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Question (Shrikrishna)

Respected Sir/Madam,

Myself, Shrikrishna S. Kulkarni, from chinchwad,Pune,Maharashtra. I am currently in the final semister of B.E. Mechanical from the University of Pune.
I want to pursue a career in astronomy or aerospace. I kindly need advice on the same. I have an Engg aggregate of 59.7 % currently, upto 7th semister, hopefully will be 60% after comletion of B.E. I wanted to know whether doing an aerospace post graduation from IIST would be a good option. Also, a few basic questions like,

1) Which are the fields, courses available for an Mechanical Engineer to be make Astronomy as Career.
2) I have also heard of some colleges providing Mtech,PhD (5 yrs) as integrated courses. Please provide me details of these colleges and their entrance procedure.
3) And what should be my present  attitude, do’s for heading towards my Aim.

I have appeared for the revised GRE pattern and scored 314/340 (162/170 in quant, 152/170 in verbal). Also what are the probable pay scales that can be expected if one holds a degree in aerospace engg in India?
Kindly reply to me as soon as possible.

Thanks and regards,
yours sincerely,
Shrikrishna K.

Answer from ISS expert

Dear Shrikrishna,
It was pleasure to know about your interest in the field of astronomy/aerospace but I was bit confused about your interest in the field of astronomy or aerospace. Astronomy  and astrophysics deals with the study of celestial bodies it may be starting  from our solar system planets(solar physics and planetary system studies), different stars(stellar physics), our milky way galaxy(Galactic astronomy) to other galaxies(Extragalactic studies) and finally to cosmology(origin and development of our universe). Skills of Physics and mathematics are required to study them. However there is also an engineering aspect of that here. We need to build instruments to study any astronomical objects and there is where the skill of engineering is  demonstrated.

However aerospace is totally different from it. It involves study of our atmosphere and then mainly focus on developing and operating vehicles, space shuttles etc for the study. As you know our planet's atmosphere sometimes can turn out to be  highly turbulent. What is the care then needed to take, to build and operate a certain shuttle, spacecraft or any aeronautical vehicle. The Mechanical engineering skills are used in that but yes again it involves the physics of atmosphere too.

Let me know are you talking about astronomy/aerospace so that I can then discuss to you more about it.

Author
Aditya

Research scholar in extragalactic astronomy

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Question (Piyush kumar Dongre):

Sir,
I am an Engineering Student of 2nd year B.I.T ( Durg ).My branch is Electronics & Telecommunication. And I want to join ISRO or NASA, but not as an Engineer but in research field.

But I am not having any idea about. Which are the Colleges, courses and  Competitive exams for entrances in these colleges. It will be very very much helpful for me if you provide answer to me of this
questions,

1) Which are the fields, courses available for an Electronics Engineer to be make Astronomy as Career.
2) I have also heard of some colleges providing Mtech,PhD (5 yrs) as integrated courses. Please provide me details of these colleges and their entrance procedure.
3) And what should be my present  attitude, do’s for heading towards my Aim.

Thanking You,
Your Sincerely,
Piyush Kumar Dongre,

Answer from one of our experts:

It is an interesting idea to pursue a career as researcher in Astronomy/Astrophysics. But it calls for hard work and thorough understanding of physics and mathematics. As an engineer, It trains in all applied branches of science and not pure science like Physics. So first thing is to work towards building the foundation in physics. As a BE graduate, it will not be difficult to enroll for a masters course in physics at any reputed institute and there onwards to pursue PhD in your field of interest.

There are two programs that i am aware that is good for engineers who want to pursue a career in astronomy. One is Visiting Student Research Fellowship by NCRA-TIFR (www.ncra.tifr.res.in) This is a 8 week long residential fellowship in Pune/Mumbai where one gets to work on real-time problems in astronomy/radio astronomy. This is good for 3rd year student who would be graduating in a year, as they can also offer you entry into their school for integrated PhD in Astronomy/Astrophysics.
Date are Jan-Feb of each year. Fellowship during May-July.

Other that I am aware of is a fellowship program by Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research in Bangalore that gives fellowship for 2 months to work with a list of its fellow.




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