave a brief account about IAPT activities. He concern at the decreasing enrolment in Physics which was going to affect the research fields very seriously in near future. He explained why the students should study the Physics as a key subject and mentioned the hidden powers of the subject.

Dr.M.Prakash, Chief Guest, expressed the view that the feed back of seminar is useful to improve the quality of Physics education at +2 level.

Dr.N.V.Poornachandra Rao, HOD of Physics, VSR & NVR College, Tenali, and Executive member of IAPT, has given inaugural lecture. He said that Physics is the most basic of sciences and its concepts and techniques underpin the progress of all other branches of science and engineering. It is a cross- cutting discipline that has applications in many sectors of economic development, including health, agriculture, water, energy, and information and communication technology. He requested the BIE authority to make the classification of subject content related to EAMCET/AIEE/IIT entrance examinations in academy text books and also advised to note the reference books in each chapter.

The post lunch session was presided by Dr.N.V.Poornachandra Rao. The seminar was attended by more than 60 participants. The participants as well as resource persons spoken freely about the different aspects of seminar. The participants got an opportunity of interaction with Dr. M.Prakash, Board of Intermediate Education. The participation certificate was distributed to all participants.

Sri. D.V.Brahmaji handed over a CD contains the list of mistakes against fundamental concepts and basic principles of physics committed in text books and also the comments on the subject presentation. The delegates requested the chief guest to take the necessary action to rectify the mistakes committed in academy text books and save the Physics education of 10 lakes students at +2 level.

The seminar was ended with vote of thanks by the convener to all of them who helped in organizing it successfully. The regional council executive members thanked Sri Muppalaneni Seshagiri Rao, President, Bapatla Education Society, Bapatla, for excellent arrangements provided to conduct the National seminar.

The following resolutions were accepted after wide discussions:
To enable the intermediate students succeed in All India level competitive and admission tests, it is advisable to have a common core syllabus for all the states.

Editors and authors having sound knowledge of Physics subject are to be enlisted to prepare the text books and practical manuals at + 2 level

Proper scrutiny should be conduct by competent subject experts.

Proper care should be taken to reduce the glaring mistakes against basic concepts and fundamental principles of Physics.

The academy text books and practical manuals of intermediate Physics consists number of mistakes.

Sri. D.V. Brahmaji, a retired physics HOD of Bapatla College of Arts & Sciences has prepared a list of mistakes in English and Telugu Physics books published by Academy for Intermediate First and Second year in Andhra Pradesh. And also he focused this matter in news papers like The Hindu. It was appreciated by IAPT members.

The delegates requested the Telugu Academy & BIE, Hyderabad, to take the necessary action to rectify the mistakes committed in academy text books and save the Physics education of 10 lakhs students at +2 level. IMMEDIAITE ACTION REQUESTED FROM BIE, HHDERABAD, IN VIEW OF FORTH COMING EXAMS

Participants advised that the authors should follow a prescribed blue print in preparation of the questions, problems written at the end of each chapter,

Members request the BIE authorities to mention the list of reference books at the end of each chapter to avoid the confusion in subject.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


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Respected Sir/Madam,

IAPT Regional Council RC-11[Andhra Pradesh], Indian Association of Physics Teachers, is organizing a “ONE DAY NATIONAL SEMINAR ON PLUS TWO
LEVEL PHYSICS CURRICULUM & TEXT BOOKS” at Bapatla Arts & Science College, Bapatla, A.P on 1st March, 2009 [Sunday].

As the seminar is beneficial to the Physics teachers/Lecturers, we extend our invitation to the Physicists of Junior Colleges & Degree Colleges.

The Principals of respective colleges are requested to give wide publicity and encourage the related faculty members to participate in seminar.

