Welcome to Jyotirvidya Parisanstha

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (known as JVP to people of Pune) is the oldest association of amateur astronomers in India. On August 22, 1944 eminent citizens of Pune formed JVP, primarily for the spread of knowledge of astronomy among the public and also to make their own contribution as far as possible. It was the first association of its kind and remained so far for a few decades.   more...

Basic Course in Practical Astronomy

Every year we organize Basic Course in Practical Astronomy in month of April-May. This is first announcement of this year's course starting from 30th April 2018. It will be comprised of around 15 lectures on basic topics in astronomy along with couple of observational sessions. The course will be consisted of lectures on various topics in astronomy like History of astronomy; Solar system; Telescopes and astrophotography; Eclipses; Cosmology; Radio astronomy, etc. Lecturers for the course will be experts from Jyotirvidya Parisanstha and IUCAA, GMRT.

Venue of lectures: Bharat Scout lecture hall, Pant Sachiv Scout Ground, Sadashiv Peth, Pune
Timing of lectures: 7 pm to 9 pm everyday
Overnight observational session: Abhyankar Farms, near Nasarapur Phata.
Observational session: JVP's observatory at Kesariwada

₹ 3500/- p.p. for non-members
₹ 3200/- p.p. for members

Fee can be paid by NEFT to JVP account. Details as follows:
Name - Jyotirvidya Parisanstha
A/c No. - 16772191011479
Bank - Oriental Bank of Commerce
Branch - Baner, Pune
IFSC - ORBC0101677

Registration for the course will be open from Sunday, 15 April, 2018 only through JVP android App (not available on iOS for now).
App name: JVP
Developer: VASP Solutions
Size: 13MB

Detailed schedule of the course will be posted soon.
For any more information, please contact: Mr. Milind Joshi (9850036651) or Mr. Sagar Gokhale (9920514394)


Lecture on "The Story of SALT, the Southern African Large Telescope"

Lecturer: Prof. Phil Charles

Date: 27 April 2018
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Dhanvantari Hall, Patwardhan Baug, Erandawana, Pune
Lecture is open free to all and no pre-registration required.

About the lecturer: Prof. Charles had worked in High Energy Astrophysics, observing compact X-ray sources from the ground and in space for 45 years.  He did his PhD at the Mullard Space Sciences Laboratory of University College London, followed by a post-doc at the University of California, Berkeley working on the HEAO-1 spacecraft.  Most of his academic life has been split between Oxford (1980-2000) and Southampton (2000-now), where he became Head of Astrophysics at Oxford, before taking the newly-created Chair of Astronomy at Southampton.  He also had two extended periods at overseas observatories, being Head of Astronomy Group for the Royal Greenwich Observatory on La Palma (1987-1992), and Director of the South African Astronomical Observatory (2004-2011).  While retiring from his academic duties in late 2016, he is currently holder of a Leverhulme Emeritus Professorship, which supports his research activities (mostly into the black-hole X-ray binaries, but all forms of X-ray transients) with South Africa, Spain and India.


Open show of Jupiter on 28 April 2018

On occassion of opposition of Jupiter in May 2018, Jyotirvidya Parisanstha has organized Jupiter show through telescopes. Details of the program are as follows:

Date: 28 April 2018
Time: 8.30 pm
Venue: Kesariwada
Program is open free to all and no pre-registration is required.


JVP Android App

We are please to launch our own android app.

App name: JVP
Developer: VASP solutions
Size: 13 MB

All program bookings can be done only through app.


Recently @ JVP

Check here, to see the recent activities of JVP for common public.

Check here newsletter of JVP for March 2018.


Annual Report for 2016-17


The Governing Council of Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (JVP) is very pleased to put forward annual report of 73rd year. Parisanstha progressed significantly in this year and we thank all the members of the Parisanstha who made the programs of Parisanstha a great success.

Thank you all for your support.

Annual Report: English vesion, Marathi version