The Indian Association of Physics Teachers is a voluntary organization of physics teachers/researchers and other persons who are interested in the dissemination of scientific knowledge, promotion of scientific temper and culture with a focus on improvement of quality of physics education at all levels. With this objective in view, IAPT organizes multiple activities such as - seminars, conferences, examinations, laboratory workshops and competitions, among others, both for teachers and students. All IAPT work is voluntary – members do not expect any remuneration for IAPT work.
IAPT is a democratic body with office bearers elected every 3 years and frames policies and programs in a consensual mode. To achieve efficient outreach it has sectioned the nation into over 20 regions. With almost ten thousand members across the nation and a few hundred in the Indian diaspora abroad. It is the largest voluntary body of science teachers working at the grassroots level in the country.
The Association was founded in 1984 in Kanpur by like-minded teachers under the leadership of the late Dr. D. P. Khandelwal.
The objective of IAPT as spelled out in its Constitution reads:
"To upgrade the level of teaching and teachers of physics and related areas at all levels to pool and mobilize the talents and resources of teachers in the national perspective"
Pledges of IAPT
APT took two pledges from the very beginning, namely,
- Members will not ask for any privilege, but will rather search for ways in which they can best serve the society