| Jawaharlal Nehru,|
India's first PM and freedom fighter
(Trinity College, Cambridge)
Philosopher, writer and global statesman
After escorting the Chief Guest in conventional robes during the customary convocation march, the Vice Chancellor gave permission to the Registrar to start the proceedings for the day. After reading the citation of the award of honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy to Shri. Kunhikrishnan, the Vice Chancellor conferred it honoris causa to Shri. Kunhikrishnan for his great service in promoting the development of space science and technology in the country.. The University Vice Chancellor also conferred degrees on the passing out PhD scholars and felicitated the toppers among the Post Graduate and graduate students with gold medals.
He was gratefully remembering how working as the Mission Director for the PSLV C25 rocket launch, India sent the Mars Orbiter Mission of ISRO, Mangalyaan, over a year long mission starting in 2013. After completing more than 600 million km through interplanetary space in the solar system orbiting the sun, after almost a ten month journey, Mangalyaan was very accurately ejected into the Martian orbit in the very first attempt and India was the first country ever in the world to achieve that feat.He also spoke of how the work of his predecessors over the past many years has helped ISRO become a pioneer among global space powers. The experience and excellence of his predecessors has seen ISRO take its glorious journey starting in 1974 with satellite Aryabhatta, to the latest and modern NAVIC satellites to assist navigation. All these satellites were launched from the two launch pads of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikotta.
He recalled how he finds great pleasure in interacting with youngsters and giving them responsibilities and challenges to see them flourish and prosper in life. He stressed on the need to inculcate and nourish the spirit of teamwork among the student community. He spoke highly on how team work among the ISRO fraternity and the supporting and collaborating industries across the country over the past many years made the various ISRO missions a roaring success.
Citation of the award of honorary doctorate being read out
|The Vice Chancellor awarding the hon. degree of |
Doctor of Philosophy to P. Kunhikrishnan (2nd from R) ..
The function came to a close with the national anthem. Analysing the Convocation Address, one very striking observation was the efforts in acknowledging the earlier stellar work done by all the predecessors in indigenising space technology in the country.
|Kunhikrishnan delivering the convocation address..|
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants - Sir Issac NewtonThis acknowledgement of earlier contributions by Scientists and Technologists is a part of ISRO's culture and continues to be the guiding light for its present day leaders to take it to great and soaring heights in the coming years.
Indians will forever be indebted to the ISRO fraternity for bringing competitiveness by focusing on fusing innovative concepts of low costs and high reliability of operations, and giving outstanding leadership to the world in the high-tech space technology area.
May ISRO continue to grow and explore the deeper confines of space for the development and benefit of mankind and in the process give extraordinary, impeccable and outstanding leadership to the world.
Kunhikrishnan is also an accomplished flutist. Click here for his performance at the 50 th lauch celebrations at Srikarikotta ..