The 2.3 metre telescope was built over the years 1978 to 1985 and was dedicated as the Vainu Bappu Telescope by the late Shri Rajiv Gandhi on 6th January 1986.

Twenty five years have passed and the VBT still remains the largest optical facility in the country. It is still the only sizeable optical telescope fully designed and built in India.

The dream of late M.K.V Bappu, of an optical telescope of sizeable aperture in India had its origins soon after he took charge as the Director of the Kodaikanal Observatory. The Indian Institute of Astrophysics itself was formed to embark on new initiatives in optical astronomy. The founding Governing Council of the Institute led by M.G.K Menon gave unstinting support and guidance to Vainu Bappu to commence building the 90 inch telescope as it was referred to in those days. The telescope project was exemplary in demonstrating the synergy of national laboratories and private industry in building a state of the art facility with comparatively meagre resources.

This meeting commemorates the Silver Jubilee of the Vainu Bappu Telescope as it was named on 6th January 1986. The meeting will have sessions with talks highlighting the science done with the VBT over the years, as well as sessions recalling technical and historical aspects of the VBT Project itself.

The lectures and the inaugural programme are open to all. However, participation in the meeting as a registered delegate is only by invitation. Anyone particularly interested in attending the meeting as a registered participant may send a request tovbt25y@iiap.res.in

Contact:

Chair, LOC
Indian Institute of Astrophysics
IInd Block, Koramangala,
Bangalore 560034
INDIA
Email: vbt25y@iiap.res.in
Phone: +91 80-2553-0672 to 76 / 5 lines
S. Rajendran Phone: 9449597572
S. Annapurni Phone: 9845171233
P. Ramya Phone: 9916737247