Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camps 2024


Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is a national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. The broad goals of the centre are to promote equity and excellence in science and mathematics education from primary school to undergraduate college level. It is India’s nodal centre for Olympiad programmes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Astronomy.

Applications are invited from teachers and educators for two Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camps in Mumbai and Mysuru. (The Mysuru camp is organised in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bengaluru and Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), Mysuru.)

The camps are not intended for students and they need not apply.

Camp Objective:

The primary objective of each camp is to spread awareness about the national and international Olympiad programme in Astronomy. An orientation towards the academic and organisational aspects of the Astronomy Olympiad will be provided. The camp also serves as a platform for productive interaction within the teacher community.

Camp Structure:

Each camp will consist of multiple lecture and tutorial sessions, educational visits, night sky observation and telescope handling sessions. Typical topics covered will be celestial mechanics, optics, positional astronomy, stellar physics etc.

Dates and Venue:

There will be two Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camps:

  • 15 to 18 January 2024 at HBCSE, Mumbai
  • 19 to 22 February 2024 at SVYM, Mysuru

There is one common application for both the camps, and participants can attend only one of the two camps. Preference will be given to teachers from Karnataka for the Mysuru camp.

Travel and Accommodation:

Participants will be reimbursed to and fro travel fare subject to entitlement (maximum II-AC train fare). If you choose to travel by air, only the corresponding train fare will be reimbursed. Regular attendance in the camp for the entire duration is mandatory for travel support. Food and shared accommodation at HBCSE/Mysuru will be provided for all participants. Kindly note that due to the limited availability, accommodation is provided only for the duration of the camp, and only for the participants and not for any accompanying family members.

Who can apply?

  • Educators from different sectors, i.e., university/college teachers of physics, high school/secondary science teachers (with background in physics/mathematics) can apply.

  • Astronomy outreach personnel from scientific institutions, staff of planetaria and science museums as well as active amateur astronomers can also apply.

  • Students and applicants below the age of 23 years will not be considered.

  • Educational qualification (B.Sc/M.Sc./PhD) in Physics, and/or allied subjects (Astronomy, Applied Physics, Mathematics, etc.) or B.Tech./B.E. is required.

  • Previous participants of Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camp will not be considered again. Previous participants of Olympiad Exposure Camps in other subjects may be considered subject to availability of seats.

Application process:

  • Click here to fill the online application form.
  • Last date of application: 25 November 2023
  • Intimation regarding selection will be put on the HBCSE website by 8 December 2023.
  • Selected participants will also be invited through an official letter sent over email.
  • Any queries regarding the camp can be sent to