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More students should opt for space research: Madhavan Nair

Lamenting the lack of interest among students in opting for space research, chairman of the Space Commission G Madhavan Nair exhorted them to venture into this field in view of the immense potential it has to offer towards development of society.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2009 19:39 IST

Lamenting the lack of interest among students in opting for space research, chairman of the Space Commission G Madhavan Nair exhorted them to venture into this field in view of the immense potential it has to offer towards development of society.

“It is sad that still not many students are attracted towards space research. More and more students should in fact opt for it as there is tremendous potential in the field to contribute towards development of society,” he said while addressing the ninth convocation of International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore.

“Scientists should inspire the students to go into space research,” he said.

Earlier, recalling the Indian space journey, Nair, also the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said the country’s space programme today is at par with such programmes taken up globally.

“But it has not been easy. We were working under a very hostile environment, as many countries were apprehensive about the applications used for defence purposes and were not willing to share their expertise”.

“We had failures, learnt from them and moved on, continuing our work. As a result, today Chandrayaan-I has been accepted across the globe as a sign of maturity of the Indian Space programme”.