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Conference on ‘Indian Astronomy,Ancient & Modern’ in Ahmedabad

Conference on ‘Indian Astronomy,Ancient & Modern’ in Ahmedabad
By our correspondent
Ahmedabad, DeshGujarat, 23 June, 2009

Astronomy is considered to be perhaps the most ancient of sciences. It begins as soon as we look up at night. As we look up, at first the starry sky seems motionless. But if we continue to make observations night after night, the sky appears to be moving in a regular and predictable fashion. The constellations shift a little bit westward each successive night, the moon drifts west to east, changing position in the sky relative to the stars and the sky is an open lab for one all without boundaries.

As the entire world is celebrating 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy, the galaxies of space scientists along with eminent astronomers are getting together in Gujarat to brainstorm on ‘Indian Astronomy, Ancient & Modern’ in a conference being organized during 27th to 30th June 2009 at Town Hall, Ahmedabad. The four days conference will highlight the great heritage of astronomy science deep-rooted in the country with its present and prosperity and has been jointly organized by the Indian Planetary Society, Gujarat Science Academy, Gujarat Council on Science & Technology, Department of Higher Education, Government of Gujarat and Naranpura Vedhshala.

Notable Professor and Scientist Dr. U. R. Rao, Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory and Former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization will inaugurate this conference on 27th June, 2009 at 4.00 pm at Town Hall Ahmedabad and will deliver keynote address on “Aryabhata to Chandrayaan and Beyond”.

In addition the conference will be attended by eminent scientists and policy makers including Dr. Mohanbhai I. Patel, (D.Sc.) Prof. Rajesh Kochhar, Prof. Sibaji Raha, Prof. Ram Sagar, Prof. Govind Swarup (FRS), Professor M.S. Raghunathan (FRS), Prof. Dipan Ghosh, Prof. Virendra Singh, Prof. Narendra Bhandari, Prof. K. Sivaprasad, Prof. S. Ramadurai, Prof. J. N. Desai and many others, who will address the gathering on various aspects of theme of the conference.

The Conference has special sessions for the school and college students and teachers on the great scientists and their pioneering work of Ramanujan, Homi Jahangir Bhabha, Sir C. V. Raman, S. Chandrasekhar, Satyendranath Bose, Meghnad Saha, Aryabhata, Bhaskaracharya and others. During the conference, documentary film on the Solar System, Einstein, Galileo will also be shown, students and teachers will be able to interact with the giants of Indian Astronomy. Students and teachers will be able to make their presentation in astronomy and can also present their science projects.

The various activities of this conference has been coordinated by Dr. Mohanbhai I. Patel (D.Sc.) as the Chairman of the Scientific and the local organizing committee and Prof. N. V. Vasani, Vice Chancellor, Nirma University as Vice Chairman. Dr. J. J. Rawal, President, Indian Planetary Society is the Convener.

On this occasion the Indian Planetary Society will present Shri Balvantbhai Parekh Gold Medal to Dr. Mohanbhai I. Patel (D. Sc.) for his contribution in the field of Science. Journalist Late Shri Manubhai Mehta Silver Medal to Shri Deepak Bhimani and Shri Sohanraj Shah Silver Medal to Shri Dhananjay Raval for their efforts to popularize science in the country. On this occasion Prof. Rao will also release a booklet on Indian Astronomy, Ancient & Modern, Virat Surya and Kid’s Science two popular science periodicals published by the Indian Planetary Society.

Various Indian organization, companies and philanthropists such as Shri Jignesh Shah (CMD, Financial Technologies Group), Patel Extrusion Group, DAV Group of Schools (Western Zone), Prakash Higher Secondary School, Swastik Group of Schools, All India Ramanujan Maths Club, Scanpoint and Geometics, Saurashtra Education Foundation (Rajkot), Shri Kachchhi Jain Samaj, Shri Hashmukhbhai Upadhyay (ITI) Halvad, Institute of Plasma Research, Physical Research Laboratory, Shri Raj Saubhag Satsang Mandal (Sayla) financially support this conference.

For more details about participation and information, please contact at Naranpura Vedhshala, Ahmedabad Telephones (079) 27554433 / 27554488, Mumbai Office (022) 28682787 / 28948678.

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  1. Hari says:

    A very good occasion to mark Gujarat as a science-friendly state.

    The future belongs to space exploration and all Gujarati students need to understand why space study is so important.

    To a aam aadmi, Space science is sometimes synonymous to the study of importance of time , i.e. understanding the link between time with the physical events that are beyond our control and yet profound enough to impact us in day to day life. We need to take cognizance of this science and preserve it, or we can ignore it at our own risk peril.

    Think of our space (solar-system of planets, moons) as a giant revolving door (or an moving escalator). As Gujaratis, won’t you like to study the best time to enter, get enriched, and exit out of this system? Timing is every thing! and in that context space science teaches us a wealth of information that can be applied to our earthly life (to be in tune with Mother nature).

    Space science need to be applied to our day to day lives, such as avoid cutting nails/hair/beard during night/evenings, or being aware of the grahan days, or uttaraayan impact, or a valid time for copulation etc..

