National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), a center of the school of natural sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India has set up a unique facility for radio astronomical research using the metre wavelengths range of the radio spectrum, known as the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT). It is the world`s largest Radio telescope of its kind. It is located at a site about 80 km north of Pune. GMRT consists of 30 fully steerable gigantic parabolic dishes of 45m diameter each spread over distances of upto 25 km. GMRT is one of the most challenging experimental programmes in basic sciences undertaken by Indian scientists and engineers. GMRT is a very versatile instrument for investigating a variety of radio astrophysical problems ranging from nearby Solar system to the edge of observable Universe.
Throughout India, February 28th is celebrated as National Science Day. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune (NCRA-TIFR) celebrates Science Day by organising 2 days' Science festival at its GMRT campus in Khodad, which is one of the biggest Science festivals in the country.
This Science festival attracts around 20,000 to 25000 visitors, including students from various schools (5th to 10th grade), colleges (BSc, MSc, Engineering), teachers, software professionals, major science research organisations, scientists and research scholars throughout the state/country.
Every year the government organizations like National AIDS Research Institute (NARI), National Institute of Virology (NIV), National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), National Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Pune, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO, SAC), Ahmedabad, Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, TIFR Balloon Facility Hyderabad as well as non-profit organisations like Pune FOSS User Group, Free Software Community of India, Debian India, Mozilla India and 20 other organizations participate in the GMRT Science Exhibition.
Glimpse of previous Science Day @ GMRT
We had been celebrating National Science Day at GMRT for last 11 years with this year being the 12th in the series.
We are thrilled to share with you the the Pune FOSS User Group's participation in the National Science Day event at Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (GMRT) National Science Day. Our aim is to raise awareness about the importance of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) among students, teachers, researchers, scientists, IT professionals, and the general public.
The Pune FOSS User Group (PFUG) wants to use this opportunity (by setting its stall) to showcase the importance of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and its use in everyday life. We intent to promote FOSS such as Debian, Raspbian on Raspberry Pi, Mobian, CentOS, Diaspora (an alternative to social media platform based on FOSS principles), Moodle, Trac, LaTeX, Emacs, Git, Gimp, OpenSource BigData Technologies, OpenSource Web-development tools etc. and awareness about its philosophy among students, teachers, software professionals, researchers and general public. Additionally, our focus is also on creating awareness about digital literacy, privacy, and technical debt related issues.
We would also like to associate some budding developers with PFUG who could probably help us with some of the projects which we hope to initiate under Pune FOSS User Group and Debian India.
We request you to sponsor our efforts for promoting Free and OpenSource Software and Debian at Science Day. Pune FOSS User Group does not engage in commercial activities and these FOSS promotions are organized purely voluntarily. Hence, we depend solely on donations from users and benefactors. Also, we expect around 10-15 volunteers. Your support can enable us to bring the FOSS community together for the success of the event.
We need funds for arranging promotional items like Flex, Banners, FOSS Stickers, Posters, T-Shirt printing, DVDs/Pendrives of Debian, Rented Monitors and Computers, and for some operational expenses etc. The funds raised for Science Day will be used towards this purpose only. Any remaining surplus will be used for funding future Free and OpenSource Software related activities under the banner of Pune FOSS User Group only.
Future activities will include organizing Science Day in subsequent years, FOSS Meetups, sponsoring Free Software Code Contributions, Debian Packaging BootCamps, and Raising awareness for Digital Security/Privacy among individuals especially students.
For our volunteers, your contribution is a strong signal of appreciation for their efforts. Sponsoring PFUG for this event will also create your goodwill in the Free Software community at large. The event can also be used as a source to get the deatils of qualified and interested candidates in the area of Free and OpenSource software for recruitment and contact-building purposes. Similar activities had also been done by our sponsors in the previous events.
Volunteers of PFUG during Science Day 2019
February 28th is celebrated throughout India as National Science Day. This marks the discovery of the Raman Effect by C. V. Raman for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. NCRA celebrates Science Day by organising one of the biggest science festivals in the country on February 28 and 29, or February 28 and March 1, at the GMRT campus in Khodad.Read More