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Chandraayan Project Director Mylswami Annadurai presents degree certificate to a student of Erode Sengunthar Engineering College at the graduation day function, held recently.
Chandraayan Project Director Mylswami Annadurai presents degree certificate to a student of Erode Sengunthar Engineering College at the graduation day function, held recently.

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The nation has benefitted from it, says Annadurai

ERODE: Benefit to a nation and society should justify the investments in space technology, Chandrayaan Project Mylswami Annadurai has said.

Delivering the convocation address at the ninth graduation day of Erode Sengunthar Engineering College, Perundurai, recently Mr.Annadurai said, Applications are the primary goal of space technology development. Ultimately the benefits to society and the nation should justify the investments made.

In the Indian context he said, So far the investments made in space technology in ISRO have helped reap benefits surpassing the investments. The communication spacecraft widened the TV and telephone coverage to the nook and corner of the country. It also provided facility for disaster warning, weather forecast systems, unique to the country.

Further he said, the new applications in tele-medicine and tele-education have demonstrated the wider reach the space could provide for. The remote sensing spacecraft enabled earth resource mapping to aid the country’s planning process in agriculture, cartography, water management ocean studies, fisheries, forest management, disaster management and recovery limits the extent to which it can be applied.

Mr. Mylswami then said the ISRO was planning a few more space crafts.

Chandrayaan 2, Astrosat, the spacecraft for astronomy and the regional navigation satellite systems are a few of the new programms of ISRO.

He also made an tacit appeal to the youth to join the organisation.

This [ISRO] vibrant organisation [has] always attracted the talents of this country and provided room for their professional development.

This cosmopolitan organisation is spread across the country with its research laboratories and facilities. It has never remained a stagnant organisation, but adapted to the changes and brought out new programmes that captured the imagination of the country. The youngsters I see today are to be the new leaders of tomorrow from whom we expect much more.

He then wished the graduating students the best. The College Correspondent J. Sudhanandhen, principal G. Ramadoss and others participated in the function.

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