Course Details - Summer School in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Course Schedule

Eligibility: High school students of classes 8, 9 and 10.


Schedule for next batch:

Batch I: 9th April 2018 to 21st April 2018
Batch II: 30th April 2018 to 12th May 2018


Monday to Saturday:

Classroom sessions:      11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Activities:                   2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

(Sunday holiday)

Field Trip:

Students will be given an exposure to skywatch during the period of the course.

Course Fees:

Course fee: Rs. 4200/-
(Fees does not include field trip expenses, if any)


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

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


Course Overview


The primary aim of the course is to create awareness among the students about the stars, galaxies and the universe. The course also aims at addressing some of the basic concepts in this subject and makes an attempt to satisfy the curiosity of the young minds.


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.



Broad Topics Covered:

Topics to be covered in the lectures include coordinate systems used in astronomical observations, constellations of stars and naked eye astronomy, physical parameters of the celestial objects, evolution of stars, interstellar matter, galaxies and the cosmological aspects related to the origin of the universe.

Recommended Books / References:

  1. Universe – Kauffmann
  2. Atlas of the Universe – Patrick Moore
  3. Astronomy – Roy and Clarke
  4. University Astronomy – Jay M. Pasachoff and Marc L. Kutner
  5. Sun, Earth and Sky – Kenneth R Lang

Classroom Sessions:

The classroom sessions will be held between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - (Monday to Saturday). Each of the batches will have a total of 10 lectures in these sessions. Lectures for most of the theory classes are delivered at the premises of the Institute. Sunday would be a holiday for the students.

Practical Activities:

Practical activity sessions would be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - (Monday to Saturday) - after classroom sessions.

Projects / Assignments:

The enrolled students are required to submit the assignments as per a questionnaire, which will be given to them during the course work.

Field Trips:

Students will be given an exposure to skywatch during the period of the course.


Enrol for the Course:

Registration and Admission:
  • Interested students may register their names by paying the registration fee of Rs. 200/- and collect the application form from the Institute.
  • 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, admissions will be made on first-come-first-served basis.
  • The registered students may fill the prescribed application form and submit it along with two passport size and one stamp size photographs.
  • 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.

Personal Note from the faculty...

Students are assured of an interactive and fun filled way of learning Astronomy during the summer vacations. The course includes lot of fun-filled activities to compliment the theory sessions.


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