University of Calcutta

INSTITUTE OF RADIO PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS (IRPE)

UGC NETWORKING RESOURCE CENTRE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

National Workshop on Atmospheric and Space Sciences (NWASS 2010)
November 23-24, 2010

About The School

National Workshop on Atmospheric and Space Sciences (NWASS 2010), organised by S. K. Mitra Centre for Research in Space Environment, University of Calcutta, was held at Meghnad Saha Auditorium, University of Calcutta, during 23-24 November 2010. The workshop was financially supported by the University of Calcutta under UGC Networking Resource Centre in Physical Sciences and UPE programmes and ISRO under Space Scinec Promotion Scheme (SSPS) at the University. Also, the event was co-sponsored by Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi, and the Indian Committee for URSI supported NWASS 2010 as a Regional Event of Commission F in India.

The workshop was planned to aware the students, young researchers and faculty members, of the current activities in the areas of atmospheric, space and radio sciences in India, and encourage the young generation to pursue researches in these areas as their long-term career options. Twelve eminent invited speakers delivered talks in their fields of expertise. The speakers were from Space Physics laboratory, Trivandrum, Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Mumbai, Equatorial Research Laboratory, Tirunelveli, Indian Meteorology Department, Kolkata, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Pune University and University of Calcutta The topics covered the phenomena concerning all the layers of the atmosphere namely, troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, ionosphere, outer space, and also communications, radio astronomy and moon mission. About fifty young researchers from all over the country participated in the workshop. Nine presentations were given by the young participants in a special Young Scientists Session.

At the panel discussion held at the end of the scientific sessions, the participants expressed that the workshop was highly successful in its scope. It was suggested by many invited scientists and other participants that the such kind of workshop should be held regularly with a wider scope to include the young students at M. Sc./M. Tech. level and the train them through tutorials and hands-on practical experiments during the workshop, in addition to arranging the specialized talks by eminent scientists. It was also suggested that, since at the S. K. Mitra Centre research work was being carried out in many current areas of space and radio sciences and there would be some more upcoming facilities available, the Centre should take an initiative in strengthening space science activities through training the young students and researchers in this region of India by organizing such kind of events.

Selection of Candidates

The submitted registration forms were examined and a list of selected fellows was published in the website to enable them to reserve train/air tickets. Due consideration was given to select participants from all over India and to give preference to candidates from North Eastern regions. The following Table may provide an idea how the objective was fulfilled.