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  • K D Abhyankar Best Thesis Presentation

    K D Abhyankar Best thesis presentation award was awarded to Dr. S. Athiray by the Astronomical Society of India (ASI) for the year 2016 during the 34th annual meeting of ASI at Kashmir University, Srinagar

    (Posted on 17th May 2016)
  • Best Poster Award

    The Best Poster awards in the mentioned category were awarded to the following participants during 34th Annual Meeting of Astronomical society of India held at Kashmir University, Srinagar

    Sun & Solar system: Rakesh Chandra Narwa
    Stars, The Milky Way Galaxy and its neighbours: Kishalay De
    Extragalactic Astronomy: Ruta Kale
    GR & Cosmology: Priyanka Singh
    Instrumentation and Techniques: Anshu Kumari


    (Posted on 17th May 2016)
  • Justice Oak Best Thesis Award for 2015 will be awarded to Dr. Rupal Basak during 34th Annual Meeting of Astronomical Society of India, Kashmir University, Srinagar . Rupal has completed his PhD studies from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai in the year 2014. He is presently working in Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Warsaw.
    (Posted on 28th April 2016)
  • The following members are elected as the members of the Executive Council (EC) of the Astronomical Society of India for the Triennium 2016-2019
    President- Prof. S. K. Pandey, Ravishankar Shukla University
    Vice-President- Dr. S. Seetha, ISRO
    Immediate Past-President- Ajit Kembhavi, IUCAA
    Secretary- Prof. Dipankar Banerjee, IIA
    Treasurer- Prof. K. S. Dwarakanath, RRI
    Councillor- Prof. Gulab Chand Dewangan, IUCAA
    Councillor- Prof. Divya Oberoi, NCRA
    Councillor- Dr. Santosh Vadawale, PRL
    Councillor- Prof. Anandmayee Tej, IIST

    The New EC will take charge after the General body meeting to be held in Srinagar during ASI 2016.
    (Posted on 28th April 2016)
  • The abstract submission is closed now for the 34th Meeting of the Astronomical Society of India
    (Posted on 8th Jan 2016)
  • The Vainu Bappu Memorial Gold Medal VB 2014 will be awarded to Dr. Nikku Madhusudan during forthcoming ASI 2016 meeting at Srinagar, Kashmir to be held during 10-13 May, 2016
    (Posted on 26th Nov 2015)
  • Next Annual ASI Meeting
    The next annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of India will take place at Srinagar between May 10 and 13, 2016, to be hosted by the Kashmir University. In addition to the regular parallel sessions on different categories, for which abstracts will be solicited, there will also be plenary sessions and a few special sessions.

    You can find more details on Website : http://astron-soc.in/asi2016/

    (Posted on 20th November 2015)
  • Meet the ASTROSAT Astronomers

    Press release by the Astronomical Society of India on the ASTROSAT at the “Meet the ASTROSAT Astronomers” events held simultaenously in 3 cities by the POEC

    (Posted on 29th Sept 2015)
  • Nominations are invited for the "Justice Oak best thesis" award for the year 2015

    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 an Indian student. 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 ( 2014 for award year 2015).

    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 December 31, 2015. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the secretary of the society at secretary@astron-soc.in

    (Posted on 26th November 2015)
  • K D Abhyankar Best Thesis Presentation
    K D Abhyankar Best thesis presentation award was awarded to Dr. S. Krishna Prasad and Dr. Prashant Mohan by the Astronomical Society of India (ASI) for the year 2015 during the 33rd annual meeting of ASI at NCRA, Pune

    (Posted on 25th Feb 2015)
  • Best Poster Award
    The Best Poster awards in the mentioned category were awarded to the following participants during 33rd Annual Meeting of Astronomical society of India held at NCRA, Pune

    Sun & Solar system: Vaibhav Pant , Supriya Hebbur Dayananda
    Stars & Galaxy: Arun Kumar Naudu
    Extragalactic: Sheelu Abraham, Kartick Chnandra Sarkar
    GR & Cosmology: Shishir Sankhyayan
    Instrumentation: Prasanna Deshmukh, Tanmoy Cattopadhyay

    (Posted on 25th Feb 2015)
  • Justice Oak Award
    Justice Oak Best Thesis Award for 2013 was awarded to Dr. Bidya Karak during 33rd Annual Meeting of Astronomical Society of India, NCRA Pune . Bidya did his Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Science under the supervision of Arnab Rai Choudhuri and is presently working at Nordita.

    Justice Oak Best Thesis Award for 2014 was awarded to Dr. Vemareddy Panditi during 33rd Annual Meeting of Astronomical Society of India, NCRA Pune. Vemareddy did his PhD from Udaipur Solar Observatory, PRL under the supervision of Ashok Ambastha and is presently working at IIA as an INSPIRE Faculty.

    (Posted on 25th Feb 2015)
  • Nominations for the Prof. M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal (2014) award are invited. Work done prior to 31 December 2014 only will be considered. For More Details click here

  • The Vainu Bappu Memorial Gold Medal VB 2012 will be awarded to Dr Luca Cortese for his significant contributions towards observational extragalactic astronomy by making use of the available multiwavelength data as well as theoretical modeling.
    (Posted on 20th Nov 2014)

  • Nominations are invited for the "Justice Oak best thesis" award for the years 2013 and 2014. 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 an Indian student. 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 calender year (Jan to Dec) preceding the year of the award (2012 for award year 2013 and 2013 for award year 2014). 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 December 20, 2014. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the secretary of the society at secretary@astron-soc.in
    (Posted on 20th Nov 2014)

  • The next annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of India will take place at Pune, between Feb 17 and 20, 2015, to be hosted by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics. In addition to the regular parallel sessions on different categories, for which abstracts will be solicited from the members of ASI, there will also be plenary sessions and a few special sessions. Please keep an eye on the upcoming announcements for directions regarding registration and submission of abstracts.

