Dr.G C Anupama has been elected president of the Astronomical Society of India (ASI), becoming the first woman to head the prime association of professional astronomers in the country.
She was elected to the post in the ASI Executive Council elections for triennium 2019-22 held last week, according to the Society website.
Presently the Dean and Senior Professor at the Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Anupama is in the Indian core team which is part of the international team engaged in establishing the thirty meter telescope (TMT) at cost of over USD 1 billion in USA (Hawaii).
It is an international project, including India, which has been tasked with providing some of the critical components.
Anupama, who has presented many papers on Astrophysics (supernovae) at international conferences, was also Project in Charge for the design and establishment of the Himalayan Telescope at Leh in Ladakh a few years ago.