Astronomical Society of India
Registered Office: Astronomy Department, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, India
The Astronomical Society of India was established in 1972 and in the past thirty two years 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.
The Justice Oak award for the best thesis, for the year 2010 will be awarded to Dr. Sanjiv Kumar Tiwari. Dr. Tiwari did his PhD from the Udaipur Solar Observatory and is presently working at the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research. A soft copy of his thesis is avalable here.
The ASI-EC for the triennium 2013-15 has been elected. The composition of the elected EC is as follows. The new EC will take over at the end of the ASI meeting to be held in Thiruvananthapuram during Feb.20-22, 2013.
|Name & Membership Number||Position|
|A K Kembhavi (509/L) (IUCAA)||President|
|H P Singh (1011/L) (Delhi University)||Vice President|
|Dipankar Banerjee (2015/L) (IIA)||Secretary|
|N Udaya Shankar (472/L) (RRI)||Treasurer|
|Anil K Pandey (530/L) (ARIES)||Councillor|
|Asoke K Sen (659/L) (Assam University)||Councillor|
|K Sankarasubramanian (1027/L) (ISAC)||Councillor|
|Ishwara Chandra C H (2008/L) (NCRA)||Councillor|
The database of life members has been updated recently and is available here. Please e-mail any corrections to the Secretary.
The executive council has approved initiating a series of symposia titled ASI symposia. These meetings are expected to be on focused topics. It is expected that these symposia will encourage discussions amongst astronomers working on similar problems. ASI will provide funding of up to Rs.1 Lakh for each symposium, and up to three such symposia will be sponsored every year. Those interested in organising an ASI symposium should get fill in the application in the given format and send it to the secretary at least 16 weeks before the start of the conference.
ASI had sponsored popular astronomy lectures (to be delivered at School/Junior College/Public level at preferably away from Major Cities) by ASI Members during the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009. Under this scheme, each of the ASI member who had shown willingness for these lectures, were paid Rs. 5000/- (to each such member) for this purpose (to cover the local travel; logistics and refreshments expenses etc). The executive council has decided to continue support for such activities beyond the IYA. ASI members who wish to give popular talks under this scheme are requested to contact the secretary for further details.
Last updated: Sep. 2010secretary at astron-soc dot in