    You can find more details on Website : http://astron-soc.in/conference/
  • The Vainu Bappu Gold Medal Award Ceremony will take place in IIA Bangalore Campus on 15th July 2014. The Vainu Bappu Memorial Gold Medal VB 2010 will be jointly awarded to Dr Marta Burgay, Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari, Italy and Dr Parampreet Singh, Louisiana State University, USA. read more.

    For the Title and Abstract of the presentations click here.
  • Young Astronomer Award 2013: The first two authors will share the award. Formation rates of dark matter haloes (December 2011 issue) Sourav Mitra, Girish Kulkarni, J. S. Bagla and Jaswant K. Yadav read more.

  • K D Abhyankar Best Thesis Presentation for the year 2014 was awarded to Dr. Arunima Banerjee and Dr. V Panditi read more.

  • The Best Poster Award for the year 2014 has been awarded to a) Sun and the Solar System : Mr. S. Krishna Prasad for the poster “Spectroscopic studies of coronal loops” , b) Stars and the Galaxy : Mr. Tapas Baug for the poster “Is semi-regular variable UZ Ariteis asymmetric ?” , c) Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology : Mr. Samyaday Choudhury for the poster “What is the metallicity map tell us about the evolution of the LMC ?” , d) Instrumentation : Mr. Kuldeep Kumar Yadav for the poster “Disp analysis procedure for the TACTIC gamma ray telescope” read more.

  • The Justice Oak award for the best thesis, for the year 2011
    was jointly awarded to Dr. Girjesh Gupta and Dr. Manash Samal. Dr. Gupta did his PhD from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics under the JAP program and is presently working at IUCAA. Dr. Samal did his PhD from ARIES and presently working at Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, France. read more.

  • The Justice Oak award for the best thesis, for the year 2012
    was awarded to Dr. Arunima Banerjee. Dr. Banerjee did her Phd from the Indian Institute of Science and is presently working at NCRA. read more.

  • Nominations for the 2012 Vainu Bappu award are invited
    The nominations may be made by heads of institutions, directors of observatories, heads of departments or senior scientists. Each nomination, including all the supporting documents, should be submitted by email to the secretary of the society (secretary at astron-soc dot in) by 15.03.2014. read more.

  • The 32nd meeting of the Astronomical Society of India (ASI)
    hosted by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali (IISERM), during March 20 - 22, 2014 read more.

  • 18th National Space Science Symposium (NSSS - 2014)
    to be held at Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh during January 29-February 1, 2014. The symposium sponsored by ISRO, in association with the Astronomical Society of India, is organized to provide a scientific forum to present new results in the areas of atmospheric science, space science, planetary exploration and astronomy and astrophysics read more.

  • Pro-Am3: October 26-27
    Biannual meeting to foster collaborations between professional and amateur astronomers. Organised in collaboration with Astronomical Society of India (ASI) read more.

  • Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camp: October 28-31
    Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is a National Centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. The broad goals of the centre are to promote equity and excellence in science and mathematics education from primary school to undergraduate college level. It is India's nodal center for Olympiad programmes in Astronomy, Junior Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology read more.

  • Nominations are invited for the "Justice Oak best thesis" award for the years 2011 and 2012. 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 an Indian student. 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 calender year (Jan to Dec) preceding the year of the award (2010 for award year 2011 and 2011 for award year 2012). The candidate should have successfully defended the thesis and all formalities for award of degree must be completed at the time of nomination. The award consists of books and a medal. The Justice Oak award for the best thesis, for the year 2010 was awarded to Dr. Sanjiv Kumar Tiwari. Dr. Tiwari did his PhD from the Udaipur Solar Observatory and is presently working at the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research. 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 October 15, 2013. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the secretary of the society at secretary@astron-soc.in.

  • The Justice Oak award for the best thesis, for the year 2010 will be awarded to Dr. Sanjiv Kumar Tiwari. Dr. Tiwari did his PhD from the Udaipur Solar Observatory and is presently working at the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research. A soft copy of his thesis is avalable here.

  • The database of life members has been updated recently and is available here. Please e-mail any corrections to the Secretary.

  • The next ASI meeting is to be held at Tiruvananthapuram during Feb.20-22, 2013. The meeting web site is available here and the poster can be seen here. The deadline for registration is Oct.15, 2012.

  • The Vainu Bappu Gold medal for the year 2008 has been awarded jointly to Dr. Niayesh Afshordi and Dr. Nissim Kanekar.

  • The executive committee invites nominations for the new discovery award and the Justive Oak best thesis award.

  • The executive council has approved initiating a series of symposia titled ASI symposia. These meetings are expected to be on focused topics. It is expected that these symposia will encourage discussions amongst astronomers working on similar problems. ASI will provide funding of up to Rs.1 Lakh for each symposium, and up to three such symposia will be sponsored every year. Those interested in organising an ASI symposium should get fill in the application in the given format and send it to the secretary at least 16 weeks before the start of the conference.

  • ASI had sponsored popular astronomy lectures (to be delivered at School/Junior College/Public level at preferably away from Major Cities) by ASI Members during the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009. Under this scheme, each of the ASI member who had shown willingness for these lectures, were paid Rs. 5000/- (to each such member) for this purpose (to cover the local travel; logistics and refreshments expenses etc). The executive council has decided to continue support for such activities beyond the IYA. ASI members who wish to give popular talks under this scheme are requested to contact the secretary for further details.

