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Prabhat Award for Best Outgoing Student in Physics

The "Prabhat Award for Best Outgoing Student in Physics" has been instituted by BITS alumnus Mr. Amit Garg ('89 Physics) from 2010 for a period of three years. The award will be given out in the II Semester (January - May) and consist of a certificate and a cash award of INR 10,000 to one student.


  • All students pursuing their M.Sc. (Hons.) Physics either as a single / dual degree are eligible for this award.
  • Currently, only students enrolled for study at the BITS Pilani, Pilani campus will be eligible. This criterion may be extended to other BITS Pilani campuses at a later stage.
  • The student must have a minimum overall CGPA of 8.0 and core GPA of 8.0 at the time of the award.

If you would like more information about this award, or have any questions / comments / suggestions, please send a mail to

Prabhat Award 2013

Vijay Varma is a dual degree student pursuing M.Sc. (Hons.) Physics and B.E. (Hons.) Mechanical at BITS, Pilani. His research interests are broad but mainly revolve around General Relativity, Quantum Theory and Numerical Relativity. His passion for Physics led him to take up several academic projects including spending summer 2012 working on Gravitational Waves under the guidance of Prof. Bala Iyer at Raman Research Institute, Bangalore. He plans to do his Master’s thesis at ICTS, TIFR, Bangalore (under Prof. P. Ajith), on estimating the parameters of black hole binaries using gravitational wave observations. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue graduate studies in Quantum Gravity, Numerical Relativity or String Theory. In his free time he likes to write, read and travel. 

" It is a great honor to receive this award and recognition from the faculty and alumni of BITS. This award gives me inspiration and courage as I get ready to take my first steps into the outside world.I would like to thank Mr. Amit Garg for this excellent initiative, I am hopeful that this will encourage more BITSians to enter Physics research."

Bhavesh Chauhan is a dual degree student pursuing M.Sc. (Hons.) Physics and M.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics at BITS, Pilani. He has a broad research interest spanning black holes, quantum field theory, & mathematical modelling. He is currently working on a proof of four colour theorem, which is an unsolved problem in graph theory. He will be doing his master’s thesis at IISER Kolkata in Quantum Computation. After graduation, he wants to continue his study of black holes via string theory. He was The President of Physics Association during 2012-13. He is a passionate fan of cricket and likes to play electronic keyboard in his free time.

" I feel very proud and honored to receive the Prabhat Award for Best outgoing student in physics. It serves as a proof that I have not only worked hard, but worked in the right direction over the last few years, and that I am seriously willing to pursue research in physics. I owe my gratitude to the Physics department, BITSAA, and in particular Mr. Amit Garg for this initiative."

Prabhat Award 2012

Pratiksha Digambarsing Dongare
is a dual degree student pursuing M.Sc.(Hons) Physics and B.E.(Hons) Electronics and Instrumentations at BITS, Pilani. Currently doing a project on Nanoelectronics (Graphene transistors to study applications and quantum Hall effect) at T.I.F.R, Bombay, her interest in Physics and Research is reflected by the numerous projects she has accomplished. Water conservation through new models of soak-pits which reached National Children`s science congress (2003), Object recognition using Neural Networks (2010), Study of the possibility of nitriding in Aluminium and Stainless Steel (Institute for Plasma Research, Ahemdabad, 2011) are few to mention. She was a core student member of Academic Counselling Cell, member of NSS, Art of Living and Joint Secretary of Maharashtra Mandal at BITS Pilani. Pratiksha likes to paint, sketch, plays Tabla and writes Marathi poems and Gazals. In future, she plans to do research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and aspires to build sustainable solutions to energy crisis and waste disposal problems.

Prabhat Award 2011

Devyani Patra
is a dual degree student in M.Sc. Physics and Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani. Her interest in physics knows no bounds and is evident from the projects undertaken by her during academic curriculum. She has worked on Analysis of Seismic waves to distinguish between earthquake & blast (under Dr. D. Srinagesh, NGRI) and Error analysis of astronomical radio telescopes, NGRA Being the Visiting Student in summer 2010 to HRI,she had an opportunity to work under Dr. Sudhakar Panda and study the classical dynamics of relativistic strings. She was the event manager for department of Informalz during BOSM. She aspires to pursue a career in theoretical physics In her free time, she paints, sketches, writes articles and poems.
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