ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) has always been known to be at the forefront in terms of producing top-notch scientists ever since its inception. APJ Abdul Kalam, Vikram Sarabhai, Homi J Bhabha, Satyendra Nath Bose, and several other legendary scientists have all been associated with the organization. In order to help India to continue to generate such scientists, ISRO Samwad with Students has been announced this new year.
ISRO Samwad with Students is being carried out to help the young students of the country identify their scientific temperament, and inspire them to take after their aspirations. This platform has been announced as part of the enhanced outreach programme of Indian Space Research Organisation from the 1st of January 2019. “The new conversation mission will inspire students cutting across schools and colleges,” says ISRO on its website.
In the First ISRO Samwad with Students (SwS), 40 wards and 10 teachers from select schools interacted with ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan at the Anthariksh Bhavan, New Delhi. Dr Sivan engaged with students on a range of topics such as rockets, satellites, Chandrayaan, Gaganyaan and various space applications.
When an inquisitive student asked the ISRO Chairman on the qualifications required to become an astronaut, Dr Sivan said “Your health should be very strong, as there will be many kinds of loads and other things. More than physical, psychological and physiological part is more important,” highlighting the challenges astronauts face when having to live in a three meter by three meter enclosure thousands of miles away from earth. This video of the Samwad with Students has been shared on ISRO’s official Twitter handle.
When a student was keen to know how they could contribute to ISRO’s missions, Dr Sivan said: “When you complete your studies with focus on fundamentals of science, you could get back to us and help us solve our problems. We need solutions to many complex problems and you could be giving us answers to them in future.”
Dr Sivan also encouraged students to take up science and mathematics with complete determination in order for students to get rewarded with challenging careers. Dr Sivan also explained to the students present, the importance of Indian space programmes and how they can benefit the society at large.
While students and teachers also interacted with other ISRO scientists and engineers, Dr Sivan stated that they would always be present to answer queries on India’s space missions, says the ISRO website. ISRO says that more on the initiative would be shared in the coming days.