The International Astronomical Union is pleased to announce the founding of four new “branch offices” of the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE): the OAE Center China–Nanjing, the OAE Center India, the OAE Center Egypt and the OAE Node Republic of Korea
The OAE Center India is hosted by the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune (India) in association with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education of the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Mumbai (India). The OAE Center India will focus on:
- Assessment and development of Astronomy teaching methods
- Creation of assessment tools for middle and high-school students and teachers
- Development of teacher training material
- Development of a model curriculum for astronomy with relevance to specific regions and cultures in India and countries in the Afro-Asian region with similar learning environments.
The center will also pay special attention to language inclusivity in their tasks.
You can contact the OAE Center India by emailing oaeindiaatiucaa.in
You can also visit the external webpage of the OAE Center India
Manager, OAE Center India
Based at IUCAA
Surhud is an astrophysicist at IUCAA with research interests in cosmology, galaxy formation, large scale structure and the outskirts of the solar system. He obtained his PhD from the University of Heidelberg, and was a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. With postdoctoral stints at the University of Chicago in the US and University of Tokyo in Japan, he was a tenured faculty at the Kavli Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Japan prior to joining IUCAA. At IUCAA, he also acts as the faculty in-charge for the public outreach activities and the OAE India Center.
Deputy Manager, OAE Center India ; Team Chair, NAEC Team - India
Based at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE-TIFR)
Researcher in Astronomy Education, Mathematics Education, and History of Astronomy in India, General Secretary of International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), Chair of India-NAEC team
Staff, OAE Center India
Based at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Staff, OAE Center India
Based at Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education
I did my MSc in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2014. I am a PhD graduate in gravitational wave data analysis from the Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy 2019 and have completed a 2.5 year postdoctoral tenure at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. My research interests are in the study of high energy astrophysical sources, specifically through the detection of gravitational waves and X-ray emissions. In addition to my research work, I am deeply interested to science outreach and education, which is evident from my co-founding of a planetarium and observatory during my undergraduate days and my continued involvement in outreach activities. I was part of 600 scientists who volunteered for Covid awareness programs and contributed to multi-lingual infographics.