Dr. Arvind C. Ranade
Dr. Arvind C. Ranade is a scientist working for Astronomy and Space Science Communication and Popularization in Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He did his Ph D in Astronomical Spectroscopy from Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. He has contributed through research papers and research reports. He is actively involved in writing popular articles and scientific columns in print media and also contributes as a subject expert in various electronic media. He is involved in the publications and production of audio and video programme on astronomy in Vigyan Prasar. He has conducted more than 150 workshops and conferences on astronomy and space sciences including telescope making at national and regional level. He has been honoured with Lilabai Pitkar Award for the first rank in the Department of Space Sciences of University of Pune in year 2000. He has been awarded with “Aacharya Shree” by Vipin Joshi Foundation of Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh in September 2013. He represented India in the International Conferences in Poland, Columbia and Qatar. He was the coordinator of First National Science Film Festival and Competition conducted by Vigyan Prasar. He was the coordinator of Largest Practical Science Lesson Event of breaking Guinness Book of World Record by conducting Chemistry Practical by 2,000 students during India International Science Festival in 2015. Presently, he looks after the network of Science Clubs VIPNET programme of Vigyan Prasar. He is a life member of Astronomical Society of India, Meteorological Society of India and Indian Science Congress Association.