Bhubaneswar: Dr. S. C. Jamir, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha inaugurated the ‘World Space Week Celebrations -2017’ at KIIT University in Bhubaneswar today. The theme of the two-day event is ‘Exploring New Worlds in Space’.
“The Indian space programme has had scripted many monumental successes over the years. Today we rank sixth after the U.S., Russia, France, Japan and China in the world, in the matter of satellite launching into low earth orbit”, Dr. Jamir said in his inaugural address. “Satellite technology is playing a big role in our endeavour to realise the vision of a Digital India”, he stated, while appreciating the scientists and technocrats for the achievement.
The Governor also opened an exhibition that showcases models of different rockets and satellites launched by SHAR and other space science related display materials. The exhibition is attracting a large number of students from different institutions. The two-day celebrations featured talks on space programme by eminent personalities on the first day. Other attractions are quiz tests, competitions for school & college students, interactive session with ISRO scientists and video shows.
Among others, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Dr. P. Kunhikrishnan, Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), SHAR, ISRO, Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University and Ajit Kumar Nath, Dy. General Manager, Range Operations, SDSC were present at the inaugural ceremony.