The students of most of the colleges and universities of north-east India are quite unaware of the various scopes and developments in the field of optics, as they rarely get the opportunity to explore the field and moreover they do not have a hard-core course on optics as they have for the other fields. Thus with an aim to popularise the field of optics among undergraduate students of the north-east, the SPIE IIT Guwahati Student Chapter was introduced in 2015.
The main objective of the chapter is to inspire the students towards the field of optics through some events or awareness drive at various schools, colleges, institutes and universities of the north-eastern part of India, so that they may choose optics or related areas as their career. They work in highlighting the various scopes, researches, developments, inventions, etc. in the field of optics and its related areas.
SPIE stands for Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. It’s an international not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1955 in California. It organizes technical conferences, trade exhibitions, and continuing education programs for researchers and developers in the light-based fields of physics, including: optics, photonics, and imaging engineering.
SPIE has student chapters all over the world in various institutes. The 2019-20 chapter of IIT Guwahati have set few objectives for community service through educational outreach and organising various workshops. One of the proud student volunteer, Tonmoy Kalita belongs to our very own Tezpur. Completing his primary education from Don Bosco High School, he started preparing for achieving something big in the field of physics and finally succeeded to get a seat at the prestigious IIT Guwahati.
Under this project, Tonmoy got an opportunity to teach the underprivileged children in the various parts of North-east and provide quality output in optics educational outreach to those students who need it the most.
Read out the conversation that Tezpur Buzz had with Tonmoy Kalita the other day-
How were your students and what did you teach them initially?
I had a really wonderful time teaching the students, who were a little less privileged than us. Mostly they were the children of vegetable vendors, manual labourers etc. I initially taught them reflection and refraction of light.
How long was the session and how did you feel to be part of this ?
The session started from 9:30am and went on till 3pm. I had the best experiences of my life while spending time with them. I am extremely happy that I could make a difference for at least one student.
Will you be continuing the same in future days too ?
Yes. We have planned to go to Bodoland University in Kokrajhar next in January.
How long have you been in IIT Guwahati and what are your upcoming plans in the field of Physics ?
I joined IIT Guwahati last year in 2018. I have a plan to go for a PhD after completing my masters.
Tonmoy while in conversation with Tezpur Buzz also stated, “The Principal of the school, where I got a chance to teach, said that government funding was extremely scarce and as such it’s very difficult to maintain quality there. Privatisation is on the rise and these govt schools are not getting the proper attention. Those students who are from a weak financial background can’t attend these private schools and must rely on the government schools. And governments have been letting these students down.”
We are indeed proud that we have such a zealous boy like Tonmoy, who is trying to make a change and is working with such a eminent society of California. We wish all luck to Tonmoy for his future endeavours.