Shillong: To commemorate the legacy of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, IIM Shillong hosted the 4th Dr APJ Abdul Kalam lecture series with Padma Bhushan Dr K Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of ISRO, as the chief guest. Dr PLN Raju, Director, NESAC, D Prakash, IG, CRPF and journalist Patricia Mukhim, Editor were the guests of honour at the function.
The event kickstarted with an inaugural address by Prof Keya Sengupta, Dean (academics) of IIM Shillong followed by an introduction of the keynote speaker by Prof Sanjoy Mukherjee. Later, Dr Radhakrishnan took the stage and commenced his lecture on “India and the New Space Age”. Dr Radhakrishnan started by reminiscing about his own tryst with Dr Kalam and talked about how Dr Kalam motivated everyone to work towards perfection and achieve more than they could envisage.
Moving ahead, he talked extensively about the management principles applied in ISRO, and how ISRO, despite being faced with a galore of problems, continues to excel because of its state-of-the-art management principles and backed his talk with management lessons, ranging from operationalization of Aryabhatta, India’s first satellite, to Chandrayaan-2, while also taking up prospects of Gaganyaan mission.
Later, he took part in a constructive discussion with the participants and answered their questions from areas related to space laws and regulations and new ventures in the area.
Dr Radhakrishnan’s speech was followed by the release of the first official newsletter of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Center for Policy Research and Analysis at IIM Shillong. Formed as part of a tripartite agreement between Ministry of DoNER, North Eastern Council and IIM Shillong, the center works towards formulating policies for the north eastern States in handloom, handicraft, horticulture, tourism, logistics and BPO sectors.
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