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First ever Hindi atlas released for Isro's Mars Orbiter Mission

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 7:00 IST

Hindi language can help spread awareness about India's achievements in various space missions within the country, the government said as it released the first ever Hindi atlas book on India's indigenous "Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)".

"During the last 18 months, as a result of active impetus and encouragement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's space programme has registered some unprecedented and landmark achievements which have placed India as a frontline nation in the world.

"Even though India's achievements in space missions are being appreciated the world over, Hindi language can serve as a medium for spreading further awareness within the country about recent space missions, particularly the Mars Orbiter Mission," Minister of State in PMO which looks after Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh said after releasing the atlas.

The book was released on the occasion of first meeting of reconstituted 'Joint Hindi Salahkar Samiti' of the department. MOM is totally indigenous, living up to Modi's 'Make in India' initiative, and has also provided useful information which is being shared by even the most advanced nations of the world.

Singh said that in the years to come, as India's space technology and atomic energy programmes attract more and more scientific researchers from other parts of the world, the use of Hindi among the native scientists will also become a motivation for foreign scientists to pick up working Hindi for easier communication with their Indian counterparts.

"Promotion of Hindi as a medium of instruction in scientific departments like space technology and atomic energy will also provide the best of the young scientific minds in India, an opportunity to contribute their talent even if they do not possess the knowledge of English language," he said.

Singh appreciated the efforts of both the departments for coming up with literature including periodicals and booklets in Hindi for popularising various projects and programmes undertaken by them.

He suggested that in future, the Hindi scholars, who are non-official members of 'Hindi Salahkar Samiti' will be more closely associated with the day to day activities of both the departments so that use of Hindi becomes a natural style of working in these departments.

A S Kiran Kumar, secretary department of Space and chairman, space commission and chairman, Isro and Sekhar Basu, secretary, department of atomic energy and chairman, Atomic Energy Commission were also present on the occasion.


First published: 28 October 2015, 10:30 IST