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ISRO moving towards making reusable launch vehicle: Sivan

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is moving towards making a full-scale reusable launch vehicle, K. Sivan, Secretary, Department of Space, said on Wednesday.

“Very recently, we successfully conducted flight test of a hypersonic reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator as well as air-breathing engine technology demonstrator,” he said.

Dr. Sivan, who is also Chairman, ISRO, and Space Commission, Bengaluru, was speaking at the 34th convocation of Bharathidasan University.

Alongside contributing to all major flagship programmes of the country, ISRO was moving forward to take the space programme to the next level for future generation. The guided approach landing with the help of GAGAN (GPS-aided GEO Augmented Navigation) would immediately benefit nearly 50 airports in India. GAGAN services had also been planned to be extended to the railways for safety at unmanned level crossings.

A total of 1,246 candidates received their Ph.D, M.Phil, postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in person from Dr. Sivan in the faculties of engineering and technology, science, commerce, education, arts, Indian and other languages, fine arts, management and paramedical Sciences in the presence of Governor and Chancellor Banwarilal Purohit and Pro-Chancellor K.P. Anbalagan, Minister for Higher Education.

In his address, Mr. Anbalagan said Tamil Nadu was front-ranking State in higher education. The Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education was 45.6% in the State as against 24.5% at the national-level.

Vice-Chancellor P. Manisankar presented a report on the university's achievements during the year.

Gold medals and endowment prizes for first-rank holders in various subjects were given to 65 candidates. In all, 88,285 candidates, received their degrees. Of them, 87,039 were conferred degrees in absentia.

Medal withheld

The medal for the top-scorer in M.A. Sanskrit was not presented as the candidate, S. Rajakumari, who had enrolled for the regular programme in The Rajah's College of Sanskrit and Tamil Studies, Thiruvaiyaru, was found to be an office staff of Annamalai University and did not have the required attendance.

A decision on withdrawing the medal to Ms. Rajakumari would be taken after inquiry, according to University Vice-Chancellor P. Manisankar.

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