Mysuru: “Satellite launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have helped the society a lot in the country,” opined Dr. V.R. Lalithambika, Director, Manned Spaceflight Programme of ISRO.
She was speaking at the three-day 11th National Women’s Science Congress organised by Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana Karnataka (SVAK) to commemorate the birth anniversaries of Marie Curie and Sir C.V. Raman at JSS Women’s College in Saraswathipuram here on Friday.
Dr. Lalithambika proudly said that ISRO had developed technology in machine design, satellite launch and control with special reference to Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). She said that independent access to satellite and communication technology had dramatically helped weather and disaster risk forecast helping in timely evacuation of people and also telemedicine.
She further said that ISRO Satellites had also helped to locate potential resources and check air quality. She pointed out that many science projects were headed by women and commended the organisers in coming out with an exclusive Women’s Science Congress.
Addressing the gathering, Sanskrit University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Padma Shekar opined that Indian Civilisation has a rich tradition of Science and Technology covering basic science, mathematics, ayurveda, astrology and traditional medicine.
She pointed out that even the traditional drawing of rangoli has a mathematical touch and added that sprinkling of cow’s urine in front of houses was good enough to keep away mosquitoes.
She regretted that the advent of modern technology had obscured the invaluable and simple traditional science.
The dignitaries offered floral tributes to portraits of Marie Curie and Sir C.V. Raman. The Marie Curie Women Science Award was conferred on Dr. Lalithambika.