THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Sunday underlined the need for industrialisation of space and a “great vision” for every nation to prevent a potential energy crisis in the 21st century. Kalam was addressing the convocation of the 2009 batch of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, ISRO’s space academy here, of which he is Chancellor. He called for the creation of a ‘Space Knowledge Platform’ for the realisation of a ‘livable earth’ through the industrialisation of space.
The platform, he said, would in essence be an ‘international virtual laboratory’ which acts as an advisory body for space industrialisation. Such a Space Knowledge Platform, Kalam said, should consist of 25 specialists from spacefaring nations who would pool their knowledge and resources for the “conceptual, perspective and strategic” planning of technical and management systems for making the earth more ‘livable.’
Madhavan Nair Attends Ceremony
Sunday’s IIST convocation had a surprise guest, former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair. For several years, Madhavan Nair had stayed away from ISRO programmes, allegedly owing to differences of opinion with K Radhakrishnan, who succeeded him as ISRO chief.