Vikram lander will land on Moon as a tribute to Vikram Sarabhai from crores of Indians

The
centenary celebration of the birth anniversary of the founding father
of ISRO – Dr. Vikram Sarabhai kicked off in Ahmedabad today in the
presence of dignitaries from ISRO, Department of Space, Department of
Atomic Energy and members of Sarabhai Family. Prime Minister of India
Shri Narendra Modi addressed the gathering through a video message.

In
his Video message, Shri Narendra Modi said that it will be a tribute to
Dr. Sarabhai from crore of Indians in true sense when ‘Vikram’ lander
will land on Moon. He also said that Vikram Sarabhai’s ideology leads
India to become a powerful country in the field of science and
technology. Shri Modi said Dr. Homi Bhabha’s demise had created a vacuum
in the world of Indian science. At that time, Vikram Sarabhai gave a
new dimension to science with his skills and leadership ability.
Describing Dr. Vikram Sarabhai as a dedicated soldier of Science,
Shri Modi said that he encouraged science as well as India’s culture
and Sanskrit language. He always gave time for the students. Shri Modi
said that Dr. Vikram Sarabhai has left a legacy for us and it is our
responsibility to take this legacy to the people. He also encouraged
school children to participate in the online space quiz launched by
ISRO.
Dr.
K Sivan, Chairman of ISRO, described Dr. Vikram Sarabhai as a great
institution builder. He said that Vikram Sarabhai has made a huge
contribution in the construction of Modern India by establishing
institutions in the fields of Modern Science, Physical Research and
Atomic Energy etc. He said that institutions set up by Vikram Sarabhai
have become the Center of Excellence today. He said that in this sense,
Dr. Vikram Sarabhai is the true Son of India.
During
the inaugural programme, an album on the life story of Dr. Vikram
Sarabhai, a coffee table book on ISRO and commemorative coin from
Department of Atomic Energy were released. ‘Space on Wheels’ an
exhibition inside a bus was also inaugurated on the occasion.
The
yearlong Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Centenary Programme includes exhibitions,
competitions to school children, journalism awards and speeches by
eminent personalities.  The programme will be conducted across 100
selected cities all over India commencing today and ending on August 12,
2020 with the valedictory function at Thiruvananthapuram.
Former
Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center Dr. B N Suresh, Former
Director of Space Application Center and a close associate of Dr.
Sarabhai Shri Pramod Kale, Former Chairman of ISRO Dr. Kasturirangan,
Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Shri K N Vyas, former chairman of
Department of Atomic Energy Shri M R Shrinivasan and Son of Dr. Vikram
Sarabhai Dr. Karthikeya Sarabhai were also present on the occasion.