Date:10.04.2017 (2:00 pm to 5 pm)  

"Brainstorming session on Biological,Medical Sciences and Bio-Informatics" Organisor: Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences

Participants :Dr Ruksana Chowdhury, IICB, Kolkata, Dr Ashesh Nandy Ex-IICB Kolkata, Dr Jayprakash Chakrabarty, IACS Kolkata and others etc


Brainstorming session on Biological Sciences and Bioinformatics- at Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences, Kolkata today 10th April 2017 , 2:30 pm.Though it was a truncated a bit as a few senior scientists could not join due to meetings and university e examination the discussion session was even more lively as the time for speakers and discussion was increased. Beautiful presentation by Dr Ashesh Nandy on Graphical representation of DNA sequence, Dr Ruksana Chowdhury on Human microbiome and on Biological Science heritage of Kolkata lecture was delivered by Dr Jayprakash Chakrabarty. We were informed that 2 Calcutta based biological scientists were nominated for Noble Prize in 1929 and also after independence. Some discussion on Space Biology and Astrobiology took place.( Dr Ruksana Chowdhury was the founder Vice President of KCCSNS)

Venue : Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences
26/H/12 Radha Madhav Datta Garden Lane
Kolkata 700010, India


Date: 22.03.2017 1 pm

Seminar Dedicated to Kalpana Chawla whose Birthday was on 17th March
Session  Chaired by Dr Dinesh Srivastava Ex Director Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Calcutta

Speaker :Supratik Banerjee 
Post-Doc Research Assistant
University of Cologne,

Topics :Scaling and anisotropy in solar wind turbulence
Venue : Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences
26/H/12 Radha Madhav Datta Garden Lane
Kolkata 700010, India


Date: 22 December.2016 2 pm

India Based Neutrino Observatory ( INO )
A Looking Glass to neutrino Physics
A mini workshop
organized by
Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences,

26/H/12 Radha Madhav Datta Garden Lane ,Kolkata 700010, India

Lectures by
Dr Naba Mandal ( Ex Project Director , INO ),Prof Amitava Raychaudhuri (Ex Palit Prof Calcutta University, Ex Director Harish Chandra Research Institute,Ahmedabad)

Interaction with INO Graduates : Dr Kolahal Bhattacharya (KCCSNS) & others

Session chaired by Dr Y P Viyogi ( Ex Director Institute Of Physics, Bhubaneswar )


Date: 21.11.2016  3 PM

Dr Prasanta Chakraborty
Ex Senior Scientist Indian Institute of Chemical Biology,Kolkata
Topics : Bioorthogonal Chemistry in Biology and medicine
Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space & Nano Sciences
Flat B3,26/H/12 Radha Madhav Datta Garden Lane Kolkata 700010


Dates: 3.10.2016-4.10.2016

2 Day Introductory Workshop on ARDUINO
Conducted by
Dr Santanu Datta
KCCSNS, kolkata
Venue:Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences

Flat B3,26/H/12 Radha Madhav Datta Garden Lane Kolkata 700010


Date: 14.09.2016 3pm

Dr Amit Roy , Raja Ramanna fellow, VECC Kolkata,Ex Director, Inter University Accelerator Centre,N Delhi

Topics: Facilities for Nuclear Physics Research in India

Venue : Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences
Flat B3, 26/H/12 Radha Madhav Dutta Garden Lane, Kolkata 700010

Date: 29.08.2016 3 pm

Prof Saugata Bhattacharyya
Vidyasagar College

Topics: Applications of Iterations and Perturbation
Venue : Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences
26/H/12 Radha Madhav Datta Garden Lane
Kolkata 700010, India

Date: 20.07.2016 12 Noon

Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University,
(Life member of Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences)

Topics: Screening and Friedel oscillations in inhomogenous systems with
correlated fermions

Venue : Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences
26/H/12 Radha Madhav Datta Garden Lane
Kolkata 700010, India

Date: 13.04.2016

whole night skywatching/ stargazing have been arranged by kccsns incollaboration with Physics Department, Kalyani University at Physics department of Kalyani university under supervision of Prof Dr Chirantan Neogy


Dates: 23.02.2016-24.02.2016

DAE-BRNS sponsored National Workshop on Particle Radiation:effects and Applcation

 organised jointly by Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences and Seth Anandaram Jaipuria College

Venue: Physics Department, Seth Anandaram Jaipuria College

10,Raja Nabakrishna Street,Kolkata, 700004

Dr. Ravishankar Raman (BARC, VECC)-Radiation Units and Measurements ;Dr. Ranjan Bhowmik (Ex IUAC)-Radiation Detectors;Sri Sujoy Chatterjee (BARC, VECC)-Simulation Techniques- Mathematical tools;Dr. Netai Bhattacharya (Ex-SINP)-Radiation effects in Biology;Dr. R K Bhandari, (Ex Director VECC, IUAC, N Delhi)-Medical Cyclotron;Dr. Paramita Mukherjee, VECC-Radiation effects in Matter;Dr. Manashi Roy ( KCCSNS)-Ionospheric & Space Radiation; Dr. Anutosh Chakrabarty ( Nuclear Power Corporation India Ltd)Nuclear energy scenario and safety ; Dr. Tapas Bandopadhyay (BARC, VECC)-Emergency Response Indian Scenario;

