Neelamkodan Naslim, the young astrophysicist who hails from a remote village in Kerala, has shown to the world the talent of Keralite youth, said Speaker G Karthikeyan.
He was speaking at a function organised by the Kerala State Higher Education Council to honour Naslim who shot to fame through the discovery of ‘Zirconium Star’.
He hoped that the discovery would be the first of the several achievements that awaited Naslim. The Speaker presented a memento to the young achiever, who hails from a remote village of Chungathara in Malappuram. In her reply, Naslim said that it was her passion for astrophysics which prompted her to opt for Physics for a degree course in Calicut University.
‘’Later I joined the post-graduate course at the School of Pure and Applied Physics under MG University where my passion received the support of associate professor Dr K Indulekha who inspired me to do research in the subject,’’ Naslim said. Naslim is a PhD scholar at Belfast University, Ireland, and her study topic is ‘hot sub-dwarf stars’. The star found by Naslim and her supervisor Dr Simon Jeffrey is the most Zirconium-rich star ever discovered. Sharjah University Chancellor Sami Mahmoud, Calicut University vice-chancellor Dr M Abdul Salam, KSHEC vice-chairman T P Sreenivasan, Science and Technology Museum director Arul Jerald, Council member-secretary Anwar, executive members C I Abdu Rahman and Dr Jayaprakash spoke.