Astronomical Society of India


The Astronomical Society of India was established in 1972 and has grown to become the prime association of professional astronomers in India. The society has close to 1000 members. The objectives of the society are the promotion of Astronomy and related branches of science in India. The society organises scientific meetings, publishes a quarterly bulletin and supports the popularisation of Astronomy and other similar activities.

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  • The Vainu Bappu Memorial Gold Medal VB 2012 will be awarded to Dr Luca Cortese for his significant contributions towards observational extragalactic astronomy by making use of the available multiwavelength data as well as theoretical modeling.
    (Posted on 20th Nov 2014)

  • Nominations are invited for the "Justice Oak best thesis" award for the years 2013 and 2014. The Astronomical Society of India gives the Justice V.G. Oak Award every year for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Astronomy and related areas, by an Indian student. The nominations for this award may be made by senior scientists, directors or heads of institutes or observatories engaged in research in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences and allied fields. The thesis should have been formally submitted in the calender year (Jan to Dec) preceding the year of the award (2012 for award year 2013 and 2013 for award year 2014). The candidate should have successfully defended the thesis and all formalities for award of degree must be completed at the time of nomination. The objective of the award is to encourage excellence amongst research students in India, and the award is given on the adjudication by a standing Committee appointed by ASI. The nominations should include a summary of the scientific work constituting the thesis, a statement regarding why the nominator considers the thesis outstanding, the curriculum vitae of the candidate and a letter signed by the nominator. The last date for receipt of nominations is December 20, 2014. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the secretary of the society at secretary@astron-soc.in
    (Posted on 20th Nov 2014)

  • The next annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of India will take place at Pune, between Feb 17 and 20, 2015, to be hosted by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics. In addition to the regular parallel sessions on different categories, for which abstracts will be solicited from the members of ASI, there will also be plenary sessions and a few special sessions. Please keep an eye on the upcoming announcements for directions regarding registration and submission of abstracts.

    You can find more details on Website : http://astron-soc.in/conference/
  • The Vainu Bappu Gold Medal Award Ceremony will take place in IIA Bangalore Campus on 15th July 2014. The Vainu Bappu Memorial Gold Medal VB 2010 will be jointly awarded to Dr Marta Burgay, Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari, Italy and Dr Parampreet Singh, Louisiana State University, USA. read more.

    For the Title and Abstract of the presentations click here.

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