(Chief Project Scientists: Dr. Vinu Valsala)
Great strides have been made in weather forecasting in recent years. While India has made a beginning of dynamical weather forecasting some time ago, our skill remains far below the state of the art. This is partly due to lack of adequate number of skilled scientists to work in the area of improving weather forecasts. Similarly, noteworthy breakthroughs have been made in dynamical seasonal climate forecasting. However, we are only now thinking of starting such an effort in the country. A large pool of trained and dedicated Climate and Earth System scientists (~400-500) are required urgently if we want to catch up with the best of the world in a limited time frame. Unfortunately, currently, there are very few (~20) such qualified scientists in the country.
In order to improve the quality of weather and climate forecasts in the country, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India has recognized that a large number of well trained scientists, knowledgeable in atmospheric, oceanic and geosciences have to be inducted to the country’s R & D and operational organizations.
There is demand for well trained manpower in different areas of Earth System and Climate Studies in all the institutions of MoES. The trained manpower in the specialized areas is being demanded by the organizations outside the MoES umbrella as well. For this purpose, special manpower development program has been taken up by establishing the Centre for Advanced Training in Earth System Science and Climate (CAT ESSC) at IITM, Pune. Meritorious Masters in science and Bachelors/Masters in engineering degree holders are recruited and provided the induction training extending to eighteen months.
On satisfactory completion of the training the trainee scientists will be placed as scientist-B/C in IITM or any other institutes of the MoES. The trainees are also given the option to pursue M.Tech. or/and Ph.D. before or after induction.
The trained manpower will be an asset for not only the various MoES units but also for the country at large. Additionally, this will cater to the various commitments of India for training other scientists of the neighboring countries.
For this program a new campus with self contained facilities for training and research is planned to be developed in Pune.
The programme has the following objectives:
The first batch of 17 Trainee Scientists of the Centre of Advanced Training in Earth System Sciences and Climate (CAT ESSC) started on 8th August 2011 and the second batch of 18 Trainee Scientists started on 1st August 2012. In addition to the regular trainers, experts from Centres of excellence abroad and scientists from other Institutions and Universities including some retired scientists in India are invited as faculty to deliver on their respective areas of expertise.
Keeping the highly specialized nature of atmospheric research in view, the IITM has vigorously pursued manpower development by way of providing guidance to post graduate and doctoral students, and by organizing specialized training programmes in different areas of Atmospheric Sciences. IITM is recognized by several Indian Universities for carrying out research work leading to the award of M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences. IITM has been involved in scientific collaboration with universities and research organizations, both at the national and international levels. The scientists of the IITM contribute to the academic programmes of universities and Institutions by providing their expertise through lectures, guidance, and working as examiners, paper setters and Members of Board of Studies.
M.Tech. (Atmospheric Science) Programme of University of Pune
IITM has been conducting M.Tech. (Atmospheric Physics) course of the University of Pune since the first batch started in 1988. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of Pune and the IITM was signed on 26th May 1999 for collaboration in teaching and research in Atmospheric Physics. The Institute has been actively involved in conducting M. Tech. (Atmospheric Physics) degree course of the University of Pune in collaboration with its Department of Physics and providing facilities of internship and research guidance to the students. IITM has been providing all the research facilities and guidance to the M.Tech. students of University of Pune,Andhra University Cochin University, S.V. University, etc. for their project work. Also, students of B.E. and M.Sc. of University of Pune have been provided research facilities and guidance for their project work. A good number of scientists who participated in the teaching programme of the M. Tech. (Atmospheric Physics) Course have been bestowed with the title “Adjunct Professor” of the Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune.
The M. Tech. programme is renamed as M.Tech (Atmospheric Science) since 2004. University Management Council approved inclusion of the name of IITM in the M.Tech. result (Mark-List) from the 19th batch of the Academic Year 2007-2008. IITM has started scholarship of Rs.5000/- per month to each of the regular students M.Tech (Atmospheric Science) of the University of Pune from the Academic Year 2009-2010. IITM scientists contribute in the Teaching Programme of the M.Tech. IITM also provides research facilities and guidance to the students during their project work and internship.
The Ph.D. rules as notified from time to time on University’s website (www.unipune.ernet.in) regarding admission, seminars, registration, submission of synopsis and thesis etc. are followed for the Research Fellows and employees whose work place for Ph.D. is IITM.
During August 2006 to June 20011 four batches of the In-House Training, each Batch having two phases covering Basic and Advanced aspects of the Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences including Ocean Science have been conductedfor the Research Students and Young Scientists. Following topics have been covered in the Training:
From August 2011 the In-House Training programme is merged in to the CAT ESSC and, the Research Fellows and Young Scientists of the IITM attend the classes of the CAT-ESSC.
Distinguished Visiting Professor Programme
In addition to theregular activity of seminars by visiting experts Institute has initiated to arrange series of specialized lecture of scientists/professors from Centres of Excellence outside India by inviting them as Distinguished Visiting Professors.