Report According to , the awardees include Prantika Bhowmick from the Center of Excellence Space Science India, Kolkata, Gopal Hazra and Souvik Bose from the Indian Institute of Sciences, besides Ritika Joshi from Kumaun University Nainital. Professor Dipankar Banerjee, President, Astronomical Society of India, said that it is surprising for a country to win so many PhD thesis awards on a global platform. The special thing is that all the awards are from the field of Solar Physics. This is a testimony to the work being done in India on the Sun and the space environment in recent years.
The meeting was inaugurated by IAU President Debra Elmegreen. During this, the Indian team presented a plaque depicting the performance of Indian astronomical facilities at the headquarters of the IAU in France. From the Indian Pavilion during the meeting
All major indigenous astronomical facilities and telescopes were put on display. These include the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope at Pune, the Optical Telescope at Devasthal at Nainital, the Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle and the Solar Observatories at Udaipur and Kodaikanal.
The pavilion showcased space-based missions like ‘Chandrayaan’ and ‘Astrosat’ besides upcoming space-astronomical missions like ‘Aditya L1’, ‘Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) India’, ‘Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)’ And also featured the ‘Square Meter Array (SKA)’. The success of Indian researchers is also important because these awards have been given to them for the astronomical facilities and telescopes developed in the country.
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