  • 22nd Meeting of the Astronomical Society of India held in Thiruvanthapuram

    The ASI held its 22nd Meeting in Thiruvanathapuram during Feb 13-15, 2003. The meeting was hosted by the Department of Physics, University of Kerala and the Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, with financial support from the Indian Space Research Organisation. The beautiful Kanakakunnu Palace at the heart of the city was the venue of the meeting. An excellent scientific program was prepared by the Scientific Organising Committee consisting of DCV Mallik (Chair), NM Ashok, D Bhattacharya, J. Chengalur, BN Dwivedi, SK Ghosh, Pushpa Khare, T Padmanabhan, SR Prabhakaran Nayar and P Sreekumar. There were 29 invited talks, and over 100 poster contributions. Evening lectures were arranged for the general audience after the sessions.

  • Presentation of M.K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal for Young Astronomers for the Year 2002

    Dr. Brian P. Schmidt of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, received the Vainu Bappu Gold Medal for the year 2002 in a function organized at IUCAA, Pune, on January 24, 2004. At this occasion, he also delivered the Vainu Bappu Memorial Lecture on Accelerating Universe. The citation of Dr. Schmidt reads as follows: Dr. Schmidt's major scientific achievements have been in observational studies of supernovae. His thorough and insightful observations have helped in a better understanding of the progenitors of supernovae, the mechanism of the explosion, and the chemical composition of the different types of supernovae. Of particular importance has been his contribution to the use of the very distant Type Ia supernovae to determine the rate of change of the expansion of the Universe. Dr. Schmidt and his collaborators have recently shown that the Universe is not only expanding, but accelerating. If this result stands the test of time, it will undoubtedly be one of the most important discoveries in contemporary cosmology.
    - posted on January 27, 2004

  • Dr. G.C. Anupama is the Editor and Dr. D.J. Saikia is the Associate Editor of the Bulletin

    The Editorial Board of the Bull. Astron. Soc. India has been reconstituted by the President of ASI, Prof. S.N. Tandon. Dr. G.C. Anupama of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, is the new Editor and Dr. D.J. Saikia of the National Centre of Radio Astronophysics, Pune is the new Associate Editor of BASI. D. Bhattacharya (RRI, Bangalore), R.D. Cannon (Anglo Australian Observatory, Australia), D. A. Green (Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, England), T.P. Prabhu (IIA, Bangalore), Ram Sagar (ARIES, NainiTal), K. Subramanian (IUCAA), V. Trimble (University of Maryland) are members of the Editorial Board. The society expresses thanks and appreciation to the outgoing Editor, Dr. Harish Bhatt, the outgoing Associate Editor Dr. Biman Nath and the other members of the outgoing Board for managing the bulletin so well.
    - posted on May 14, 2004

  • 23rd Meeting of the Astronomical Society of India was hosted by ARIES, Nainital during February 21-24, 2005

    The 23rd meeting of ASI was hosted by ARIES in Nainital on the invitation of Prof. Ram Sagar. The meeting was well attended by over 200 participants. There were 36 invited talks, 2 evening lectures, 7 thesis presentations and 147 poster papers. The inaugural session was held on February 21, 2005 in the auditorium of the Uttaranchal Academy of Administration, where the subsequent scientific sessions were also arranged on the topics: (i) Structure and dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere, (ii) Stars/ISM/Galaxies, (iii) Radio Astronomy, (iv) Cosmology, (v) Reports from Observatories, (vi) Rapporteur talks on posters, and (vii) future facilities. The General Body Meeting of the ASI was held on February 23, 2005, which was attended by 52 members. As is usual at Nainital in February, it was very cold during the meeting, however, the delegates generally enjoyed their stay; thanks to the efforts of the LOC. Details of the awards which were announced during ASI-2005 are given in the following:

    Best Poster Paper Awards: A set of four awards is instituted for the Poster presentations at the meetings of the ASI, each consisting of a cash prize of Rs 500 and a certificate. A panel of judges comprising of Yashwant Gupta, P. Venkatakrishnan, Shiv Sethi and NM Ashok was formed for the selection of best poster awards in 4 categories during ASI-2005. The results announced by K. Subramanian, Chair, SOC, are as follows:

    SUN AND SOLAR SYSTEM (S) - H3+ in Jovian Aurorae, by Koshy George and T. Chandrasekhar (PRL, Ahmedabad)
    STARS AND GALAXIES (G) - A Novel Technique of Accurate Estimation of Pulsar DM, by Amrit Lal Ahuja (IUCAA, Pune), Yashwant Gupta, Dipanjan Mitra (NCRA, Pune), and Ajit K. Kembhavi (IUCAA, Pune)
    EXTRAGALACTIC ASTRONOMY AND COSMOLOGY (E) - Evidence for Relativistic Ionized Outflows in the Narrow-line Seyfert 1 Galaxies by Surajit Dasgupta and A. Dewangan (TIFR, Mumbai)
    INSTRUMENTATION (I) - An Image Stabilization System for Solar Observations by R. Sridharan, A. Raja Bayanna, Brajesh Kumar, P. Venkatakrishnan (USO-PRL), and C.U. Keller (NSO, Tucson, USA)

    Best Presentation of Thesis Award: This feature is instituted by the society to encourage the participation of young astronomers who have completed their theses during the last two years preceding the ASI meeting. A panel of judges comprising of T. Chandrasekhar, Siraj Hasan, and K. Subramanian was appointed by the Executive Council to select the best presentation. The result announced by K. Subramanian, Chair, SOC, is as follows:
    P. Manoj (IIA, Bangalore; now at IUCAA, Pune) - Star Formation: Circumstellar Environment around Young Stellar Objects