Hands on experience of Nuclear Radiation Detection and Measurement

Dates: 11 10.12.2015-12.12.2015

University Grants Commision Sponsored National Workshop on Material Science and Technology

Organised by Physics Department, Maulana Azad College &

Kalpana Chawla centre for Space and Nano Sciences

Venue: Physics Department, Maulana Azad College

R A Kidwai Road, Kolkata 700013

Invited Speakers :Prof S Raha , Director Bose Inst & Satyendra Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences ( Inaugural address); Prof G P Das , IACS; Prof D Jana , CU;Prof K Chatterjee, JU, Dr A Mookherjee( SNBNCBS); Dr S Hazra (SINP);Dr B K Dhindaw IIT Bhubaneswar;Dr S Giri IACS;Prof Pushan Ayyub , TIFR, Mumbai;Dr M Vijayalaksmi, IGCAR, Kalpakkam;Prof P Barat , Ex VECC;Panel Discussion with the Experts.


Dates: 6.10.2015 -7.10.2015

Material Science related to Nuclear & Space 
Research and Industry

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics,Salt Lake 
Kolkata 700064 (Lecture theatre 450)

Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences, 
Indian Physics Association, Kolkata Chapter
in collaboration with
Bose Institute, Kolkata and CARE, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
P N Das College, Palta, 24 pgns,W B

Speakers:From ISRO & Department of Atomic Energy, Govt of India & KCCSNS

The 2 day discussion meeting had (1) professional discussion between these two communities of Material Science (2) Created Awareness about nuclear structural materials, Rocket material science , Microgravity material science ( 3) Outreached to students and scholars about our nuclear and space establishment by having lectures and interactive programs with the scientists of our National centres.

The following is the summary of the Talks delivered in the “Discussion meeting on Material Science related to Space and Nuclear in research and Industry-held at SINP 6-7th october 2015 organised by Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and nano Sciences, Indian Physics Association (Kolkata Chapter) in collaboration with CARE, SINP, Bose Institute and P N Das College ,Palta Barrackpore. Beside the talks video shows were arranged on Nuclear Reactors, Microgravity environment etc. There were about 120 participants from colleges and Instiutes.At the end a panel discussion was held. The meeting was inaugurated by Prof B Chakraborty , Director SINP, Prof Sharmila De Principal of P N Das college was the special guest Prof Kamal K Bardhan of KCCSNS gave the welcome address and chaired the inaugural session and presented his views.

Prof B Pant Vikram Sarabhpecial guestai Space Centre, ISRO,Trivandrum

Materials overview for Indian Space program :

After introducing on Indian space program , the nature of multi-disciplinary research and importance of materials to space program was highlighted. Further various launch vehicle materials was broadly described with specific importance for PSLV , GSLV and GSLV M3. Subsequently future programs like RLV ( Reusable Launch Vehicles ) and Human Space Flight Program (HSP) were briefly described with corresponding materials activities. Metallic, polymeric , Ceramic, and composite materials were included in the talk. Brief presentation on Nano materials for Space and Microgravity research in India with respect to international scenario was covered.

Prof S K Bandopadhyay, VECC, Kolkata

Multifunctional and Nanostructured Materials: A new dimension for Material Science :unctional

Multifunctional materials can bring wonders in the field of Material Science . Miniaturization of these materials, to develop nanostructure has been done with respect to ferroeclectric, ferromagnetic, ferroelastic and energy storage materials. Work has been done intensely on BiFeO3 (BFO), Graphene based Nano composites.

Prof Amitava De, SINP, Kolkata

Application of Graphene and Conducting Polymer based Composite materials as EMI shielding and as cholesterol bio-sensors

Prof Partha Barat Ex VECC, Kolkata

Nuclear Reactors and its materials:

To understand the peaceful use of nuclear energy, understanding of the complex dynamics of various types of Nuclear Reactors is essential. Starting from the basic nuclear reaction to the mechanism of sustaining chain reaction inside a nuclear reactor was discussed. The basic mechanism to extract nuclear energy from nuclear reactors are also discussed. In Indian scenario the three stage program and the use of different types of nuclear reactors that are in operational and are being built to fulfil it are also discussed. The hindrances to achieve higher burn-ups is discussed. The degradation of material properties specially the core components of nuclear reactors in India is discussed.

Prof B. N. Dev IACS, Kolkata
M The meeting was inaugurated by Prof B Chakraborty , Director SINP,Prof Sharmila De Principal of P N Das college was the special guest Prof Kamal K Bardhan of KCCSNS gave the welcome address and chaired the inaugural session and presented his views.Multilayered Structures in Space Research and the Effect of their Exposure to Energetic Ions in Space:
On 28 September, 2015, ISRO launched India’s first Earth-orbiting observatory. It sent the Astrosat space telescope into a 650 km low-Earth orbit. Astrosat is India’s first multiwavelength space observatory. It carries five scientific payloads to help astronomers observe the universe through visible, ultraviolet, low energy and high energy X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. For fabrication of telescopes in these regions of the electromagnetic waves, it is relatively difficult to fabricate X-ray telescopes. For example, optical (visible region) telescopes can be easily built using both the refractive and the reflective properties of light. For X-rays, refractive, reflective and absorptive properties of materials are such that it is almost impossible to build a refractive telescope. X-ray telescopes are built using the reflective properties of X-rays, as in the X-ray telescope in the Chandra X-ray Observatory launched by NASA in 1999. This uses X-ray mirrors, the surface of which was polished to such smoothness that surface roughness is of the order of a few atoms. Using the growth techniques in materials science, thin films can be grown with such surface smoothness.

