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Stella Maris College organised a Popular Lecture on Radio Astronomy and Fast Radio Bursts

Distinguished Alumni from Department of Physics, Stella Maris College,

Dr.Manisha Caleb Post Doc addressed the gathering

The Department of Physics, Stella Maris College, Chennai organized a popular
Lecture in Radio Astronomy and Fast Radio Bursts in the college. The department
was proud to welcome its Alumni Dr. Manish Caleb, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University
of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Dr. Manisha was an undergraduate student of the department during 2007 to 2010. After which
she did her masters on Space craft and Satellite Communications at University College London
and during her doctoral work at ANU she had the First Interferometric Detections of Fast Radio
Bursts during 2017 which was a real breakthrough in the field of Astronomy and made India proud,
which was recognised globally.

Dr. Belina Xavier, Head of the Department of Physics, Stella Maris College, Chennai
states, “Distinguished Alumni addressing the students on contemporary area of Physics will
create a high level of motivation for the students to pursue higher Education and Research
and thereby promoting basic science education in the society. The interactive programme was
a potential platform for the students to explore avenues of internship leading to research
which will enhance the involvement of women in Science especially in such a novel and
challenging area specifically like Radio Astronomy.” She acknowledged the constant support
and encouragement received from Dr. Sr. Francisco Nirmala f.m.m, faculty of the department
and provincial of the f.m.m community, Dr. Rosy Joseph, Principal Stella Maris College,
Chennai, Sr. Susan Matheikal, Secretary Stella Maris College, Chennai.

The science students of our college and other city based colleges actively took part in this
programme. There was great positive response from the students which led to potential
interaction with the resource person.-Nikita Chawla