About the Department

In the last two decades India has joined or built several large projects related to observational astrophysics in and outside the country. These include i) AstroSat, India's first space telescope dedicated to Astronomy ii) LIGO-India, an advanced gravitational-wave observatory being built in the Indian soil iii) Thirty Meter Telescope, one among three of the world’s most advanced ground-based observatories in optical and mid-infrared wavelengths expected to start operation in the next decade iv) Square Kilometer Array, a planned radio telescope array which will be the largest and most sensitive radio observatory in the world v) Vera C. Rubin Observatory, which will be conducting a 10-year Legacy Survey of Space and Time, and vi) many other projects smaller in scope than the above yet substantial in their own right.

Consequently, it is very important that the Indian public are more aware of astronomy and Indian students are exposed to astrophysics at various levels of sophistication. The state of West Bengal and other states in North-Eastern India harbor an extremely large pool of young talents who are to be trained as future scientists for these megaprojects in astronomy.

The School of Astrophysics at Presidency University intends to lead the effort of the state to take part in the overall venture of the country in building personnel for upcoming international and Indian Astrophysics projects.


To train students to become proficient astrophysicists capable of doing state of the art research and teaching at par with the international standard of excellence while encouraging them to become empathetic citizens sensitive towards diversity, equity and inclusion as well as strengthening public awareness of the scientific method.


* To provide a strong foundation of Master's level theoretical physics courses followed by advanced courses related to astrophysics and cosmology.

* To train students in experimental work related to Astrophysics through instrumental set-ups in the laboratory, statistical analyses of astronomical data, and computation.

* To impart hands-on training in astronomical observations and public outreach of science through usage of a telescope on campus and internship at national level observing facilities in other parts of the country.

* To expose the students to astronomical research, to develop their skills in scientific writing and oral presentation, and to educate them on research ethics through a yearlong project and the weekly colloquium.

* To prepare students to be future leaders in various upcoming national and international astrophysics megaprojects, which our country has joined or initiated in the last two decades.

* To sensitize the students to value diversity, equity and inclusiveness by instilling an atmosphere of transparency, mutual respect, and collaboration among all students, staff and faculty members.

How to Find Us

Presidency University
(Main Campus)

86/1 College Street
Kolkata 700073

Presidency University
(2nd Campus)

Plot No. DG/02/02,
Premises No. 14-0358, Action Area-ID
New Town
(Near Biswa Bangla Convention Centre)
Contact details Presidency University Students Corner