The Odisha Knowledge Hub Lecture today was a unique coming together of an accomplished NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut like Mr Jack David Fischer and young prodigy from our own state Jaswasi Jaswant Sahoo, a student of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla.
I am happy that students from science & technology institutions, universities, colleges and also from all 30 districts were able to take part in the interactive session titled “Borderless Universe” by Mr Fischer and the demonstration of the satellite project by Jaswasi through video conferencing. It was surely a rare opportunity to listen to the astronaut, who has just recently returned after spending 136 days in space aboard the International Space Station. For all of us including the youngsters who have always wondered what living in space would be like, his talk on the infinite space and recounting of actual experiences was equally thrilling and illuminating. The young minds will hugely benefit from the interaction and be inspired to look at science in an exciting manner.
Adding to Mr Fischer’s presence was the young Odia innovator and budding space scientist Jaswasi. He and VSSUT student’s team have developed a reusable sounding rocket with a pico satellite for mapping of siltation of Hirakud reservoir. They have received worldwide acclaim for their achievement and also won the Champions Trophy at Asia’s first Inter College Rocket Competition this year. These incredible youngsters exhibit the abundant potential of Odia youth in innovation and inventions, more importantly with a keen desire to find solutions to major problems faced by mankind through use of science and technology.
Our government has focused on development of scientific temper in young minds and promotion of talents in the field. The VSSUT team has made us proud. We have already committed all possible support to their project as well as their future endeavours.
I congratulate the Planning & Convergence Department, Government of Odishaand SAI International School to have made such a wonderful event to inspire our kids.