M P Birla Planetarium
Educational Programmes

Free Evening Course In Introductory Astronomy:

M.P. Birla Planetarium conducts a Free Evening Course in introductory astronomy. The course started in 1965 and has been running successfully for the last 50+ years. It consists of about 40 lectures that are held once a week. The medium of instruction is English. The eligibility criterion for this course is 10+2 in any stream, without any age bar. It is an extremely popular course in which people of all age groups and all vocations enroll. This is a certificate course, with certificates given at the end to participants who have attended at least 60% of the lectures during the course. The intake capacity is 110.


The basic concepts of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology are given in this course in a semi-technical manner using basic mathematics. The course is being planned to be restarted soon after some restructuring.

Post Graduation Course in Astronomy & Planetarium Sciences

Started since 1993 the post graduate diploma programme is probably the only one in the country which deals with planetarium sciences in addition to astronomy and astrophysics. This 10 month, once a year course is meant for science graduates with mathematics as one of the subject at the under graduate level. This 5 day a week course is conducted in the evenings. The classes are held by senior university professors and reputed scientists. A diploma is given to the participants after successful completion of an examination. This course is structured for motivating and educating candidates interested in astronomy so that they can latter pursue higher studies in the subject and even build a career on it.