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Crazy ideas may lead to inventions: Chandrayaan director

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He urges students to strive for their systematic implementation

Mayilswamy Annadurai, Project Director-Chandrayaan, ISRO, addressing the participants of InoVIT 2013 organised by the VIT University on the VIT campus in Vellore on Saturday.
Mayilswamy Annadurai, Project Director-Chandrayaan, ISRO, addressing the participants of InoVIT 2013 organised by the VIT University on the VIT campus in Vellore on Saturday.

“Implement your crazy ideas systematically, since they may lead to useful inventions later,” said Mayilswamy Annadurai, Project Director-Chandrayaan, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore.

The ideas of radio, telephone, cell phone, aircraft, television and live telecast were once considered as crazy ideas, but when these ideas were developed into useful products and services benefiting the humanity, society accepted them as normal.

“Therefore, do not ignore your crazy thoughts but work on and implement them systematically,” said Dr. Annadurai, delivering the valedictory address of InoVIT-2013, the South India Level Science Contest for Schoolchildren, organised by VIT University on the VIT campus here on Saturday.

Addressing the question of whether it is useful to invest money in space research and technology, when the basic needs of the people had not yet been fully met, the ISRO scientist said beneficial developments, such as telecommunications, telemedicine, village knowledge centres and the remote sensing technology, which were used for collection of data on agriculture and detection of fishing zones and helpful for farmers and fishermen, were the result of space technology and the use of satellites.

Through the imaging capability of satellites, clear pictures of the earth were obtained and they were useful in planning better watershed management.

More recently, pictures of the moon captured from Chandrayaan proved useful for the discovery of water on the moon and collection of data on places where water was available.

“We have embarked on the moon mission only after using satellites for meeting the basic needs of humanity,” he said.

Answering a question from a school student during the question and answer session on what should be done to take up a career in space science and technology, the ISRO scientist said on completion of the standard XII, a student must write the ISAT, an entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram, an institute sponsored by ISRO for conducting B.Tech. programmes in various branches of space science and technology. Aspiring students can take up coaching for this exam from standard IX onwards, he said.

Dr. Annadurai distributed prizes to the winners of the various contests conducted as part of InoVIT-2013.

Under the working model presentation, the first prize was bagged by the team comprising S. Shanthanu, S.V. Hariharavarshan and Ravishankar of Sri Vignesh Vidyalaya (CBSE), Tiruchi, for its project, ‘Future of Remote Control Home Appliances.’ The second prize went to the team comprising Akash Gosh and N. Pranay (Maharishi Vidhya Mandir, Chennai) for its project, ‘Spy Aircraft,’ while the third prize went to the team comprising Abhilash Konnur, Pavan Manibanakar and M.K. Anagha (JSS R.S. Hukkerikar PU College, Vidyagiri, Dharwad, Karnataka) for its project, ‘Generate Electricity while you Exercise.’

S. Narayanan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, VIT said more than 1800 school students from south India participated in the event.

Sankar Viswanathan, vice-president (Administration), VIT presided. A. Mary Saral, Event Manager, InoVIT welcomed the gathering. Prema Muthusamy, Registration Coordinator, proposed a vote of thanks.

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