A popular Lecture by Dr. Radhika Ramachandran, Former Director, of the Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation was organized at the Regional Science Centre, vigyan Dham under the theme “Women Power in Science and Culture”
Dr. Radhika Ramachandran, Former Director, of Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation was the chief guest and key note speaker for the popular lecture “women power in science and culture” which was jointly organized by ITITI and UCOST at Regional Science Centre, Vigyan Dham on 17th September 2023 on the occassion of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Birthday.
The event was initiated with a short movie on the inspirational journey of the great astronaut Kalpana Chawla. The welcome address was delivered by Shri Tarun Vijay, Former M.P., and Chairman, Shri Nanda Raj Jat Poorv Peethika Samiti. He said that the success of Chandrayan has attracted many young brains to the science sector. He appreciated the simplicity, commitment, and dedication of ISRO scientists.
He talked about the mission and vision of Honourable PM, Shri Narendra Modi especially in the field of Science and Technology. Padam Shree Dr G. Madhavan Nair, Former Chairman, ISRO delivered his talk through a video message. Lead speaker of the session Dr Radhika Ramachandran talked about her journey as an ISRO Scientist. She said that in Chandrayan’s three mission women’s participation was commendable.
She also talked about various ISRO missions, challenges, their importance, and future technologies. She said that we should focus on interdisciplinary research opportunities and should accept failure as a part of the journey toward success. She said that India is a country of Youth, and we should encourage youngsters to come forward and do research on various challenges in the sector of science and technology. Professor Durgesh Pant, Director General, UCOST talked about various science popularisation activities and initiatives of the UCOST.
He also talked about the importance of science communication skills and commitment for work. This was an interactive session that was followed by two panel discussions, one was on Women in Science and another was on Women in Culture. The panelis ts Dr. CM Nautiyal, Dr. Kalachand Sain, Shri GS Rautela, Dr. DP Uniyal, Kanchan Dobhal, Dr. Hina, Dr. Asish, and Shivali Agarwal, from various institutes shared their views, ideas, and experiences on Women Participation in Science and Culture.
The event was Coordinated by Dr. Piyush Joshi, Incharge RSC, and Dr Reema Pant, Academician, and science communicator. At this event many academicians, scientists, researchers, and students from eminent institutes, IIRS, CSIR-IIP, Graphic Era University, UPES, Tulas Institute, KVIMA, ITITI, and UCOST officials were present. More than 300 students participated in this event.