NARL is an autonomous research laboratory fully funded by the Department of Space, Government of India and is involved in carrying out fundamental and applied research in Atmospheric and Space Sciences. It had its humble beginning in 1992 as the National Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility. Over the years several complementary techniques such as Rayleigh/Mie lidars, wind profilers, climate observatory, modeling of weather and climate have been added. NARL has now become one of the prime centers for atmospheric research in the country and operates a state-of-the-art MST radar, Rayleigh/ Mie Lidar, Boundary Layer Lidar, Sodium Lidar, Lower Atmospheric Wind Profiler, Sodar, Disdrometer, Optical Rain Gauge, Dual frequency GPS receiver, Automatic Weather Station, aerosols, trace gases and radiation measuring equipment’s apart from regular launching of the GPS balloon sonde. Being relatively young, NARL’s research activities are spearheaded by a team of young and vibrant fulltime research scientists and students. The major areas of research include Aerosols, Radiation and Trace Gases, Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics, Clouds and Convective Systems, Ionospheric and Space Physics, Radar and Application Development, Weather and Climate Research and Computers and Data Management.
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Sri Venkateswara University, named after the Lord of the Seven Hills, came into existence as a teaching and affiliating University on the 2nd September 1964 to promote higher education and research in all branches of learning. From a humble beginning as one college with six departments, S.V. University has now grown into the second largest University in Andhra Pradesh having constituent colleges vis., SVU college of sciences, SVU college of Arts, SVU college of commerce, SVU college of Management and computer science and SVU college of Engineering with 58 departments offering 72 PG programs and 204 affiliated colleges. The university has accredited with ‘A’ grade in 2009. The university ranked 19 among top 25 central and state universities in India in Research performance in both quality and quantity. The university ranked 6 among the top 10 Universities in India in Energy Research. The University stands at thirty five position in the h-index and twenty second position based ion quality of publications among all the universities I the country. DST, Government of India, New Delhi has established PURSE (Promotion of Scientific Research and Scientific Excellence) Centre at S.V. University with a total layout of Rs.9crores. The European commission has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 5crores with 20 fellowships to a programme entitled BRAVE under the frame work of ERASMUS MUNDUS to S.V. University, Turupati for the academic year 2013-14. Very recently, S.V. University has been identified as Centre with Potential for Excellence in Particular Area (CPEPA)” in the area of climate change
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