The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan of India, on the invitation of Science and Technology Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana.
Dr. Kasturirangan is the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore. He also serves as an Honorary Professor of Physics, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Research at Bangalore.
Dr. Kasturirangan led the Indian space programme, as the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation for nine years until 2003, during which period the programme achieved the major milestones of launching and operationalization of India’s prestigious satellite launch vehicles, PSLV and GSLV. He is also a member of Upper House (Rajya Sabha) of the Indian Parliament.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke, considered as the father of the concept of extra terrestrial communication through geo-stationary satellites, was born in the United Kingdom in 1917.
He chose Sri Lanka as his home where he lived more than half a century of his life until his demise last year on March 19.
Sir Clarke was also the honorary patron of the ACCIMT, a state institute for research and development, training and technology transfer in modern technologies, which was named after him in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of science and technology. He was also the Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa.
The lecture titled "Forays into Space Ð New Direction for National Development", will focus on satellite communications and other space technology applications in the fields including natural resources management, meteorology, education, agriculture, fisheries, transport and logistics, surveying and mapping and forestry, etc., the experience of the Indian Space Programme and its phenomenal contribution to India’s overall national development and the prospects for effective application of space technologies in the national development efforts of a developing nation such as Sri Lanka.