The Radio Astronomy Winter School for faculty and students of colleges and universities (RAWSC-2020), 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 28, 2020 - January 09, 2021. 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 2rd-year and 3rd-year undergraduate students in Science or the students in 2rd-year and 3rd-year of Engineering (B.E./B.Tech.). Students in the 1st and 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 the hands-on way of teaching radio astronomy. They will also get ample opportunity to carry out simple radio astronomy experiments and learn about the operation of radio telescopes. A visit to Giant Meter wave Radio Telescope (GMRT) operated by NCRA will also be organized during the program. They will also participate in informal group discussions.

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This year school will be held online due to the pandemic situation.