Course Details - General Astronomy for the General Public

Course Schedule

Eligibility: The course is open to all.

The number of seats in a batch is limited to 30 ONLY. Admissions will be done on first-come-first-served basis.

Tentative schedule for next batch: 9 Nov 2019 to 7 Dec 2019


Classroom Sessions:
Saturday: 2:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Each Saturday will have two sessions of 90 minutes each from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Field Trip:

Students will be given an exposure to skywatch during the period of the course. Star watching sessions will also be conducted after the classes, subject to clear sky conditions.

Course Fees:

Course fee: Rs. 4000/-
(Fees does not include field trip expenses, if any)


Phone: 080-22385956, 080-40914507
Fax: 080-22385957

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Participation Certificate will be given to each student at the end of the course.


Course Overview


To create a general awareness regarding the celestial objects for the public and also to satisfy their curiosity about the subject.


The faculty for this course consists of the permanent teaching staff at the institute as well as the internationally acclaimed scientists and professors of various scientific institutions and research organizations in and around Bangalore.



The syllabus for this course is framed to cover the basics involved in understanding the astronomical concepts like identification of constellations, measurement of brightness and distances of stars, types of stars, celestial coordinates, optical telescopes, Astrobiology, etc. It also includes an exposure to the observational techniques and the usage of astronomical telescopes.

Classroom Sessions:

This is a short duration evening course in General Astronomy. The classes will be held on Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Field Trips:

Students will be given an exposure to skywatch during the period of the course. Star watching sessions will be conducted after the classes, subject to clear sky conditions. After completing the course, certificates will be awarded to the participants.

Enrol for the Course:

Registration and Admission:
  • Basic requirement for admission: Interest in the subject of Astronomy.
  • No restrictions on the academic background or age.
  • As the number of seats is limited to 30, admissions will be made on first-come-first-served basis.
  • Certificates will be issued to the individual students at the end of the course. 
  • Outstation students are requested to make their own arrangements for accommodation.

How to Apply:

  • Students can contact the institute to know about the fee structure of a particular course.
  • Interested students can download the application from the internet, fill it and send it by post to the address mentioned below along with a local cheque / DD drawn in favour of "M. P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research" (payable at Bangalore). Fee structure includes registration and admission fee.
  • Interested students may also contact the Director and collect the application forms from the institute (address given below).
  • Students can personally pay the prescribed fee (payable by cash / cheque / DD).
  • If you wish to pay the course fees through netbanking, kindly send a mail to requesting for the netbanking banking details.

M. P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research,
2nd Floor, M. P. Birla Research Centre,
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Campus,
43/1, Race Course Road, Bangalore – 560001.

Phone: 080-22385956, 40914507
Fax: 080-22385957

You can also download the application form here.

Personal Note from the faculty...

Students can look forward to a comprehensive course of learning the basics of Astronomy in an interactive and friendly environment.



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