Scientific Rationale

    To set up a cooperation in Science and Technology, recently Department of Science and Technology (DST) Government of India and Ministry of Science & Technology of the Kingdom of Thailand sanctioned two bilateral programmes entitled "Indo-Thai Collaboration for Studying Pulsating Variables at Different Evolutionary Stages" and "Influence of Massive stars on the formation and evolution of low mass stars" for the joint research in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

    The Indian astronomers from IIA, Bangalore and ARIES, Nainital in coordination with Thai astronomers from NARIT (Thailand) are initiating research in the area of Solar System, Galactic and Extra-Galactic Astronomy using observational facilities available in both countries. Such cooperation helps to exchange the knowledge of investigators involved in the projects as well as provides a golden opportunity to train the young researchers.

    In order to have a face to face interaction and discuss the progress of the projects, a one day workshop is being scheduled on 02 March 2020 at ARIES, Nainital where the astronomers from both sides shall interact for maximizing the scientific outcomes. During the workshop, Indian and Thai astronomers will also highlight their results obtained so far and plan to propose a road map to strengthen/expand the ongoing collaboration.

Organizing Committee

  • Santosh Joshi(Convenor)
  • Aruna Goswami
  • Saurabh
  • David Mkrtichian
  • Ram kesh Yadav

Scientific Topics(Tentative)

  1. Star Formation and Stellar evolution
  2. Stellar Variability and Asteroseismology
  3. Transient events
  4. Star Clusters

Indian Investigators

  • Prof. Aruna Goswami, IIA, Bangalore (PI)
  • Dr. Santosh Joshi (ARIES)
  • Dr. V. Girish (ISRO)
  • Mr. Partha Pratim Goswami (IIA, Bangalore)
  • Dr. Saurabh ARIES, Nainital(PI)
  • Dr. Manash Ranjan Samal (PRL, Ahemedabad)
  • Dr. Neelam Panwar (ARIES)
  • Dr. A. K. Pandey

Thai Investigators(NARIT)

  • Dr. David Mkrtichian, NARIT(PI)
  • Dr. Nahathai Tanakul
  • Ms. Khemsinan Gunsriwiwat
  • Ms. Napaporn A-thano
  • Dr. Ram Kesh Yadav, NARIT(PI)
  • Dr. Puji Irawati
  • Dr. Chutipong Suwannjak
  • Amnart Sukom

Scientific Programme

  • Schedule
    • Date and Time : 02 March 2020 : 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

    Participant List

      • Alok K. Durgapal
      • Amit Kumar
      • Ancy Anna John
      • Anjasha Gangopadyay
      • Ankur Ghosh
      • Amar Aryan
      • Arpan Ghosh
      • Aruna Goswami
      • Arvind Dattatrey
      • Bhavya
      • Bikram Pradhan
      • Brajesh Kumar
      • Brijesh Kumar
      • David Mkrtichian
      • Dipankar Banerjee
      • Dimple
      • Gaurav Singh
      • Gurpreet Singh
      • H.C Chandola
      • Haritma Gaur
      • J. C. Pandey
      • Jagdish Joshi
      • Khemsinan Gunsriwiwat
      • Kiran Wani
      • Krishna Prajapati
      • Kuntal Misra
      • Neelam pnwar
      • Nikita Rawat
      • Nitin Vashisth
      • Partha Pratim Goswami
      • Rahul
      • Rahul Gupta
      • Rakesh Pandey
      • Ramakant S. Yadav
      • Ram kesh Yadav
      • Ram Sagar
      • Raya Dastidar
      • S. B. Pandey
      • Santosh Joshi
      • Saurabh
      • Shilpa Sarkar
      • Shubham Kishore
      • Suryani Guha
      • T. S. Kumar
      • Tirthendu Sinha
      • Tushar Tripathi
      • Vinit Dhiman
      • Vivek Kumar Jha
      • Yogesh C. Joshi


      dstDepartment of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India

      naritMinistry of Science & Technology of the Kingdom of Thailand

      naritAryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital(India)

    How to reach ARIES


      Nearest airport to ARIES is Pantnagar , around 60 km from Nainital. The airport is well connected with IGI New Delhi and Dehradun through national carriers like air-india etc. Other nearest airport is Lucknow, which is well connected to major indian cities.


      Kathgodam (~35 km from Nainital) and Lal Kuan (~55 km from Nainital) are the nearest railway stations for Nainital. Some of the important train connections from Kathgodam:

      1. Ranikhet Express (Jaisalmer - Jaipur - Delhi - Kathgodam) - daily
      2. Sampark Kranti Express (Delhi-Kathgodam) - daily
      3. ANVT KGM Shatabadi Exp(Anand-Vihar, Delhi - Kathgodam) - daily
      4. Bagh Express (Howrah - Gorakhpur - Lucknow - Kathgodam) - daily
      5. Lucknow - Kathgodam Express (Lucknow - Kathgodam) Sun-Wed-Thu from Lucknow
      6. Agra - Ramnagar Express (Agra - Mathura- Bareilly - Lal Kuan) Weekly (Wed)

      Nainital is connected by road to major centers of northern India, some of the major road distances are: Agra - 379 km. , Delhi - 277 km. and Bareilly - 141 km.

      Tip for using taxi from Kathgodam-ARIES:

      Once you reach at Kathgodam railways station, you can also take taxi to ARIES, which taxi drivers usually know as Observatory. For ARIES, there is bifurcation road on Kathgodam-Nainital high way, 6 km before reaching Nainital. The bifurcation road is about 3km, because of which, some time taxi driver charge Rs 25-50 extra for Kathgodam-ARIES as compare to Kathgodam-Nainital. The typical share basis taxi fair may be around Rs 100-150 per seat, and full taxi may cost around Rs 500-700 (also highly vary depending on the number of tourist visiting Nainital).

      ARIES Bus:

      Institute bus service is also available from Nainital bus stand to ARIES, the bus timings are 8.30 AM, 9.40 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm and similarly from ARIES to Nainital at 9.00AM, 11:30AM, 2:00PM, 3:30PM and 5:30 pm.


      Dr. Santosh Joshi (ARIES)
      Co-ordinator of the Workshop