An example of fabricating X-ray telescopes using multilayers, fabricated by ion beam sputtering, is given here. This telescope utilizes X-ray Bragg diffraction from periodic multilayers. An example of a Pt/C multilayer and the related physics are described. By varying the multilayer period slightly, depth-graded and double-graded (depth and lateral) multilayers are fabricated. These graded multilayers act as supermirrors. Such X-ray supermirrors have been utilized to fabricate X-ray telescope. A supermirror X-ray telescope collects X-rays over a wide range of the X-ray spectrum at a given angle of incidence.

Astronauts as well as equipments in space are exposed to radiations including energetic particle radiation from solar flares and cosmic rays. Examples of ion exposure effect on human cells as well as materials are given. Experiments can be carried out in laboratories using energetic ions from ion accelerators. Effects of 2 MeV gold ion irradiation on Pt/C multilayers are explained. Due to ion irradiation, the multilayer structure may be disrupted and the strength of Bragg diffraction from the multilayer is highly reduced. This would render the telescope to be ineffective. Nanoparticles can also be formed within multilayers due to ion irradiation.

Like the formation of standing waves in the strings of a guitar or sitar, standing waves of X-rays can be formed within multilayers. Properties of X-ray standing waves (XSW) are utilized to analyze the ion-irradiation-induced atomic displacements and nanoparticle formation in multilayers. The nature of nanoparticles is extensively analyzed by carrying out extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) experiments under XSW condition. Using XSW-EXAFS analysis, detection and understanding of formation of Ni-centred bimetallic Ni-Pt nanoparticles within the C layers due to ion irradiation in a Pt/Ni/C multilayer are presented.



Date: 25.07.2015 12 Noon

Speaker: Debisree Ray, Missisippi State University

Organised Jointly By: S A Jaipuria College Kolkata & Kalpana Chawla
Centre for Space and Nano Sciences, Kolkata
Topics :Nuclear landscape and drip lines in covariant density functional theory

Venue : Physics Department,S A Jaipuria College-10, Raja Naba Krishna Street,Kolkata-700 005 


Date: 13.05.2015

Speaker : Santanu Datta
Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences,Kolkata

Topics: Importance of Space Science and Technology Today

organised by Dinabandhu College,Bongaon, 24pgns(N), W Bengal
Venue:Dinabandhu College, Bongaon,24pgns(N) W Bengal


Date: 4.04.2015

Speaker: Prof Dr Uma Basu
Department of Applied Mathematics
Calcutta University
Topics: Some aspects of Continuum Mechanics

Venue :Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences


Date: 18.03.2015
Speaker: Supriya Pan
Mathematics Department, Jadavpur University
Topics: Present accelerating universe and future deceleration

Venue: Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences


Date: 20.02.2015 

One Day Physics Seminar commemorating the annual
DAE(BRNS) – C.V. Raman Lecture

Speakers:Prof. Dr.Debshankar Ray, Director, Indian Association for Cultivation of Science-Nonlinear dynamics of chemical oscillators;Prof. Dr.Dinesh Kr. Srivastava, Director, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre-Discovery of Quark – Gluon Plasma-Role of Thermal Photons-(DAE (BRNS) – C.V. Raman Lecture); Prof. Dr. Amitava Raychaudhuri, Palit Professor, Department of Physics,  University of Calcutta-India based Neutrino Observatory
Indian Physics Association, Kolkata Chapter &
Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences, Kolkata
Meghnad Saha Auditorium, Rajabazar Science College.University of Calcutta , 92 A P C Road, Kolkata 700009


Date: 4.02.2015
Speaker: Dr Subhas Kar
Ex Head of The Dept of Physics, Barasat Government College
Topic: A gadget for Measurement of Hybrid Parameters of a Transistor
Speaker: Dr Achintya Pal
Ex Staff Scientist, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, Govt. of India
Topic: Longitude Problem

Venue: Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences


Date: 21.01.2015
Speaker: Umamahesh Thupakula
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata
Topic: Tunneling and Electronic Properties of Shape Controlled Mono and Heterogeneous Nanocrystals
Speaker: Kanik Palodhi
St Thomas College of Engineering, Khidirpur, Calcutta
Topics : Optical Techniques to measure Surface topography with Nanometric Accuracy

Venue: Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences


Date: 14.01.2015
Speaker: Sayan Biswas
Bose Institute , Kolkata

Topics:The Strangers From The Sky
followed by discussion chaired by Dr D Syam

Venue: Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences


Date:  7.01.2015
1)Speaker : Madhurima Choudhuri

Topics: Evolution of self organised two dimensiona patterns of nano clusters through DE mixing (work done by Madhurima Choudhuri, A N S Iyengar, A Dutta , M S Janaki)

