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AWARDED: ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair (standing centre), University of Mysore Vice-Chancellor J. Shashidhar Prasad and Registrar N.D. Tiwari with recipients of the University of Mysore Golden Jubilee Foundation Award in Mysore on Monday. P HOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
AWARDED: ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair (standing centre), University of Mysore Vice-Chancellor J. Shashidhar Prasad and Registrar N.D. Tiwari with recipients of the University of Mysore Golden Jubilee Foundation Award in Mysore on Monday. P HOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

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The Golden Jubilee Foundation Award was presented to five persons

MYSORE: Stressing the need to channelise the youth power of the country, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) G. Madhavan Nair said on Monday that India can be in the forefront in the next 10 years if our knowledge resource is properly utilised.

Mr. Nair was speaking after conferring the University of Mysore Golden Jubilee Foundation Award to five eminent personalities.

He said that the country had a bright future if the younger generation is motivated and provided with appropriate training. "In the next five years, India will be the country with the most number of young people. The strength of the youth has to be capitalised," he said.

To achieve this, Mr. Nair said, historical and native wisdom has to be catalogued and channelised to equip the coming generations. These responsibilities lie with teachers and parents.

The present education system is adequate the face challenges of the new world order, he said. People behind the Green Revolution, atomic energy, space and defence research are all home-grown products, he said.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mysore J. Shashidhar Prasad announced that the university will fund its projects in the future. Earlier, ISRO and the University of Mysore had collaborated on some projects, which is not the case at present.

Instead of waiting for outside funding, the university had decided to earmark Rs. 1 lakh for projects in science and Rs. 50,000 for projects in humanities and social sciences, he said. Outside funding from institutions such as the Department of Science and Technology can be sought later, he added.

Mr. Prasad appealed to the Chairman of ISRO Madhavan Nair to initiate joint programmes with the university.

Mr. Nair presented the Golden Jubilee Foundation Award to Vidwan V. Nanjundaswamy, Vijaya Sheshadri, K.S. Rangappa and Mewa Singh. The citation of the award was read in absentia for Dr. M.N. Javaraiah.

The award instituted to mark the 50th anniversary of the university is given to encourage teaching and research in the fields of linguistics, fine arts, humanities and social sciences and science and technology.

The award carries a cash component of Rs. 20,000 and a citation.

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