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. This  Course has been renamed as MSc in Instrumentation and Applied Physics with modifications in the previous syllabus.


  • 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 and Applied Physics has been introduced since 2015. Earlier It was a Two -Year Four-Semester MSc  course in Instrumentation since 2005. Before that it was a One Year Two Semesters Post Graduate Diploma in Instrumentation (PGDI) course introduced in 1987-88.


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.



1. Post Graduate Programmes:
a) Name of the Programme: Master of Science in Instrumentation and Applied Physics

Objectives of the Programme:
i. Understand the application of instrumentation in different fields of science and technology like biomedical, forensic, nano-technology, process industry etc.
ii. Gather knowledge for design and development of instrumentation system for different applications
iii. Understand the application of instrumentation in different social and economic issues
iv. Understanding the mapping from idea-invention-implementation to product development
v. Development of skilled manpower and entrepreneur

b) Duration of the Programme: 4-Semesters, 2-Years
c) Intake Capacity: 20 (Twenty)
d) Admission Process:
i.    There will be a written examination consisting of objective questions. The total marks of the written examination will be 100. The further details will be updated time to time.
The syllabus for the written examination comprises of the following subjects-
a) Electronics
b) Mathematical Physics
c) Electricity and Magnetism
d) Optics
ii.    The medium of the examination shall be in English.

e) Programme Structure:
The details of the programme structure can be downloaded from the following link
Download Curriculumn here

2. Research Programmes:
a) PhD in Instrumentation:
Inter-departmental interdisciplinary research programmes are undertaken by the faculty members of the department. The areas of research are-
a)   Agri Instrumentation
b) Nano Technology
c)   Smart sensor Instrumentation
d)   Ground Penetrating RADAR
e)    MEMS base Instrumentation
b) Duration: As per Gauhati University’s PhD Regulation
c) Intake Capacity: As per availability of vacancies 


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.
Existing Facilities
Machine Shop
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Machine Details
Lathe Machine (Type MC 675)
Lathe Machine (1050-1, A)
Lathe Machine (1050-1, B)
Lathe Machine (1350-2)
Milling Machine (XQ 62226B, No. 201306085N)
Shaper Machine (4624) 
Power Hacksaw Machine (5270597)
Drill Machine (BDM 093487)
Drill Machine (M/c No. 228)
Drill Machine (S25, No. 2071)
Grinding Machine (756)
Grinding Machine (PG573 A)
Grinding Machine (PG573 B)
Sheet Cutter               
Hydraulic Power Saw (OH-12)
Welding Shop
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Machine Details
Welding Machine (5066)
Spot welding Machine    
Welding Machine  (1010011 , A)
Welding Machine  ( 1010011, B)
Welding Machine  (1010011, C)
Portable Welding Machine,    
Portable Welding Machine   
Portable Welding Machine    
Gas Welding Set                    
Gas Welding Set                    
Carpentry/ Glass Shop
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Machine Details
Wood saw Machine (GAF 09582)
Glass Blowing Lathe
Plexy Glass Cutter
Grinding Machine
Distilled Water Plant
Glass Blowing Gas Setup



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.

For details about SAIF please visit the link

Special Invitee

Dr. Dharani Dhar Mali, Retired Director, IIE
Mr. Amitava Nath, Retired DGM, BSNL

Assistant Professor(Contractual)

Dr. Kunjalata Kalita
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)

Mr. Manash Protim Goswami,
MSc (Gauhati)

Guest Teacher

Dr. P.K. Boruah, Professor (Retd.), Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC
Dr. K.C. Sarma, Professor (Retd.), Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC
Mrs. Mausumi Das, M.Sc. (Gau), Guest Teacher, Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC

Part Time Teacher

Mr. Dipak Das, Technical Officer, Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC
Dr. Banty Tiru, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics
Dr. Bimal Kr. Sarma, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics
Dr. Abhijit Das, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics

A. Outreach Programme

1. The department organises Science Motivation Camp for school students every year. This is a kind of programme where school students are aimed to motivate towards scientific temperament and hands on expertise.

