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 2014 will be awarded to Dr. Nikku Madhusudan during forthcoming ASI 2016 meeting at Srinagar, Kashmir to be held during 10-13 May, 2016
    (Posted on 26th Nov 2015)
  • Nominations are invited for the "Justice Oak best thesis" award for the year 2015

    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 calendar year (Jan to Dec) preceding the year of the award ( 2014 for award year 2015).

    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 31, 2015. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the secretary of the society at

    (Posted on 26th November 2015)
  • Next Annual ASI Meeting
    The next annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of India will take place at Srinagar between May 10 and 13, 2016, to be hosted by the Kashmir University. In addition to the regular parallel sessions on different categories, for which abstracts will be solicited, there will also be plenary sessions and a few special sessions.

    You can find more details on Website :

    (Posted on 20th November 2015)

  • Meet the ASTROSAT Astronomers

    Press release by the Astronomical Society of India on the ASTROSAT at the “Meet the ASTROSAT Astronomers” events held simultaenously in 3 cities by the POEC

    (Posted on 29th Sept 2015)
  • K D Abhyankar Best Thesis Presentation
    K D Abhyankar Best thesis presentation award was awarded to Dr. S. Krishna Prasad and Dr. Prashant Mohan by the Astronomical Society of India (ASI) for the year 2015 during the 33rd annual meeting of ASI at NCRA, Pune

    (Posted on 25th Feb 2015)

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