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physiscs, Kolkata 700064

Speaker : Angana Roy

Topics :Oxidative tearing of Graphene Sheets:Insights by Computational Approach( work done by Angana Roy, Koushik Bagani, Sangam Banerjee, Dhananjoy Bhattacharya)
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physiscs, Kolkata 700064

Speaker : Chaitrali Sengupta

Topics: Application of spectroscopic methods in addressing questions of biologically relevant systems: A special case study of electron transfer between vitamin B2 – organic Amine system( work done by Chaitrali Sengupta , Manas Kumar Sarangi, Abhisek Sau, Debabrata Mandal, Samita Basu )
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physiscs, Kolkata 700064

Venue: Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences



Activities 2004 - March 2014

After KCCSNS came into formal existence in 2004 as a registered organisation. It has held numerous seminars,lectures and workshops some of which are listed and described below.


Fluid Dynamics:


Fluid dynamics is an important subject in Space and Nano Science and Technology.Lectures on “fluid flows in everyday life” - were delivered by Dr Christian Ruyer-Quila , Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris,France at Bethune College Calcutta on August 2006. .

Two workshops on Basic and Applied Fluid Dynamics were held in September 2004 and December 2005 in collaboration with Indian Physics Association (IPA, Kolkata) at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP) and Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS,Kolkata). Resource persons were Dr D Dalal, Dr K Kumar, Dr K P Singha-Mahapatra, Dr M Laha Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT); Dr H P Majumdar , Dr B Dandapat, Dr B Mondal ,Indian Statistical Institute (ISI); Dr S Ghosh Jadavpur University (JU), J K Bhattacharya, Shyamal Biswas (IACS); Dr A Lahiri ,Vidyasagar College;Dr U Basu Calcutta University (CU); Dr S Mukherjea Bengal Engineering and Science University BESU; Dr T Das Harsish Chandra Research Institute HRI (Ahmedabad). Introduction to Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence were dealt in both the workshop. In the first workshop stress was on Aerospace and Numerical and Computational Techniques. the second workshop stressed non-linear dynamics ,microgravity fluid physics, application to Astrophysics . The workshop brought together applied mathematicians, engineers and physicists together and share their approaches.





Lecture on Origin of Solar flares was delivered by Dr Atilla Grand Pierre, Konkaly Observatory, Hungary in December 2004 at Jadavpur University. Dr Dipankar Maitra , Yale University dwelled on the topic of “X Ray Transients” at Presidency College in October 2006 . Dr AnanthaKrisnan , Pune University in March 2008 introduced the topics of Radio Astronomy and described the facilities at GMRT ,Pune at Scottish Church College Auditorium and Dr D Duari ,M P Birla planetarium gave a lecture on Solar System in Bharat Sabha Hall.


An one day workshop on Recent Developments in Astrophysics was organised on 4th July 2005 in Presidency College. Student Associates of KCCSNS Semanti Pal, Debayan De, Supratik Banerjee ( 1st year students of Presidency College) participated in a review project on Planetary Physics of Moon under Dr B Banerjee ( Life Member KCCSNS, Retired Scientist GSI ) and presented it. Dr S R Mukherjee, North Bengal University, Dr N Banerjee Jadavpur University, Dr T Chattopadhyay Calcutta University exposed the audience to Recent accelerations of the Universe, emerging universe and Globular Clusters respectively.


A seven day “National Workshop on Observational Astronomy” was held jointly by KCCSNS and ISI,Kolkata (17-24 August,2009) at ISI,Kolkata with Dr. P.C.Agrawal (TIFR) as the chairman of the advisory body. The workshop was sponsored by -1) Department of Science and technology, Government of India; 2) ISRO; 3)Bose Institute, Kolkata 4) Indian association for the Cultivation of Science. The resource persons were from Indian Reasearch Institutes and National Facilities all over India. The objective was to introduce the participants to the research opportunities and facilities of Observational Astronomy in India.


Space Science and Technology


Over this period four ISRO sponsored workshop of two weeks duration were held jointly with RKM Vivekanada University on “Fundamentals of Space Science and Technology”. The venue for the workshop was Vivekananda Research Centre, Kolkata 700006.The participants were mostly outgoing

B.Sc, B.Tech students though M.Sc ,M.Tech and Research students also participated from all over India. The resource persons were from local colleges, Universities and Research Institutions and Space Scientists and Technologists from ISRO. In 2008 and 2010 two special days were arranged focused on Chandrayaan-1 and Planetary exploration.


 1st Workshop 2007



U R Rao ( ISRO )P Soma ( ISTRAC, ISRO)D P Duari( M P Birla planetarium), S Bhattacharya ( Vidyasagar College), U Bhaumik ( Vidyasagar college ) S Datta ( KCCSNS), P K Dutta ( Presidency College), D Chattoraj ( Presidency College), V S Pandit (Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre), U Bhuniya ( Variable energy Cyclotron Centre), D L Bandopadhyay ( Variale Energy Cyclotron Centre), K Chakraborty ( Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics ),K K Bardhan ( Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics), A I Jaman (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics), T Chattopadhyay( Dina bandhu College, Howrah), M Nandy ( Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics), R Ghosh( Kalyani University).