2. The department in association with Manav Sarathi (NGO) and ASTEC opened a training and production centre of electronics goods for the inmates of central jail, Guwahati where all technical trainings are provided by the department itself.  
B. Workshop

We organise:

1. Hands on workshop in microcontroller and Embedded System for Teachers and Researchers.
a) Advanced Workshop on Microprocessor Application and Embeded System Design during 21/11/2011 to 3/12/2011
b) Workshop on Embedded System design for Scientific Application, during 18/2/2013-22/2/2013
2. National and Regional workshops on XRD, XRF, SCXRD are organised every year.
3. Hands on workshop for undergraduate students are also organised every year on system development using microcontroller. 
a) Summer School on System design Using Microcontroller
b) Second Summer School on System design Using Microcontroller
c) Third School on System design Using Microcontroller
d) Fourth School on System design Using Microcontroller
e) Fifth School on System design Using Microcontroller
f) Sixth School on System design Using Microcontroller
g) Seventh School on System design Using Microcontroller


Dr. Sanjib Karmakar, Scientific Officer
Dr. Santanu Bardoloi, Scientific Officer
Mr. Dipak Das, Technical Officer
Mr. B.S. Kalita, Jr. Technical Officer
Office Staff 
Mr. K. Das, Upper Divisional Assistant
Mr. J. Hazarika, Senior Grade Store Keeper
Mrs. Smriti Rekha Dutta, Accounts Assistant
Mr. Diju Saikia, Peon
Md. Rahimuddin Ahmed, Chowkidar
Md. Malek  Ali, Chowkidar
Md. Hafizuddin Ahmed, Chowkidar
Ms. Laxmi Basfor, Sweeper
Technical staff 
Mr. Surath Kalita, Technician "D"
Mr. Ghana Kanta Saikia, Technician "B"
Mr. Karuna Choudhury, Technician "A"
Mr. Tilak Ch. Deka, Technician "C"
Md. Moinul Islam, Laboratory Bearer
Mr. Bhupen Kalita, Technical Assistant
Associated Staff 
Md. Habibur Rahman, Instructor, Mechanical workshop
Mr. Khitish Das, Workshop helper
Mr. Hriday Jyoti Saikia, Welding shop helper
Mr. Anil Razaq, Machine shop helper
Mr. Ratul Talukdar, Glass Blowing helper




Anup Kumar Kalita (Nano Technology)

Archana Das (Nano Technology)

Chitra Gautam (Instrumentation for Food Storage)

Gajendra Nath Sarma (Nano Technology)

Gautam Bortamuli (Nano Technology)

Ibnul Farid (Experimental Plasma Physics)

Manash Pratim Goswami (Instrumentation for Horticulture) 

Motiur Rahman (Nano Technology)

Nairit Barkataki (Ground Penetrating RADAR), Visvesvaraya Ph.D. Fellow

Pritisha Dakuwa (Nano Technology)

Rajdeep Choudhury (Instrumentation for VOC detection) DST-INSPIRE Fellow

Sudipta Hazarika (Instrumentation for VOC detection) DST-INSPIRE Fellow

Sweety Biswasi (Plasma based synthesis of nanomaterials)

ThIbotombi Singh (Nano Technology)

Chayanika Sarma (Instrumentation for VoC Detection) DST-INSPIRE Fellow

Tushadri Boruah (Instrumentation for VoC Detection) DST-INSPIRE Fellow

Hiramoni Khatun (MEMS based energy harvesting)




1. Machine Sensing and Artificial Intelligence based stress diagnosis of plants.
Plants being verbally mute to abiotic and biotic stress factors, offers visual and olfactory response to these stresses affecting their health. Visual responses include change in physical properties viz. colors, size, shape, while olfactory responses includes changes in Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emission. The Research aims at analyzing these specific responses using machine sensing technique which are otherwise illegible for human perception.
The research group have converged on Machine olfaction technique for sensing the VOC emission profile alteration on stress affected plants, using array of gas sensors, colloquially called “e-nose”. Sensor responses acquired by the data acquisition system developed are put through Machine Learning based decision making classifier algorithms to predict the stresses present in the plant.

Research Group:
Dr. Utpal Sarma. (Professor & Head, Dept. of Instr. & USIC)
Mr. Sudipta Hazarika (INSPIRE Fellow)
Mr. Rajdeep Choudhury (INSPIRE Fellow)

2. Implementation of Instrumentation for Process Condition Monitoring in Tea Factory and Study it’s Impact on Tea Quality

Tea quality is influenced by several factors of tea processing stages. The biochemical reactions start just after the plucking of leaves from the bush. So the quality control in the processing stages becomes an important issue to get good quality end product. The main quality attribute of tea is developed in these stages, so the conditions in these stages should be maintained at optimum level.

