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National Science Day celebrations on Feb. 28

The Radio Astronomy Centre ( RAC ), a part of the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics ( NCRA ) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research near here, will celebrate National Science Day on February 28, according to the head of the centre P.K. Manoharan.

In a press note issued here on 9th February, 2013, he said that the main objective was to motivate and create scientific interest among young students and enhance awareness about science. Stating that the celebrations would be open to all between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dr. Manoharan said that as part of the celebrations satellite science awareness events will be held at the District Institute of Education and Training ( DIET ) and Government Higher Secondary School in Kotagiri on 11th February, 2013, at the Saint Mary’s Higher Secondary School in Coonoor on 12nd February, 2013, at the Saint Joseph’s Higher Secondary School in Ooty on 13rd February, 2013 and at the Fathima Girls Higher Secondary School in Gudalur on 14th February, 2013.

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Application for Research at IUCAA or NCRA

Inter – University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics ( IUCAA ) or the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics ( NCRA ), both in Pune invite applications for research leading to a PhD with scholarship, under the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research ( TIFR ).

It doesn’t have to be a student of Sciences alone to take up this research, they are offering. As the eligibility criteria statement goes “the prospective applicants need to complete their MSc degree in Physics, Electronics, Astronomy or Applied mathematics disciplines or B.E, B.Tech, M.E or M.Tech, degree in any branch by August 2012 with at least 55% marks.

Students need to hurry as the selection procedure for sure would be tough and the deadline of  October 15, 2011 is impending.

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Post Graduate Internship Program in NCRA

The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune, invites applications for a one-year post-graduate internship program in radio astronomy, beginning in August 2011.

This program has the aim of orienting bright and motivated students with a B.E. or a B.Tech. degree towards a research career in astronomy, particularly at radio wavelengths where NCRA operates the world’s largest radio interferometer, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope.

The program consists of a year of courses in basic physics (classical & quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics & electrodynamics) at the Master’s level, allied with exposure to computation, data analysis, astrophysics and radio astronomy.

After successful completion of the first year, the interns will be required to pass an entrance examination and interview; students passing these qualifiers will be eligible to join NCRA as research scholars and work towards a Ph.D. degree.

While equipping engineering students with a healthy knowledge of basic physics to allow them entry into the NCRA Ph.D. program is the primary goal of the internship program, the skills and experience that the students will acquire have broader applicability in other branches of astronomy and physics.

Students who expect to complete their B.E / B.Tech. degree requirements by August 2011 are eligible to apply for the internship program.

For further information & online application and referee forms, please see  the website :

The last date to receive the online application and referee forms is 1st October, 2010.

The written test will be held on 22nd December, 2010.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed on 22nd December, 2010 and / or 23rd December, 2010.


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