Pramod Kumar Shukla

Pramod Kumar Shukla
Assistant Professor

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Previous appointments:

Faculty positions:
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Allahabad (UoA), Prayagraj (Aug 2022 - Dec 2022).
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Bose Institute (BI), Kolkata (Dec 2022 - ongoing).
Postdoc and other positions:
  • Postdoc (with Humboldt Fellowship), Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Physics, Munich (2011-2013).
  • Postdoc, Department of Physics, University of Torino (UniTO), Turin (2013-2015).
  • Postdoc, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste (2015-2017).
  • Postdoc, Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT) UAM-CSIC, Madrid (2017-2018).
  • Visiting Scientist, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste (2018-2019).
  • Visiting Scientist, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste (2021-2022).
Additional Affiliations and support:
  • Visitor, Italian 'National Institute for Nuclear Physics' (INFN), Section of Bologna, in 2016 and 2017.
  • Associate member, INFN, Section of Turin, Turin (2013-2015).

Research interests:

Flux Compactifications and Moduli Stabilization

LARGE Volume Scenarios (LVS)

de-Sitter vacua and Swampland

Classifying the Calabi Yau Orientifolds

Global model building using PALP, SAGE, cohomCalg and CYTools

String Cosmology

String Phenomenology


Address: Physical Sciences
Unified Academic Campus
Bose Institute
EN-80, Sector V
Bidhan Nagar
Kolkata - 700 091, India
E-Mail: pshukla[at]


There have been two streams of developments in string model building, namely string-cosmology and string-phenomenology. The first one focuses on understanding the challenging issues related to cosmology (such as realizing de-Sitter solutions, embedding of (post-)inflationary scenarios etc.) while the second stream addresses issues like realizing MSSM-spectrum, supersymmetry-breaking etc. The standard underlying approach of model building in string cosmology and string phenomenology has been considered quite independently and subsequently turns out to be too simplistic for resulting in realistic models. Qualitatively speaking, the reason is that the string-cosmology approach mostly needs the understanding of the ‘global’ aspects while the string-phenomenology approach mostly deals with the knowledge of ‘local’ aspects about the visible sector.

The prime goal of our current/near-future research activities is to combine the two (local/global) aspects into a single framework. In this context, we have been working on a systematic study of model building aspects using the type-IIB superstring compactifications in the so-called LARGE Volume Scenario (LVS) framework.


  • The Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany, 2011
  • Seal of Excellence certificate for a research proposal submitted to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (H2020-MSCA-IF- 2016), Horizon 2020, European Commission, 2017



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