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INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) an all- India body of physics teachers was established in 1984 by freedom fighter Prof. D.P. Khandelwal. He was Professor of Physics in Nainital Government College and later Visiting Professor in IIT, Kanpur. The IAPT works for the betterment of physics teaching and learning at all levels. IAPT has more than 6000 life members all over India. For better and intense functioning, IAPT is decentralized through its Regional Councils (RCs). There are 21 regions of IAPT. IAPT publishes a monthly journal of education in physics and related areas. All the members of IAPT offer voluntary work for its cause. This is a unique feature of the organization.

IAPT organises two national level examinations viz.

  • National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP): this is the first screening test for the selection of Indian team for the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
  • National Graduate Physics Examination (NGPE) for under graduate students. S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, allows offer direct interview for the admission to toppers in NGPE, for its integrated Ph.D. programme if the students otherwise fulfill their admission requirements.

IAPT plays a major role in conducting several other national level examinations, these are

  • National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC) in collaboration with Association of Chemistry Teachers
  • National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB) in collaboration with Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences
  • National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA), and
  • National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) is examination leading to International Junior Science Olympiads.

All the National Standard Examinations lead to selection in Olympiads in the respective fields. NSEP conducted since 1987 is hugely popular among Standard XII students with 1200 examination centres across India. Last year more than 40000 high school students took this examination. IAPT holds its Annual National Convention to deliberate on physics education related issues. In the Convention several papers and posters are presented and deliberated. Some of the other units of IAPT are

Bulletin of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers

IAPT brings out a monthly journal of education in physics and related areas. It contains invited and contributed articles and papers and is distributed freely among the IAPT members. It includes reports and announcements on different IAPT activities, examination related information.

Anveshikas

IAPT decided to highlight the need for experiments in classroom teaching and for enhancing students’ interest. This is being propagated through some special units known as Anveshika.

Centre for Scientific Culture (CSC)

IAPT has established this Centre at Midnapore College, Midnapore (WB) to provide year round exclusive facility for academics towards developing of working experiments in Physics. This is also engaged in developing new laboratory experiments in physics.

Extra Low Cost Books (ELCB)

IAPT offers high quality books on physics to its members at with an attractive discount. The leading publishers provide support for this programme by offering their books under this scheme.

NCIEP & NCICP

Two national level competitions National Competition on Innovative Experiments in Physics or NCIEP and National Competition on Innovation in Computer for Physics or NCCIP are held during the IAPT National Convention to encourage the teachers and students of physics to develop new experiments.