India plans to build Rs 100 cr solar telescope

 India plans to build a large solar telescope at a cost of around Rs 100 crore in trans-Himalayan area making it the first country to have such an instrument in Asia when deployed, an official said on Monday.

Bangalore-headquartered Indian Institute of Astrophysics, under the Department of Science and Technology, has drawn up a proposal to build the two-metre class telescope, Director Prof S S Hasan said.

Speaking at a press conference on the occasion of the second UN/NASA workshop on the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) and basic space science which began here, he said a 1.5 metre class telescope is expected to be ready in Germany and the US in two-three years.

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