Start Date: May 09, 2022

End Date: June 10, 2022

Announcement of short certificate courses

May – June, 2022

The Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences (MCNS), Centre of Excellence, which is involved in fundamental research in the natural sciences, announces a series of interactive short certificate courses to be delivered in a virtual classroom environment (VCE) during May – June, 2022, on specific topics in the fields of Botany, Geology, Chemistry, Nuclear Physics, and Astrophysics.                                                                                                                                                             Each short course runs for one week (Monday to Friday) and is offered in modules consisting of three interactive lectures, by an expert in the field, interspersed with audio-visual learning and home assignments to acquaint the learner with the contemporary status of the subject. The content for each course is created specifically to impart the basic concepts and skills required for pure research. A completion certificate will be given to learners who participate fully in all the modules.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mode of delivery: Microsoft Teams, Virtual Classroom Environment. A link will be sent to the selected participants.

Lecture days and time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Time commitment of the learner is expected to be about 10-12 hours per course over the week including lectures, assignments and virtual “field” work.

Who can join:  Students enrolled in an undergraduate/postgraduate program. Lifelong learners who wish to get an overview of the fields are also welcome.

Participation: Free.  Maximum of 30 participants in each course. Selection based on merit and statement of purpose.  

How to apply: Apply through the link given below for each course. Each link will close five days prior to the starting date of the course. Selection will be conveyed through email registered during the online application.

Course details and schedule


Course Title and link for application


Course Instructor


INTRODUCTION TO PALYNOLOGY   (Botany)                                                                           [ for more  information click here ]                                                

09-13, May 2022

Dr. Navya Reghu


TECTONIC GEOMORPHOLOGY  (Geology)                                                                                 [ for more  information click here]

16-20, May 2022

Dr. Naimisha Vanik


CHEMISTRY WITH COMPUTER   (Chemistry)                                                                            [ for more information click here ]  

23-27, May 2022

Dr. Suranjan Shil


TALYS: A POWERFUL TOOL FOR NUCLEAR REACTION MODELLING  (Nuclear Physics)    [ for more information click here ]                                                                                                                                                                                              

30 May -03 June, 2022

Dr. Paresh Prajapati


INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR PHYSICS (Astrophysics)                                                            [for more information click here]                                   

06-10, June 2022

Dr. Sreejith Padinhatteer

See website:, for more details on the courses.

Contact details:                                                                                                                                                                           MCNS office: Phone no: +91 820 2923571/2937742                                                                                                                   Email: