Pune: After Calcutta University, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will be the second state university in the country to add three courses in its kitty under ‘astrostatistics’, namely astronomy, astrophysics and big data computation, stated TV Ramanathan, head of statistics department in the varsity.
University’s Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CMS), Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) will lend support to the varsity in running these courses.
The officials of the department stated that there has been a sudden rise regarding the information related to space. Recently-discovered gravitational waves brought new folds in astrophysics and astronomy. Also, scientists and researchers are continuously establishing new findings about the discovery. Furthermore, the Mars mission, Chandrayaan and Mars Orbitor Mission (MOM) by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has generated curiosity among Indians. This mission too has contributed in establishing various findings and information related to space.
The statistics department of SPPU has developed this course in order to analyse and provide statistics on these informations. “The aim is to present statistical information of the new revelation of space and its observations through this medium. In view of this, these three new courses will be started in the university,” said Ramanathan.
Around 40 students from departments of statistics, CMS and mathematics have enrolled in these courses. Students will also get an opportunity to further do analytical study in astronomy and astrophysics too.