The Future of the Universe

An Ashoka University online course for high-school students.


Somak Raychaudhury

Course Dates

 5 – 17th Jan, 2022


M,W,F 5:30pm to 7pm


6 Hours/Week


INR 12,000

Apply by

2nd Jan, 2022

discover your interests with unique, pre-college courses

3-Weeks live, online courses during holidays

personalized learning & interaction with ashoka university faculty

Completion certificate from ashoka university

About The Course

We are all very concerned about what will happen to the Earth in the next hundred years. However, cosmologists are trying to find out what will happen to the Sun, our Galaxy and the whole Universe in the next few billion years, even if humans in their current form are not there to witness how it unfolds. Ironically, to know what will happen to the Universe, we have to know about its past and present first, and to know the nature of its constituents. This course is about the considerable progress we have made in the last ten years in understanding the current stuff of the Universe, and thus predicting its ultimate fate.

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    Mahavir Jhawar

    Somak Raychaudhury

    Ph.D. University of Cambridge
    Somak Raychaudhury is the Director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune. He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Presidency University, Kolkata till 2015, and taught at the University of Birmingham, UK, for over a decade.
    Professor Raychaudhury obtained a BA in Physics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. He observes the sky in the optical, radio, ultraviolet and X-ray radiation using telescopes on the ground and in Space. His research interests lie in the study of the evolution of galaxies in groups and clusters, and on the supercluster filaments of the cosmic web. He has published over 120 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals on these themes.

    Horizons Course Objectives

    Discover Your Interest and Aptitude

    Go Deep Into Specific Disciplines

    Learn with Amazing Peers from Schools across India

    Explore Unique Perspectives and Ideas

    Develop New Skills and Abilities

    Learning Support for the Course

    Kartik Tiwari

    Teaching Assistant

    Kartik Tiwari – Teaching Assistant
    Kartik Tiwari is a Third Year Physics Major and Philosophy Minor. He enjoys employing computers to solve problems of physics. He has worked on ISRO’s Navigation Satellites cluster and on numerical relativity with Miguel Alcubierre. Currently, he is studying Shape Dynamics as a member of Prof. Julian Barbour’s working group. He likes to regularly invest his time in science outreach and occasionally in policy research. In philosophy, Kartik likes to read about Philosophy of Science, Formal Logic, and its inadequacies. Beyond academics, Kartik enjoys writing music on his guitar, reading vintage science fiction, watching rocket launches, and listening to Urdu poetry.

    Hear from Past Learners

    Madhavi Menon

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

    Director of the PhD Programme in English

    Ph.D. Tufts University

    Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

    She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

    Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

    In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.