NCRA a center of the school of natural sciences of the TIFR has set up a unique facility, the GMRT for radio astronomical research at metre wavelengths. GMRT is a very versatile instrument for investigating a variety of radio astrophysical problems ranging from nearby Solar system to the edge of observable Universe.


Introducing GMRT

NCRA has set up a unique facility for radio astronomical research using the metrewavelengths range of the radio spectrum, known as the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), it is located at a site about 80 km north of Pune. GMRT consists of ... Continue Reading »


Upgraded GMRT

The UGMRT will increase its sensitivity by up to three times and make it a more powerful and versatile faclility. We describe the main goals of this upgrade, highlight the technical features and challenges, outline the science potential and update..Continue Reading »


Expanded GMRT

At frequencies ranging from tens of MHz to hundreds of GHz, radio astronomy provides an outstanding and a unique window to study a wide range of astrophysical objects and phenomena.Continue Reading »


SKA India

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the next generation radio telescope, has almost completed the design stage for phase-I, after which SKA-I construction will start around 2019. Early science ...Continue Reading »

Latest News & Events

  • GMRT - third country-based facility to bag IEEE milestone, November 27, 2020

    Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) has become the third Indian scientific facility to be awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) milestone for its novel engineering, advanced technology and scientific contributions made in the field of radio astronomy. A special accolade for a very special telescope - GMRT - designed, built and operated by Indian scientists and engineers. It is used by radio astronomers from across the world to study our Universe.

  • UGMRT measures the mass of hydrogen in distant galaxies, October 15, 2020.

    A team of astronomers from the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA-TIFR) in Pune, and the Raman Research Institute (RRI), in Bangalore, has used the upgraded Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) to measure the atomic hydrogen content of galaxies seen as they were 8 billion years ago, when the universe was young. This is the earliest epoch in the universe for which there is a measurement of the atomic gas content of galaxies. This research has been published in the 15 October 2020 issue of the journal Nature. ....Continue reading »

    Published in the October 15,2020 issue of Nature
  • Prof .Govind Swarup

    March 23, 1929 – September 7, 2020
    Govind Swarup : The father of radio astronomy in India

    With the passing of Prof. Govind Swarup on the evening of 7th September, 2020, TIFR has lost an iconic figure. A true pioneer, he jump started the country’s efforts in the nascent field of radio astronomy, and built facilities and institutions that have put India in the forefront on the global stage in radio astronomy. He leaves behind a legacy that we can be truly proud of. Govind Swarup was born in 1929 at Thakurdwara ....Continue reading »