NEW DELHI:President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday presented the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014 to Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The award was received by ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar.
Speaking on the occasion, President congratulated the Indian Space community for the achievement.
“Science and Technology is a key driver for shaping the destiny of nations and people across the globe. Technology is built not so much by individuals but by organisations. ISRO is one such Indian organisation, which has nurtured, developed and demonstrated world class capabilities,” Mukherjee said at the function held in Rashtrapati Bhawan, which was also attended Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma.
Sharma said ISRO has changed the life of common man while bringing space to the service of people. He also said that ISRO is working on 170 projects in coordination with various departments of the Government of India. ISRO’s space technologies have been of great help during natural disasters and have been helpful in the service of the humanity and the nation.
ISRO chief A S Kiran Kumar said the organisation would bring the fruits of space technology to the people of the country.
Kumar said ISRO also contributes to the nation’s development through satellite-based education, health care and connectivity to community activities for sustainable economic development.