    Young Astronomer Award for 2005: The aim of this award, made once in every two years, is to motivate young Indian scientists to make outstanding research contributions in Astronomy/Astrophysics and to publish the same in the Bull. Astron. Soc. India. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 3000 and a scroll of honour. A panel of three referees comprising of GC Anupama, Harish Bhatt and DJ Saikia considered the candidates for the ASI-Young Astronomer Award 2005 based on regular papers published in Bull. Astron. Soc. India during the years 2003 and 2004. The panel recommended the following paper for the award:

    S.B. Pandey, D.K. Sahu, L. Resmi, R. Sagar, G.C. Anupama, D. Bhattacharya, V. Mohan, T.P. Prabhu, B.C. Bhatt, J.C. Pandey, Padmaker Parihar and A.J. Castr-Tirado: Optical Observations of the Bright Long Duration Peculiar GRB 021004 Afterglow, Bull. Astron. Soc. India, Vol 31, 19-36 (2003)

    This award is shared by S.B. Pandey (ARIES, Nainital), L. Resmi (RRI, Bangalore) and J.C. Pandey (ARIES, Nainital); first author and co-authors of the paper who are below the age of 35 years. The result was announced during the ASI2005-GBM.

    -posted on March 3, 2005

  • ASI-SOC constituted for the period 2004-06

    The scientific organizing committee of the ASI was reconstituted, and is chaired by Dr. Kandaswamy Subramanian, IUCAA, Pune. The other members of the new SOC are: Jasjeet Singh Bagla, HRI, Allahabad; Narayan Banerjee, Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Dipankar Bhattacharya, RRI, Bangalore; T. Chandrashekhar, PRL, Ahmedabad; Yashwant Gupta, NCRA-TIFR, Pune; S. N. Hassan, Osmania University, Hyderabad; D. K. Ojha, TIFR, Mumbai; A. K. Pandey, ARIES, Nainital; M. Parthasarathy, IIA, Bangalore; T. R. Seshadri, Delhi University, Delhi; P. Sreekumar, ISAC, Bangalore; and P. Venkatakrishan, USO-PRL, Udaipur. We thank the members of the outgoing SOC for their good work.

  • 24th General Body Meeting of ASI held on February 10, 2006 at NSSS-2004, Andhra University, Waltair:

    The issue of holding the annual ASI-GBM was discussed at the GBM on 23rd February 2005 during the 23rd ASI meeting, Nainital. It was suggested that ASI-GBM could be held during the National Space Science Symposium (NSSS) which are organised in the alternate years when ASI meeting is not convened. The 24th ASI-GBM was held on February 10, 2006 during the 14th NSSS (February 9-12, 2006) at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. A session in Astronomy was also arranged in this symposium. The general body meeting held on February 10, 2006 was thinly attended by 24 members. The president and vice-president could not attend the GBM, and it was presided by the Secretary, Dr. Ashok Ambastha.
    -posted on September 20, 2005

  • Awards of the Society:

    Nominations are invited for the following awards of the Society. Further details are provided in the website of the ASI.

    New Discovery Award: An award for the discoveries of comets, asteroids, novae, supernovae and any other astrophysical phenomena made by an Indian National in India. There is no age restriction for this award. Nominations are invited for the discovery made during the period 2005-2006.

    Justice V.G. Oak Award 2007 for Outstanding Thesis in Astronomy: An award for outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Astronomy by an Indian student engaged in research in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences and allied fields. The thesis should have been formally submitted in the year 2006.

    Vainu Bappu Gold Medal-2006: The Astronomical Society of India invites nominations for this award instituted in the memory of late M.K. Vainu Bappu, founder President of the Society and a past President of the International Astronomical Union, once every two years to honour exceptional contributions to Astronomy & Astrophysics by young scientists anywhere in the world. The award of the medal is based on an evaluation of the scientific work of the nominee as published or accepted for publication on or before 31st December of the year of the award. The nominee must be 35 years of age or younger on this date. Nominations for the award may be made by a Head of Institution, Director of an Observatory, Head of Department or by senior scientists and should include the following information:

    For details of these awards, please contact :
    Dr. Ranjan Gupta, Secretary, Astronomical Society of India
    IUCAA, Post Bag 4, Ganeshkhind, Pune-411007 (India).
    Email:asi@iucaa.ernet.in

    More information can be obtained at the ASI web site http://www.astron-soc.in/awards.php
    -- posted on February 10, 2007

  • Membership matters:

    The membership list of the Astronomical Society of India has crossed the 1000 mark. However, it has been observed that a large number of persons are not regularly paying annual membership subscriptions. Please note that the annual subscription of the Regular, Associate and Student categories of membership becomes due on the 1st day of each calendar year. Persons who have not paid their annual subscriptions are requested to contact the treasurer, Prof. R.C. Kapoor, to ascertain the outstanding dues to be paid for continuation of their membership. The existing Regular Members may give their option to become LIFE member to the treasurer, for which the prescribed subscription would be payable. As resolved by the 23rd GBM in Nainital, those who failed to pay the arrears by the end of the year 2005 are considered to have lost their membership, and are required to submit fresh application form.

    Directory of ASI Members: It is being planned to bring out a directory of the ASI members. The members can check their current details in the ASI web-page available at the URL: http://www.astron-soc.in/membership.php. Those of you who have already responded to our previous request, made in the March 2004 issue of the Bull. A.S.I., need not send these details again, unless there is a need for update. It is requested to fill in the update information in the format given below.

