| Jawaharlal Nehru,|
India's first PM and freedom fighter
(Trinity College, Cambridge)
Philosopher, writer and global statesman
|Citation of the award of honorary doctorate being read out|
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.
|The Vice Chancellor awarding the hon. degree of |
Doctor of Philosophy to P. Kunhikrishnan (2nd from R) ..
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.
|Kunhikrishnan delivering the convocation address..|
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.
Be it starting with Jawaharlal Nehru's leadership and vision in inviting Vikram Sarabhai to set up the Indian Space Programme (INCOSPAR) from the ruins of a church in Thumba, near Trivandrum in 1962 or Dr Abdul Kalam's commitment to launch the first sounding rockets, the predecessors to the present day high capacity rockets which can take payloads of upto 2.4 Tonnes to geostationary orbits in space, progress has been gradual, firm and exemplary !
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 ..