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M.P.Birla Institute of Fundamental Research

M.P.Birla Institute of Fundamental Research
Bangalore

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The M.P.Birla Institute of Fundamental Research has been established as a Society for undertaking research in streams of natural and applied sciences in various disciplines of science, engineering and technology. The Society was founded solely for educational and academic purposes, with the main aim being, to set up  and maintain suitable infrastructure for organizing and carrying out fundamental research work.

The Society, registered under the West Bengal Societies Act 1961, has its Head Office at Kolkata. With a view to broaden the scope of its activities in other parts of the country, the Society opened a enter at Bangalore in the month of October 2000 under the name of “M.P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore” with the main aim of teaching and conducting research work in Astronomy, Astrophysics and other related fields.

Courses
The academic programmes which are presently taken up at the Bangalore Institute are given below:

1. A certificate course in Astronomy and Astrophysics designed for under graduate students with physics as
one of their major subjects.

2. Summer School in Astronomy and Astrophysics for students of class VIII to X.
3. Short term course in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the class XII students.
4. Astrobiology for the undergraduate students
5. General Astronomy for the general public.

The primary aim of all the above mentioned programmes is to inculcate a scientific awareness of the subject  of Astronomy among the young students and to motivate them to pursue careers in astronomy and astrophysics.  It is planned to provide an in-depth exposure of the technical intricacies involved in the study of  Astronomy and Astrophysics to such students who are found to possess an aptitude for the subject. These programmes are also expected to set a platform for those students who would eventually be seeking higher studies in the subject and aspiring for further research work in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Further, the course work for all the programmes are planned as an extra subject beyond the regular  University curriculum. It is conducted outside the normal college/school hours only.

The 100-hour certificate course includes theory classes, practical sessions, field trip to an Astronomical Observatory, dissertation writing and a seminar presentation. The classes are held during the weekends and the duration of this course is about 5 months, August to December. The syllabus for the certificate course is framed to cover the basic aspects involved in understanding the astronomical and astrophysical concepts. It also includes an exposure to the observational techniques and the usage of astronomical telescopes as well as the focal plane instruments. The students are required to submit individual dissertations at the end of the course and present a seminar lecture before a panel of  faculty members. On completion of the course, the students will be awarded certificates with grades depending on their performance.

The summer school in Astronomy and Astrophysics is conducted in the months of April and May of every year.  The duration of this course is two weeks and the classes will be held everyday during the two weeks. This school includes theory classes and field trip to an Astronomical Observatory. In the classes the students are exposed to the topics like Coordinate System, Constellations, Evolution of Stars, Neutron stars, Blackholes, Interstellar Matter, Galaxies and much more. Students are given certificates at the end of the course.

The short term course in Astronomy and Astrophysics is conducted in the month of June for the students who have successfully completed the 12th or II PUC with Physics as one of their major subjects. The duration of this course is three weeks and the classes are held every day. In the end of the course the students are required to submit a short write up on any topic of their interest in Astronomy and Astrophysics and give a seminar lecture on that topic. Students are given certificates at the end of the course with grades depending on their over all performance.

The short course in Astrobiology is open for all the undergraduate students who are interested in learning about the life in space. The duration of this course is three weeks comprising of 12 sessions. This course deals with the topics like Life on other planets of our solar system, General conditions for the existence of life, Origin of life, Is there life elsewhere?, SETI update and much more. MPBIFR is the only Institute in the entire country to offer such a course till date. The students are given participation certificates at the end of the course.

The general astronomy course is open for the general public. There is no educational qualification or age restriction. This course is normally conducted the month of January of every year and there are a total of 12 sessions spread over 3 weeks along with a trip to an Astronomical Observatory. The students are given participation certificates at the end of the course. For all the courses the number of seats in a batch are limited to 30 only. part from the popularization of this subject, the Institute also partly supports the research programmes in Astronomy and Astrophysics leading to Ph.D. MPBIFR is recognized as a research center by Bangalore University as well as by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India.

For more details interested students can contact the Institute at 080-22385956 or at 080-65959780 or e-mail to the Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Further details
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