Start Date: November 02, 2020

End Date: December 07, 2020


Announcement of short certificate courses

          November – December, 2020

The Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences (MCNS), Centre of Excellence, announces a series of interactive short courses to be delivered in a virtual classroom environment in the months of November and December 2020

MCNS conducts fundamental research in the natural sciences. Each short course runs for one week (Monday to Friday) and is offered in modules consisting of three 90 minute interactive lectures interspersed with audio-visual learning, virtual “field” exercises (earth science) and reading assignments from the best journals to acquaint the learner with the contemporary status of the subject. MCNS faculty are experts in their fields and the content for each course is created specifically to impart the basic concepts and skills required for pure research. A completion certificate will be provided only to learners who participate fully in all the modules and complete the assignments.

Mode of delivery: Microsoft Teams, Virtual Classroom Environment. A link will be sent to students and participants up to 3 days prior to the start of each course.

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: Course material will be accessible to students enrolled in an undergraduate program and above. Lifelong learners who wish to get an overview of the fields are also welcome.

Eligibility for completion certificate: 100% attendance and completion of all the modules in the course.

Participation: Free, at no charge, with a maximum of 30 participants in each course. Attendance at more than one course will be subject to availability of seats. Selection will be done on a first-come-first-served basis.

How to apply: An expression of interest may be sent via email to: including the names of the course(s) and other information as below. All fields must be completed.

·         Name

·         Mobile number

·         Email address

·         Current educational status

·         Current Institutional affiliation with complete address

·         Name of the course you wish to attend and a short statement of purpose (50 words)

Course details and schedule


Course Title





Frontiers in Astro-particle Physics and Cosmology

02-06 November, 2020

Theoretical Physics

Dr. Kazuyuki Furuuchi []  

Contemporary topics in astrophysics from an observational perspective

09-13 November, 2020 Astronomy Dr. Debbijoy Bhattacharya []

Neutron Physics and applications to next generation reactors

16-20 November, 2020 Reactor physics Dr. V. Gopalakrishnan []  

Paleo-botanical evidence and evolutionary trends in plants

23-27 November, 2020

Evolutionary biology

Dr. Vivek Pandi []

Earth’s Landforms and their evolutionary mechanisms

07-11 December, 2020

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Dr. M. Prithviraj []  


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