New Delhi, Aug 12 : Remembering father of India's space programme Vikram Sarabhai on his 100th birth centenary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it will be a tribute to the eminent scientist from crore of Indians in true sense when ‘Vikram’ lander will land on the Moon.
'It will be a tribute to Dr Sarabhai from crore of Indians in true sense when ‘Vikram’ lander will land on Moon,' Mr Modi said in his video message as the centenary celebration of the birth anniversary of the founding father of ISRO, Dr Vikram Sarabhai kicked off in Ahmedabad.
He said Sarabhai’s ideology led India to become a powerful country in the field of science and technology.
'Dr Homi Bhabha’s demise had created a vacuum in the world of Indian science. At that time, Vikram Sarabhai gave a new dimension to science with his skills and leadership ability,' he said.
Describing Dr Sarabhai as a dedicated soldier for Vignan, Mr Modi said that he encouraged science as well as India's culture and Sanskrit language, adding that he always gave time for students, however busy he may be.
Mr Modi said, 'Dr Sarabhai has left a legacy for us and it is our responsibility to take this legacy to the people. He also encouraged school children to participate in the online space quiz launched by ISRO'.
The centenary celebration Ahmedabad saw the presence of dignitaries from ISRO, Department of Space, Department of Atomic Energy and members of Sarabhai family.
ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan described Dr Vikram Sarabhai as a great institution builder. He said that Vikram Sarabhai has made a huge contribution in the construction of Modern India by establishing institutions in the fields of Modern Science, Physical Research and Atomic Energy.
He said institutions set up by Dr Sarabhai have become the Center of Excellence today. He said that in this sense, Dr Vikram Sarabhai is the 'true son of India'.
During the inaugural programme, an album on the life story of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, a coffee table book on ISRO and commemorative coin from Department of Atomic Energy were released.
'Space on Wheels’ an exhibition inside a bus was also inaugurated on the occasion.
The year-long Dr Vikram Sarabhai Centenary Programme includes exhibitions, competitions to school children, journalism awards and speeches by eminent personalities.
The programme will be conducted across 100 selected cities all over India commencing Monday and ending on August 12, 2020 with the valedictory function at Thiruvananthapuram.
Former Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center Dr B N Suresh, Former Director of Space Application Center and a close associate of Dr Sarabhai, Pramod Kale, Former Chairman of ISRO Dr Kasturirangan, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission K N Vyas, former chairman of the Department of Atomic Energy M R Shrinivasan and Dr Vikram Sarabhai's son Dr Karthikeya Sarabhai were also present on the occasion. (UNI)