Pran Nath Pandita earned his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Kashmir, India. Thereafter, he joined the Theoretical Physics Group, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai (1977), and moved to the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong (1979), where he was a Senior Professor, Department of Physics until 2013. Currently he is a Raja Ramanna Fellow of the Department of Atomic Energy at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengluru. He has been a Visiting Scientist at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron(DESY), Germany, University of Dortmund, Germany, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics(NORDITA), Copenhagen, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theroetical Physics, Trieste, Italy, International School of Advanced Studies(SISSA), Trieste, Helsinki Institute of Physics, Finland, CEA-Saclay, France, and Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophsyics, Pune.
He was a Distinguished Professor at the University of Glasgow in the year 2011. He was awarded the J. C. Bose National Fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology, India. He is a receipient University Grants Commission Research Award.
Academic and Research Achievements: At NEHU, Pandita initiated research and teaching programmes in theoretical high energy physics including the frontier area of low energy supersymmetry. In 1983, Pandita was one of the first to investigate the production of lightest supersymmetric particle in electron-positron collisions. He then turned his attention to the study of the physics of Higgs bosons in supersymmetric models, and investigated the Higgs sector of the nonminimal supersymmetric standard model in detail, wherein he obtained an upper bound on the mass of the lightest Higgs boson. This upper bound is currently of great interest in the search for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). He also authored more than 70 research articles in high energy physics.
Other Contributions: As a Chairman of the Board of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies in Physics, Pandita was involved in modernizing the physics syllabi of NEHU. He is Member of the Academic Council, and the Board of Research Studies at the University. He is Life Member of the Indian Association for Physics Teachers.
Awards and Honours: Professor Pandita received the Aleaxander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany (1983), INSA Visiting Fellowship at TIFR (1994), Senior Associate of the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (1998) and Senior Associateship of the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (2002). He was elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, and elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.