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06-08 November, 2019

 

VIKRAM SARABHAI CENTENARY PROGRAMME ISRO

is planning for a year long programme for commemorating the birth centenary of its founder father Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai. The programme includes exhibitions, competitions for school children, journalism awards and speeches by eminent personalities. The programme will be conducted across 100 selected cities all over India commencing from August 12, 2019 and ending on August 12, 2020. A curtain raiser Inaugural Function was on August 12, 2019, 10 AM IST at Ahmedabad, the birth place of Dr. Sarabhai. Many important dignitaries both from ISRO/DOS and DAE participated in this function. The Valedictory Function for the year long programme will be at Thiruvananthapuram on August 12, 2020. The inaugural programme will comprise of several events, including the unveiling of a commemorative coin. ISRO will also be unveiling a Coffee Table book and a photo album of exclusive candids from Dr. Sarabhai’s short-lived 52 years.

ABOUT VIKRAM AMBALAL SARABHAI

Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai (12 August 1919 – 30 December 1971) also known as Father of Indian Space Program was an Indian Scientist, Physicist and Astronomer. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972. Known as the cradle of space sciences in India, the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) was founded in 1947 by Vikram Sarabhai. PRL had the modest beginning at his residence, the "RETREAT", with research on Cosmic Rays. His interests varied from science to sports to statistics. He set up the Operations Research Group (ORG), the first market research organization in the country. The most notable among the many institutes he helped set up are the Nehru Foundation for Development in Ahmedabad, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), the Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association (ATIRA) and the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT). Along with his wife Mrinalini Sarabhai, he founded the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts. Other projects and institutions initiated or established by him include the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) in Kalpakkam, Variable Energy Cyclotron Project in Calcutta, Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) in Hyderabad and Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) in Jaduguda, Jharkhand. Sarabhai started a project for the fabrication and launch of an Indian satellite. As a result, the first Indian satellite, Aryabhata, was put in orbit in 1975 from a Russian cosmodrome. He was the founder of Indian Space Research Organisation.

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