Recruitment of Scientists/Engineers at ISRO

ISRO Centralised Recruitment Board (ICRB) has invited applications from candidates having Post Graduate Degree in   Engineering/Science for the recruitment to Scientists/Engineers 'SC'.

Candidates with Post Graduate Degree in Engineering [ME/M.Tech/MSc (Engg) or equivalent] having First Class with     an aggregate minimum of 60% or CGPA/CPI grading of 6.5 on a 10 scale or equivalent and pre-eligibility qualification   of BE/B Tech/B Sc (Engg) or equivalent having First class with an aggregate of 65% (Average of all semesters) areeligible to apply for the following posts and specialisation:

1.  Scientist/Engineer-SC [Control Systems/Control Dynamics] :
Control Systems/Control Dynamics (ME/ MTech or equivalent in Control Systems/Control Dynamics)
2.  Scientist/Engineer-SC [Structual Engineering] :
Structural Engineering (ME/M Tech in Structural Engg or equivalent with BE/B.Tech in Mech. Engg)
3.  Scientist/Engineer-SC [Industrial Engineering] :
Industrial Engineering (ME/M Tech in Industrial Engg or equivalent with BE/B.Tech in Mech. Engg)
4.  Scientist/Engineer-SC [Industrial Safety] :
Industrial Safety (ME/M Tech or equivalent in Industrial Safety with BE/B Tech in Mechanical /Chemical Engg)
5.  Scientist/Engineer-SC [Micro Electronics/MEMS] :
Micro Electronics/MEMS (ME/M Tech or equivalent in Micro Electronics)
6.  Scientist/Engineer-SC [Digital Electronics/Avionics] :
Digital Electronics/Avionics (ME/M Tech or equivalent in Avionics/Digital Electronics)
7.  Scientist/Engineer-SC [RF and Microwave] :
RF,Microwave and Antenna (ME/M Tech in Electronics with RF/Communication/ Microwave / Radar or equivalent)
8.  Scientist/Engineer-SC [Material Science] :
Material Science ( ME/M Tech or equivalent in Material Science)
9.  Scientist/Engineer-SC [Optics/Applied Optics] :
Optics/Applied Optics ( ME/M Tech or equivalent in Optics/Applied optics)
10.Scientist/Engineer-SC [Mechanical/Machine Design] :
Mechanical/Machine Design (ME/M Tech or equivalent in Machine Design/CAD/CAE with BE/ B Tech in Mechanical Engg)

Candidates with MSc Degree having First Class with an aggregate minimum of 65% (Average of all semesters) or CGPA/CPI grading of 6.5 on a 10 scale or equivalent are eligible to apply for the folowing posts and specialisation:

1. Scientist/Engineer-SC [Physics/Applied Physics] :
Physics/Applied physics (MSc in Physics/Applied Physics)
2. Scientist/Engineer-SC [Mathematics/Applied Mathematics] :
Mathematics/Applied Mathematics (MSc in Mathematics/Applied Maths)

Candidates can register through the website link:

Prior to the application formality, the candidate has to make a DD for Rs.100/- as application fee, from any of the Nationalized Bank in favour of the Sr. Accounts Officer, ISRO HQ, Bangalore, payable at Bangalore for entry of the details online. Women candidates, Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) candidates are exempted from payment of Application Fee.

After filing the application, on-line, the applicant has to send the DD with his Full Name (as entered in web), Post Number and Registration No. written on the reverse of the DD to Sr. Administrative Officer (ICRB), ISRO Headquarters, Antariksh Bhavan, New BEL Road, Bangalore - 560231 by ordinary post superscribing on the envelope "ISRO RECRUITMENT-SCI/ENGR-SC(ME/M.TECH/MSc)".

Women candidates, SC/ST and PWD candidates will have to send the certificate indicated against each category, as below, to Sr.Administrative Officer (ICRB) , ISRO HQ, Antariksh Bhavan, New BEL Road, Bangalore -560 231 duly indicating the Name, Post No. and Reg.No. on the reverse:

a) Women Candidate - Gender certificate issued by the Principal of the College where last studied OR attested copy of PAN Card / Voter's ID Card/ College ID Card / Passport / Driving License / Ration Card

b) SC/ST candidates - Attested copy of Caste Certificate

c) Persons with disabilities (PWD) - Attested copy of medical certificate issued by Medical Board

Last date for submission of application is 13th August 2010.


Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna Fellowships 2010-11

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) under department of Science and Technology has invited applications from School and College students of Academic year 2010-11, as per following streams, interested in research careers, for KVPY Fellowships:

Students enrolled in the XI Standard (Science subjects) and have secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST) marks in aggregrate in Mathematics and Science subjects in the X Standard Board Examination.

Students enrolled in Class 12(+2) and aspiring to join UG Program in Basic Sciences (B.Sc/B.S/Int. M.Sc) for the session 2011-12 provided they secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST) marks in aggregrate in Mathematics and Science subjects in the X standard Board Examination.

Students enrolled in 1st year B.Sc/B.S/Int. M.Sc. during the academic year 2010-11 and have secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in aggregrate in Science subjects in the XII Standard Board Examination.
Students enrolled in XI/XII standard, I/II year (B.Sc./B.S./Intd. M.Sc.) in Basic Sciences and I/II year B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. during the academic year 2010-2011 and have secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in the X & XII Standard Board Examinations/ Students enrolled in the II year B.Sc./B.S./Intd. M.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. program must have secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in the I year examination

Students enrolled in I/II professional year of the MBBS program during the academic year 2010-11 and have secured 75%(65% for SC/ST) marks in aggregrate in Science subjects in XII standard Board Examination/ Students enrolled
in the II Professional year of the MBBS program must have secured 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in the I year examination.

