Physical Research Laboratory,


Physical Research Labratory (PRL) will be hosting the 7th NSSW this year!

It also happens to be the Platinum jubilee of the institution.

About PRL

Physical Research Laboratory ( PRL ) is the cradle of Space Sciences in India. It was founded in 1947 by Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

As a unit of Department of Space, Government of India, PRL carries out fundamental research in selected areas of Physics, Space & Atmospheric Sciences, Astronomy, Astrophysics & Solar Physics, and Planetary & Geo-Sciences.

Dr Vikram Sarabhai

He is considered as the Father of the Indian space program. He was a great institution builder and established or help establish a large number of institutions in diverse fields. After returning from Cambridge to an independent India in 1947, he persuaded charitable trusts controlled by his family and friends to endow a research institution near his home in Ahmedabad. Thus, Vikram Sarabhai founded the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad on November 11, 1947. He was only 28 at that time. He was a creator and cultivator of institutions and PRL was the first step in that direction. Vikram Sarabhai served at PRL from 1966-1971.

Countries have to provide facilities for their nationals to do front-rank research within the resources which are available. It is equally necessary, having produced the men who can do research, to organise task oriented projects for the nation’s practical problems

Dr. Vikram Sarabhai