Govind Swaroop is the architect of Radio Astronomy in India. He is known for his contributions in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. His important contributions to this field include building of a powerful observational facility for frontline research in astronomy. He played a key role in the installation of the Ooty Telescope and the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope near Pune. It was his training and guidance, that has given our country ace astrophysists.
About the Speaker
Prof. Mayank Vahia is the Dean of The School of Mathematical Sciences, NMIMS, Vile Parle, which has introduced new ideas about mathematics education at undergraduate level.
Prof. Vahia, who has a Ph D in Astronomy and Physics, retired from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in October 2018. At TIFR, he worked on space-based telescopes that were flown on NASA’ Space Shuttle, one Russian satellite and several Indian satellites. Later he pursued his interests in the history of astronomy and science in ancient civilisations. All through his career he was keen on student training and initiated the Astronomy Olympiad programme in India which has not only created and cultivated interest in astronomy in young students but the Indian teams have performed very well in international events. After his retirement he has taken up the responsibility of setting up an innovative undergraduate programme in Mathematical Sciences at the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. For the past several years he has been working in the discipline of ArchaeoAstronomy, and has done some path breaking research in the field.