Space Institutes

National Centre for Radio Astrophysics

National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune
(Part of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research)


The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is a leading centre for research in a wide range of areas in astronomy and astrophysics. NCRA also offers exciting opportunities to work in technical aspects relevant for radio astronomy such as analog and digital electronics, signal processing, antenna design, communication and software development.

NCRA has built and operates the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) which is located approximately 80 km north of Pune, India and is the most powerful radio telescope operating at low radio frequencies. It is a national facility and is being used by astronomers across the world, leading to several significant discoveries. NCRA has also built and operates the Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT) which is a large cylindrical telescope located near Udhagamandalam, India.

NCRA provides some exciting opportunities to students to pursue career in astronomy and astrophysics. In addition, it provides an exposure to undergraduate students through various summer internship programs.

Indian Institute of Astrophysics

Indian Institute of Astrophysics
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The Indian Institute of Astrophysics is a premier institute devoted to research in astronomy, astrophysics and related physics. It traces its origins back to an observatory set up in 1786 at Madras which from the year 1792 began to formally function at its Nungambakkam premises as the Madras Observatory. In 1899, the observatory moved to Kodaikanal. In the year 1971, the Kodaikanal Observatory became an autonomous society, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. The headquarters were shifted to Bangalore into its present campus in Koramangala in 1975.

Today, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, the Institute ranks as a premier institution devoted to research and education of astronomy and physics in the country. The main observing facilities of the Institute are located at Kodaikanal, Kavalur, Gauribidanur and Hanle.

The institute does research in the following fields,
  • Sun and solar system
  • Stellar and galactic astronomy
  • Extragalactic astronomy and cosmology
  • Theoretical astrophysics and physics
  • Techniques and instrumentation
  • Space astronomy
The institute offers various research programs for students to excel in astrophysics. They are,

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