Today, August 12, is the 100th birthday of Vikram Sarabhai - the father of the Indian space programme. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to celebrate a centenary programme.
"We are planning a year-long programme for commemorating the birth centenary of our founding father Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai. Inaugural function is planned on Aug 12 at 1000 hrs IST in Ahmedabad", ISRO tweeted.
“The programme will be conducted across 100 selected cities all over India commencing from August 12, 2019, ending on August 12, 2020. It includes exhibitions, competitions to school children, journalism awards and speeches by eminent personalities”, ISRO said in its website.
A curtain raiser inaugural function is planned on August 12, 2019, 10 AM IST at Ahmedabad, the birthplace of Dr. Sarabhai.
“Many important dignitaries both from ISRO/DOS and DAE are participating in this function. The valedictory function for the year-long programme will be at Thiruvananthapuram on August 12, 2020”, ISRO added.
The two-hour inaugural programme will comprise of several events, including the unveiling of a commemorative coin as well as the inauguration of a ‘Space on Wheels’ exhibition inside a bus. ISRO will also be unveiling a Coffee Table Book and a photo album of exclusive candids from Dr. Sarabhai’s short-lived 52 years.
Born on August 12, 1919, in Ahmedabad, Vikram was one of the eight children of Ambalal and Sarla Devi, according to the ISRO website.
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) at Thiruvananthapuram today is the major centre of ISRO, where the design and development activities of satellite launch vehicles and sounding rockets are carried out and made ready for launch operations.
Interested in science education, Vikram founded a Community Science Centre at Ahmedabad in 1966. Today, the Centre is called the Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre. He was also Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. Along with other Ahmedabad-based industrialists, he played a major role in the creation of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Vikram was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972. To pay homage to the father of India's space programme, ISRO has also announced an award in his name on his 100th birthday.
(Image Courtesy: ISRO)