This group aims to develop the instrumentation needed to monitor different process conditions like moisture content of tea leaves at withering stage, temperature and relative humidity of fermentation and Dryer temperature etc. In the second phase of this study, the process parameters are correlated with the final tea quality to get the optimum process conditions.

Research Group:
Dr. P. K. Boruah, Professor (Retd.), Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC, GU
Dr. Utpal Sarma, Professor and Head, Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC, GU
Dr. Debashis Saikia, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC, GU
Mr. Nipan Das, Research Scholar, Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC, GU

3. Studies on Implementation of instrumentation for precision horticulture
Agriculture mainly depends on the atmospheric conditions and changes over time. To understand the past, present and potential future climate conditions, there should be a meteorological database. To do this, a high quality and low cost system, which can give the required dependable database in a standard format is designed. After analyzing the data gathered, stored, viewed from the system, a profitability decision with less risk in farm management can be taken.

This group works on developing a low cost, reliable and user friendly wireless sensor network for collection of relevant physical parameters for precision horticulture and based on the collected data, decision is taken for best management practice of the farm.

Research Group:

Dr. Utpal Sarma, Professor and Head, Instrumentation & USIC, Gauhati University
Manash Protim Goswami, Assistant Professor( Contr.), Instrumentation & USIC, Gauhati University

4. Piezoelectric based MEMS energy harvester
Microelectromechanical system (MEMs) piezoelectric devices are used to scavenge energy from wasted vibration sources. Such devices are performed to convert energy from mechanical domain to electrical energy. The advancement in the invention of the devices that does not require replaceable power supplies has attracted for researches.

Our team are working on piezoelectric MEMS energy harvester. The main focus of our research is to optimize power from piezoelectric array configuration and optimization of cantilever shape configuration for absence of proof mass of cantilever which results in the reduction of the size of harvester. The most important strategy of future designing MEMS vibration energy harvester is to obtain maximum power with maximum bandwidth at low-frequency vibrations.

Research Group:
Dr. Utpal Sarma (Professor and Head of Department of Instrumentation and USIC)
Mr. Babak Montazer (Research scholar of Department of Instrumentation and USIC) 


5. Study and Measurement of Some Physical Changes of Different Wood Samples Due To Changes in Ambient Condition

The study of physical properties of wood is most essential in the design of wood products. The measurement of physical properties of wood provides an impact in wood technology. The contribution of these measurements provide for selection of wood in engineering applications. It also indicates the quality of wood. To use wood to its best advantage and most effectively in engineering applications specific characteristics or physical properties must be considered. The versatility of wood is demonstrated by a wide variety of products.A precise measurement system is required for the study of physical properties of wood. To study the physical properties of wood with relative humidity a precise measurement is essential. In this work a measurement system is designed, developed and calibrated. The system has the capability to measure simultaneously ambient temperature, relative humidity and physical properties of the wood sample. The physical properties of the wood samples are measured in terms of strain developed on the surface of the samples due to change in relative humidity.

Research Group:
Dr. P.K.Boruah, Retd Professor, Dept. of Instrumentation & USIC, Gauhati University
Dr. Utpal Sarma, Professsor & Head, Dept. of Instrumentation & USIC, Gauhati University
Dr. Kunjalata Kalita, Assistant Professor (contractual) Dept. of Instrumentation & USIC, Gauhati University

6. Hardware Design & Modelling Techniques for Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

 The aim of this research is to create a robust, user-friendly and advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) processing system using the latest hardware and signal processing techniques.
The work will primarily focus on
  •  Design and fabrication of highly efficient, high gain, low profile wideband antennae for use with our GPR system.
  • Compare the efficiency of existing techniques and study of continuous wave and pulsed RADAR systems.
  • Use and development of advanced simulation tools and data interpretation tools.
The work will enable other researchers and scientists to benefit directly from the results, innovations and advanced processing algorithms. This will allow the GPR community, to easily create and run such models for further improvement of the project’s results. We hope to develop better GPR modelling frameworks which will increase our ability to model GPR data in greater detail and accuracy.
Primary application of our research will be in the use of Non-Destructive Testing used for quality assessment and inspection of key infrastructure elements such are buildings, roads, railways and Geophysical probing of archaeological sites and monuments.
Research Group:
Dr. Utpal Sarma, Professor and Head, Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC, G.U.


