Chaitra Krishnan & Rashmi P K
CAMPUS: A two-day state level seminar on “Science from Space- New Findings and Challenges Ahead” sponsored by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is being organised by the Physics Department of St Joseph’s College on Thursday.
The seminar was inaugurated by Dr Sandiago, Head of the Department, Physics and Prof Joseline Joseph, Physics. Resource persons Prof G Srinivasan, former professor, Raman Research Institute (RRI) and Dr Shyama Narendranath, ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) were also present.
Prof G Srinivasan, spoke about exploring the universe from space. He said, “Four hundred years ago we had only our eyes to observe the stars, but Galileo’s invention of telescope led to many advances in science.”
He further added that the birth of Astro-physics took place in 1817. But today, modern day Astro-physics is like a jig-saw puzzle making it unable to comprehend.
The scientists from ISAC who are directly involved in the missions like ASTROSAT, Chandrayan and Mangalyan, share their experience during this two-day seminar. “It is the first time I am attending a seminar like this which is very much informative as well as interactive,” said a student of People’s Education Society Institute of Technology (PESIT) South, Akshay Hemanth.
130 students from various colleges within and outside Bengaluru have registered for the seminar. “We have closed the registration and still people are requesting us to get their names registered, such good is the response,” said Prof Joseline Jose. She added that the topic was very relevant and interesting since ASTROSAT, India’s first dedicated astronomy satellite is going to be launched on September 28 this year, as per the official website of ASTROSAT.
S.K.N.G Government College, Government F.G. College, Shrinivasapura, Tunga Mahavidyalaya, Yuvraja’s College and Christ University are some of the institutions attending the seminar which also includes spokespersons from ISRO.
St Joseph’s College is also conducting a certificate course on space science and rocket dynamics in collaboration with ISRO.