Assam: ‘Moon man of India’ urges IIT students to look east

Assam: ‘Moon man of India’ urges IIT students to look east

A record breaking 20 satellites in one go including its earth observation Cartosat-2 series, in a single mission on board. A proud moment for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) going head to head with other space agencies around the world.

Renowned astrophysicist Jitendra Nath Goswami, while attending the 18th convocation of IIT-Guwahati urged students to be socially committed and transform their knowledge into action for development.

An Assamese who did his MSc from Gauhati University, he joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai as a research scholar and studied lunar samples, before joining the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad in 1973, of which he is now the director.

The chief scientist of the Chandrayaan-1 Mission and chairman of the advisory board of the Chandrayaan-2 Mission said, "Being an Assamese by birth and having been educated in the state, I wish to see the university system in the northeast contributing to tackling local problems. These include curbing floods and conserving ecosystems."

The astrophysicist added that IIT-Guwahati and the two central universities at Tezpur and Silchar should take the lead and coordinate with other universities in the region to tackle some, if not all, of the problems faced by the northeast."Enriching the life of the locals and maintaining their cultural are the greatest challenges," added Goswami.

Urging the graduating students to uphold the values of the country, IIT-G director Gautam Biswas said, "Our brilliant students must come back to academia."

A total of 128 PhD students, 630 undergraduate students and 507 postgraduate students were conferred degrees by the premier institute. Vrinda Kochar, a BTech student of computer science and engineering, received the President's gold medal.


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