E-Learning is supposed to be the future of educational field and particularly of Non-Formal Education. In recent years, E-Learning which is considered as extension of Distance Learning, has assumed very important position in the field of Non-Formal Education all over the world for most of the disciplines. Astronomy, as a discipline couldn’t be an exception. Appropriate and well-developed E-Learning modules would help a lot for reaching out with preliminary introduction of the field of Astronomy to arise interest in the masses regarding Astronomy.
Many students are not able to pursue the course of Astronomy due to lack of basic information about various aspects and branches of Astronomy in spite of other factors favourable. Furthermore, many adults pursuing some other career but still having a desire to get introduced to the basics of Astronomy, seem hardly having easily reachable opportunity to fulfil the desire. It is really required to have something to provide right orientation and information in organized manner before their interest in the field of Astronomy dies or faints, may he/she be a student or an adult. Right intervention/access at right time would enable them a possibility to engage into the field of Astronomy at least to some extent and to the level and mark whatever possible to them.
The Indian Constitution provides for a fundamental duty of the citizens to develop a scientific temper under Article 51(h). In India, there are wide spread superstitions and influence of unscientific elements even in this modern era. Unfortunately, it is regardless of education or socio-economic status. On the other hand, there is no awareness about our graceful past regarding study of Astronomy since ancient times. Such factual information needs to be provided without over-glorification. It is the requirement to expose the masses to the scientific information about the mystic space and astro bodies. The lack of ‘Astronomy Culture’ in Indian masses is not affordable for our country moving on a progressive path.
The idea of the AstronEra originated from the experience of the deprivation of having basic orientation/ information about various wings/branches/aspects of Astronomy for the willing enthusiasts to convert their potential into living relation with Astronomy (at whatever scale and/or level) with no upper age bar which is hurdling the creation of ‘Astronomy Culture’ in India.