All Physics Teachers/ Lecturers & IAPT Members or Life members are invited

Venue: Bapatla Arts & Science College, Bapatla, A.P
Date : 1st March, 2009 [Sunday]

For Other Details Please Contact:

D.V.Brahmaji ------------------- Prof.K.Subbaramaiah

Convener ------------------------ President, IAPT RC-11

Phone: 08643-222730------------ Phone: 08816-227717

Mobile: 9963522120-------------- Mobile: 9948275537

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Thanking You


Wednesday, January 28, 2009


(Indian Association of Physics Teachers)

1st March, 2009 [Sunday]
Venue: Bapatla Arts & Science College, Bapatla, A.P

Physics Teachers and IAPT Members are invited to participate in “ One day seminar on + 2 level Physics curriculum”
For Registration and Other Details Please Contact:

D.V.Brahmaji Prof. K.Subbaramaiah
Convener President, IAPT RC-11
Phone: 08643-222730 Phone: 08816-227717
Mobile: 9963522120 Mobile: 9948275537

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Olympiad Programme in Physics

The Olympiad programmes in physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy (junior and senior level) and junior science will be a five stage process for each subject separately. The first stage for each subject will be organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). All the remaining stages will be organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).

The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is an annual event, which is held in the month of June - July in a different country every year. This activity has been conducted regularly for the past 37 years. However, India began to participate in the IPhO only recently - since 1998. It is hoped India's participation in the IPhO will boost the level of science education in the country. The physics olympiad programmes in India aim to promote excellence in physics at the pre-university stage and to select and train participants for the IPhO.

The physics Olympiad program follows the following 5 stages:
Stage I : National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP),
Stage II : Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO),
Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in physics,
Stage IV : Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IPhO,
Stage V : Participation in International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).
Stage I is entirely the responsibility of IAPT. All the remaining stages are organized by the HBCSE.

The detailed information about eligibility and structure of the stages is given below:

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP)
NSEP is the first stage of selection of students in the physics Olympiad Programme which is organised by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the programme must
enroll for NSEP. NSEP will be held at a large number of centres in the country.
All Indian students of Class XI or Class XII (Science stream) and born after December 31, 1989 are eligible to appear for NSEP. A student may appear for more than one subject provided the examination schedule allows it. See information about the examination schedule under various subjects. Students who have passed Class XII are not eligible to enroll for NSEP 2008.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the eligibility criteria are satisfied. In case at any stage of the program it is found that the student does not satisfy the eligibility criteria, he/she may be disqualified from the program.
The syllabus for NSEP is broadly equivalent to the senior secondary level (Class XI and Class XII) of CBSE Physics. This is only a rough guideline, and there is no detailed syllabus given for NSEP.

Qualifying for the Second Stage:
Based on performance in NSEP, the top 300 students in order of merit will qualify to appear for the Second Stage of the Olympiad program (INPhO). In case there is a tie at the last position, all additional students with the same marks will also qualify for INPhO.

All students who qualify to appear for INPhO, will get a certificate of merit from IAPT.

Stage II: Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO)

INPhO is organized by HBCSE at about 15 centres in the country.

Eligibility: Only students selected from Stage I examination (NSEP) are eligible to appear for INPhO.

Syllabus : The syllabus for INPhO is broadly similar to NSEP but the difficulty level of the questions will be higher.
The syllabus is only a broad guideline. Questions and problems in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to International Olympiads.

On the basis of performance in INPhO, the top 35 students in the merit list will be selected for
Stage III: Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in physics.
In the event, there is a tie at the last position, all students with the same marks at this last position will qualify for OCSC.
There will be no other criteria or provision for selection to OCSC.

Stage III: Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Physics

OCSC in physics will be organized by HBCSE sometime in April to June 2009 for 2-3 weeks. The precise dates will be announced prior to or along with the announcement of the selection list for the OCSC.

Eligibility for OCSC : Only the students selected from the merit list of Stage II (INPhO) are eligible. There will be no other criteria or provision.

The camps include several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation is provided to students especially in experiments. The camps conclude with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students.
The merit list of OCSC is prepared on the basis of the combined theoretical and experimental score aggregated over all the tests in the camp, with 60% weightage for theory and 40% weightage for experiment. Performance in previous stages (NSEP and INPhO) will not be a consideration for the merit list and awards of the OCSC.
The top 5 in the OCSC physics merit list are declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees are given Rs. 5,000/- each in the form of books and cash. In addition there are special prizes to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments.
The 5 special merit awardees in physics selected at the end of the OCSC constitute the 5 member student team for the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), provided they satisfy the required criteria such as age limit, holding valid Indian passports, medical fitness, parental consent, etc.

