Objectives of the workshop:

Astronomy is rarely taught in B.Sc. and M.Sc. Physics courses in India. This workshop is aimed at identifying and developing portions of standard BSc and MSc syllabi that are amenable to design astronomy themed experiments e.g. optics, EM theory, etc. These experiments should be preferably listed keeping in mind cost and easy availability of materials as well as level of Physics rigour necessary for it to be passed by Board of Studies of Physics Departments. Experiments should be astronomy focused, for departments both with and without telescopes. We hope to come up with a plan to implement these experiments in selected colleges on a trial basis, in liaison with UGC for formal syllabus incorporation when successful.

The Workshop will not be made up of Classroom-like lectures. Rather, there will be brainstorming sessions where people present, discuss and document experiments to build the repository, that we plan as the main outcome of this Workshop.

Venue: IUCAA

Date: June 18 - 20, 2018


We are looking for participants, preferably faculty and researchers, who have already developed experiments in their respective Physics/Astronomy departments. The participants would be required to describe and preferably demonstrate experiments. The end result of this workshop would be to develop a repository that would be available freely to anyone who would like to include such experiments. IUCAA associates visiting IUCAA in this period are encouraged to apply.

Number of participants (limited): ~50

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There will be no registration fees for the meeting.

In addition, the selected participants will be provided with free accommodation (subject to availability) and hospitality during the course of the scientific meeting.

Important dates:

Registration opens: March 20, 2018
Registration deadline: 15 April, 2018
Confirmation of participation: May 1, 2018
Programme details: May 15, 2018

IUCAA Co-ordinator: Mr. Samir Dhurde (samir@iucaa.in)

Dr. Priya Hasan (Convenor), MANUU, Hyderabad, Telangana (priya.hasan@gmail.com)
Dr. Joe Jacob (co-Convenor), Newman College, Thodupuzha, Kerala (drjoephysics1@gmail.com)

This meeting is hosted and supported by IUCAA and organised jointly in cooperation with the Public Outreach and Education Committee of the Astronomical Society of India (ASI-POEC).

Point of Contact: Priya Hassan, in case of any further queries.