India scripted history on Tuesday as ISRO successfully projected Mars Orbiter Mission in the red planet’s orbit. The only country to touch the feat in its first attempt.
Ludhiana too hailed the path breaking achievement of its scientists but also demanded that its very own, Nehru Planetarium, one of its kind in the northern region which has stopped running shows since years, be revamped.
Built in 1987, Nehru Planetarium situated at Rose garden was once the favourite destination for youngsters to learn about celestial bodies. Now only some schools being their students here on weekends for educational trips as the planetarium with a seating capacity for 80 have stopped running shows due to losses. Ironically, the planetarium does not even have a telescope.
While the entry fee for children below the age of 10 is free, the ticket for a normal visitor costs only Rs 5, which is affordable by all.
Darshan Singh, a local resident said “School and colleges are have not been showing much interest to educate students about the space astronomical objects. Schools officials should also ensure that they organise trips to these places”.
Harinderjit Singh educator-cum-programmer of planetarium said “This projector is of 1985 model made by East Germany, and is not competent enough as far as new technology is concerned.”
Most of the equipment are outdated at the planetarium.
A local resident, Dr R Vatsyayan, even wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that the Nehru Planetarium be taken under the wings of central government by shifting it to the HRD Ministry or ensure its functioning by extending financial help to the municipal corporation Ludhiana.