Chairman of ISRO, K Radhakrishnan urged the students to contemplate the benefits of a career in the field of space research. Referring ISRO as a place of international advent in space applications, he highlighted the idea of students opting for a career at ISRO, given the pioneering and multi-disciplinary opportunities it bestows, apart from aiding the people of India.
Radhakrishnan outlined the visions and achievements of ISRO, while speaking at the Research Day celebrations at the SRM University, Tamil Nadu. The students of the University were also to reinforce their core skills with an eye on a career of space research. He said, "As young engineers, it (space research) provides to you a platform where you can do inter-disciplinary, frontline technology development. And, finally, the one that will be used or will be useful for the people of the country. So, this is a place you can put your engagements for good use and then you can think of your career, take a decision on the opportunity provided by the space technology and application for a country like India."
SRM University was appreciated by Radhakrishnan for its interest in space technology, quoting the launch of the SRMSAT student satellite in October 2011 embarked on the PSLV-C18. 12,000 orbits around the Earth has been completed by the nanosatellite which is tracked from a ground station by the students on the SRM campus.
T R Pachamuthu, the Chancellor of the University, however followed a different path while speaking about the merits about taking up research career. "Yes, we launched it. Yes, we have received praise for it. But, how long can we keep talking about it? We need to keep doing something new in the field of research. So, I ask you to consider placing greater interest in this area," he told the students.
The winners of the competitive abstract presentation which was held for the students of the University on to account for the Research Day were given their medals by Radhakrishnan and Pachamuthu. More than 600 abstracts were sent by students for the competition of which around 500 had been presented after they were shortlisted.