University of Calcutta

INSTITUTE OF RADIO PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS (IRPE)

UGC NETWORKING RESOURCE CENTRE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

The Winter School on Remote Sensing of the Earth’s Atmosphere and Space Weather (ReMatSpace-2013)
March 4-22, 2013

About The School

The aim and scope of the Winter School was detailed in a poster displayed in the Institute’s website (www.irpel.org), in which the registration form was included for intending participants for online registration. The printed poster and its soft copies were sent by post and e-mail to more than 100 institutions in India. The intending participants were asked to write a few lines in the registration form how they are involved in teaching/ research in the topic of school and their motivation to undertake the course. A website www.rematspace.webs.com was launched to provide details of the school activity to the participants.

Inaugural Function

The inauguration of the Winter School was held at 10:30 AM on March 4, 2013 at the J. N. Bhar Auditorium of the Institute. Professor Mamata Ray, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Business Affairs and Finance, University of Calcutta, chaired the function. Prof. Animesh Maitra, Head and Course Co-Ordinator welcomed the participants and other distinguished personalities present in the function. He mentioned about the rich heritage of the Institute in Radio and Space Science. Prof. P. K. Basu, former Director of UGC-NRCPS, narrated the background of UGC-NRCPCS. Prof. Goutam Ghosh, Director of UGC-NRCPS, presented an account of present activities of UGC-NRCPS. Dr. Santimay Basu, an ex-student and teacher of this Institute and presently a Visiting Scientist of Boston College, USA, gave an account of past activities in the area of ionospheric studies and his association with the Institute. Prof. Ashsih DasGupta, Advisor, S. K. Mitra Centre for Research in Space Environment, mentioned about the growth of Space Science Activities in the Institute. Prof. Mamata Ray, in her inaugural address expressed satisfaction at the activities of the Institute, particularly in the area of space science. The program ended with the vote of thanks offered by Dr. Ashik Paul, Joint Course Co-Ordinator.

Visits

Visit I:

All the participants made a one-day visit to the Doppler Radar, Indian Meteorological Department. They showed the visitors their Laboratory, Transmit-Receive Instruments and Execution Units including the radar system and operation.

Visit II:

Another visit was arranged to the Haringhata Ionosphere Fields and Research Centre, CU. Dr. A. Pal described the centre activities, satellite receiver, recording system and related studies.

Feedback from Participants

A carefully prepared questionnaire form was distributed amongst all the participants inviting comments about course content, method of presentation, choice of speakers, whether the course material would be helpful for their research and/or development of curriculum in UG/PG levels. Questions were also asked about the hall management, distribution of notes, access to other facilities, etc.

The feedback response indicates that the participants are fully satisfied with the school activities. The balance between theory and lab work, in their opinion, was proper. Some participants however expected more research oriented problems and seminar by participants. A few suggested organizing a similar one on a more focused topic.

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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.