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

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)

ASI 2019
The 37th Meeting of the Astronomical Society of India (ASI) will be hosted by Christ University at Bangalore during 18 to 22 February 2019. Please find more details from this link.
(Posted on 13th Aug 2018)

Nominations are invited for the "Justice Oak best thesis" award for the year 2017
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, 2016 for award year 2017).

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 9th September 2018. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the secretary of the society at secretary@astron-soc.in
(Posted on 8th August 2018)

Call for Workshop proposals for ASI 2019 Annual Meeting
The next ASI meeting is scheduled to be held at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore from 18 - 22 Feb 2019. As has been the case for the last several ASI meetings, it is proposed to hold a few one-day workshops on day before the ASI meeting starts (i.e. on Monday 18/Feb/2019). The SOC invites proposals for conducting workshops, in the form of a 1-2 page abstract about the theme and rationale for the workshop, expected number of participants, as well as the requirements for audio-visual equipment etc.

The organizers should note that
1. All workshop participants have to register for the main ASI meeting
2. Organizers would need to provide funding to cover all expenses related to the workshop (apart from the cost of hiring the venue).

Proposals should be sent to asisoc2019@gmail.com and should reach by 7th Sept 2018.
(Posted on 3rd August 2018)