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Must visit avenues at Delhi University

At Delhi University co-curricular and extra-curricular activities take you to a radically different plane. Here are some of the avenues you might wish to explore...

education Updated: Jul 24, 2012 18:46 IST

At Delhi University co-curricular and extra-curricular activities take you to a radically different plane. Here are some of the avenues you might wish to explore.

Gandhi Bhavan
Gandhi Bhavan’s activities include yoga and meditation classes and Gita discourses. It has a free legal aid clinic open every Friday. There is also a psychological counselling centre for people of all age groups. Charkha spinning is taught too. An annual Gandhi Darshan yatra is organised every year. The bhavan is coming up with a Gandhi pyao to provide safe drinking water to people, says its head Ashum Raj Gupta. It is starting a programme under which LEDs are going to be installed outside the bhavan to broadcast documentaries to popularise Gandhian philosophy.

Observatory, dept of physics and astrophysics
The observatory is on the terrace of a building in the new block of the physics and astrophysics department. Mainly for master’s students who take a semester course on observational astronomy, the facility is open to others on certain days. One of its major recent activities was related to the Transit of Venus. It has a state-of-the-art fully-automated observatory dome with modern telescopes and back-end instruments like photometers and CCD Cameras.

Two telescopes, one an 11-inch and another a 9.25-inch reflector are fully computerised and equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System) units, informs HP Singh, professor, department of physics and astrophysics, DU, one of two members of the faculty in-charge of the observatory.

“Students opting for the observational astronomy course work in the observatory at night on various projects from November to March, the best season for observing in Delhi. The projects include CCD photometry of variable planets, comets, stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies,” says Singh.

Undergraduate students can do internships and projects either in observational astronomy or data analysis projects, he says. Interested undergraduate students can apply in November to work on projects from January to March as interns with the MSc students who will also act as their mentors. Interested students may write to Prof HP Singh or Prof TR Seshadri at the Department of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi or visit http://observatory.dphysics.du.ac.in/. The department also holds week-long introductory astronomy workshops for college students in association with IUCAA, Pune.

The observatory is open to the general public on Friday evenings between December and April. It is closed during monsoons.