Course Details - Specialised Course in Solar Astronomy

Course Schedule


Open to graduates with Physics as one of their optional subjects.


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

Schedule for next batch: To be announced


12 sessions of 90 mins. each, spread over 6 weekends.

Classroom sessions: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Field Trip:

A session at the Solar Observatory, Kodaikanal.

Course Fees:

Registration fee: Rs. 100/-
Course fee: Rs. 3500/-
(Fees does not include field trip expenses, if any)


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

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Course Details



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On successful completion of the Course, the Institute shall give certificates to the students with grades based on the overall performance.


Course Overview


To expose the interested students to the various techniques of observing the sun and related topics.


Prof. K. B. Ramesh from Indian Institute of Astrophysics will be handling all the sessions.



Broad Topics Covered:

The syllabus of the course will be at M.Sc., level and will include techniques of observing the Sun, Sun's interior structure, Solar photosphere, Solar Flares, Solar prominences, Solar Chromosphere, Solar Corona, Sunspots, Solar Activity, Solar Wind, Solar magnetic fields, solar - terrestrial relations and so on.

Recommended Books / References:

  1. The Sun – Micheal Stix
  2. Guide to the sun – Kenneth J. H. Philips

Classroom Sessions:

A Post Graduate (PG) level advance course in Solar Astronomy will be conducted at the M. P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore..

The classes will be covered in a total of 16 to 18 sessions of 90 mins. each.

Field Trips:

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Kodaikanal. The course fee does not include 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.
  • The right to admit will solely rest with the Institute.
  • Certificates with grades based on their overall performance 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...

I attended the Advanced course in Solar Astronomy at MPBIFR in February-March 2009. I learnt about the various features on the Sun, basic problems and unanswered questions in this field. The worksheets laid out at the end of the course were particularly helpful and ensured a comprehensive understanding. This knowledge served me well when, later on I went to pursue a PhD in Solar Physics and I found it very easy to comprehend and quickly analyze the problem.

- Kamalam Vanninathan, 2009, Advanced Course in Solar Physics.



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