World Space Week celebrations kicks off at IST

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Islamabad

Institute of Space Technology (IST) Friday launched a space themed programme in collaboration with the National Space Agency of Pakistan (SUPARCO) to celebrate World Space Week (WSW) at its campus here.
WSW from October 4-6 will generate space awareness amongst the students from a large number of schools and colleges of the twin cities and surrounding areas besides general public.
Chairman SUPARCO, Major General Amer Nadeem HI (M) graced the occasion as the chief guest.
While addressing the participants, he emphasized on the importance of research and innovation in the fields of science and technology.
He advised students to understand the broader perspective of education.
“Educating oneself just to obtain a degree is the narrow version leading to limited progress. If you aspire to be the leaders in your field you need to develop the broader perspective of educating yourself which includes many dimensions and it leads to enlightenment of a higher order.
In the modern world, education is a lifelong process allowing one to explore various horizons. It broadens vision and enables you to march on a never ending journey towards new frontiers of knowledge”, he observed.
He also mentioned that SUPARCO, the National Space Agency of Pakistan would send its first astronaut in space in 2022 and inspired the young space enthusiasts to pursue their career in space science and technology.
He applauded the efforts of Institute of Space Technology for creating awareness about space technology among the youth and educating the students about the benefits of space technology.
IST Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Wilayat Husain SI was also present on the occasion and presented a souvenir to the chief guest.
Earlier, Dr Najam Abbas, Programme Director World Space Week 2019 welcomed the participants and outlined various space themed competitions and activities designed and developed by Institute of Space Technology for the year 2019 world space week. The theme for WSW-2019 is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars”.
WSW is celebrated in accordance with the United Nation’s General Assembly’s declaration of 1999.
The Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) suggested the celebration of the World Space Week. Pakistan is endeavoring to enter into the realm of Space Science and Technology and related applications.—APP