Stage IV: Pre-departure Training (PDT) Camp for IPhO
The selected 5 member Indian team undergoes a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment. Special laboratories have been developed at HBCSE for the purpose. Resource persons from HBCSE and different institutions across the country are invited to train the students.

Stage V: Participation in International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
The 5 member student team, 2 teacher leaders and 1 scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). The 40th IPhO is to be held in Mexico tentatively in July 2009.

Sample Papers for INPhO:INPhO 2008




The first IAPT RC-11[Andhra Pradesh] executive meeting was held at Sri Vignan Vihar, Vijayawada at 10.00 A.M. on Sunday 28-12-2008.Eight members were present.

The meeting was chaired by K.Subba Ramaiah, President, IAPT, RC-11 who welcomed all the executive members in the first meeting of Regional Council, Andhra Pradesh and formally declared the formation and working of the RC-11.

Dr. N.V.Poornachandra Rao, Executive member, IAPT explained the necessity to form the Regional council and activities to promoting physics education in Andhra Pradesh.

Prof.V.S.Murthy, Vice President, IAPT attributed the lack of interest in experimental practice at high school level in the state.

K.Subba Ramaiah pointed out that the physics curriculum with the absence of necessary experimental practice in school and intermediate education in Andhra Pradesh.

D.V.Brahmaji, Treasurer, IAPT shared his experience as author of number of text books and submitted the list of mistakes in intermediate physics text book for discussion in the meeting.

The members discussed about the responsibilities in promoting the IAPT activities in Andhra Pradesh. The secretary is authorized to maintain the minutes book and the treasurer to maintenance of all accounts of all RC transactions.

It is resolved unanimously that a bank account in the name of IAPT RC-11 is to be opened with S.R.K.R. Engineering College Campus branch of the SBH at Bhimavaram. The President and Treasurer will be the authorized signatories. Cheques will be valid only if signed by two of the authorized signatories.

It is unanimously resolved that to induct at least one member from each district into RC to popularize IAPT ideas in their respective regions. Proposed to enroll new members and institutions and also take the necessary steps to increase the participation in NSPE and NGPE.

Dr. M.Kameswara Sarma inducted into RC as a member. Dr.B.Subba Rao,Tenali, R.Ramesh,Vijayawada, B.Pothi Reddy, Chandra Sekhar Reddy, Ramesh Babu of SPACE invited for this meeting.

It is resolved to conduct the Science meet in June, 2009 at R.K.School. Seethanagaram, Vijayawada and also proposed a science programme at Yazili School, Bapatla in 2009.

It is resolved to participate as Resource persons in Teacher Training Workshop at school level of SPACE. It may strengthen the conceptual understanding and improve laboratory activities among teachers.

It was approved the seminar on Natural resources and disaster management at Kadapa during Jan 19-20, 2009.

Considered the letter of D.V.Brahmaji along with the details about the mistakes in intermediate Physics text book published by Telugu Academy, Hyderabad and it was agreed to organize a one day workshop with the IAPT members of Andhra Pradesh and proposed to submit a letter to the concerned authorities. As the RC-11, IAPT seized of the matter which is of public interest, D.V.Brahmaji is advised not to resort to any individual activities.

Regarding travel expenses it was agreed to follow the central IAPT norms, i.e. to reimburse three times the sleeper class train fare by the shortest route.

The meeting ended with a commitment from all the members that they will carry out the IAPT Regional Council activities with total dedication.

The Regional Council members thanked the Principal Mrs.B.V.S.S.M.Lakshmi, Correspondent Sri.K.Ohmkara Narasimham and Science teacher Sri R.Ramesh of Sri Vignan Vihar Enikepadu, Vijayawada for excellent arrangements provided to conduct the first executive meeting.

K.Subba Ramaiah, President, IAPT, RC-11