Application forms can be downloaded from/ students can apply through/ website link:
A processing fee of Rs.200/-(Rs.100/- for SC/ST) is applicable which can be remitted at any core banking branches of SBI to the credit of Administrative Executive, KVPY A/c No. 10270577392.

Last date for submission of application forms with DD at KVPY, IISc, Bangalore-12 is 10-09-2010.

For further details logon to

AASTRO Club Kottakkal launched their newsletter on 'Lunar day'

AASTRO Club Kottakkal published a newsletter on "Lunar day" commemorating Moon human lunar landing on July 2oth,         1969. The news letter is first of its kind and entirely composed by AASTRO Club members who are upper primary            students.The news letter can be found here.  AASTRO Club Kottakkal will have special programmes in connection            with Lunar day in coming days. One can contact Abid Omar Ph : 9744791402 for more details .

Some Appollo 11 images can be found here :


AASTRO Monthly Meet @ Planetarium

AASTRO office bearers,members and enthusiasts , as a part of  its monthly meet up,  will gather at Kerala state Science & technology Museum on Wednesday, 5.30 PM. AASTRO will arrange public lectures and discussions regarding  vivid topics in astronomy, astrophysics,physics, space science and allied subjects. For July, we have a presentation on Relativity theory by Shri.K.S.Skaria IPS followed by a discussion on it. Eminent personalities, AASTRO Members, planetarium officials, students and other subject  enthusiasts will take part. the talk is open for public too. For more details, one can contact Shri.D.S.Vaishakahan Thampi , Ph : 9846608238

Planck telescope reveals image of the entire Universe

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Giant clouds of interstellar gas and dust light up this panoramic view of the sky recorded by the European space agency's Planck telescope

The space telescope was launched in May last year on a mission to survey the "cosmic microwave background" – ancient light left over from the big bang.The bright streak across the middle of the picture is our own galaxy, the Milky Way, viewed edge-on. The intense light comes not from stars but from the radiation released by the dust and gas clouds that stretch between them.The blue and white wisps that reach above and below our own galaxy are streamers of cold dust that trace out the "galactic web" where new stars are born.The speckles at the top and bottom of the image are caused by microwave background radiation, the remnants of the first light that appeared 380,000 years after the big bang flung the universe into being 13.7bn years ago.The Planck telescope observes the sky in nine wavelengths from the microwave to the vary-far-infrared region of the spectrum. This image is a composite of pictures taken at several different wavelengths. Dominating the picture are large parts of our Milky Way Galaxy. The bright horizontal line running across the middle of the image is the galaxy's main disc and where the Sun and Earth are.

The satellite, costing 600m euros, was launched last year by the European Space Agency. It was sent nearly a million miles into space to record the origins of the universe. The Planck observatory's job was to look at the age, contents and evolution of the cosmos by studying the heat left behind by the Big Bang.In September it began to reveal its first images showing strips of ancient light across the sky. Now it has revealed a full picture of the sky.The image shows what is visible beyond the Earth to instruments that are sensitive to light at very long wavelengths.

From the closest portions of the Milky Way to the furthest reaches of space and time, the new all-sky Planck image is an extraordinary treasure chest of new data for astronomers.The pictures beamed back by Planck will give astronomers insights into the structure of the universe and hopefully shed light on dark energy, which is believed to drive the expansion of the universe, and dark matter, the invisible substance that seems to cling to galaxies. Scientists will spend years analysing the image to better understand how the Universe came to look the way it does.



JULY 1: Moon at apogee  (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 405,036 km; angular size 29.8')
JULY 3: Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. -2.5.
JULY 4: Last Quarter Moon at 14:35 UT.
JULY 6: Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 11h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 1.01670 a.u. or about 152.1 million km.
JULY 8: Moon near Pleiades (morning sky) at 6h UT.
JULY 9: Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 2h UT.
JULY 10: Venus 1.0° NNE of Regulus (evening sky) at 12h UT. Mags. -4.1 and 1.4.
JULY 11: Total Solar Eclipse visible from South Pacific Ocean. Path of totality includes parts of the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Tuamotu Archipelago, Easter Island, and southern Chile and Argentina. Greatest totality (5m 20s) occurs in open ocean at 19:34 UT.
JULY 11: New Moon at 19:40 UT. Start of lunation 1083.

JULY 13: Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 11h UT (361,115 km; 32.1').
JULY 14: Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 13h UT.
JULY 14: Moon near Venus (evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. -4.1.
JULY 16: Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +1.4.
JULY 16: Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 14h UT. Mag. +1.1.

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JULY 18: Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 6h UT.
JULY 18: First Quarter Moon at 10:11 UT.
JULY 21: Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 20h UT.
JULY 26: Full Moon at 1:37 UT.
JULY 27: Mercury 0.3° SSW of Regulus (25° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mags. +0.1 and +1.3.
JULY 29: Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 405,955 km; angular size 29.3').
JULY 31: Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. -2.7.
JULY 31: Mars 1.8° SSW of Saturn (evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. +1.5 and +1.1.