The Radio Astronomy Winter School for faculty and students of colleges and universities (RAWSC-2019), a joint initiative of IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR Pune, will be organized by IUCAA-Teaching Learning Centre (TLC) along with the Radio Physics Laboratory (RPL) both IUCAA and NCRA, during December 16, 2019 - December 24, 2019. The Teaching Learning Center (TLC) at IUCAA works towards promoting astronomy education in the country in both theoretical and experimental domains, with an emphasis on higher education. Both the RPLs provide facilities for teaching Radio Physics and Radio Astronomy techniques using simple hands on radio physics experiments. The facilities includes Radio Telescope equipped with 21-cm Radio receivers, which can be used to observe Sun, Hydrogen Gas in our Galaxy and other Radio Sources. The laboratory is also equipped with radio receivers operating at 408 MHz, various test and measurement instruments and interesting laboratory experiments demonstrating fundamental principles of radio-physics.


The winter school is largely meant for 3rd year undergraduate and 1st year postgraduate students in Science or the students in 3rd or 4th year of Engineering (B.E./B.Tech.). Students in the 2nd year of M. Sc. are not eligible to apply. Participants should have a strong interest in Astronomy and Astrophysics theory, observations or instrumentation.

Students will work under the mentorship of faculty members. Faculty members participating in the program may nominate a maximum of 2 students from their institutions. Other students will be assigned to one of the groups with a faculty member.

Students are requested to register using the online form (, and interested faculty members are requested to write an email to


The participants will get introduced to radio astronomy through a series of lectures. Our approach will be hands-on way of teaching radio astronomy. They will also get ample opportunity to carry out simple radio astronomy experiments and learn about operation of radio telescopes. A visit to Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT) operated by NCRA will also be organized during the programme. They will also participate in informal group discussions.

Travel and Stay:

All selected student participants will be paid II class (non A/C) train fare from place of correspondence to Pune and back. Travel support to faculty members will be paid as per the norms.

The best mode of transport between IUCAA or NCRA-TIFR and the Pune railway station or bus stand is autorickshaw. The fare is as per the tariff card with the driver. During the day, the autorickshaw fare from Pune railway station to IUCAA or NCRA-TIFR will be about Rs. 120/-.