    Every single life force on earth is under the influence of gravitational force. No one can escape it. Due to the predictable nature of this force with mathematical equations, it can be a classic study of science for every inquisitive soul.
    The three strongest astronomical influences on the life on earth are:
    [1] Moon (the closest to earth)
    [2] Jupiter (being the largest planet, possesses the biggest gravitational and magnetic field)
    [3] Sun (the center and ringmaster of the solar system)

    The impact of moon on earth is the most obvious besides tides. On poornima and amavasya days people in paagalkhaanaa are kept in locked rooms due to heightened emotional surge in them on those two days.

    The planet Jupiter is the biggest magnet in our solar system, aptly called as Guru in our shaastra. Because of its strong magnetic effect, it results in the direct effect of radio energy and electric radiations on the planet earth which can be harnessed for benefit of mankind. Also, the position of Jupiter impacts the distance of earth from the Sun by as much as 2400 kms and translating into the levels of sunlight on earth, thus to our weather.

    And the position of Sun need to require a lot of explanation. Our entire weather system, and lifestyle of what to eat when is determined by the position of Sun. Therefore to convince ourselves of prescribed Hindu practices of food, the study of sun is important.

    Because Guru takes 12 years to orbit around the sun, our earth experiences Solar variation every 12 years, like a sinusoidal wave of solar levels. The study of solar variation occurring every 12 years (and the solar flares) linked to the orbital frequency of Guru planet, is an entirely open field for research and Nobel price. Therefore, is it any coincidence, that our Maha Kumbhmela is held every 12 years to pull us to the Mother rivers so as to escape the ill effects of solar flares.

    Our Rushimunis had come up with a complete mathematics of predicting the alignment of planets which we have to unfold and made into a text book or encyclopedia.
    Our scientific Vaidic knowledge explains the property of planets their transits, and their moons, and their predictable functioning. Our Hindu society is ahead in discovery of science to uncover most of the secrets of this universe that affect our day to day life, and to give us a peaceful balanced democratic system. It should not come as a surprise when BJP proclaims that Hindutva is “eternal, liberal and tolerant”

    Dr. Homi Bhabha and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai both are legendary Gujaratis in the spheres of science. They deserve a Bharat ratna award.
    जय श्री राम!

  2. Hari says:

    I want to thank deshgujarat team for announcing this event.

  3. Hari says:

    Be it farming, fishing, or family life, solar system (as it is) is the vital link for convincing ourself with Hindu practices.

  4. Hari says:

    Really, space science is so broad and wide and unlimited area to grow and get enriched with knowledge.
    It goes to prove that the invisible world is far vast and bigger than the visible world. The radio frequency and short waves emanating from several planets, stars, nebula, is a deep study in itself with a promise to change our day to day human life.

    Besides spirituality, if you take up the subject of space science you will need to be exposed to:
    Mathematics (for understanding time, and accurate prediction of various metrics)
    Physics (to understand the physical laws governing the space science)
    Chemistry (to understand unlimited material elements, yet to be discovered in atomic table)
    Telecommunications and microelectronics to develop systems.
    RF engineering to decode the waves.
    Material Science
    Geography (understanding of various locations and their characteristics)
    History (of space events to develop a pattern of repetitive regular cycles)
    Image and Photography to snap accuracy and decipher of image maps.
    Art (to understand the creativity found in the space)
    Mechanical Engineering to design sturdy and robust structures.
    Solar Engineering (the entire solar system operates on solar energy)
    Biology (ways to sustain and survive in the harshest environment)
    Finance (knowing how to prioritize and utilize the research efforts with limited funds)
    Politics (a big image exercise to portray oneself powerful in the world)

    In other words, you name a field, and the space science ALWAYS offers avenues to advancement just like the WWW internet.
    And more important, the reason why is space science is absolutely important because is because it stretches the limits of research and development in every area of the above fields that get commercialized later. Space science also has direct bearing on spirituality, and thus all the practices of Hindutva is in consonance with space science.
    If you follow our Kumbhmela, ekadasi, poornima, uttaraayan, sandhyaa, grahaN, muhurat, mahashivratri, navraatri etc… then you are unknowingly in tune with the giant revolving door (escalator) of space science and thus you won’t hurt yourself, at the same time enriching your happiness with least efforts. DO you know in NASA and Roskosmos, (space station) every astronaut has to compulsory go through Yogasans and dhyaan that Swami Ramdev teaches to every common man? It makes you think, is Hinduism preparing all of us to become space scientist and astronauts (without us knowing!) ?

    Most of the advancement we see today in day to day life, be it in cell phone, solar power, or biological, material and structural engineering, even the application for certain bacteria life for medical treatment or water purification, has all come from space science. Space science has the gift of unlimited benefits to mankind. Therefore I request all Gujaratis to become Hindus (as in space science pujaaris)
    जय श्री राम!

  5. harish kr deka says:

    so. how i can i be a member of indian astronomy club(IAC),gujarat….

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