Dr Prasad with the Consul General of Thailand, Japan and Ravindra Sannareddy.
“The successful launch of GSLV-D5 with an indigenous cryogenic stage, is one of the greatest achievements of ISRO. This is an important step that the country has taken towards the goal of total self-reliance in space technology. The eminent launch team headed by Dr MYS Prasad deserves praise for the hard work and dedication,” Ravindra Sannareddy, Chairman, ASSOCHAM’s Southern Regional Chapter and MD, Sri City said, while speaking at a felicitation function jointly organised by ASSOCHAM and Sri City, held in Chennai.
Seshagiri Gao with Sandya Cheriyan, Dr Badarinath and Ravindra Sannareddy.
The felicitation function was held to celebrate the great scientific and technological achievement and to honour the following eminent scientists of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota : Dr Prasad, Director, V Seshagiri Rao, Associate Director, Dr SV Subba Rao, Deputy Director, VAST, MS Pannirselvam, Range Operations Director, V Ranganathan, Chief General Manager, SPP, and M Badarinarayana Murthy, Chief General Manager, LSSF.
Speaking after being felicitated, Dr. Prasad said, “I consider this as a great privilege and honour for the entire ISRO community, and thank the ASSOCHAM and particularly Mr. Ravindra Sannareddy for organising such a colourful event.” He said that ISRO is progressing well because of a fantastic teamwork of the entire ISRO community, industries and educational institutions that had contributed to the unalloyed success of various missions, including the recent GSLV mission with indigenous cryogenic stage.
Sharing the details of the pre-launch operations, Dr. Prasad said the launch campaign spreads for about 70 days and throughout this period the entire SHAR community works round the clock. “The teams headed by the distinguished senior scientists, who are present here, demonstrated excellent team work,” Dr. Prasad added. All other scientists also briefly shared their experiences and thanked the ASSOCHAM and Sri City for the honour and felicitation.
Ravindra Sannareddy welcoming the gathering.
Besides the members of ASSOCHAM and customers of Sri City, the impressive ceremony was attended by numerous dignitaries drawn from various sectors of business and industry and Media. Prominent among the guests were, the Consul General of Japan Masanore Nakano, the Consul General of Thailand Mr. Tajtai Tmangraksat, the Labour Attache from the Malaysian Consulate Gunaseelan Natarajan, the Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany Dr Stefan Wayback, Martin Landauer Economic Consul from the Australian Consulate, Padma Bhushan Dr SS Badarinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Neyralaya, Dr KM Cherian, Chairman, Frontier Lifeline, AK Choudhary, Development Commissioner SriCity, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Rajeev Ranjan, Secretary, Department of Roads and Buildings, George Lin, Director, Taipei World Trade Centre, Chennai, and Chris Williamson, Danieli India. The function began with one minute’s silence held in memory of the Legendary Telugu actor Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who passed away on January 22.