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About Indian Astrobriology Research Centre

Indian Astrobiology Research Centre (IARC) conducts and encourages research in Astrobiology. IARC was established in 2006.

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution distribution of life in the universe including the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

IARC's education & outreach program is primarily dedicated to space sciences and natural sciences, often in association / partnership with various United Nations initiatives.

Please note, IARC is Not a part of the United Nations system.

  1. In 2016-17, IARC inspired the formation of Indian Astrobiology Research Foundation. IARF is registered as a Section 8 Company Not-For-Profit organization.

  2. Centre for Science & Culture drives space sciences related outreach programs.

    Centre for Science & Culture
  3. Centre for United Nations drives United Nations related outreach programs.

    Centre for United Nations

How IARC works?

Team IARC consists of researchers and science enthusiasts; they perform multiple roles to ensure smooth functioning.

IARC has been conceptualized primarily as a virtual institute however we do have office space - for admin related work - in Mumbai.

IARC (est. 2006) and associated Centre for Science & Culture and Centre for UN is not a NPO; they work toward capacity building of fledgling IARF and to keep the administration afloat.

Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya heads IARC. To see People page Click here

What kind of research does IARC conduct?

IARC conducts and encourages primarily theoretical research in Astrobiology The research goals of IARC are aligned with those determined by NASA in the Astrobiology Roadmap 2003.

IARC (in 2017) announced a proposed space mission to Venus and soon (in 2019) a low-earth orbit mission will be announced too. Also, a SETI project will be announced in 2019.

How does IARC generate revenue?

IARC primarily generates revenue by offering short-term courses about sustainable development and space sciences. IARC has always been entirely self-funded.

Who are IARC collaborators?

IARC has received goodwill in-kind support from various organizations over the years. However, there are no permanent collaborators.

Is IARC associated with ISRO and NASA?

IARC has received goodwill in-kind support from ISRO for specific events in the past and IARF has permission from NASA to make official merchandise.

In short, IARC does not have any collaboration with ISRO or NASA.

Is IARC associated with United Nations?

IARC is Not a part of the United Nations system.

IARC offers courses and organizes events based on / in association / or partnership with United Nations initiatives. Any UN initiatives logos are used only after acquiring necessary permissions.

Can I donate money to IARC?

IARC is not a registered NPO and hence not eligible for donations.

IARF is surely eligible for donation as it is a registered NPO.

We are seeking corpus funding and project-specific funding. The goal is to set-up a brick and mortar institute to drive astrobiology and SETI related research in India.

Please contact us if you can help us generate funds, we aren’t exactly good at that!

How many people work at IARC?

IARC has a full-time resource strength of 5-6 individuals and an additional floating resource strength from anything between 5-10 individuals.

Can I do research with IARC?

If you are a student then you can apply for paid research internships. If you are not a student then please note that we do not have paid research roles as of now. However those interested in self-driven research are most welcome. IARC does offer exposure to the scientific community and theoretical research as well as possible collaborations.

How do I contact IARC?

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