ISRO Space Application Centre to relocate Vikram Sarabhai statue outside campus for better public visibility
A life-size statue of the father of the Indian space programme Dr Vikram Sarabhai, which was first installed inside the ISRO Space Application Centre (SAC) campus in Ahmedabad in 2011, will be relocated outside the campus for better public visibility.
We wanted to display the statue more prominently and thought that it would be better to relocate the statue installed inside the campus to outside the gate. Inside the campus it is only us (employees) who see him while if it’s kept outside, everyone can see him, hence this was a decision taken at the organisation level. We plan to unveil the statue on August 12 on his birth anniversary,” ISRO SAC director Nilesh Desai told the Indian Express.
Desai added that the Sarabhai family members have been invited to unveil the statue on Dr Sarabhai’s birth anniversary. Son of Dr Sarabhai, Kartikeya Sarabhai, confirmed to The Indian Express that the family members intend to be present at SAC for the unveiling on August 12.
The statue was the first life-size installation of Dr Sarabhai in the city of Ahmedabad, sculpted by Padma Shri awardee Kantibhai Patel, and was first unveiled inside the campus in 2011, on Dr Sarabhai’s 92nd birth anniversary.
Padmanabh Joshi, who works with Nehru Foundation, founded by Dr Sarabhai, reminiscing of the 2011 unveiling of the statue, said, “I still remember that it was raining heavily on the date of the unveiling and Mrinalini Sarabhai and then ISRO chairperson Dr K Radhakrishnan inaugurated it.”
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