Instrumentation and USIC

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. It became a full-fledged department in 1986. 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 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, Numiligar Refinery etc.

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.

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.

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 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.


  • Year of Establishment : 1978
  • Inauguration of Building : 13th August 1988
  • Establishment of SAIF : 1986
  • Recognition as Academic Department : 1987
  • Introduction of PGDI Course : 1987-88
  • Introduction of MSc
  • Instrumentation Course : 2004-05
  • First PhD Produced : 1994

Heads of the Department

  • Prof I M Das , Founder Head ( 1978 - 1995)
  • Prof G K D Mazumdar( 1995 - 1998)
  • Prof P K Baruah( 1998 - 1999)
  • Prof G K D Mazumdar( 1999 - 2005)
  • Prof P K Boruah (2005 - 2007)
  • Prof K C Sarma (2007 - 2017)
  • Prof Utpal Sarma (2017 - till date)

Two-Year Four Semester MSc Course in Instrumentation has been introduced since 2005. Earlier a One Year Two Semesters Post Graduate Diploma in Instrumentation (PGDI) course introduced in 1987-88 was conducted.


Inter-departmental interdisciplinary research programmes are undertaken by the faculty members of the department.

Some of our activities are

  • (a) Research in various fields of instrumentation.
  • (b) Generation of skilled manpower in instrumentation
  • (c) Design and fabrication of instrument required for teaching and research.
  • (d) To nurture and spread the culture of modern instrumentation
  • (e) To provide services in repair and maintenance of instrument
  • (f) To provide analytical services through SAIF.

Courses Offered

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University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC)

The USIC consists of one Mechanical Workshop having Carpentry Shop, Machine Shop, Welding Shop and Glass Blowing Shop, Electrical and Electronic Repair Shop. In these facilities, practical classes of Workshop Practice of MSc Instrumentation, Workshop Practice of Third Semester BTech/BS of GUIST are conducted.


Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF)

The Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF) is a central facility of the university, sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India and was set up at Department of Instrumentation and USIC, Gauhati University in 1986 at the beginning of the Seventh Plan as a National X-ray Facility with a view to extending moderns sophisticated analytical facility to scientific community and to cultivate instrumentation culture.

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Assistant Professor

Debashis Saikia
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Smart Sensor, Soft Computing, Sensor Network


Kanak Chandra Sarma
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)

Assistant Professor

Manash Protim Goswami
MSc (Gauhati)


Utpal Sarma Head of the Department
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)