Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune



IUCAA is located in the university of Pune campus next to the National Center for Radio Astrophysics, Pune. This is an autonomous institute which provides wide range of opportunities to people interested in Astronomy and astrophysics.


The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) is an autonomous institution set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to promote the nucleation and growth of active groups in astronomy and astrophysics at Indian universities. IUCAA aims to be a centre of excellence within the university sector for teaching, research and development in astronomy and astrophysics.


IUCAA's activities fall under two broad programmes: core academic programmes and visitor academic programmes. Core academic programmes include basic research, the PhD programme, advanced research workshops and schools, the giant metre-wave radio telescope and guest observer programmes. Visitor academic programmes include the visitor and associates programme, refresher courses for teachers and helping the nucleation and growth of astronomy and astrophysics at Indian universities.

IUCAA  Campus in Pune





Research at IUCAA spans a wide range of fields. Current areas of active research include


  • Classical and quantum gravity
  • Cosmic magnetic fields
  • Cosmology and large scale structure
  • Galactic and extragalactic astronomy
  • Gravitational waves
  • High energy astrophysics
  • Instrumentation for astronomy
  • Interstellar medium
  • Optical astronomy
  • Radio astronomy
  • Solar Physics
  • Solar system and stellar physics
  • Virtual observatory


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