>>Sri. E Ramankutty, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra, welcomed the Guest of Honour and the other distinguished guests as well as the gathering
In commemoration of the 100th Birth Anniversary of Dr.Vikram Sarabhai, a special lecture on Space Technology- for Advancing Education and Serving Humanity by Dr. G Madhavan Nair, Former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization, Padma Vibhushan Award Recipient, was organized by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra on Friday, 15 November 2019 at the Sardar Patel Sabha Griha, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, T D road. The event has been organized as a part of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra.
The program began with an invocation to the Lord Almighty. Sri. E Ramankutty, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra, welcomed the Guest of Honour and the other distinguished guests as well as the gathering.
C .A Venugopal C Govind, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra presided over the function and delivered the presidential address. He stressed on values and culture that Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan believes in.He said that the Scientists of NASA, are exemplified and personified in the physical form of our Chief Guest, whose passion is to popularize Science among school children and to find solutions to layman’s problems through the application of Science and Technology, coveyed his thought on technological aspirations yet to be unveiled.
A visual presentation of the NASA visit was shown. The presentation defined the immense efforts of NASA in all its glory. The highpoint of the visit proved to be the inspiring words of the Former President of the United States of America, John F Kennedy that was inscribed at NASA.Those words resonated in the minds of the progeny that nothing is unachievable. The visual presentation on the NASA visit was indeed a mind tour to the space centre as well as an out an out experience.
The presentation also included a description of the Scientists at NASA who spoke about space exploration that was once believed to be incomprehensible to the youth. Films that incorporated the theme of the famous explorations of NASA became the heart and soul of the visit, a visit that proved to be the one that inspired the young minds to reach global heights.
Dr. Ambat Vijayakumar introduced the Chief Guest to the elite audience.
The distinguished speaker of the day, Dr. G Madhavan Nair enlightened the audience with his eloquence of speech.
The speech by the eminent Guest of honour got off to a grand start with a mention to the Indian tradition and values that the institution of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan adorns in the present century. He claimed that Indians are par with the other nations in the field of technology.
He also mentioned the successful working of the Physical Research laboratory at Ahmedabad.
Dr. G Madhavan highlighted the word the ‘benefit’, that has to be taken into account in the research paradigm of the Space Technology, that has become in India the part and parcel of daily life like the satellites connecting digital transactions using our computers , cell phones, television etc. The program charted out by Vikram Sarabhai lead by Dr. Abdul Kalam on The Fundamental Science related to Universe that was studied in VSSC, Thiruvanthapuram, as well as the ‘Sarabhai Culture’ , perhaps an Open Culture or a workable atmosphere that existed in ISRO, found a special mention.
Facing failure was yet another value that was learnt from ISRO under Dr. Vikaram Sarabhai. He cited the instance of a rocket blast that was faced by their team. This was taken in a very optimistic way by Dr. Sarabhai.
C.A Shankara Narayanan K, Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra proposed the Vote of Thanks.