On Monday, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Sivan said that today, every moment of our life is one way or other connected with space technology. He said these words in a convocation ceremony of a university. He spoke about the importance of innovations and told the students to never take lightly their crazy ideas as most of the best innovations emerged from them. He also advised students to get inspired by great people and avoid copying them as they will never come up with ideas that are innovative.
He, in the same context, said that starting a space programme in India in the year 1960 was a big crazy idea but Dr Vikram Sarabhai foresaw the potential of the space technology in transforming the country.
He said that when the whole world was using space for military domination, Dr Vikram Sarabhai thought that for a country like India, which has immense size and diversity, a space technology platform was the only suitable platform to fast track development. The results are for all of you to see.
In the last few months, there have been some initiatives that are taken by ISRO to increase awareness about space programmes among students. Like, in coordination with mygov.com, ISRO conducted an online quiz for students in August. They did so in an attempt to increase awareness about its space programmes and the quiz’s top scorers will get the chance to watch Chandrayaan-2 landing, live with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Bengaluru headquarters of the agency. ISRO has also initiated some other programmes like Young Scientist Programme (Yuvika), Samwad with Students (SwS), etc.