Indian Space Research Organisation has carved a niche for itself in space communication projects and is playing a significant role in the development and progress of the nation, said ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar.

Delivering the felicitation address on the occasion of 126th Jayanti celebrations of Shivabasava Swami of Nagnur Rudrakshi Mutt here on Monday, Prof. Kumar said though several other nations had sent space missions to Moon, ISRO was in the forefront of using technological advancements for the benefit of the people of the nation in various ways.

There were around 30,000 employees, including scientists and technologists serving with the ISRO, engaged in space missions and taking its benefits to the people in various areas of development and progress, including distance education, prior intimation of weather and climatic conditions, etc., he said.

Inaugurating the celebrations, Jnanpith award winner Chandrashekar Kambar hailed Veerashiava-Lingayat mutts for their highly significant role in imparting education, from elementary to professional and higher education, to the students in Karnataka.

He paid rich tributes to Shivabasava Swami for his yeoman services replicated in providing free education and food to the students belonging to the poorer sections of the society in this part of the State.

While drawing attention towards growing differences between people belonging to different religions and the state of confusion allegedly created by the media, he said the modern human being was isolating himself. It had become a difficult job to converse with a person holding a cell phone in his hand.

On the occasion, Sri Siddharama Swami of the mutt felicitated Pundalik Patil, V.G. Shilwantar, C.A. Sangolli (all) of Belagavi, and C.N. Hiremath of Davangere in recognition of their services and contributions in their chosen fields. Kannada activists Mahadev Talwar and Srinivas Talukar were also felicitated on the same stage.


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