Pondicherry University is all set to launch its new course M. Sc. in astrophysics this academic year in the purview of high quality space research. The course will be conducted with Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) and the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCA) jointly
According to J. A. K. Tareen, Vice-Chacellor, Pondicherry University, “The masters' course in astrophysics is a four-semester programme. The top 10 candidates from the physics undergraduate course would be offered a chance to join the programme. Apart from this, there would be selection based on an entrance test. To qualify for the course, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree with physics.
Talking about the syllabus of the course, Tareen continued, “The syllabus for the course along with other course details was decided by a Board of Studies, which consists of a team from the university, IIA and IUCA. While IIA and IUCA would support the programme, the university would set up the labs and other facilities.”
Also, Tareen talked about the need of the course and said, “India is a new entrant to the moon, so it is important that we train quality astrophysicists to prevent any shortage in human resources in the field.”