From obsolete to futuristic, LU's Planetarium to receive a stellar revival for astronomy students
The University of Lucknow recently unveiled its ambitious goals aimed at modernising the campus to enhance the educational infrastructure and for facilitating the students. As a preliminary measure in line with its renovation goals, the university is fully prepared to initiate the restoration of the on-campus planetarium, thus providing a significant impetus to astronomy education.
LU's planetarium holds great historical significance, having been constructed in 1949, adjacent to the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy. Now, the varsity has submitted a proposal to the state government seeking grants to revitalize and modernize the planetarium.
LU's planetarium set to receive state-of-the-art equipment and projection systems
The University of Lucknow was one of the first government-run institutions in India to establish a dedicated astronomy program. The university houses a specialized Department of Astronomy, offering students the opportunity to pursue a B.Sc. degree in Astronomical Education.
Notably, the department has produced numerous esteemed alumni, many of whom have gone on to become prominent scientists at esteemed organizations such as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and various international space research institutions.
The university now wants to give a massive overhaul to the planetarium, aiming to implement extensive infrastructural upgrades and incorporate state-of-the-art equipment and projection systems. This will enable students to observe constellations, gain knowledge about seasonal sky patterns and receive up-to-date information regarding forthcoming astronomical events.