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The Astronomical Society of India was established in 1972 and has grown to become the prime association of professional astronomers in India. The society has close to 1000 members. The objectives of the society are the promotion of Astronomy and related branches of science in India. The society organizes scientific meetings and supports the popularization of Astronomy and other similar activities.


Latest Updates

Justice Oak Award for 2017 and 2018
The Justice Oak award for the year 2017 will be awarded to Dr. Vaidehi Sharan Paliya.
Dr. Vaidehi Sharan Paliya did his Ph.D from Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru under the supervision of Prof. C. S. Stalin and he is presently working at Clemson University, USA.

The Justice Oak award for the year 2018 will be awarded to Dr. Rajeshwari Dutta.
Dr. Rajeshwari Dutta did her Ph.D from Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astro-physics (IUCAA),Pune under the supervision of Prof. R. Srianand and she is presently working at ESO, Garching.

(Posted on 21st December 2018)


Two new award announcements by ASI
ASI has introduced two new awards namely Laxminarayana & Nagalaxmi Modali Award and Zubin Kembhavi Award. Please find more information from this link.
(Posted on 10th Dec 2018)


Nominations are invited for the "Prof. M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal (2018)"
Nominations for the Vainu Bappu 2018 award are invited. Work done prior to 31 December 2017 only will be considered. Please find more details from this link.
(Posted on 13th November 2018)


Nominations are invited for the "Justice Oak best thesis" award for the year 2018
The Astronomical Society of India gives the Justice V.G. Oak Award every year for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Astronomy and related areas, by a student working for a Ph.D. in India. The nominations for this award may be made by senior scientists, directors or heads of institutes or observatories engaged in research in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences and allied fields. The thesis should have been formally submitted in the calendar year (Jan to Dec) preceding the year of the award ( The thesis should have been submitted in the calendar year Jan to Dec, 2017 for award year 2018).

The candidate should have successfully defended the thesis and all formalities for award of degree must be completed at the time of nomination. The objective of the award is to encourage excellence amongst research students in India, and the award is given on the adjudication by a standing Committee appointed by ASI. The nominations should include a summary of the scientific work constituting the thesis, a statement regarding why the nominator considers the thesis outstanding, the curriculum vitae of the candidate and a letter signed by the nominator.
The last date for receipt of nominations is 30th September 2018. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the secretary of the society at secretary@astron-soc.in
(Posted on 12th Sept 2018)


Nominations are invited for the "Prof. M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal (2016)"
Nominations for the Vainu Bappu 2016 award are invited. Work done prior to 31 December 2015 only will be considered. Please find more details from this link.
(Posted on 20th August 2018)