Astrophysics, Space Mechanics, Basic Fluid Dynamics, Rocketry,Space Communication, Vacuum Physics and Technology, cryogenics, Materials in Space, International Space Station, Spectroscopy of Interstellar Molecules, Hubble Space Station, Satellite Tracking and Telemetry,Indian Moon mission,Space Biology.


2nd Workshop 2008


S C Chakrabarty (ISRO), G R Viswanathan (ISRO),P Patel( Presidency College), P C Agrawal ( Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), L Srinivasan (ISTRAC, ISRO), Jayati Datta ( ISRO), M D Muslim ( LPSC, ISRO), D Duari ( M P Birla Planetarium), P Sengupta ( Presidency College), D Chattoraj ( Presidency College), S Datta ( KCCSNS), U Bhaumik ( Vidyasagar College), A Mukherjee( RKM Vivekananda University),P K Dutta ( Presidency College), V S Pandit ( Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre), D L Bandopadhyay( Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre), U Bhuniya ( Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre), U N Nandy ( Scottish Church College), M Roy ( KCCSNS), A K Ganguly ( Calcutta University), M S Janaki (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics), M Mukul ( National Aeronautical laboratory), M Nandy ( Saha Institute of nuclear Physics).


Astrophysics ( Current Perspective and Future Challenges),Space Mechanics,Synthesis of Elements, Astronomical Coordinates, Basic Rocketry and Assembly, Atomic and Molecular Scattering, Black holes, ISRO Activities ( Video), Cryogenic propulsion, ISRO-Telemetry, Teletracking and Command Network,Chandrayaan 1,Vacuum Physics and Technology, Cryogenics Materials, Space Communication, Introduction to Microgravity, application of CFD to Space Vehicles, Currents in upper atmosphere, Cosmic Rays, Space Plasma, Satellite transfer orbit, GPS and application, Radiation in Space,, Materials in space, GIS,Indian Space Program,Radar system in Space Research,Solar wind and Flares, Van Allen Belt, MST Radar, Rocket Monsoon experiment, Solar System, ISRO-Organisation,Knowledge Management, Space Techniquesand Applications, Mission Analysis.




3rd Workshop 2009




G R Viswanathan(ISRO),S C Chakravarty (ISRO), D P Duari( M P Birla Planetarium), U Bhaumik ( Vidyasagar College),S Datta( Kalpana Chawla Centre for Space and Nano Sciences,KCCSNS),V S Pandit ( Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata, VECC), D L Bandopadhyay(VECC), U Bhunia(VECC), D Chattoraj ( Presidency College),K K Bardhan( Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, SINP),R Ghosh( Kalyani University),M Nandy(SINP),P K Dutta( Presidency College),P C Agrawal (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, TIFR),Jayati Datta (ISRO), A K Ganguly ( Calcutta University), M S Janaki ( SINP), P Patel ( Presidency College), V Jayaraman ( ISRO), P Sengupta (Presidency College), P K Dutta (Presidency College), A Guha ( Presidency College), C D Sharma(ISTRAC,ISRO), S Ramakrishnan ( Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO),P Basak(Punjab Agricultural University),Arvind Sharma(National Metaurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur),S Dasgupta ( Rammohan College ),A Jeyram (ISRO) , D Dutta (ISRO), U N Nandy ( Scottish Church College),M Basu ( Birla Institute of Technology)

Lecture Topics



Space Mechanics, Astronomical Coordinates & Spherical Astronomy,Astronomy & Astrophysics

~ Current Perspectives & Future Challenges,Out of the Solar System,Incompressible and compressible ( gas ) dynamics, Rocket structure & propellants, Microgravity,Vacuum Physics & practice, Telescope,Atmospheric scattering,GPS, Satellite Communications, Risks Damages & disasters in outer space,launching of satellites, Atmospheric stratification,ISTRAC and TTC network, Deep Space Network,Mechanism of Space Propulsion,GIS, Space Plasma, Space Biology, Cosmic rays,Bio-metric Nano-materials ( Microgravity experiment in re-entry module), space radiation, story of the star,Remote Sensing of Tropical Atmosphere , Role of Atmospheric Radar System,Views of High energy universe from Astrosat,MST Polar radar Techniques,Microwave Remote Sensing & its Application,The Solar System,Early Moon Missions and Chandrayaan -I,Scientific Basis of Indian Space Program.Hubble Space Telescope.Moon Quake,Atmospheric Stratification, Re Entry of Space Vehicles.



