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“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

Arthur C. Clarke


Indian Astrobiology Research Centre (IARC) conducts and encourages research in astrobiology. It was established in 2006. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution distribution of life in the universe including the search fo r extraterrestrial intelligence. IARC's education & outreach program is primarily dedicated to extraterrestrial environmental matters in association / partnership with various United Nations initiatives.

Is IARC a NPO? Who funds IARC?
IARC is an autonomous scientific body established in 2006 by Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya. IARC functiis self-funded and supported by people associated with IARC. It also raises funds for self-sustenance as well as to achieve our long-term astrobiology roadmap, through education & outreach program.

1. In Q2 2015, the ROC has accepted incorporation of IARC as “Indian Astrobiology Research Foundation” - the registration no. is C45414232 - a Section 8 Company as per Companies Act, 2013 for Not for Profit. In Q3, 2015 we will apply for 12 A and 80 G certificates.

2.Centre for Science & Culture drives space sciences related outreach programs. Click here

3. Centre for United Nations drives United Nations related research & outreach program including the widely popular Rio India Program (2012-2022). Click here

How IARC works?
Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya heads IARC. Team IARC consists of researchers and science enthusiasts with IARC - they perform multiple roles to ensure smooth functioning. IARC has been conceptualized primarily as a virtual institute however we do have office space - for admin related work - in Mumbai.To see People page Click here

What kind of research does IARC conduct?
IARC conducts and encourages primarily theoretical research in Astrobiology The research goals of IARC are aligned with those determined by NASA in the Astrobiology Roadmap 2003. To know more Click here

How can I work with IARC?
IARC has volunteer programs and campus ambassador role. It will soon offer internships. To know more Click here

Can I do research with IARC?
If you are a student then you can apply for paid research internships (to be launched in 2015-16). If you are not a student then please note that we do not have paid research roles as of now. However those interested in self-driven research are most welcome. IARC does offer exposure to the scientific community and theoretical research as well as possible collaborations.

How do I contact IARC?
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