UNNATI (UNispace Nanosatellite Assembly & Training by ISRO)
Release/UNNATI (UNispace Nanosatellite Assembly & Training by ISRO)
As part of the enhanced outreach programme of Indian Space Research
Organisation, a new platform named Samwad with Students (SwS) was
launched in Bengaluru on January 1.
Through the SwS initiative, ISRO aims to constantly engage youngsters
across India to capture their scientific temperament. The new
conversation mission will inspire students cutting across schools and
The first SwS event saw 40 wards and 10 teachers from select schools
interact with ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan at the Anthariksh Bhavan. During
the three-hour stay at ISRO HQ, the students were first briefed about
Indian space programme and their benefits to the common man.
In his opening remarks Dr Sivan SwS aims at drawing inspiration and
motivation from young India.
“All of you with your boundless energy and endless curiosity are going to
be my biggest source of inspiration and motivation. With so many
challenging on hand this year, I thought it is important to seek the
well-wishes of students who are the future of this country,” Dr Sivan
The Q&A session that followed saw Dr Sivan engaging students on a
series of topics ranging from rockets, satellites, Chandrayaan,
Gaganyaan and various space applications.
When an 8th standard student asked about whether ISRO was his
first choice as a youngster, Dr Sivan said: “I was very shy when I was
young. And, as far as college and career goes, I was always denied my
first choice. After high school, I wanted to study engineering but ended
up studying B.Sc Mathematics. Later, I got into Engineering and wanted
to Join ISAC (now URSC) Bengaluru, instead joined VSSC at
Thiruvananthapuram. At VSSC, I wanted to join the Aerodynamics group,
but was part of PSLV project instead.”
To another query from a 10th standard student, how scientists
cope up with failures, Dr Sivan said the biggest lessons in life are
often derived when the plans go astray.
“Space missions are very complex in nature and totally different from
terrestrial systems. They have to work in extreme environments more
often. Our forefathers have shown us path to take failures in our stride
and take on the challenges with a positive mindset,” said.
When a student was keen to know how they could contribute to ISRO’s
missions, Dr Sivan said: “When you complete your studies with focus on
fundamentals of science, you could get back to us and help us solve our
problems. We need solutions to many complex problems and you could be
giving us answers to them in future.”
Dr Sivan explained to the students the importance of Indian space
programme and its benefits to the society at large. He wanted them to
take up the science and mathematics with absolute seriousness which
would enable them to take up challenging careers.
“Whenever, we are short of ideas or inspiration, we will look for you. We
will be ever ready to answer your questions related to India’s space
missions,” Dr Sivan added.
On the sidelines, the students and teachers also interacted with
scientists and engineers.