(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,
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
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