Course Details - Specialised Course in Radio Astronomy

Course Schedule

Eligibility: Open to B.Sc / B.E. graduates with Physics as one of their optional subjects.

Schedule for next batch: To be announced


12 sessions of 90 mins. each, spread over 6 weekends.
Classroom sessions: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Field Trip:

Radio Astronomy Centre, Gauribidanur.

Course Fees:

Registration fee: Rs. 100/-
Course fee: Rs. 3900/-
(Fees includes field trip expenses)


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

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Course Details



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


Course Overview


To expose the interested students to the techniques involved in radio astronomy, the types of radio telescopes and related topics.


The course will be coordinated by Prof. R. Ramesh from Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore.



The syllabus of the course will be at M.Sc. level and will include fundamentals of Radio Astronomy, Matlab basics, varieties of radio telescopes, antenna details, radio interferometry and aperture synthesis, mechanism of radio emission from celestial objects, radio sources in the sky, Sun as a radio source, pulsars, extra galactic radio studies, hands-on experiments on radio data analysis and so on.

Recommended Books / References:

  1. Radio Astronomy – John D. Kraus

Classroom Sessions:

This is a Post Graduate (PG) level advance course in Radio Astronomy. The course will be covered in a total of 12 sessions of 90 mins. each.

Field Trips:

Radio Astronomy Centre, Gauribidanur. The course fee includes all expenses connected to the field trip.


Enrol for the Course:

Registration and Admission:
  • The forms need to be duly filled and submitted at the Institute on or before the prescribed deadline.
  • As the number of seats is limited to 30, admissions will be made on first-come-first-served basis.
  • The right to admit will solely rest with the Institute.
  • Certificates will be issued to the individual students at the end of the course. 

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 / local cheque / DD).

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.

What our students say...

The specialized course in Radio Astronomy was an amazing experience. I was doing my Engineering in Electronics and Communication then and was really interested in Antennas and the Radio astronomy course proved really enriching. The Academic staff including guest professors from various elite institutes added more value to the course. The field trip to Gauribidanur Observatory was very informative and lots of fun. The theoretical knowledge from the classes combined with the practical details in the observatory made it more easier to follow the program. The interactions with a diverse group of fellow students,the professors and MPBFIR staff and the very humble Director altogether made it an invaluable experience.

I had already finished my 100 hour astronomy course at the MPBIFR before doing the specialized course, and i have always received help and advice regarding my career whenever i have approached them, even after finishing the programs. The institute holds a very special value to me.              

- Shruthi N Gowda, 2009, Advanced Course in Radio Astronomy.



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