Kolkata, Aug 12 : Vikram Sarabhai, considered as the Father of the Indian Space Programme, would have celebrated his 100th birthday today, had he been alive. Search engine Google on Monday dedicated a Doodle on the occasion Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Pavan Rajurkar, celebrates the 100th birthday of award-winning Indian physicist, industrialist, and innovator Vikram Sarabhai, remembered by many as the father of India’s space programme.
Beyond his interest in cosmic rays, rockets, and satellites, Dr Sarabhai believed in using science and technology as “levers of development.” Born in Ahmedabad on this day in 1919, Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai attended Gujarat College before travelling to England to earn his doctorate at Cambridge. "There are some who question the relevance of space activities in a developing nation,” said Sarabhai following the launch of Russia’s Sputnik satellite. “To us, there is no ambiguity of purpose… We must be second to none in the application of advanced technologies to the real problems of man and society."
Sarabhai established the Indian National Committee for Space Research in 1962, later renamed the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). This led to the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in southern India, which had its first successful launch on November 21, 1963. His dream of an Indian satellite was realized when Aryabhata went into orbit in 1975. He also founded many important institutions in his homeland, such as the Physical Research Laboratory (when he was just 28), the Indian Institute of Management, and the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology.
He also served as chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission. Sarabhai's commitment to science education led to the Community Science Center in Ahmedabad, which now bears his name. A crater on the moon was named in his honour in 1973. Earlier this summer the ISRO launched the Chandrayaan-2 mission in hopes of making India the fourth country to land on the moon. The Vikram lander is scheduled to touch down on the lunar surface on September 7th of this year.
ISRO is to conduct a year-long programme in the form of exhibitions, competitions for school children, journalism awards and speeches by eminent personalities to commemorate the birth centenary of its founder Sarabhai. The programme will be conducted across as many as 100 cities all over India commencing from today and ending on August 12, 2020.UNI