Dr. Satyananda Kar, CES

Satyananda Kar, Assistant Professor, Center for Energy Studies While growing up in Balasore in Orissa, Satyananda Kar read a lot of books on mythology. History was his favorite subject till class 9 before he was introduced to the Physics labs in his school.

This was the turning point. Love for history gave way to physics.

“I realized that for all our daily work, physics is involved. This was when I decided that I wanted to become a scientist and do research in a specific field of Physics,” the 34-year-old says.

After a B.Sc (Hons) in Physics from Fakir Mohan University, Balasore he took admission in Masters in Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. It was during his Masters while working on a project at the Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar that he was introduced to Plasma science which paved the way for his future research. Later Satyananda did his PhD on experimental Plasma from the same institute.

He then took up a teaching assignment in Indus University in Ahmedabad but meanwhile got a fellowship in 2014 for doing post-doctoral from Nagoya University, Japan. He joined IIT Delhi in 2016.

At present Satyananda is targeting on fusion plasma as his main research area and his group is trying to set up a high energy ion beam source. He is also working on plasma applications.

Research takes most of his time. Reading mythological books may have been overshadowed by writing research papers and proposals. But Satyananda strongly advocates that these books should be an essential ingredient of schooling that helps in transforming children into good human beings.