Odisha Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir inaugurates World Space Week Celebrations 2017

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Bhubaneswar: Space, even after our many successful ventures and missions still remains a strange and mysterious place for many of us and the quest to explore its mysteries has been no small source of strangeness and surprise and it is heartening that man’s quest continues beyond Earth’s atmosphere. May be Space is at a far distance from us but it has become an integral part of our daily life today, said Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir.
Inaugurating World Space Week Celebrations 2017 at KIIT Convention Centre Governor said, many things are happening; thanks to our Space scientists the modern communication reaches the unreached, helping the remotest corner joins with the mainstream. Whether it is education, weather and disaster management, healthcare through Tele-medicine, various kinds of information from job to railway reservation or entertainment and sports everything is made possible through an improved Satellite technology that made distance irrelevant. Accurate advanced warning, and tracking of disasters, has come as a boon to mankind as we are able to save countless precious lives. Our disaster management has drawn the attention of many and I am happy to share with you that Odisha’s disaster management has been recognized by none other than Untied Nation.
GIS technology is transforming policy planning, and implementation. Space imaging enables modern management, and conservation of water resources – thorough GIS-driven watershed development. The technology is also quite helpful in urban planning and managing and conserving our natural resources. Further, Satellite technology is playing a big role in our endeavour to realize the vision of a Digital India. It is well said that technology opens up new opportunities of development and gives us ways of addressing our challenges. GIS technology in particular and Satellite technology in general, have justified this, Governor added.
Though our modern space research and exploration is somewhat belated yet it is quite significant. From the modest beginning in 1963 with the launch of Rohini sounding rockets to Mars Mission and even thereafter the Indian space progamme has had scripted many monumental successes Governor observed. .
Technology is vital for our development. Let us make our Space technology and Space programme an important instrument of economic development, resource conservation, social wellbeing and human progress as a whole Governor urged.
Dr. P. Kunhikrishnan, Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Dr. Ajit Kumar Nath, Deputy General Manager, Dr. Achyuta Samant, founder KIIT & KISS, Prof. Hrushikesh Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor, KIIT University among others spoke on the occasion. Governor inaugurated an exhibition to commemorate the celebration.

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