4th Year 2010


G R Viswanathan (ISRO), D P Duari (M P Birla Planetarium), P Sengupta ( Presidency College),S Datta (KCCSNS),P K Dutta(KCCSNS),U Dhar(Vidyasagar College), M Roy(KCCSNS),M S Janaki ( Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics),V S Pandit( Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre), D L Bandopadhyay(Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre), U Bhuniya( Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre),P Mukhopadhyay( Calcutta University),S Dasgupta( Rammohun college), Abhijit Mukherjee(Jadavpur University), S C Chakrabarty(ISRO),J R Kayal( Geological Survey of India), A Bharadwaj(Space Application Laboratory, ISRO), S V S Murthy( Physical Research Laboratory),A Raychaudhuri( Space Application Centre, ISRO),S Mukherjee(RKM Vivekananda University),M Chakraborty( Space Application Centre,ISRO),M Nandi( Saha Insitte of Nuclear Physics),M Basu(KCCSNS),U N Nandi( Scottish Church College), R Ghosh( Kalyani University),B Chatterjee(KCCSNS), C Neogy( Kalyani University),P Patel( Presidency College), A Ghosh(Indian Institute of Technology,Kanpur)




Radar Systems,Solar ystem, Space Mechanics,Birth and Death of Stars,Mission Analysis,Space Communication,Scattering of Light,Spacecraft internals,Space Weather,Plasma Physics,Basic Rocketry,Principles ,production and Measurement of Vacuum,Cryogenic Materials,International Space Station,Psychology in Space – Isolation, Compressible Fluid Mechanics,Black Hole,Indian Space Science,Tectonics and Tomography-Earth and Moon quakes,Planetary Science -Indian Space Program,Meteorites and Early Solar System,Chandrayaan and instrumentation for planetary exploration,Chandrayaan 1,Quality Control,Remote Sensing Techniques: Principles and Application, Radiation in Space,Dynamics of Compressible Fluids and Cosmology, Launch and Re-entry of vehicles,History of telescopes,Microgravity,Interstellar medium,GIS and Geo-informatics,Space Policy and Law,Cosmic Ray Initial years and Indian Efforts,Life in Universe, Revisting Newtons Law,Astronomical dating of ancient events.


5th Workshop 2011




D Duari( M P Birla Planetarium), S K Ghorai( Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi), D Chattoraj(Presidency College),P K dutta (KCCSNS), G R Viswanathan( ISRO), Surendra Paul ( ISRO) , K K Bardhan ( Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics), S Datta ( KCCSNS), S Dasgupta(Rammohun College), P K Choudhury ( Presidency College), S Mandal ( National Institute for Technical Teachers Training and Research),A De( National Institute for Technical Teachers Training and Research), P K Sarkar(National Institute for Technical Teachers Training and Research), V S Pandit( Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre), D L Bandopadhyay (Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre), U Bhuniya ( Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre ), M Nandy( Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics), M S Janaki ( Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics), M Roy (KCCSNS), S Gurubaran ( Equatorial Geomagnetic Research Laboratory ), C Neogy (Kalyani University), A Paul ( Institute of Radio Physics and Engineering), P Basak ( Punjab Agricultural University), P Patel (Alliah University ), A Bose ( Defence Research laboratory), J R Kayal ( Geological Survey of India) R Ghosh ( Kalyani University), P Mukhopadhyay ( Calcutta University), D Ray (KCCSNS), B Chatterjee ( KCCSNS), S Sau (KCCSNS), Suman Datta ( Charuchandra College)






Astrophysics, Spherical astronomy, Electo optics applied to Space, Robotics, Control Systems, Inertial Guidance, Rocketry, Satellite and Spacecraft Substructures, Space Biology,Space Psychology , Space Laws,Satellite Communication, Materials in Outer Space, Telescopes, Hubble Space Telescope, Space Tourism, Space Weather, Vacuum Physics and Techniques, Cryogenics, Space Plasma, optical Aeronomy, Remote sensing, Atmospheric Scattering, Mie Scattering, Chemical Kinetics of Atmosphere, Planetary Atmosphere, Interstellar Space, Compressible and incompressible Fluid Dynamics, Space Debris and Management,Radiation in Space, GPS , GIS.


6th Workshop 2012




Dr. Debiprosad Duari( M P Birla Planetarium), Dr. Subrata Kumar Midya( Calcutta University), Dr. Saswati Dasgupta(Rammohun College), Dr. Santanu Datta(KCCSNS), Dr. Pradeep K. Dutta (KCCSNS), Dr. Amalendu Bandyopadhay( Ex Positional astronomy Centre, calcutta), Dr. Maitreyee Nandi(SINP), Dr. Chittaranjan Neogi(Kalyani University), Dr. Sisir Roy (ISI), Dr. Ashik Paul (Calcutta University), Dr.G R Vishwanathan(ISRO), Dr. K N Shankara (ISRO), Dr. Abhijit Mukherjee(Jadavpur University), Dr. Anuradha De(NITTTR), Dr. P Basak(BIET), Dr. Priyank Patel( Aliah University), Dr. Debidas Chattoraj (Presidency University), Dr. Amitava Bose(Ex-ISRO), Dr. S.R. Mukherjee (North Bengal University), Dr. U N Nandi ( Scottish Church College), Dr. M.S. Janaki (SINP), Dr. Sutapa Ghosh (Barasat Government College), Dr. D L Bandyopadhay (VECC), Dr. V S Pandit(VECC), Dr. Amit Singh, (CII), Dr. Uttam Bhuniya (VECC), Dr. D Dutta (ISRO), Dr. R Krishna Mohan Rao (DRDL), Dr. Kamal Kumar Bardhan (KCCSNS),Senjuti Khanra, Dr. V Jayraman(ISRO),Swami Durgananda(RKMVU)