    To

    Dr. Ranjan Gupta
    Secretary, Astronomical Society of India
    IUCAA, Post Bag 4
    Ganeshkhind, Pune-411007 (India)

    Last Name: _________________________ First Name: _____________________
    Membership Type _________ No. ________________
    Email: ____________________________________________________________
    Telephone: __________________________ Fax: _________________________
    Institutional Affiliation (if any) __________________________________________
    Institutional Address: __________________________________________________
    Postal Address: __________________________________________________

    Date: ___________________ Signature:_________________________________

    (This information may also be sent by email to: asi@astron-soc.in).

  • Option about the Paper Copy of the Bull. ASI:

    Members are requested to give their option about receiving the paper copy of the Bulletin of the ASI. Please note that the Editors are now providing the bulletin on the Web. Therefore, those who have easy access to the internet may prefer to discontinue receiving the paper copy of BASI. Your early response will be greatly appreciated. You may send your option by post or email to the Editor of the Bulletin of the ASI.

    To
    The Editor
    Bulletin of the ASI
    I understand that as a member of the Astronomical Society of India, I am entitled to a free copy of the Bulletin of the ASI. I confirm that my address is as given above:
    -- I would like to continue receiving the paper copy of the BASI
    -- I do not wish to continue receiving the paper copy of the BASI.
    (Please tick one of the above options. By default, the paper copy of the Bulletin will continue to be sent.)

    Date:                                                                                                              Name and signature of the Member

    -posted on September 20, 2005

  • Prof. Arvind Bhatnagar -An Obituary:

    Prof. Arvind Bhatnagar passed away on the evening of May 18, 2006 at Udaipur following severe cardiac and respiratory complications. He had returned back to his city, Udaipur, just one day before, on May 17, 2006, after spending two months in Delhi where he was recuperating from cardiac problems. Although he was not keeping good health over the last few years, he had retained his enthusiasm and dynamism as ever to be actively engaged in both research and social activities. As the Arvind we all knew, he had pushed behind his urgent personal commitments and rather chose to avail an opportunity to observe the total solar eclipse of March 29, 2006 from Turkey. While making the arrangements for his trip, he stretched beyond what his body could take and the cardiac problems decimated his plans.

    Prof. Bhatnagar was known internationally for his significant contributions to Solar Astronomy. He was the founder-director of the Udaipur Solar Observatory. He also took immense interest in popularization of astronomy and helped establishing several planetaria across India. Arvind Bhatnagar was born in Beawar, Rajasthan on 19th November 1936. He had his early education in Agra, Almora and Nainital. After completing his M.Sc. in Physics, he joined the UP State Observatory, Nainital, in 1958 and worked there until 1961. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Solar Physics in 1964 from Agra University while working at the Kodaikanal Observatory under the guidance of Prof. M K. Vainu Bappu. He then worked as a Meteorologist in the India Meteorological Department during 1965-67. He was awarded the Carnegie Fellowship to work at Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories, USA, during 1968-70. Afterwards he worked as a Resident Astronomer at the Big Bear Solar Observatory of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA till 1972.

    In 1972, Prof. Bhatnagar returned to India to establish a unique island solar observatory in the middle of Lake Fatehsagar in Udaipur under the aegis of the Vedhshala, Ahmedabad. This lake site was carefully selected by him after taking into consideration the facts that Rajasthan received the maximum sunshine and the large body of lake water helps to stabilize the air turbulence arising due to heating of ground by the solar radiation. Due to his efforts, the solar observatory was taken over by the Department of Space in December 1981 for speedy growth, and was affiliated to the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. The Udaipur Solar Observatory has become internationally renowned as one of the major centers for high-resolution solar observations. It is also one of the six observatories located around the world participating in the Global Oscillations Network Group (GONG) for the study of solar interior. In December 1996, Prof. Bhatnagar retired as the director of the Udaipur Solar Observatory, and continued to work on topics related to the solar interior as an Emeritus Scientist. He worked on helioseismology using the GONG data and studied the p-mode frequency shift with the phase of solar cycle. He co-authored with Bill Livingston a fascinating book on solar physics entitled “Fundamentals of Solar Astronomy”, and had recently embarked on another book entitled “Manual for Solar Astronomy – for beginners” funded by DST. He wrote more than 80 papers on a wide variety of problems and edited two books. Prof. Bhatnagar was elected a Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, India (Allahabad). He was a founder member of the Astronomical Society of India and a member of the International Astronomical Union. Prof. Bhatnagar was the founder Director of the Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai from 1976 to 1978, and advisor to many planetaria in the country, namely Jawahar Planetarium, Allahabad, Nehru Planetarium, Delhi, and Sardar Patel Planetarium, Baroda. He encouraged a number of young students to take up active interest in pursuing scientific activities and also guided several students during their research career. In 1996, Prof. Bhatnagar started a novel project called SUCHE (Swatch, Healthy, Urban, Clean and Hygienic Environment) Abhiyan in several localities of Udaipur under ASTHA Sansthan for solid waste management through public participation. He was also appointed as one of the High Court Commissioners to monitor the directives of the High court in connection with protection of the lake system of Udaipur. In his passing we have lost a person with unique characteristics and capabilities and it will be difficult to fill up this void.
    -- posted on May 26, 2006 by A Ambastha

  • Nominating Committee of the ASI (for triennium 2007-2009)