Mr. Nairit Barkataki, Visveswaraya Fellow, Dept. of Instrumentation and USIC, G.U.

  a) PCB design and prototyping laboratory

                     1.  Accurate CNC- for PCB prototyping

    b)Process Control Laboratory

                   1.        Process control trainer kit, Model-XPO PCT/FL

2.        PLC programming trainer kit, PCST-14

3.        Batch Process control trainer , PCST-14-I

c) Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory

1. NI Virtual Bench-3nos

2. Digital Signal Oscilloscope/Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

a)   Tektronix, TBS 2000 series,100MHz, 1GS/s-2nos

b)   Tektronix, TSD 1012B,100MHz, 1 GS/s-2 nos

c)    GWINSTEK GDS-2102 E,100MHz,1GS/s-2nos

d)   Agilent mixed signal DSO MSO 6012 A-1 no

e)    Agilent DSO5052A, 500MHz, 4GSa/S-1 no

3. Function Generators

a)   Tektronix AFG 1022 ,25MHz,125MS/s-2 nos

b)   GWINSTEK MFG-2230M-1 no

c)    Agilent function generator 3320-A, 20MHz-1 no

4. Power Supplies

a)   GWINSTEK GPE-4323-2nos

b)   GWINSTEK GPS-4303-1no

c)    Agilent E 3631A -1

5. LCR Meter

a) GWINSTEK LCR-6100,10Hz-100KHz- 1no

6. Digital Multimeter

          a) Agilent 34401A-1no; 6  digit DMM

b) Agilent U1252A-1no; 5  digit DMM

d) General test and Measurement laboratory

1.   1 GHz Frequency counter HM 5021-z

1. Oscilloscope


a) GWINSTEK GOS-630FC, Frequency-30MHz-6nos,

b) APLAB 3802-3, Frequency-25MHz


a)   GWINSTEK GDS-1052 U,50MHz,250MSa/s-1 no

b)   Dynaxact, DX1103,100MHz, 1GSa/s-1-1no

c)    Falcon, Model-DSO-025C2,25MHz,250MS/s-1no

2. Function generator

a)     Dynaxact DX-4010-2 nos

b)    GWINSTEK SFG-1013-5nos

c)     Aplab,FG1MD,1MHz-2nos

3. Power Supply

a)     Elnova 115W Power supply-6 nos

b)    Scientific power supply  i. PSD 3304-3nos

   ii. PSD 3203-3nos

  iii. PSD 3003-1nos

Additionally, the Department has adequate numbers of good quality DMM, Soldering-desoldering station, soldering iron and other electronics components required for the experiments.

e) Biomedical laboratory

1.   PACEMAKER trainer kit, Skrip electronics SE 2612

2.   Medical ECG Telemetry-Transmitter trainer kit

3.   Medical ECG Telemetry-Receiver trainer kit

4.   ECG –SKRIP-ECG-12L SE 2102

f) Computer Laboratory

Total 20 numbers of computers are presently used in the computer laboratory of the department. 

g) Embedded System Development laboratory

1.     8085 Microprocessor Trainer Kit

2.     8086 Microprocessor Trainer Kit

3.     DAC Interface module for 8085/8086 Trainer Kits

4.     LED Controller module for 8085/8086 Trainer Kits

5.     8051 Microcontroller Development

6.     Keil MCB2140 Evaluation Board for LPC2140 ARM family

7.     PIC18F Microcontroller Development Board

8.     FPGA Boards-

a)    Spartan-3E

b)   Microsemi SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA

c)    ZedBoard Zynq-7000 ARM/FPGA SoC Development Board

d)   Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU102 Evaluation Kit

9.    ADS5474 14-Bit, 400-MSPS Analog-to-Digital Converter Evaluation Module

10.ADRF6655-EVALZ Evaluation Board- Broadband Up/Downconverting Mixer with Integrated Fractional-N PLL and VCO

h) Sensor and Instrumentation Laboratory 

                      1. Thermocouple Trainer Kit

                      2. RTD Trainer Kit

                      3. Thermistor Trainer Kit

                      4. Hall Effect Trainer Kit


Utpal Sarma Head of the Department
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Former Co-ordinator, IQAC

Assistant Professor

Debashis Saikia
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Smart Sensor, Soft Computing, Sensor Network
Kunjalata Kalita
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Assistant Professor
Manash Protim Goswami
MSc (Gauhati)
Instrumentation for precision horticulture
Nairit Barkataki
MSc (Gauhati)
Embedded Systems
Pranjal Borah
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Tezpur)
Microwave, Antennas, System Design

Associated Faculty

Kanak Chandra Sarma
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)