The Hindu dated 14 February 2007
SPACE MAN IN TOWN: G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO, gives away certificates to participants of the Science Talent Search Examination, at Velammal Matriculation School on Tuesday.
CHENNAI : Manned space mission topped the list of goals of the Indian Space Research Organisation, Chairman G. Madhavan Nair told students here on Tuesday.
Answering queries from them, Mr. Nair said India had achieved several dreams of Vikram Sarabhai (father of Indian space programme). ISRO's next vision of space research included its manned mission and planet exploration, and reusable launch vehicles that would make India a leader in space research.
He advised students to develop a questioning spirit as inquisitiveness can only bring forth innovations. As India's population in 2015 would have a significant number of youngsters below the age group of 30, young minds must be shaped to contribute to national and international community through various fields.
Though India started its space research decades behind the U.S. and Russia, it was now on a par with them in its achievements. However, putting man in the orbit was an area that India lagged behind, he added.
He was attending a function organised at Velammal Matriculation School, Mogappair.
Highlighting the ISRO's future projects, Mr.Nair said that creation of moon landers and an orbital platform to observe galaxies was part of research activities that could be taken up by youngsters.
When a student spoke about his ambition to be in ISRO, he said that about 16,500 families were part of ISRO's team and youngsters with innovative ideas were welcome to them. Women scientists contributed to 20 per cent in ISRO and got equal opportunities with their counterparts.
The session was part of the prize distribution ceremony of the third State-level Science Talent Search Examination hosted by Velammal School.
P. Iyam Perumal, Executive Director of Tamil Nadu Science and Technology, also reiterated the inquisitiveness of youngsters to explore nature.
Mr. Nair distributed cash prizes worth Rs.2.64 lakh to about 60 students of I to XII Standards from various schools across the State.
The examination was attended by about 65,000 students of 370 schools of which 3,000 participants competed in the final round. Velammal Matriculation School bagged the overall trophy. M. V. Muthuramalingam, chairman of Velammal Education Trust, also participated.