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Planetarium inaugurated in Ujjain

Dr AJP Abdul Kalam, on Wednesday inaugurated the state’s first ultra-modern planetarium in Ujjain.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2013 14:49 IST
HT Coorespondent
HT Coorespondent
Hindustan Times

Dr AJP Abdul Kalam, on Wednesday inaugurated the state’s first ultra-modern planetarium in Ujjain.

Accompanied by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, missile man Dr Kalam said establishment of ultra-modern planetarium in Ujjain is a big milestone in astronomy and space science.

“Government of Madhya Pradesh has established this unique facility for astronomical observation and research. This planetarium is being created to provide hands-on training to students,” Dr Kalam said.

Kalam said that the planetarium would help students to understand astronomy and see the marvels of our Galaxy Milky Way.

Earlier, administrating oath to the students, Dr Kalam urged them to always work for the country’s development. He said that till 2020, India will be an economically strong country and this could happen by acquiring knowledge.

Knowledge makes you great, he said. Explaining the new equation of knowledge, the former president said knowledge has three components: creativity, righteousness and courage. That the combination of these characteristics can generate enlightened citizens.

The former President urged the youth to make science the mission of their lives as only science could solve crises of water, power and waste management.

Followed by his motivational address, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also addressed the programme. He said science and technology are two important components and without this one could not imagine the development. Chouhan announced plans to establish a 3-D Imax movie theatre within the planetarium complex and sanctioned R5 crore for it.

When Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board ( MPEB) broke up and electricity distribution companies (discoms) were formed, state government had assured that MPEB cadre employees’ services will not be reduced.

“What we find now is that discoms have begun hiring employees from outside and are moving towards privatisation while we are ignored,” joint committee convener GK Vaishnav stated in a press statement issued on Wednesday.

He said that discoms purchase sub standard material and sell electricity on high rates to consumers. Discom employees bear the brunt of poor quality power supply services, he said.

The committee has asked state government to concede to their demands by July 31 failing which they will go on strike.

First Published: Jun 13, 2013 14:40 IST