Course Details - Introduction to Space Astronomy

Course Schedule

Eligibility: Interested graduates (also students of final year) in Physical Sciences stream (B.Sc. or B.E. and above).


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: 10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

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


Course Overview


This course will present a practical look at Space Astronomy from the initial design of an instrument to the planning of a mission to the final exploitation of the science. This is Recommended for anyone working on nanosats to full science missions.


The course will be coordinated by Prof. Jayant Murthy and Prof. Margarita Safonova of Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore.



The syllabus of the course will be at M.Sc. level and will include introduction to Space Astronomy, history of space flight, elementary space dynamics, design of a space experiment, lunar and interplanetary missions, Astronomy missions and so on.

Classroom Sessions:

The classes will be conducted on Sundays. There will be 12 sessions of 90 minutes each (18 hours), spread over 6 weekends.

Enrol for the Course:

Registration and Admission:
  • Interested students may register their names by paying the registration fee of Rs. 100/- 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 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. 

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...

This course is specially designed and recommended for the students or any individual working on nanosats and science missions.



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