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Working on manned space mission: ISRO chairman

Indian science congress keen on putting to use technology developed by students, says Radhakrishnan.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: January 4, 2015 7:24:17 am

The Indian Space Research Organisation has indicated that it is keen to work on technology developed by students studying in various engineering colleges across the nation.

According to former ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan, the government is now looking for “centres of excellence in space technology in various academia”.  He explained that technology developed by various students during tech-fests or for college projects would be put to use by ISRO if found suitable.

ISRO’s move is similar to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) efforts to motivate undergraduates in science and technology towards innovation and research.

Additionally, following the success of ISRO’s maiden attempt at the Mars Mission, the agency is also working towards human space flight programme. “In the next few years, we are working towards the launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV),” Radhakrishnan said during a session at the Indian Science Congress Saturday.

According to him, both Chandrayaan 2 and Aditya missions would be launched by 2017. Chandrayaan 2 will be launched in 2017 towards the moon while Aditya mission will be ISRO’s attempt to probe the sun further. Aditya-1 will be the first satellite specifically designed to study the sun’s corona.

How to make maths interesting?

A session on the advancement in square expressions in mathematics by Fields medallist Manjul Bhargava had an overcrowded auditorium teeming with enthusiastic students. The session, however, towards its end had a few people dozing off in their seats. A student then asked Bhargava: “How do you make maths interesting for students?” To this, Bhargava, known for his jovial nature, replied: “I think maths should be made fun using games.” The scientist’s quirky reply woke up a few of those sleeping in the auditorium who then made notes and applauded.

Little crowd for Bonsai

The Bonsai Indo-Japanese exhibition at Mumbai University’s Kalina campus had few takers during the entire day. With over 20 varieties of exotic bonsai varieties, the small exhibition nestled in MU’s green lung wore a deserted look with scientists and students busy attending sessions addressed by Nobel laureates and ministers. Here’s hoping the second day brings more visitors to the exhibition.

Gold medal from PM

PM Narendra Modi felicitated nine delegates with gold medals on behalf of MU. Those felicitated were Nobel laureates, a Fields medalist and Rolf Nevanlinna and Abel prize winners — Randy Schekman, Muhammad Yunus, S R S Vardhan, Manjul Bhargava, Paul Nurse, Ada E Yonath, Robin Warren, Subhash Khot and Madhu Sudan.

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