Indian Council of Social Welfare secretary-general Bhupesh Babu said, Sunita Williams will visit a working women's hostel managed by the council on April 3. Students from several schools in Chembur will be invited to meet Sunita Williams.
On April 4, she will meet school children at the Nehru Science Centre in Worli. Centre director, S Khened, said that invitations have been sent to about 100 schools and 50-60 are expected to attend the programme. "The capacity of our auditorium is 270, so we have restricted the number of entries from each school to five, including the teacher," he said, while pointing out that a number of municipal schools have been requested to send students. The programme is expected to begin around 10.30am.
The primary objective of having Sunita Williams here is to motivate and encourage children to develop an interest in space science. She is a global icon and it's not often that children get to interact with someone like her. The interactive session will offer youngsters the opportunity to hear her speak and then get to know about space missions from her. They will have the chance to throw any question that revolves around space missions, space science, astronauts or spaceships. It is a subject which children are curious about and there could be none better than Sunita Williams to answer their queries
Sunita Williams had last visited IIT-Bombay in October 2007. She gave a presentation to a packed auditorium. Williams has flown to the 17-member International Space Station twice- between December 9, 2006, and June 22, 2007 and from July 15, 2012, to November 19,2012. She has clocked a total of 50 hours and 40 minutes of spacewalk time.