The Department has a strong group in Astrophysics and Cosmology. This is reflected in both teaching and research publications. The University has a very large number of associates of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune. In order to strengthen the training of students in observational Astronomy, the observing facility at the Department has been upgraded with the purchase of a 11 inch Celestron telescope and a 9.25 inch Celestron telescope together with back-end instruments like a SBIG ST7 CCD Camera and an OPTEC SSP3A stellar Photometer. A 3.5 meter Observatory has been imported from Sirius Observatories, Australia and has been installed. The plan is the introduce/train students through projects and ultimately integrate the observational Astronomy in the MSc syllabus.