Students of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Nuzvid, who are selected for NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest-2013, are in need of financial assistance to be able to make it to the international space meet.
A total of 38 students pursuing Pre-University and first year engineering in IIIT designed projects on different aspects of ‘creating alternative living for mankind on space’, and the projects were selected for a presentation at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) scheduled to be held at the USA from May 23 to 27.
“Last year, six projects designed by 10 students were selected for ISDC. But, only a few of them could attend the meet due to financial problems. This year, we are trying to send maximum number of students to the conference, as it will help them enhance their knowledge on space technology,” says IIIT Director Ibrahim Khan.
“The institute management has applied for passports to all selected students and we are making efforts to get them as early as possible. We want to approach companies and individuals for help to these students who come from financially backward households”, says Prof. Khan.
The Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) Vice-Chancellor had been informed in this regard and the latter had promised to discuss the issue in the university’s general body meeting. Each student might need an estimated sum of Rs.1.5 lakh to attend the space conference,” he said.
“We designed a project on ‘power management’ on space. Our aim is to provide a comfortable life for man on moon by converting solar energy into electric power. We request philanthropists to help us attend the conference”, appeals V. Divya Sree, a student.
Another student, K.N.M.S. Narayana, urged space research organisations and research laboratories to help them participate in the meet. “It will give us confidence to design more projects on space settlement”, said Narayana, a native of Cherukupalli village in Guntur district.
By Rajulapudi Srinivas