Instrumentation & USIC, Gauhati University


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Department of Instrumentation & USIC started as University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) in 1978 under USIC scheme of University Grants Commission (UGC) in the department of Physics, GU.

The department through it's repair and maintenance wing has been rendering services in the field of operation, repair and maintenance of various instruments not only to the departments of this university but also to affiliated colleges and other public and private organizations of the NE region. The center has also successfully completed a number of training programs on repair and maintenance of scientific equipment, glass blowing and use of mechanical workshop equipment. A large number of jobs have been done by the repair and maintenance wing of the department and there by has saved considerable amount of GU exchequer. A considerable amount has been earned from outside institutions by rendering repair and maintenance services. Some of the outside institutions that have availed of repair and maintenance services of the department in past are Handique Girls College, B Barooah College, Forensic Science Lab, Assam and Meghalaya, NERIST, Royal Bhutan Polytechnic, Sherbutse College, Bhutan, Statefed Tripti Vanaspati Plant, Gauhati Medical College & Hospital, Assam Engineering College, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati etc.


It became a full-fledged department in 1986.

Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF), sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India was established in 1986 as a Regional X-ray Facility in the department to cater the need of scientific community from research, academic and industrial organizations. SAIF is rendering analytical services in the field of X-ray Diffractometry (XRD), X-ray Fluoroscence Spectrometry (XRF) and Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometry. SAIF has been regularly participating in the rounds of International Proficiency Test for Analytical Geochemical Laboratories conducted by International Association of Geoanalysts (IAG) and has so far organized six workshops on Theory and Practices of XRD, XRF and SCXRD.


The department was recognized as an academic department in 1987 by the Academic Council, GU. The Post Graduate Diploma in Instrumentation (PGDI) course was started in 1987-88 and was the first such course in the entire NE region which trained qualified engineers and scientists to gain experience in the field of instrumentation. Seventy Five (75) students have passed out PGDI and many of the PGDI passed students are employed in the industries like Oil India Limited (OIL), Gauhati Refinery, Numaligarh Refinery etc.

The main building of the department was constructed with grants from UGC and was inaugurated by the then Hon-ble Chancellor of GU Sri Bhisma Narayan Singh on 13th August 1988. 


The department has been rendering training to persons deputed from outside institutions from time to time. Trainees deputed from NEHU & IASST were trained in the department and revenue has been earned through such training. The department has organized workshops, seminars etc. from time to time. A two weeks training Programme in Electronics and Instrumentation was organized in 1988-89. Another workshop on Repair and Maintenance of Laboratory instruments for college teachers was organized in 1992. The department hosted the National Symposium on Instrumentation ( NSI-17) in 1992.

At present the practical classes of Workshop Practice of GUIST and MSc Instrumentation are conducted in the workshop of the department.


The first PhD scholar graduated from this department in 1994. Since then, more than 100 scholars have completed their PhD from this department.


The name of the department was changed to Department of Instrumentation & USIC in 2005 and MSc in Instrumentation course was introduced with effect from 2004-2005.


 This Course was renamed as MSc in Instrumentation and Applied Physics in 2015 with modifications in the previous syllabus.