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International Diploma Program in Astrobiology 2017

The astrobiology diploma program is open for Registration.

The course will go live from March 25, 2017

Course Designed by:
Indian Astrobiology Research Centre

Instructors / Contributors

  • Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya, IARC | Centre for United Nations
  • Dr. Henry Throop, NASA | Planetary Science Institute (via NASSCA)
  • Nitesh Pandey, IARC
  • Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Cambridge, UK
  • Professor Emeritus. S.M. Chitre, TIFR | Centre (via NASSCA)

Supported by:
ISRO via National Space Sciences Curriculum (NASSCA)

About the Course

Registration: Open from 01-04-2014
Course goes live: March 25, 2017

Mode: Online Course | Interaction Platform: Edmodo

Fee for National Participants: Rs. 2999 | Rs. 2499 for students

Fee for International Participants: Euro 75 | Euro 59 for students

Institute Fee Refund Policy - If a participant chooses to withdraw from the course within 5 calendar days of getting access then the paid fee will be refunded.

Fee Waivers: Up to 100 participants (mostly students) will be eligible for fee assistance for the calendar year 2017. The fee waiver form will be available from April 01, 2017.

Course Syllabus & How it Works

How it Works

Step 1

Register for the program directly or through the campus ambassador / coordinator

  • Fee Payment
    • Option 1 - Fill the online form and pay the fee online through our payment gateway
    • Option 2 - (Overseas participants only) - Fill the online form and pay the fee via paypal
  • Note: Institute Fee Refund Policy - If a participant chooses to withdraw from the course within 7 calendar days of getting access then the paid fee will be refunded.

Step 2

  • Access
    1. The access to online program platform and the virtual classroom will be made available within 3 working days of paying the fee.
    2. Please note, the program opens from March 25, 2017.

Step 3

  • Assessments
    1. Online Assessment can be taken within 3 months of date of access to the content
    2. Access to the edmodo
    3. The overall Assessment consists of Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) & Assignment Work
  • Grading: Grades A+, A and B will be awarded

Step 4

  • Certification
    1. On successful completion of assessment, certificate will be awarded.
    2. Rewards like medallions (if applicable) will be dispatched along with certificates

Course Syllabus

Module 1 - Life

Scientific Method & Basics

  1. Scientific Method & Scientific Evidence
  2. The Standard Model of Particle Physics
  3. Units of Distance
  4. Electromagnetic Spectrum & Spectroscopy

Evolution of Life

  1. Building Blocks of Life; Urey-Miller Experiment
  2. Overview of Genetics; the DNA and RNA molecule
  3. Theories about the Origin of Life
  4. Evolution & Natural Selection

Classification of Life

  1. Kingdoms and Domains of Life
  2. Life at Extremes; Types of Extremophiles
  3. Tree of Life
  4. Biological Classification

Module 2 - Astrobiology


  1. The Scope and Definition of Astrobiology
  2. Extraterrestrial life
  3. The Astrobiology Roadmap
  4. Astrobiology Resources

Habitable Zones

  1. Circumstellar Habitable Zone
  2. Habitable Zone of the Solar System
  3. Continuous Habitable Zone
  4. Galactic Habitable Zone

Extrasolar Planets

  1. Methods to Detect Extrasolar Planets
  2. Space Missions to Search for Extrasolar Planets
  3. Super Earths and Earth-like Planets
  4. Overview of Extrasolar Systems

Signatures of Life

  1. Biomarkers in Space
  2. Vegetation Red Edge (VRE)
  3. The Transpermia Hypothesis
  4. The Panspermia Hypothesis

Module 3 - Extraterrestrial Life In The Solar System

Rocky Planets

  1. Life on Mercury
  2. Life on Venus
  3. Life on Mars
  4. Life on Earth’s Moon

Gaseous Planets

  1. Life on Jupiter and Saturn
  2. Life on Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto
  3. Life on Galilean Moons
  4. Life on Titan and Enceladus

Module 4 - Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence


  1. Basics and History of SETI
  2. SETI Searches; Radio SETI, Optical SETI, Dysonian SETI
  3. Contact Protocol
  4. The Water-Hole Frequency

Are We Alone?

  1. The Rare Earth Hypothesis and Equation
  2. The UFO Phenomenon
  3. The Drake Equation
  4. The Fermi Paradox