Department History

Since the establishment of this institution back in 1965, the Applied Physics, Mathematics and Language and Communication departments were set up to teach service courses for all other departments. After the institution was relocated from the main market and or Show ground, Applied Physics department was located at the top floor of the Sandover Building.

When all the buildings were completed, Applied Physics moved to the department where it is now located. Mathematics department was also accommodated in the same building with Applied Physics until early 1980s when their building was completed, they moved to where they are now.

When our first Head of department Professor Balasubramanian left, the University merged Applied Physics department with Applied Sciences department around early 1990s and the head of Applied Sciences was appointed Head over both sections. The department staff members were resistant to the change because of the locations at separate sites and have different interest or views as how to do things. Later it was not working so the University separated them again.

The department first offered a diploma course which was offered only once and it stopped in 1989 with only 6 graduated.  The department then started offering Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation (BSAP) in 1994 which is the department’s Flagship Program. Though the department is seen as one of the smallest department in the campus, the department serves 10 Academic departments out of 13 on campus.

The BSAP program is design to produce graduates with technical skills in electronics and instrumentation, together with a good understanding of the underlying physical principles.  The basic concepts and methodology of physics, chemistry and mathematics are introduced throughout the years of study which really grounded our students with Analytical Skills that helped graduates to get into any field of employment.

The department also offers another degree program which is Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy (BSRT). The first Radiation Therapy program was offered in early 1980s and then the second one was offered in 1990s from which three of them are currently working at Angau Cancer ward. Since some of the graduates are no longer working with them, the department of Health in collaboration with the University started the BSRT program again in 2011. By this time, the program has been running for almost 22 years till 2015. The course structure of this program has been designed with the objectives of producing appropriately trained graduates who go straight to the Health department in the area of Radiation Therapy for mostly CANCER TREATMENT. This course was started in 2011 and the first graduates was in 2014 and the last graduates passed out in 2018 (only five batches with the last lot admitted in 2015 and graduated in 2019).

The Department now has introduced a course to replace the BSRT program called Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (BEBE). The course was first introduced in 2020 with the first Batch graduating this year (2024) in the 56th Unitech’s Graduation. The Biomedical Engineering course is designed to produce graduates with technical skills in electronics and instrumentation together with a good understanding of the underlying physics principles with application in biomedical engineering. The employment prospect is the National Department of Health and private health services (including biomedical health services) providing medical health services to the population of our country. We are anticipating some more new courses to be introduced in two to three years’ time and is looking forward to the challenges our nation throws at us for solutions to the nation’s problems.