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Established in 1982, the Joint Astronomy Programme (JAP)
is a programme for training astrophysics graduate students, run in
The Physics Department of IISc is the host
of this programme. All students in the programme remain
registered with IISc.
Every year a few students are selected
for this programme by a committee with members from different
collaborating institutes. The selected students undergo course work for one year taught by
faculty members from collaborating institutes. After the
successful completion of course work, a student has the freedom to join
a research supervisor in any of the collaborating institutes.
The broad guidelines of running this
programme are decided by a Policy Committee constituted by the
Directors of the collaborating institutes. The regular activities of
this programme are monitored by a Programme Coordination Committee
(PCC), chaired by the Chairman of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Division IISc and having one representative from each institute.
A look at the thesis titles of past JAP students
will show that students in this Programme have worked virtually in all
important areas of modern theoretical and observational
astrophysics. The courses offered by JAP provide an all-round
training in modern astrophysics and are taken also by many students who
join the collaborating institutes directly. The contribution of
this programme to Indian astrophysics has been immense, by any standard
For information on how to apply for JAP,
click here. Students wishing to
apply for this Programme should indicate Astronomy and Astrophysics
as one of their department preferences when filling up the
application form for Research Programmes.