Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 5 : Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman Dr K Sivan on Friday said that although the Chandrayn-2 mission is very challenging, ISRO is confident that the mission will be a great success.
He said that the landing site in moon close to the South Pole is a place where no one has gone before, but ISRO is taking a calculated risk. He was addressing the seventh convocation ceremony of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), here at Dr Sreenivasan Auditorium at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC).Dr. K Sivan pointed out that the 50% of the lunar missions in the past failed. Moreover, India is using a new launch vehicle GSLV-Mk-III.
He said that India has the technical expertise and knowledge to carry out this mission successfully.Dr K Sivan said Chandrayn 2 mission will concentrate on finding the presence of minerals in moon. The preparations are going on in Sriharikotta for the launching of Chandrayan 2 and the satellite will be moved to the launching pad within two days, he added.
ISRO Chairman has said the Prime Minister has given a very stiff schedule of 40 months to complete Gaganyan mission. Graduates from IIST can play a major role in realising it, he added.
He urged the students to come forward with innovative ideas and to work hard for realising it. He pointed out that strengthening India’s presence in space was very important for our future energy and resources needs.Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), delivered the convocation address.
He urged the students to take up the challenges of the new age and participate in nation building by putting forward constructive solutions for the problem.
He pointed out that in the electricity and transport sector, the key challenge for consumers whether households or business, was to get enough electricity, and enough diesel and petrol.
He observed that ensuring supply as per demand is very important for the future growth of the country. Dr. Ajay Mathur asked students to come forward with ideas that ensures ease of life for common man.
IIST Chancellor Dr. B N Suresh presided over the function. S Somanath, Director, VSSC and Dr. V K Dadhwal, Director, IIST also attended the function.
A total of 225 degrees was awarded at the function. B Tech degree was conferred on 112 students, out of which 56 each in Aerospace Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering (Avionics). 30 students of Dual Degree program received BTech in Engineering Physics and MTech/MS in their specialization (Optical Engineering, Solid State Physics, Earth Systems Science and Astronomy & Astrophysics).
M Tech degree was conferred on 71 students of which 23 students are from three M Tech programs of Aerospace department, 25 students from five M Tech programs of Avionics department, 5 students from one M Tech program of Dept of Chemistry, 8 from two M Tech programs of Earth and Space Science department, 6 students from one program of Mathematics department, 1 student from M Tech program of Physics department and 3 students from a Master of Science program from the Department of Earth and Space Science. PhD degree will be conferred on 12 students from seven departments.(UNI)