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SPEAKING OUT: Smrity, Arun Naik, Revati (above), Vinay, Snigdha, Harish.
SPEAKING OUT: Smrity, Arun Naik, Revati (above), Vinay, Snigdha, Harish.

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Most students have lauded the moon mission, a few call it waste of money

Aim for the stars and you will reach the moon! India’s arduous journey to the moon begun this week with the successful launch of the Chandrayaan PSV-11. It is not only the scientific community that is raising a toast to this success. Students from colleges in Bangalore seem to be looking skywards after years of being coaxed into medicine and engineering. In the context of a marked decline in interest in basic sciences, this achievement may just be the impetus required to rekindle interest in scientific research.

The Hindu EducationPlus spoke to students from various colleges in Bangalore to find out what this achievement means to them. Here’s what they had to say:

R. Smrity (second year B.Sc student at Mount Carmel College): Finally, it seems that India has reached a stage where it can compete with other countries in terms of achievements in space. With India’s first mission to the moon, I feel that many students will be encouraged to consider astrophysics as an area of specialisation. The Chandrayaan mission has made me proud as a citizen of the country. It has helped mould my vision of where I would like to be in a few years from now.

Arun Naik (first semester, JB Institute of Engineering and Technology): What I know of the moon mission is limited to what I have read in the newspapers. I was fascinated with the photos of the Chandrayaan launch. It is great to know that India has launched an independent mission without the help of NASA or space facilities in other countries.

I have very little understanding of the various stages in which the rocket dismantles but I believe that whatever information scientists are able to retrieve from the moon will be beneficial. This launch has given me an interest to learn more about space and what is beyond the skies we see.

Revati Junnarkar (final year student at New Horizon College of Engineering): Chandrayaan has undoubtedly added another feather to India’s cap. I admire all those who are responsible in making this mission a success. As a student, it has not had much of an impact on me.

However, this mission is not a first by itself and this frontier of space has long been conquered by other countries.

I feel that the effort, infrastructure and finances involved in this venture could have been directed towards more crucial needs such as food, sanitation and health. These fundamentals are what India really needs.

Vinay K.M. (third year student at PES School of Engineering): It makes me proud to know that India has made its mark in the realm of space research. Indians have shown that they should not be under-estimated in any way. I wish I was present at Sriharikota to witness the launch.

This will definitely inspire many of us to take up programmes in basic sciences such as astrophysics. I hope India will continue on this journey and unravel the mysteries of space. I am keen to find out what new information can be gathered from this mission.

Snigdha Malladi (first semester, CMR Institute of Technology): The quest for what lies beyond has inspired another bold move by our country. I call this move bold because to the best of my knowledge, only six other countries have dared to do what the scientists of our country have done. As a budding engineer, I have been greatly inspired by these scientists.

I hope to be of the calibre of an ISRO scientist someday. This is one of the greatest breakthroughs our country has witnessed. This event has ignited in me a sudden interest to study ahead and think beyond the constraints of my syllabus and examinations. I salute those who have inspired us to think beyond our books.

Harish S. (second year student at Seshadripuram Institute of Commerce and Management): It is sad to hear that India spent Rs. 400 crore on this PSLV satellite when this money could have been utilised to educate over 1,000 children for an entire year. However, this mission is an unprecedented success story for India.

The ISRO claims that it has sent certain instruments on board the Chandrayaan that have never been sent to the moon before. I await the results of this mission.

Overcoming the economic depreciation that has sent markets over the globe reeling, India has made an emphatic declaration with the launch of this satellite.


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