Ahmedabad. The centenary celebration of the birth anniversary of the founding father of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Dr Vikram Sarabhai kicked off in Ahmedabad on August 12 in the presence of dignitaries from ISRO, Department of Space, Department of Atomic Energy and members of Sarabhai family.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering through a video message.
In his Video message, PM Modi said that it will be a tribute to Dr Sarabhai from crore of Indians in true sense when ‘Vikram’ lander will land on Moon. He also said Vikram Sarabhai’s ideology leads India to become a powerful country in the field of science and technology.
Mr Modi said 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.
Describing Dr Sarabhai as a dedicated soldier of Science, Prime Minister Modi said he encouraged science as well as India’s culture and Sanskrit language. He always gave time for the students.
Mr Modi said: “Dr Vikram 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.
Dr K Sivan, Chairman of ISRO, described Dr 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 etc.
He said institutions set up by Vikram Sarabhai have become the Center of Excellence today. He said 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 yearlong 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 today and ending on August 12, 2020 with the valedictory function at Thiruvananthapuram.
Former Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center Dr BN Suresh, Former Director of Space Application Center and a close associate of Dr Sarabhai, Pramod Kale; Former Chairman of ISRO Dr K Kasturirangan, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission K N Vyas, former chairman of Department of Atomic Energy M R Shrinivasan and Son of Dr Vikram Sarabhai Dr Karthikeya Sarabhai were also present on the occasion.