Welcome to the home page of D.J. Saikia

D.J. Saikia is a Professor at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). He hails from Jorhat in the north-eastern part of Assam, and spent his early years in the picturesque town of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, often referred to as the Scotland of the east. He did his schooling at St. Edmund's School, Shillong, B.Sc. (Physics Honours) from Hindu College in 1975, M.Sc. (Physics) from Gwyer Hall in 1977, both institutions being part of the University of Delhi. He joined the radio astronomy group of TIFR in 1977 and obtained his PhD in 1985, from what was then the University of Bombay, working largely with Vijay Kapahi and Govind Swarup on radio jets and compact features in radio galaxies and quasars, including the development of of an early version of the unified scheme for lobe- and core-dominated quasars with Vijay Kapahi.

Astronomical Society of India logo

With a little (somtimes a lot of) help from his friends, which include approximately a dozen students and well over a hundred collaborators, he has worked on a number of different areas of astronomy and astrophysics. These include diverse aspects of active galaxies ranging from the nearby mildly active galaxies to the luminous radio galaxies and quasars, probing the early Universe from deep radio continuum surveys and neutral hydrogen 21-cm absorbers at cosmological distances. Occasionally he has worked on areas in Galactic astronomy, introduced to the fascinating OH/IR stars by Jessica Chapman. He is part of a major EVLA project led by Judith Irwin to study continuum halos in nearby edge-on galaxies.

He is currently Editor of the Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India (BASI), a quarterly journal published in English by the Astronomical Society of India (ASI), and appearing in March, June, September and December, and Series Editor of the ASI Conference Series. The Conference Series aim to make recent results presented in conferences held eithin within or outside India available rapidly to a wide community. The special 2011 March issue of BASI along with several more articles has been published as a book Fluid Flows to Black Holes which he has edited along with Virginia Trimble as a tribure to Chandrasekhar on his birth centenary.


Address: NCRA, TIFR, Pune University Campus, Post Bag 3, Ganeshkind P.O., Pune 411 007, INDIA

Phone: +91 (0)20 25719245, 25719000 (W), +91 (0)20 25690665 (H), +91 9421081273 (M); E-mail: djs@ncra.tifr.res.in


(Sorry, some of these pages are still under construction).

Home | CV and Research interests | Selected results | Research publications | Books | Teaching | Personal | Useful links

Last updated: 2011 December 16