    The Nominating Committee has the responsibility of drawing up a panel of names proposed for election to positions in the Executive Council of the ASI. It consists of the President, the immediate Past-President, two elected members from the General Body and one elected member from the Executive Council. According to the constitution of the ASI, a Nominating Committee was elected by the regular and life members of the Society in October 2006, entrusted with the responsibility of proposing a panel of names for election to various posts in the Executive Council of the ASI for the next triennium, i.e., 2007-2009. The nominating committee consisted of the following:

    S. N. Tandon, President, ASI Convener, Nominating Committee
    G. Srinivasan Immediate Past-President, ASI
    From General Body
    D.C.V. Mallik 
    Anil K. Pandey 
    From Executive Council
    Ashok K. Ambastha

    -- posted on January 21, 2006 by A Ambastha



  • Announcement of result of election to ASI Executive Committee for the Triennium (2007-2009)

    The members of the Executive Council elected in December 2006 for the triennium (2007-2009) are:

    President Dr. J.N. Goswami
    Physical Research Laboratory
    Navrangpura
    Ahmedabad-380009
    Tel: 79-26314855, 26308550
    Fax: 79-26300374, 26314900
    e-mail: director@prl.res.in
    Vice President Dr. Swarna K Ghosh
    Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
    Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba,
    Mumbai (Bombay) 400 005
    Tel: 22-2278 2364
    Fax: 22-2280 4610
    e-mail: swarna@tifr.res.in
    Secretary Dr. Ranjan Gupta
    IUCAA
    Post Bag 4
    Ganeshkhind
    Pune-411007
    Tel: 20-25604111 (office)
    20-25604411/25604471 (Res.)
    Fax: 20-25604699
    e-mail: asi@astron-soc.in
    Treasurer Dr. R.C. Kapoor
    Indian Inst. of Astrophysics
    II Block, Koramangala
    Bangalore-560 034
    Tel: 80-2553 0672 Xtn. 261
    Fax: 80-2553 4043
    e-mail: rck@iiap.res.in
    Councillors Dr N.M.Ashok
    Astronomy & Astrophysics Divn
    Physical Research Laboratory
    Navrangpura
    Ahmedabad 380009
    Tel: 79-26314755, 79-26314613 (Thaltej)
    079-26306255 (Residence) Fax: 79-263149000
    E-mail: ashok@prl.ernet.in
    Dr. S. N. Hasan
    Department of Astronomy
    Osmania University
    Hyderabad-500 007
    Tel: 040-27097306, 27682247
    Fax: 40-2709 9020
    E-mail: nhasan@osmania.ac.in, najam_hasan@yahoo.com
    Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam
    Indian Institute of Astrophysics
    Koramangala II Block
    Bangalore-560034
    Tel: 080-2553 0672
    Fax: 080-2553 4392
    E-mail: purni@iiap.res.in
    Dr. Harinder Pal Singh
    Department of Physics and Astrophysics
    University of Delhi
    Delhi 110007
    Tel: 11-27667155, -27666796, 27667793
    Fax: 11-27667061
    E-mail: singh@iucaa.ernet.in

    In addition to the elected members, the EC includes the following:

    Immediate Past-President Dr. S.N. Tandon
    Inter-University Centre for
    Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Post Bag 4, Ganeshkhind
    Pune-411 007
    Tel: 20-2560 4110
    Fax: 20-2560 4699
    e-mail: sntandon@iucaa.ernet.in
    Editor,Bull.ASI (Ex-officio member) Dr. G. C. Anupama
    Indian Institute of Astrophysics
    II Block, Koramangala
    Bangalore-560 034

    Tel: 80-2553 0672
    Fax: 80-2553 4043/br /> e-mail: gca@iiap.res.in
  • 25th Meeting of ASI held during February 7-9, 2007 at Osmania University, Hyderabad

    The 25th meeting of ASI was hosted by Department of Astronomy, Osmania University, Hyderabad. The meeting was well attended by over 140 participants. A very exciting scientific program was drawn up by the SOC chaired by Dr. K. Subramaniam (IUCAA, Pune), consisting of 24 invited talks, 2 evening lectures, 8 thesis presentations and 117 poster papers. A special highlight of this meeting was the "Prize Talks" by the Vainu Bappu Gold Medal Awardees for the Year 2004, Dr. R. Srianand (IUCAA) and Dr. Ray Jayawardhana (Univ. Toronto, Canada). The scientific sessions were held in Mekaster Auditorium, on the topics: (i) Planets/Sun, (ii) ISM, (iii) Compact objects, (iv) Extragalactic astronomy, (v) Reports from Observatories, (vi) Rapporteur talks on posters, (vii) Thesis talks, (viii) Mini Symposium on Diffuse background and (ix) Mini symposium on Results from surveys. The General Body Meeting of the ASI was held on February 9, 2007, which was attended by 40 members. The delegates enjoyed their stay; thanks to the efforts of the LOC, very efficiently coordinated by Dr. S. N. Hasan (Osmania University). Details of the awards which were announced during ASI-2007 are given in the following:

    Vainu Bappu Gold Medal-2004: Announcement for Vainu Bappu Gold Medal 2004 was made through BASI, SolarNews (Electronic Newsletter), AAS Bulletin, IAU, by post to more than 50 distinguished researchers both within the country and abroad, and to directors/heads of various institutes. In response, three nominations were received. A panel under the chairmanship of Dr. G. Srinivasan was constituted by the President for evaluating the nominations, with Drs. SM Chitre, A Pramesh Rao, T Prabhu and SK Ghosh as members. The M.K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of India for the year 2004 was jointly awarded to Dr. Raghunanathan Srianand of Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India, and Dr. Ray Jayawardhana of the University of Toronto, Canada. The gold medals, certificates and citations were presented to the awardees at the 25th Meeting of the ASI on February 7, 2007, where they also gave their talks.

