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Institute of Astronomy Space and Earth Science

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Institute of Astronomy Space and Earth Science


The institute is registered as a society under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act XXVI, 1961. (Registration No. S0026037 of 2021-2022)

The primary objectives of IASES are to conduct fundamental and applied research in the fields of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Space and Earth Sciences. Public Outreach Programmes and Academic Courses are also among the main activities of the Institute

Governing Body

President: Prof. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay
(Vice Chancellor - Sister Nivedita University; Former Vice Chancellor - Amity University; Former Pro-Vice Chancellor - University of Calcutta)
Vice President: Prof. Tapan Misra
(Founder Director - SISIR Radar; Former Director - Space Application Center, ISRO, Ahmedabad)
Member: Dr. Debiprosad Duari
(Director IASES)
Secretary: Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee
(Computer Professional and Instrumentation)
Treasurer: Mr. Palash Chatterjee
(Assistant Teacher - Sri Ramkrishna Sikshalaya)
Member: Prof. Debnarayan Jana
(Department of Physics, University of Calcutta)
Member: Mr. Deepanjan Kar
(Management and Business Consultant)
Member: Mr. Debranjan Mondal
(Chartered Accountant)
Member: Dr. Atish Dipankar Jana
(Associate Professor - Behala College)
Member: Mr. Tushar Kanti Ghara
(Joint D.P.I. (NGC) Department of Higher Education, Govt. of West Bengal)
& others.

Message from the Director

"Man must rise above the Earth - to the top of the atmosphere and beyond - for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives."
- Socrates, Philosopher

"Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another."
- Plato, Philosopher

"Astronomy is useful because it raises us above ourselves; it is useful because it is grand; .... It shows us how small is man's body, how great his mind, since his intelligence can embrace the whole of this dazzling immensity, where his body is only an obscure point, and enjoy its silent harmony."
- Henri Poincare, Physicist

"To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit."
- Stephen Hawking, Astrophysicist

"Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don’t know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
- Vincent Van Gogh, Painter

"It is reasonable to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star."
- Arthur Eddington, Astrophysicist

The above quotes make one realize that the vast expanse of the cosmos is intimately linked to our inner cosmos, our existence and our consciousness. The study of Astronomy has made humans wonder about the Universe from the very dawn of civilization. With the advent of scientific concepts and mathematical methodologies, the distant universe, the stars and galaxies are within our comprehension but, with the limitations of our knowledge. Astronomy and Space Science has become an integral part of human endeavour to know the unknown, to push forward the boundaries of our knowledge and perceptions. The subjects have become key areas of studies and research worldwide. India is making giant strides in these fields and an exciting environment in opportunities and excellence is being felt by the scientific community. With the dream and objective to nucleate a research and academic centre dedicated to Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science and Earth Science, Institute of Astronomy Space and Earth Science was formed in May, 2022 to actively participate in the research activities in these fields, to educate the student community and the general people about the wonders of these subject and to provide learning experience to interested people. It is a giant leap of faith for a group of scientists to build an institute in Kolkata, India which one day may become a vibrant centre for learning, research and global collaborative effort in these emergent fields of science and technology. We can only hope that whole hearted support and well wishes will help the institute to form, evolve and reach a critical potential to fulfil the its objectives.

Debiprosad Duari

Research Advisory Committee