The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a new platform called ‘Samwad with Students’ on January 1, 2019 in Bengaluru, as part of its enhanced outreach programme.
Through the initiative, ISRO aims to constantly engage youngsters across India in activities concerning space science to capture their scientific temperament. The new conversation mission aims to inspire students cutting across schools and colleges.
• During the inaugural event in Bengaluru, 40 students and 10 teachers from select schools interacted with ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan at the Anthariksh Bhavan.
• During the three-hour stay at ISRO HQ, the students were first briefed about Indian space programme and their benefits to the common man.
• The question and answer session that followed saw Dr. Sivan engaging students on a series of topics ranging from rockets, satellites, Chandrayaan, Gaganyaan and various space applications.
• On being asked whether ISRO was his first choice as a youngster, Dr. Sivan said that he was very shy when he was young and, as far as college and career went, he was always denied my first choice.
• To another query from a 10th Standard student, on how scientists cope up with failures, Dr. Sivan said that the biggest lessons in life are often derived when the plans go astray.
• He explained that space missions are very complex in nature and totally different from terrestrial systems, as they have to work in extreme environments more often.
• Upon asked how the students could contribute to ISRO’s missions, Dr. Sivan told the students that when they complete their studies with a focus on fundamentals of science, then they could get back to ISRO and help solve problems.
• On the sidelines, the students and teachers also interacted with ISRO scientists and engineers.
The ISRO Chairman used the platform to explain to the students the importance of the Indian space programme and its benefits to the society at large.
He wanted them to take up science and mathematics with absolute seriousness which would enable them to take up challenging careers.
The Chairman said that they needed solutions to many complex problems and that the children could be giving answers to them in the future.