Centre Urges Educational Institutions to Live Stream Chandrayaan 3’s Lunar Touchdown
The Center has issued a directive to all higher education institutions, spanning colleges, universities, as well as renowned establishments such as IITs and IIMs, urging them to partake in the live streaming of Chandrayaan 3’s anticipated moon landing. The significant event is scheduled to unfold on August 23. The directive mandates these Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to organize dedicated assemblies to facilitate the live broadcast of India’s third lunar mission – Chandrayaan 3. This collaborative effort aims to create a sense of unity and pride while highlighting the remarkable achievements of Indian science and technology.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has meticulously planned Chandrayaan 3’s lunar landing for today, around 6:04 pm. The spacecraft is primed for a gentle touchdown on the moon’s south pole. This endeavor not only marks a historic milestone for India but also kindles a passion for exploration and curiosity within the younger generation. K Sanjay Murthy, the Higher Education Secretary, articulated, “The landing of India’s Chandrayaan-3 is a monumental occasion that will not only fuel curiosity but also spark a passion for exploration within the minds of our youth. It will generate a profound sense of pride and unity as we collectively celebrate the prowess of Indian science and technology. It will contribute to fostering an environment of scientific inquiry and innovation.”
In a letter addressed to the heads of educational institutions, K Sanjay Murthy elaborated on the significance of this event. He emphasized that the Higher Education Institutions should arrange special assemblies from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, providing a platform to observe the live broadcast of Chandrayaan 3’s lunar landing.
UGC’s Call for Participation
Prior to the Centre’s directive, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had already issued a similar notice to colleges and universities nationwide. The UGC urged these academic establishments to conduct special assemblies and facilitate the live streaming of Chandrayaan 3’s historic moon landing, which is slated to occur on Wednesday.
Emphasizing the magnitude of this achievement, the UGC stated, “The landing of India’s Chandrayaan-3 is a monumental occasion that will not only fuel curiosity but also spark a passion for exploration within the minds of our youth. It will generate a profound sense of pride and unity as we collectively celebrate the prowess of Indian science and technology. It will contribute to fostering an environment of scientific inquiry and innovation.” This effort aligns with India’s commitment to advancing scientific research and innovation across various domains.
The UGC’s notice further underlined that Chandrayaan 3’s mission marks a pivotal step forward for India’s science, technology, engineering, and industry sectors. The impact of this endeavor is poised to reverberate across these sectors, showcasing the nation’s capabilities on a global scale.
The collaboration between the Center, HEIs, and organizations like the UGC underscores the importance of collective engagement in celebrating and encouraging India’s achievements in the realm of science and technology. This lunar mission serves as a beacon of inspiration for the younger generation, fostering an environment of curiosity, scientific inquiry, and innovative thinking.
With inputs from Press Trust of India (PTI)