ISRO Organises an Outreach Programme in Hindi at Ranchi

Creating awareness among the general public, especially students, about the benefits that have accrued from India‘s applications driven space programme to the society and the progress made by the country in space science and technology has been given utmost importance at ISRO. Media campaigns on important events, campaign through social media, organisation of exhibitions, educational activities like lectures, interactive sessions with students, quiz programmes, water rocket making and launching events, publications, video documentaries, etc., have helped in not only keeping the public abreast of the latest developments in our space programme but also to evoke interest in them on the nuances of space science and technology.

In this regard, an outreach programme was organised by ISRO at Jawahar Vidya Mandir at Ranchi, the capital of the state of Jharkand during August 3-4, 2017. The various events of this programme consisted of an exhibition; interactive programme with students and the teaching staff, parents, visiting general public; a water rocket launch event; and a quiz programme on space and astronomy. The event was inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of Jharkhand state, Mr Raghuvar Das, on August 03, 2017. In his inaugural speech, the Chief Minister said that science promotes both nationalism and self-reliance. He appealed to the people to encourage the younger generation to take interest in the scientific activities and stressed the need for taking such programmes to large parts of the country.

The highlight of the ISRO Exhibition was that all the information was presented in Hindi since the Department of Space has a mandate to organise such programmes in the language of the masses to enable them to understand better. Accordingly, this exhibition, was organised, especially to implement the recommendations of the Joint Hindi Salahkar Samiti for DOS & DAE to effectively reach out to the masses.

About 70 colourful exhibition panels highlighted the achievements of India in space to the student community as well as the general public. Besides, the exhibition also featured panels providing fundamentals of the various facets of space flight and the unique contribution of space technology to the country’s rapid and all round development. Eight scale models of various satellites and spacecraft including the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft as well as Chandrayaan-1 and its Moon Impact Probe were showcased in the exhibition. There were also three scale models of India’s rockets – the workhorse launch vehicle PSLV that launched a record 104 satellites in February 2017, GSLV Mk II equipped with the indigenous cryogenic upper stage and which has scored four consecutive successes, and more importantly, GSLV Mk III that launched the heaviest Indian satellite launched so far from India recently (3136 kg GSAT-19 in June 2017), exhibited.

Video documentaries on various space endeavours of India like Mars Orbiter Mission and AstroSat, were repeatedly screened during the exhibition. A group of students were trained to provide explanation about the exhibits for empowering them to explain the nature, importance and significance of the country’s space capabilities. During the interaction, students and general public evinced keen interest in the Indian space programme and asked insightful questions.

Another important feature of this ISRO outreach programme was the launch of water rockets in the school grounds.  During the launches, students were provided with information about the basic principles behind rocket propulsion in general and water rockets in particular. Many students were provided with opportunity to launch water rockets themselves. Both students and teachers as well as the general public enthusiastically participated in the water rocket launching events.

A quiz on space and astronomy was also organised during the event. About 100 students from various schools in Ranchi participated in the preliminary round in which 18 students were short listed for the final round. The extent of involvement of students in the quiz programme revealed their interest in spaceflight as well as their fundamental scientific knowledge. The finalists were suitably rewarded by the department with cash prizes as wells as a book on spaceflight.

The ISRO outreach programme at Ranchi yet again revealed the country’s student community’s interest in as well as the appreciation of the country’s space programme and their eagerness to pursue a career in science and technology in general and join the country’s space endeavour in particular. The facilities provided for the event by the Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, the host institution at Ranchi, were instrumental in the success of this outreach event in Hindi.

More than 10,000 students from 60 schools in Ranchi attended the outreach event, which was widely reported by the print and electronic media.

H'ble Chief Minister in the Inaugural Function

 

Part of the Exhibition seen during Inaugural Function

 

Students Visiting the Exhibition

 

Students Launching the Water Rocket

 

Water Rocket Lift-off