Astrophysics, Spherical astronomy, Rocketry, Satellite and Spacecraft Substructures, Space, Space Laws,Satellite Communication, Materials in Outer Space, Telescopes, Hubble Space Telescope, Space Tourism, Space Weather, Vacuum Physics and Techniques, Cryogenics, Space Plasma,The Energy Challange: Our Greatest Challenge, Navigation of a Satellite Launch Vehicle,Conceptual Issues in Cosmolog & Astroparticle Physics, Optical Fibre and Communication, Indian National Satellite System and Its Applications, Ground Based Radar System,Remote sensing, Atmospheric Scattering, Mie Scattering, Compressible and incompressible Fluid Dynamics, Space Debris and Management,Radiation in Space, GPS , GIS and geo-informatics. Role of Earth Observation Satellites in Preserving the Planet Earth, History of Space Explorations,CII Initiative in Space


To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 2 moon landing a joint programme was held with the US Consulate, Kolkata on 20th July,2009. Dr.Rita Ghosh,Banhi Chatterjee and Dr. Santanu Datta delivered lectures on that occasion. The programme was held in the Lincon hall of the US consulate,Kolkata.


Lectures on Microgravity fluid physics was delivered by Dr Benoit Scheid , Microgravity Research Centre , Brussels, Belgium at Bethune College in August 2006.


Dr Pradip K Datta made presentation on 1) Indian Space Programme : A Review 2) Some Measures to Develop Scientific Attitude at the 20th West Bengal Science & Technology Congress organised by Bengal Engineering and Space University & W.B Science & Technology Council & Dept.




Outreach Programs


Outreach lectures were delivered by Dr Santanu Datta KCCSNS and Dr Swapan Kumar Saha ,Member KCCSNS Bose Institute BI , on Various Aspects of Space Science and Technology, International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Hubble Space Station, Rocketry etc at Surendra Natha College, Lady Brabourne College, Bethune College, Bhairab Ganguly College, Vidyasagar College ( Morning and Evening separately ),Maulana Azad College, St Pauls College, Rammohun College of Calcutta , Indian Association of



Physics Teacher ( at National Teachers training and research Institute, NITTTR) and Katwa College, Nadia W Bengal, Sikim Manipal University ,Sikim. Beside the above mentioned oureach activities film/video shows were organised regulary.


Recently the School outreach programme was started by KCCSNS .On 15th November 2010 Dr S. C. Chakravarty held a student interaction session at Modern High School, Kolkats ;on 25th November 2010 Dr Tirtha Pratim Das  of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) gave a lecture at South Point High School and on 2nd February Dr.Chirantan Neogy gave a lecture at La Martinier for Girls.All the programmes were held jointly with the respective schools.


Workshop cum demonstration on installation of DTH Satellite System were held at Shibpur Howrah (October 2004)and National Teachers Science Conference (January 2006) ,Mysore University.


Sky watching at Physics Department,Kalyani University were held regularly with the 14 inch Celestron Telescope under supervision of Prof Chirantan Neogy.


Other Workshops/ seminars/ lectures


After Tsunami devasted South eastern and South Asia an one day Workshop on Tsunami: Cause effect and Disaster Management was arranged at Presidency College. Dr Buddhadev Banerjee , Dr J R Kayal, Dr


L K das from Geological Survey of India GSI D Halder Presidency College, Bimalendu Bandopadhyay, Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences SNBNCBS and A Kundu SINP delivered lectures on Plate Tectonics, Seismic Activity and Measurement trends and Earthquake prediction.


Dr Ralph Abraham ,University of California, Santa Cruz on “New branches of Mathematics” at Presidency College on January 2006.


Workshop on Vacuum and Cryogenics , November 2004 was organised in collaboration with IPA, Kolkata for UG and PG students at SINP with resource persons from SINP, IACS, VECC etc.


A 10 day Training workshop on basic Electronics in Apr-May 2012 at Shri Sikhshyatan ,Kolkata for outgoing 12th standard 1st/2nd year B.Sc/B.Tech students.Dr Subhas Kar, Dr Pradip Dutta, Dr Sailen Raychaudhuri, Dr Santanu Datta were resource persons.The workshop attempts to give intensive hands-on training to the students so that they can tackle with confidence electronics projects/gadjets.


The National Workshop on Data Acquisition and Analysis in Physical Sciences was held at Indian Staistical Institute ,Kolkata from 26-28 th December 2012, sponsored by DAE-BRNS-BARC have been organised in collaboration with Physics and Earth Sciences Division ,Indian Statistical Institute ,Kolkata and Indian Physics Association , Kolkata Chapter. Prof P C Agrawal Ex -Tata Institute of Fundamental Research delivered the keynote address on the forthcoming Indian astronomical satellite ASTROSAT. The three day meeting gave the teachers, students and scholars opportunity to hear lectures on CAMAC Data Acquistion System and VME bus in Hi Energy Physics, Matlab programed Data Acquisition, P Shinghai, P Dhara, P Singha Roy of VECC and S Saha ,SINP ,Atmospheric Data at National Atmospheric Research Laboratory,NARL using RADAR beam from Dr A Kesarkar ,NARL and ROOTS an open source software developed by CERN was introduced by Z Ahmed VECC and A Saha SINP. Dr S Chakrabarty Maharaja Manindra College held a session on developing experimental ideas.


