The IAU OAE National Astronomy Education Coordinator team for India

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Aniket Sule
Dr Aniket Sule
Team Chair, NAEC team - India
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE-TIFR)

Researcher in Astronomy Education, Mathematics Education, and History of Astronomy in India, General Secretary of International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), Chair of India-NAEC team

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Sarita Vig
Dr Sarita Vig
Team Contact Person, NAEC team - India
Indian Institute of Space science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram, India

Professor at IIST. Researcher in Star-formation, Interstellar Medium. Teaches Astronomy and Astrophysics to Masters students. Resource person for Indian Astronomy Olympiad.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Suchetana Chatterjee
Dr Suchetana Chatterjee
Team Member, NAEC team - India
Presidency University

Suchetana Chatterjee is a faculty member at the department of physics at Presidency University. Her research area lies in the interface of astrophysics and cosmology and combines theoretical, phenomenological, and data-oriented aspects. The core of her research is focused in investigating the connection between supermassive black hole (SMBH) evolution and cosmological structure formation in numerical simulations and testing the predictions against multi-wavelength observations. As an academic, she is very excited about physics teaching, physics education research as well as public outreach of science. She is a recipient of the Indian Association for Physics Teachers (IAPT) Dinabandhu Sahu Memorial award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring and has served the Indian Physics Association gender working group.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Kuntal Misra
Dr Kuntal Misra
Team Member, NAEC team - India
Aryabhatta Research Institute of observational sciencES (ARIES)

Astronomer at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of observational sciencES (ARIES) located in the picturesque Himalayan range in India. Primary research interest in high energy extragalactic transients such as Gamma Ray Bursts, Supernovae, Electromagnetic counterparts of Gravitational Waves. I spend a lot of time with my students and mentor them on different aspects of research as well as life. I have a strong inclination towards gender sensitisation in science and I am a part of the Working Group of Gender Equity (under the Astronomical Society of India) and public outreach.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Somak Raychaudhury
Dr Somak Raychaudhury
Team Member, NAEC team - India
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India

Somak Raychaudhury is the Director, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India. He graduated from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India, and the University of Oxford, UK. After his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, he worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, USA, and at the University of Birmingham, UK, before returning to India as the Dean of Sciences at Presidency University, Kolkata. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, and his research involves extragalactic astronomy at various parts of the spectrum from the ground and from Space.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

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Astronomy Education in India

For more information on Astronomy Education in India, see the Astronomy Education in India document (PDF file 209.11 kB Creative Comments Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) icons) prepared by our NAEC team