July 2016

Well Known Astrophysicist Professor S. M. Chitre bestowed upon “Shri Balvantbhai Parekh Gold Medal” at CHARUSAT


August 2016

The Indian Planetary Society (IPS) organized "Shri Balvantbhai Parekh Gold Medal" Award function at PDPIAS Auditorium, Charotar University of Science and Technology, Changa, on Saturday, 23rdJuly 2016.The prestigious Gold Medal was bestowed upon Padma Bhushan Professor S. M. Chitre for his outstanding work in Solar Physics and Astronomy.

Late Shri Balavantbhai K. Parekh was well-known industrialist; a philanthropist and supporter of all good causes. He had been a supporter of the Indian Planetary Society since its inception in the year 2000. Smt. Kantaben Balwantbhai Parekh Mini Planetarium and the Smt. Kantaben Parekh Centre for popularization of Science owe their origin to generous donations made by Late. Shri Balavantbhai K.

Parekh, in this honour IPS has instituted the Balvantbhai Parekh Gold Medal to be awarded to eminent personalities of India for their services to the country.In this series, this year it was given to Professor S. M. Chitre, Academic Chairperson and Emeritus Professor, CBS, and INSA Honorary Scientist at the University of Mumbai.

The Welcome speech was delivered by Dr. B. G. Patel, Provost, CHARUSAT. He expressed happiness over the third gathering of Astrophysicists since MoU signing ceremony on 18th April, 2015 with IPS. He also added that, in first phase CHARUSAT has launched the M.sc in Astronomy and Astrophysics program from this academic year 2016-17. In future, he reiterated, B.Sc. Program in Astronomy and Astrophysics will be introduced.

Dr. R. V. Upadhyay, Principal, PDPIAS introduced Prof. S. M. Chitre, the distinguished awardee.

Dr. Mohanbhai I. Patel, Former Sheriff, Mumbai and Chief Patron of Smt. Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Institute of Computer Applications had presided over the function.He congratulated Dr. J. J. Raval for organising this event at CHARUSAT.

Dr. M. I. Patel presented Shri Balvantbhai Parekh Gold Medal to Padmbhushan Prof. S. M. Chitre amidst rounds of applause from audiences. Prof. S M Chitre accepted it with great humility. Prof. Nagarjun shared some of his experiences working with Prof. S. M. Chitre

Prof.S. M. Chitre delivered talk on "Frontiers of Astronomy and Astrophysics", He remembered immense contributions of Indian Sages and Scientists in the fields Astronomy and astrophysics. He said that in earlier times, there were theoreticians who commanded the domain. Nowadays, after the introduction of technology, experiments have become crucial to all scientific theories.

In post lunch session, Prof. P. C. Agrawal gave talk on "Multiwavelength view of X-Ray Universe with ASTROSAT"; Prof. Sanjeev Dhurandhar provided some ideas on "Einstein's Centennial gift: The discovery of Gravitational Waves" and Prof. Anand SenGupta gave a talk on "Gravitational Waves". These all talks proved very much helpful to the present audiences to explore their knowledge.

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