The inflationary scenario has now become an integral part of the standard model of the Universe. Apart from resolving the problem associated with initial conditions, it also provides explanation for the initial inhomogeneity responsible for the structure formation in the Universe. There have been many developments in the theoretical modelling of inflation in recent years. This area of activity is under active investigation in view of current observations of CMB anisotropy. The problems of darkmatter and darkenergy (quintescence) are also under active investigation at present. The two forthcoming satellite experiments, "MAP" and "Planck" are expected to revolutionise our thinking about the Universe. On the oher hand, the discovery of duality between Mtheory and superstring theory by Horava and Witten led to the renewed interest in the brane worlds. By compactifying six dimensions in the eleven dimensional theory, our 4dimensional universe may be realized as a hypersurface (brane) in 5dimensional spacetime. The brane world scenario poses interesting theoretical as well as experimental challenges. The astrophysical and cosmological consequences of the brane worlds are under active consideration at present. 

Keynote address
Naresh Dadhich (IUCAA):Invited Speakers
Relativistic World: A Common Sense Perspective.Request for participation can be sent by email to astro@jamia.net
 Vinod Johri (Lucknow) : Mathematical theory of Integrated Tracking.
 Romesh Kaul (Matscience) : Entropy of Black Holes.
 Gautam Mandal (TIFR) : String theory, Dbranes and Black holes: a Review.
 Atish Dabholkar (TIFR) : Strings, Tachyons and the Black Hole Entropy.
 Margarita Safonova (Moscow) : Microlensing signatures of wormholes and negative matter in the Universe.
 N. Panchapakesan (Delhi Univ.) : Cosmological inflation
 Ashok Goel (Delhi Univ.) : Symmetry Structure and Phase Transition in Cosmology and AstroPhysics.
 Sudhendu Raichaudhry (Delhi Univ.) : (to be announced)
 Rajesh Nayak (IUCAA) : Gravitational wave observations by LISA
 Anand Sengupta (IUCAA) : Gravitational Waves : A new window to the Universem
 Partha Joarder (Kolkata) : Selected Topics in Solar Magnetohydrodynamic Waves
 Deepak Jain (Delhi Univ.) : Gravitational lensing constraint on the cosmic equation of state
 M. Sami (Jamia) : Quintessence and Inflation on the brane.
 G.P. Malik (JNU) : A nonlinear model having solutions akin to Abrikosov mixed states.
 T.R. Seshadri (Delhi Univ.) : Fractality in galaxy distributions in cosmology.
 S. G. Ghosh (Nagpur.) : Gravitational Collapse.
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