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''IEEE Milestone'' status for Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope

''IEEE Milestone'' status for Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope
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Pune, Nov 27 (PTI) The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope

(GMRT) near here has received the prestigious ''IEEE Milestone''

status that honours significant technical achievements and

excellence in unique products, services, seminal papers and

patents for th benefit of humanity, authorities from National

Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) said on Friday.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

is the world''s largest technical professional organization

dedicated to advancing technology in all areas related to

electrical and electronics engineering.

As per the NCRA, this is only the third such IEEE

Milestone recognition for an Indian contribution.

"It is a very proud and special moment, not just for

GMRT and NCRA (and theglobal astronomy community), but also

for the science and technology fraternity in the country, to

see a modern, made in India facility earn this international

recognition," Professor Yashwant Gupta, NCRA centre director,

said at a press conference.

He said this was a fitting tribute to late Prof Govind

Swarup, who was the driving force behind GMRT.

"It was fantastic to work with colleagues from IEEE on

this project. I appreciate their support, the sense of purpose

and genuine enthusiasm towards the common objective," Gupta

said, adding the IEEE recognition will provide broader

visibility to GMRT at the global level.

Harish Mysore, senior director, IEEE (India

Operations) said IEEE has recognised 212 milestones all over

the world for their scientific and engineering contributions.

"The GMRT is the third IEEE Milestone in India. It not

only recognises contributions of scientists and engineers of

India, but also helps attract young talent towards fundamental

science and engineering," he added.

The previous two Indian IEEE milestones (recognized in

2012) were for pioneering work by Sir JC Bose in 1895 to

demonstrate the generation and reception of radio waves, and

for the Nobel prize-winning discovery by Sir CV Raman in 1928,

Mysore informed.

The GMRT is among the largest and most sensitive low-

frequency radio observatories in the world. It is operated by

Pune-based NCRA, which is part of the Tata Institute of

Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

It consists of an array of 30 antennas of 45 metre

diameter each with sophisticated electronics and computing for

processing data.

The GMRT was proposed in the late 1980s, built and

made operational during the 1990s, and opened for use by the

global astronomy community in 2002. PTI SPK

BNM BNM


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