TAMIL NADU

Indians to set foot on moon by 2015

Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: While the earlier Chandrayaan missions will focus on intensive research on minerals till 2011, the Chandrayaan – 3 will enable Indians set foot on the moon by 2015, Project Director of Chandrayaan – 1 M. Annadurai said here recently. Inaugurating the Park Research Centre at the Park College of Engineering and Tekhnology, he said proper planning had helped reduce the cost of sending Chandrayaan – 1. “Chandrayaan – 2 will carry robots to the moon to test the minerals. There will be a small laboratory to test minerals on the spot. India will have the right to use the minerals,” Mr. Annadurai said.

He said it was not sufficient for only the Indian Space Research Organisation and the Defence Research and Development Organisation to engage in research activities. “Every educational institution should involve in innovation and research. The Government is providing ample funds for these activities”.

He urged the student community to come up with creative and innovative ideas that would solve problems. He called for every educational institution to have a research centre. It would not only be beneficial to the students and faculty, but would also attract foreign students.

This would reverse the trend of Indian students going abroad for higher studies, he said.

He lamented that research centres were working away from the academic institutions and called for joint functioning of researchers and academics.

P.V. Ravi, Chairman of the Park Group of Educational Institutions, urged students to work in India instead of going abroad for lure of more.

He conferred the title “Kongu Nattu Sadhanai Chemmal” on Mr. Annadurai in recognition of his services.

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