Education in one’s own mother tongue will enable students to develop their logical thinking ability, said Myilsamy Annadurai, ISRO scientist on Sunday. He was speaking at the conclusion of a training programme for underprivileged students organised by Anandham Youth Foundation. Annadurai said that many of the scientists in ISRO had studied science in their mother tongue.
The chief of Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan satellite missions inspired many students by sharing his life experiences, especially those of his school days. Annadurai said that his father was the biggest source of encouragement, insisting that his children study through meritorious scholarships rather than caste based funding.
He also informed the students that the Mangalyaan mission was progressing according to plan.
As many as 58 underprivileged students attended this programme organised by the Anandham Youth Trust. The training program was aimed at equipping these children with life skills. “More than developing professionals we would like to build up individuals with a sense of social responsibility,” said Selvakumar, chairman of the foundation. Every year this social service organisation identifies 30 children from economically backward families with high marks in their Plus Two exams and funds their college education.
H Devaraj, vice-chairman, UGC, Nandakumar, deputy director, Income Tax and Abirami Ramanathan, president, Tamilnadu Theatre Owners Association presided over the function.