Astrophotography at Kund Malir Beach and visiting the Hinglaj Temple in Balochistan offered a unique and valuable experience for students of the fifth and sixth semesters of ITC, in several ways:
Students learned about the technical aspects of astrophotography, such as using camera settings, understanding exposure times, and capturing celestial objects. This practical experience enhanced their understanding of theoretical concepts in astronomy and photography. On the other hand, the trip to the Hinglaj Temple provided students with the opportunity to learn about the rich cultural and historical significance of the site. They gained insights into the rock-cut natural architectural site and religious aspects of the temple, fostering a hands-on learning experience.
Visiting religious and cultural sites like the Hinglaj Temple exposed students to diverse traditions and practices. It broadened their cultural understanding and helped them appreciate the religious diversity in the region.
The astrophotography session at Kund Malir Beach provided a chance for students to connect with nature. They developed an appreciation for the importance of preserving natural environments and the impact of light pollution on stargazing.
Setting up and capturing Astro-photos often require teamwork. Students worked together to plan and execute the shoot, fostering collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills.
While exploring historical sites students are encouraged to work in teams as students share insights, assist each other, and collectively appreciate the cultural and historical significance of the temple. Analyzing the historical and cultural context of the temple requires critical thinking skills. Students can reflect on the significance of the site in the broader context of regional history and cultural evolution.
Such experiences can contribute to personal growth by exposing students to new perspectives, challenges, and environments. These experiences often lead to increased self-confidence, adaptability, and a broader worldview.
It Encourages students to document their experiences through photography, journaling, or other means. Reflection on these experiences deepen their understanding, allowing for personal and academic growth.
By combining astrophotography at Kund Malir Beach with a visit to the Hinglaj Temple, students gained a holistic educational experience that encompasses science, culture, history, and personal development.
The overnight trip took place on December 1 & 2, 2023.