All India Radio,Regional Science Centre initiate novel programme for students
All India Radio (AIR), Tirupati in collaboration with Regional Science Centre (RSC) has initiated another novel programme entitled ‘Randi Chusoddam Taramandalm’ for the benefit of students. This programme was aimed at creating awareness on stargazing. The first programme was held on May 24.
Tirupati: All India Radio (AIR), Tirupati in collaboration with Regional Science Centre (RSC) has initiated another novel programme entitled ‘Randi Chusoddam Taramandalm’ for the benefit of students. This programme was aimed at creating awareness on stargazing. The first programme was held on May 24.
- It is called ‘Randi Chusoddam Taramandalam’
- Aimed at creating awareness on stargazing among students
- The next programme scheduled on June 21
The students from the district and the neighbouring districts too participated in the programme at Regional Science Centre (RSC). They were explained various features and subtle details of stars. They were made to watch the stars through the telescope arranged at the terrace there. By seeing the stars they asked several questions for which the RSC coordinator R Manigandan and education officer Y Durgaiah have answered in detail.
The one hour programme was given live for 30 minutes over AIR, Tirupati and the remaining part was broadcasted on the next day. In AIR studio, SV Museums Director PV Ranganayakulu was present to clear the doubts of the listeners online. They received several questions. For instance, a student has asked why stars are visible for some time and later disappear.
The answer he received was that clouds may pass on for some time. Also, earth position may be changed because it will be moving. But satellite will be in a stable position.Another question was, “What is the star which looks very bright”? The answer was it is not a star but it is Jupiter, the planet. The AIR has given announcement about the programme over the radio which made the interested students along with their parents come all the way from Nellore also, said the Assistant Director of programmes in AIR, Tirupati Dr Nagasuri Venugopal.
Speaking to The Hans India, he said everyone including children have lost the habit of observing and enjoying nature. He elaborated by saying that the by understanding the symmetry in universe, the scientific temper will raise. Knowing the great works of various scientists, everyone will get motivated, he added.
Explaining the future plans relating to this programme, Venugopal said it was only a beginning. Fortunately, Tirupati has the most valuable science centre and one has to make the best use of it. “In future, the idea is to introduce planets in a practical way to create more knowledge on them. The basic requirement is lighting should be low. By stabilizing this programme we want to take it to the neighbouring towns too so that more number of students can be inspired,” he explained.
Manigandan said that location wise Tirupati has very proximity with Sriharikota. People were often asking about rocket launching, the sky, stars and rockets. With an aim of popularising astronomy, this programme was taken up, he said. “It gives a basic idea about stars and sky watching. The main intention is to reach the people especially rural people by arranging this type of programmes and the next programme is planned for June 21,” he stated.
By V Pradeep Kumar