Bengaluru Space Expo :Interaction with Space Industry


Sponsored by CII and ISRO we participated in Bengaluru Space Expo -BSX 2010 & BSX 2012. KCCSNS is the only academic organisation from eastern India to have participated in BSX in 2010 and 2012 and interacted with the people of space industry, ISRO and students of Bangalore.



Research :


A Research Project was submitted and approved by ISRO RESPOND Program. It was of 2 years duration and is in operation from September,2009. Dr.Manashi Roy was the principal Investigator with Dr.S.C.Chakravarty and Dr. G.R.Viswanathan as co-investigator. The topic of research was: “ Lower Atmosphere- Mesosphere-Thermosphere Coupling studies using DWR data over Shriharikota, MST Radar data over Gadanki and Geomagnetic data from Indian Network stations”. Shri Sukanta Sau was selected as the research scholar of the project. The project concluded on October 2011. Beside this Research on Material Science was done by Prof Kamal Bardhan, Dr Kuntal Chakrabarti



Conference / Workshop participation/publication:


1) Ionospheric currents and Mesospheric Winds: Some Experimental Observations – S Sau, M Roy, S C Chakrabarty, G R Viswanathan; Annual Meeting of the Indian Geophysical Union, IGU, 8-10 December 2010 Osmania University, Hyderabad- (presented by S Sau)


2)Search for possible radionuclide dispersion near Kolkata from the Fukushima reactor accident-Banhi Chatterjee, Aditya Priyant, Abhijit Bisoi, Sudatta Ray,Dibyadyuti Pramanik, M.Saha Sarkar, Maitreyee Nandy,DAE Nuclear Physics Symposium 2011 --- December 26-30, 2011,Department of Nuclear Physics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, A. P.,India – 530003 -(presented by B Chatterjee)


3)Simultaneous observation of SQ currents and Mesospheric winds – S Sau ,M Roy, S C Chakrabarty, G R Viswanathan -17th National Space Science Symposium, Sri Venkateswar University, Tirupati February 14-17 ,2012.( presented by S Sau)


4)Monte Carlo simulation of detector efficiency and quantitative assessment of environmental radioactivity near Kolkata after Fukushima reactor accident-Maitreyee Nandy,Banhi Chatterjee, 39th COSPAR Scientic Assembly 2012 -Accepted but not presented,July14 -21, 2012, Mysore India


5) Gravity Wave propagation studies the Indian MST Radar observation – S C Chakrabarty . Advances in Space Research vol 49 ( 2012) 716-724 published ( presented in COSPAR ,Bremen ,Germany by S Chakrabarti)

6)Environmental radioactivity analysis at Kolkata after Fukushima accident-Banhi Chatterjee, Abhijit Bisoi, Dibyadyuti Pramanik, Sudatta Ray, Aditya,Priyant, Vramori Mitra and Maitreyee Nandy,12th International Conference on Radiation Shielding (ICRS-12)---The Atomic Energy Society of Japan,September 2nd - 7th, 2012, Nara, Japan (presented by M Nandi)





10)Some issues related to Space Technology advancement-Santanu Datta -Submitted


Visit by Scientists


Three visits by scientists and members of KCCSNS were arranged during this period.


  1. From 1-4 July,2009, Dr.Santanu Datta, Dr.Chirantan Neogy,Dr. Kamal K.Bardhan,Dr.Saswati Dasgupta

Visted Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Space Physics Laboratory (VSSC), Indian Institute of Space Technology (IIST), Liquid Propulsion Centre (LPSC) Valiamala in Thiruvanthapuram. The group visited laboratories and interacted with the scientists. Dr Santanu Datta made a presentation of activities conducted by KCCSNS to the vice Chancellor and the faculties of IIST.

  1. b) From 24th-28th January 2010 Dr santanu Datta, Dr Chirantan Neogy, Dr Shukla Mukherjee and Dr Suman Roy visited the Inter University Centre for Astronomy ansd Astrophysics ( IUCAA) Pune and National Centre for Radio Astronomy (NCRA, TIFR ),Pune. The trip included a visit to Giant Metre Wave Telescope ( GMRT) of NCRA and the Large Optical Telescope of IUCAA at Girawali, Beside



interacting with the scientists of IUCAA and NCRA, a separate meeting was held with Prof Dr.A.K.Khembavi, Director of IUCAA. There was another interesting special discussion with Dr.Arvind Gupta on Science Popularization projects.


  1. C) Dr.Santanu Datta visited the regional Remote Sensing Centre,Kharagpur and had a meeting with the co-ordinator Dr.A.Jeyram.


Dr.Manashi Roy and Dr.Santanu Datta participated in the 3 day workshop on Atmospheric research using MST Radar,held at S.V.University campus and National Atmospheric Research Laboratory,Tirupati. They also visited facilities at Shriharikota rocket launching facility as a part this programme.


Mainak Basu a student associate of KCCSNS was sent to participate in the 10 day COSPAR workshop on Planetary exploration in September,2009 held at China.




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