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Introducing Prof. B.N. Jagatap

We are delighted to welcome, Prof. B.N. Jagtap to the IITB Community. He joined the Department of Physics at IIT Bombay this year.

Prof. Jagtap did his PhD from Bombay University in 1980. He joined the Department of Physics, IIT Bombay in January 2017 after superannuating as Distinguished Scientist and Director, Chemical Group from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai in December 2016. 

Prof. Jagtap’s research are inclined towards the study of Laser Physics, Quantum optics, Nanophotonics, Energy science. The very idea of converting basic science into technology interests him a lot.

Before joining IIT Bombay, Prof. Jagtap has had a R&D experience of over 40 years. He joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1977 as Scientific Officer after completing one BARC Training School Programme. He has held a number of positions in BARC during the career span of 1977-2016, which included Head, Atomic & Molecular Physics Division from 2010 to 2013, and Director, Chemical Group from 2013 to 2016. He was also awarded  ‘Outstanding Scientist’ in 2008 and ‘Distinguished Scientist Award‘ in 2012.

Apart from his career in research, Prof. Jagtap has held many positions in his academic career as well. He was the Senior Professor of Physical Sciences, 2008 onwards, Dean Academic and Member, Board of Studies, Physical Sciences from 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2016 he served as the Chairman of Board of Studies in Chemical Sciences and was also a member, Internal Quality Control Cell (2014-16). He served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Physics, IIT Bombay from 2009 to 2013.

When asked about his future plans at IIT Bombay, Prof. Jagtap replied, “In the changing landscape of R&D in India, a scientist is faced simultaneously with two major challenges: 

(1) To pursue front-line research and remain competitive in the globalized science, and

(2) To convert basic research into technology for economic and social development. 

I have experience of handling both these challenges and I shall continue to do that at IIT Bombay. 

In my own area of research, I plan to explore issues such as negative refraction and quantum technologies; the areas which are growing in an explosive manner elsewhere in the world. At the same time, I plan to develop optics/laser based devices that will find immediate applications in social and industrial sectors.  

With my R&D experience in interdisciplinary areas and the connectivity that I have established in academic and industrial sectors, I see myself also contributing to the science/technological solutions to the grand India centric challenges such as energy, water, environment and education. "