    The citation of Dr. Srianand reads: “The M.K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of India for the year 2004 is awarded to Dr. R. Srianand of Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India for his outstanding contributions to cosmology. He shares this award with Dr. Ray Jayawardhana of the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Srianand’s major scientific contributions have been in understanding the physics of inter-galactic medium through spectroscopic observations of QSOs. He and his collaborators made the first measurement of the temperature of cosmic-microwavebackground radiation at a high redshift of greater than 2. Dr. Srianand and his collaborators have placed a strong constraint on the variation of fine structure constant over look-back time scales of ten billion years".

    The citation of Dr. Jayawardhana reads: “The M.K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of India for the year 2004 is awarded to Dr. Ray Jayawardhana of the University of Toronto, Canada, for his outstanding contributions to the area of star formation and sub-stellar objects. He shares this award with Dr. R. Srianand of Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India. Dr. Jayawardhana’s major scientific contributions have been in understanding evolution of sub-stellar objects. He and his collaborators have shown that majority of brown dwarfs have disks similar to young stars, and young brown dwarfs go through an accretion phase. Dr. Jayawardhana and his collaborators have provided strong evidence suggesting that formation of brown dwarfs is merely an extension of star formation".

    Best Poster Paper Awards: A set of four awards is instituted for the Poster presentations at the meetings of the ASI, each consisting of a cash prize of Rs 500 and a certificate. A panel of judges comprising of Dipankar Bhattacharya (RRI), P. Venkatakrishnan (USO-PRL), J.S. Bagla (HRI) and A.A. Deshpande (RRI) was formed for the selection of best poster awards in 4 categories during ASI-2007. The results announced by K. Subramanian, Chair, SOC, are as follows:

    Stars and Galaxies (G) - New Results on Radio Emission from the Transient Bursting Source GCRTJ 1745-3009 by Subhashis Roy (ASTRON, the Netherlands),  Scott Hyman (ASTRON, the Netherlands),   Sabyasaachi Pal (NCRA, Pune),   T. Joseph (NCRA, Pune),  W. Lazio Paul (ASTRON, the Netherlands),  S. Ray (NCRA, Pune) ,  Namir E. Kassim (ASTRON, the Netherlands) and Sanjay Bhatnagar (NCRA, Pune).   

    Sun and Solar System (S) - Seeing Induced Cross-talk in Filter-based Velocity Measurements by P. Sreejith (ISRO, Bangalore), R. Sridharan (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA, and K. Sankarasubramanian (ISRO, Bangalore).

    ExtraGalactic Astronomy and Cosmology (E) - Multi-frequency Radio Continuum Observations of Nearby Spiral Galaxies: NGC 2997, NGC 4565 by Jitendra Kodilkar (NCRA, Pune), Nimisha Kantharia (NCRA, Pune) and S. Ananthakrishnan (NCRA, Pune).

    Instrumentation (I) - Jointly to (i) Proposed Adaptive Optics System for Vainu Bappu Telescope by A. K. Saxena (IIA, Bangalore),  V. Chinnappan (IIA, Bangalore) and J. P. Lancelot (IIA, Bangalore), and (ii) Feasibility of using ANN-based Algorithms for Improving the Sensitivity of TACTIC Imaging Telescope by V.K. Dhar (BARC, Mumbai), A.K. Tickoo (BARC, Mumbai),  M.K. Koul (BARC, Mumbai),  R. Koul (BARC, Mumbai) and  B.P. Dubey (BARC, Mumbai).

    Best Presentation of Thesis Award: This feature is instituted by the society to encourage the participation of young astronomers who have completed their theses during the last two years preceding the ASI meeting. A panel of judges was appointed by the Executive Council to select the best presentation. The result announced by K. Subramanian, Chair, SOC. This award was jointly given to the following:

    Amrit Lal Ahuja (IUCAA, Pune) for his thesis talk entitled "Study of Pulsar DM using the GMRT", and
    Anand  Hota  (NCRA-TIFR, Pune) for his thesis talk entitled "A  Radio  Study  of  Gas Loss  Processes  in Nearby  Galaxies".

    Young Astronomer Award for 2007: The aim of this award, made once in every two years, is to motivate young Indian scientists to make outstanding research contributions in Astronomy/Astrophysics and to publish the same in the Bull. Astron. Soc. India. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 3000 and a scroll of honour. A panel of three referees comprising of GC Anupama, Harish Bhatt and DJ Saikia considered the candidates for the ASI-Young Astronomer Award 2007 based on regular papers published in Bull. Astron. Soc. India during the years 2005 and 2006. The panel recommended the following paper for the award:

    Sabyasachi Pal, Sandip K. Chakrabarti, Alex Kraus and Samir Mandal: Broadband radio spectrum of SS433, Bull. Astron. Soc. India, Vol 34, 1-9 (2006)

    This award is shared by Sabyasachi Pal (Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata) and Samir Mandal (Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata); first author and co-author of the paper who are below the age of 35 years. The result was announced during the ASI2007-GBM. -posted on February 14, 2007

  • 26th General Body Meeting of ASI held on February 27, 2008 at NSSS08 at RAC, Ooty

    A condolence message was read for Prof. K.D. Abhayankar who had passed away on 8th Nov 2007. Outcome of the VB2006 award was announced to the GB. The President mentioned that it is matter of pride that two ASI members (Yashawant Gupta and Anil Bharadwaj) have received the SS Bhatnagar Awards in Physics and Planetary Sciences, respectively, for the year 2007. The planning for 27th ASI meeting was discussed. Finally the role to be played by ASI in the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) was also discussed.

