|Title:||The landscape of astronomy outreach in India: a tale of scale, scope and consolidation|
|Speaker:||Niruj Ramanujam (NCRA-TIFR and the POEC of the ASI)|
|Date:||Thursday, 13 October 2016|
|Time:||11:00 - 12:00|
Astronomy outreach in India has a long and colourful history, involving a large diversity of stakeholders. This incredible diversity has been prompted by issues that are fairly unique to India. I will describe a few of these issues and talk about the various stakeholder communities and the work that they have been doing over the last few decades.
Indian astronomy is now entering an exciting phase, with five funded megaprojects and a number of upcoming centres of astronomy research. This provides opportunities as well as poses problems for astronomy outreach to address. I will describe these projects and their associated outreach activities.
The Astronomical Society of India set up a Public Outreach and Education Committee two years ago. This has a national scope and has been initiating many different campaigns across the country. I will talk about some of the activities of this committee and describe our future plans and some of the challenges ahead.