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Central and South Asia

Overview: Upliftment of Space Technology and Astronomy Cell in Himalayas, India

Space Technology and Astronomy Cell (STAC) is a group of students at IIT Mandi in Himalayas, India responsible for establishing a culture of Astronomy in the institute, nearby village Kamand, schools and colleges.We organize AstraX (https://astrax.in) which is inter-college Astromeet of Himalayas. Bringing together space science and technology, AstraX is …

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Overview: Empowerment of Disadvantaged Rural Girl Children as Social Change Agents

The core project idea is to build basic knowledge of Astronomy among disadvantaged rural girl children of age group 10-16 in government schools of Dindigul District, Tamilnadu, India and nurture them as Social Change Agents in overcoming superstitions. The project will cover girl children from 10 schools in a span …

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Overview: Video Astronomy Lessons for Pakistani School Children

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of life. This is particularly true of school education. While there is no real substitute to in-person learning, the pandemic has allowed the possibility of a broader outreach using online and televised video lessons.Pakistan has serious education challenges. The literacy rate hovers around …

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Overview: Astronomy for Environmental protection in Gobi desert

The idea of this project to organize national seminar for “Environmental protection in Gobi region of Mongolia using astronomical outreach activities. During Mongolia’s transition to a free market, socio-economic factors such as profit-seeking mining exploitation of the environment have contributed to its deterioration, and consequently, the loss in regional biodiversity. …

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Applications open for 3rd Kathmandu Astrophysics School

Applications for the third Kathmandu Astrophysics School on “Introduction to astronomical techniques and data analysis” (KAS20) are open online until 5 pm GMT, 11 October 2020:  https://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/kas   KAS20: “Introduction to astronomical techniques and data analysis” will be held in two parts, starting on 9 November 2020. The first component will be …

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Final report

Clear Skies was conceived as an excersise to inculcate rational thinking in students, using Astronomy as an effective tool. For more than a year, the project team worked with the same set of underprivileged students from Shaikhpet, Hyderabad in India. Various sessions were held with around 200 students, aged 12-15, …

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