Well Known Astrophysicist Professor S. M. Chitre bestowed upon “Shri Balvantbhai Parekh Gold Medal” at CHARUSAT
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.
A partial list of the placement offers received by the fifth batch of CEBS students from national and international universities and laboratories is given below:
Northwestern University and University of Texas at Austin - USA
John Hopkins University, USA and University of Stuttgart, Germany
EPFL- Lausanne, Switzerland, Rochester University and University of Texas, Austin, USA
University of Waterloo, Canada
University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, University of Sheffield, UK, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany
Theoretical Physics Institute, Germany and Cardiff University, UK
University of Calgary, Canada
Northwestern University, USA
University of Barcelona & University of Catalonia, Spain
The Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany
The fourth batch of CBS students has received offers from leading national and international universities and research institutes. A partial list is displayed below:
McGill University, Canada Offers also received from: University of Minnesota, USA, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
University of California Merced, USA.
Cornell University, USA Offers also received from: Ohio State University, USA, Louisiana State University, USA, Institute of Mathematical Science, IMSc, Chennai, India
University of Queensland, Australia
University of Illinois, Chicago, USA Offers also received from: Michigan Technological University, USA
Phillips University of Marburg, Germany Offers also received from: Australian National University
Physikalisches Institut, University of Bonn, Germany Offers also received from: School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, UK
Brandeis University, USA
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron - DESY, Germany
University of Kansas, USA
State University of New York, Buffalo, USA
University of Geneva, Switzerland Offers also received from: Institute of Science & Technology, Austria, Michigan Technical University, USA, ICFO, Spain, University of Alberta, Canada
University of Geneva, Switzerland Offers also received from: CEA, Cadarche, France in collaboration with University of Nice, France
IIT-Madras, India Offers also received from: IIT-Delhi, India
BARC, India Offers also received from: National University of Singapore, Singapore; University of British Columbia, Canada; University of Warwick, UK
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Offers also received from: University of Bonn, Germany and University of Hamburg, Germany