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Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) is a premier national centre for research and development in theoretical and observational astronomy, astrophysics and related physics. The main campus of the institute is in Koramangala, Bangalore. It operates observational facilities at Kodaikanal, Kavalur, Gauribidanur and Hanle over a wide range of electromagnetic spectrum, and experimental facilities at its campus in Hosakote near Bangalore. It is participating in national and international development projects on ground-based as well as space-borne facilities.

With the aim of motivating students from colleges and universities across the country for research, IIA has instituted various programmes. As part of this, IIA organizes a summer programme every year, wherein students are exposed to research in Astronomy and Astrophysics. This year, the programme consists of a series of lectures at the Kodaikanal Observatory during May 16 - May 30, 2017. Some students will be selected to carry out short term projects at IIA or its field stations during May 31 - June 30, 2017. Applications are invited (online only) from students who are in the pre-final year of their M.Sc/Integrated M.Sc./Integrated BS-MS (in Physics/Astronomy)/B.E/B.Tech. for the Summer Programme.

Students who are selected for the Summer School will be provided free boarding/lodging at Kodaikanal and reimbursed second class rail/bus fare by the shortest route between the place of residence/study and Kodaikanal. Students selected to do short term projects (after the School) will be provided accommodation at nominal rate and food at subsidized price. They will also be given a fellowship and travel allowance as above..