The Department has a strong group in Astrophysics and Cosmology. This is reflected in both teaching and research publications. The University has a very large number of associates of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune. In order to strengthen the training of students in observational Astronomy, the telescope facility at the Department has been upgraded with the purchase of a 11 inch Celestron telescope and a 9.25 inch Celestron telescope together with back-end instruments like a SBIG ST7 CCD Camera and an OPTEC SSP3A stellar Photometer. A 3.5 meter Observatory has been imported from Sirius Observatories, Australia which is being installed. The plan is the introduce/train students through projects and ultimately integrate the observational Astronomy in the MSc syllabus. In planning and purchase of the telescope, we gratefully acknowledge the help rendered by IUCAA especially Ranjan Gupta and Arvind Paranjpye and of S. K. Pandey of Ravi Shankar University, Raipur.

This Facility is being run by T. R. Seshadri and me.

Here are some pictures (a) of the facility (b) from the facility