  • 27th Meeting of the Astronomical Society of India 2009 February 18-20

    IIA hosted the meeting of the Astronomical Society of India after a gap of 23 years. The meeting was held in the IIA campus, and had over 250 participants. The Presidential address by Jitendra Nath Goswami was followed by the award ceremony of the Vainu Bappu Memorial Gold Medal (VB2006). The awardee, Banibrata Mukhopadhyay of IISc delivered the Vainu Bappu award lecture, entitled 'Measuring Spin of Black holes from their QPOs: A Test of General Relativity'.

    The special scientific features of the meeting were twomini-symposia, 'The Dynamic Sun' and 'Star-formation History'. There were 17 invited scientific talks on solar,stellar, Galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, and over 160 poster presentations. Specific time of 3 hours was allotted for poster-viewing and interactions, besides which five rapporteurs summarised the posters in the plenary session. There were six talks in the customary session for PhD theses summaries. There was a session entitled 'New Initiatives', which included talks describing new astronomy and data facilities in the country, as well as one on the outreach initiatives by Vigyan Prasar of DST. Jayant Narlikar delivered an evening lecture titled 'How Astronomy has Contributed to Enrichment and Survival of Human Societies' to a packed auditorium that included members of the public. A notable feature of the ASI was a late-evening 'reminiscences' session, in which the past presidents of ASI dwelt on the contributions by the late Krishna Damodar Abhyankar, his initiation of the formation of the ASI and later, his persistent efforts to sustain it.

    There was a parallel meeting of the Forum for Resource Sharing in Astronomy, in which librarians of IIA, RRI, TIFR, IUCAA, NCRA and ARIES came together to discuss digitisation projects, and implementation of open access repositories. In addition, IIA organised a digital exhibit of astronomical photography by amateur astronomers, and the performance of a play on Galileo. G. C. Anupama was Convenor of the local organising committee, which received excellent support from the administrative, computer support and library staff of IIA. In addition to IIA, the meeting was sponsored by PRL, IUCAA, ARIES, ISRO, TIFR, RRI and HRI, and also received support from Allied Publications, Cambridge University Press and Elsevier Science.

    Special ASI sponsored session at Bangalore Planetarium:

    On 17th February, 2009, the day before the scientific sessions of ASI began, ASI and Bangalore Planetarium co-organized a special session on 'Amateur astronomy: Pro-Am collaboration' at Bangalore Planetarium. The lectures covered various aspects of amateur astronomy and possible collaboration. It was attended by over 100 particiapnts from all over India and offered scope for plenty of discussions and interactions. The astrophotoes by amateurs were displayed.

    President, ASI inaugurating the Special Amateur Astronomy session at Bangalore Planetarium

  • Vainu Bappu 2006 Award

    Announcement for Vainu Bappu Gold Medal 2006 was made through BASI, ASI web page, emails to ASI members and other distinguished researchers both within the country and abroad, and to directors/heads of various institutes. In response, seven nominations were received. A panel under the chairmanship of Rajaram Nityananda was constituted by the ASI President for evaluating the nominations, with K.P. Singh, N. Hasan and B.G. Ananda Rao as members. The M.K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of India for the year 2006 was awarded to Dr. Banibrata Mukhopadhyay of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The gold medal, certificate and citation were presented to the awardee at the 27th Meeting of the ASI on February 18, 2009, where he also gave the Vainu Bappu Award lecture.

    The citation of Dr. Banibrata Mukhopadhyay reads:

    'The M. K. Vainu Bappu Medal of the Astronomical Society of India for the year 2006 is awarded to Dr. Banibrata Mukhopdhyay of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India for his outstanding contributions to Astronomy & Astrophysics.

    Dr. Mukhopadhyay's major scientific contributions have been in the field of astrophysical fluid dynamics and astroparticle physics. He has proposed a new method to study relativistic accretion flows in pseudo-Newtonian (or pseudo-general relativistic) approach. His major contribution to astroparticle physics and cosmology is to show that under certain circumstances, spinor fields in curved spacetime break the CPT invariance.'

    Best Thesis Presentation Awards given during 27th ASI meeting at IIA, Bangalore during 18-20 Feb 2009 (A certificate & Rs. 20,000/- each ):

    Jointly awarded to:
    Piyali Chatterjee (TIFR, Mumbai)
    Thesis entitled 'Solar magnetic fields: their generation, evolution and variability'
    and
    Sanjay Gosain (PRL, Ahmedabad)
    Thesis entitled 'USO Solar vector magnetograph: a new instrument for solar photometry'

    Best Poster Awards given during 27th ASI meeting at IIA, Bangalore during 18-20 Feb 2009 (A certificate & Rs.5000/- in each of the four categories):

    1. Sun and the Solar System

      On the statistical detection of propagating waves in polar coronal holes
      Girjesh Gupta, E O'shea, Dipankar Banerjee, M Popescu and JG Doyle
      IIA, Bangalore and Armagh Observatory, Ireland

    2. Stars and the Galaxy

      Kaushar Vaidya, You-hua Chu, Robert Gruendl, C-h Rosie Chen, I-jen Lee
      University of Illinois at Urbana-champaign, USA and University of Virginia, USA

    3. Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology

      H-I and radio continuum emission from the interacting galaxy system: Arp86
      Chandreyee Sengupta, KS Dwarkanath and DJ Saikia
      NCRA, Pune and RRI, Bangalore

    4. Instrumentation

      Design and development of optical fibre based integral field unit (IFU) for 2-D spectroscopy
      Mudit Srivastava and AN Ramaprakash
      IUCAA, Pune

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