Have you ever stopped and asked yourself how a small gadget in your palm shows you your current location? Or how it does help you navigate to your favouritebeach?We have all become so used to it that we hardly pause to gauge the marvelous science behind this tiny gadget. It isa technology known simply as GPS(Global Positioning System). Owned by the US, it is made available to all through the ubiquitous mobile phone; however, there is a very vital and interesting but lesser-known story in relation to this technology of GPS and India.
India is very rapidly progressing on its way to various technological advancements.Recently, it unveiled the Anti-satellite (ASAT) Systemfor strategic military purposes developed by India’s premier organization, ISRO; it isa space weapon designed to destroy satellites. India is only the fourth country in the world to develop such technology, afterChina,US and Russia.
But this isn't the only feat achieved by ISRO.
Are you aware of India's own GPS? It's called IRNSS and was developed by ISRO. Well,it is one of a kind. Let me dive into the story as to how and why it came into existence.
It goes back to 1999, to the time of Kargil war, when rival troops took position in the war. India realized the importance of GPS data for the region, which was crucial. US government had a navigation system which could be helpful for India in providing vital information, but shockingly, US denied to give it to India. India had felt the need for it earlier too, but at the time of war it was of great strategic importance.
With no immediate solution in sight, ISRO then took the challenge head on and made adequate arrangements for immediate need of our defense. After the war, the work at ISRO continued and finally in the year 2014,Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) was developed. India was thenable to keep an eye on its boundaries and beyond. This system runs on a combination of 7 satellites which reassembles the geographic data about the region from different angles, and the process helps to calculate from relative data, real-time movement of objects. This marked India’s success in having a system that was once denied to it by the US.
But, the interesting fact that arises on learning about this is, why the US would deny the use of GPS technology to India when it was sure to get very attractive prices for it, as India was in dire need of it. Well, sometimes the logic of warfareand the associated hysteria go beyond just money.
After Independence, Indiachose not to merge with any of the superpowers and remained non-aligned. But, Pakistan went with the US and became a signatory to the related treaties. In 1950, arrangements for setting up of a CIA base in Pakistan were finalized during the US visit of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan.
USSR became a friend for India to keep the global power balance and it supplied arms and intelligence support to India, as it is doing even now.
So, at the time of Kargil war, CIA had a huge military influence on Pakistan and it had a power center in Pakistan and assisting India in the war could have spelled trouble for its local interests. Thus, US denied access to its GPS technology to India.
At last it was a justvictory and only victory assigned for India by the almighty and thanks to the denial of the US, we can proudly claim that we are independent of their support today. The crisis made us find our true potential; currently, in 2019, only very few countries such as Russia (GLONASS),CHINA(BEIDOU),USA(GPS)and EUROPEAN UNION (GALILEO) alongside India have their own navigational system.
Not just science and technology, India is great in many other fields in comparison to other countries. The potential of the youth of our nation shouldn't go tarnished or in vain.
We,the citizens, on our part, shall always contribute in any and every possible way for the progress of nation.
Department of Languages, Dr N.S.A.M First Grade College, organized a lecture titled “Issues of Gender and Culture” on 28 Sep 2018 in the college. The lecture was pertaining to a lesson prescribed for I Sem B.Com and BBA Classes.
The program began with an address extending a warm welcome to the guest Dr R V Sheela, Department of English, MES College, Bengaluru and the audience.
Mr. J B Janardana, Head of the Department of Languages provided a brief introduction of the Resource Person. The College Principal set the ball rolling through her speech about the topic.
The guest speaker spoke on how culture and gender were responsible for treating women in an unjust manner. She linked the woman’s right to inheritance of ancestral property to the issue in the prescribed lesson “Daughter” and discussed how culture and gender injustice were responsible for treating women differently and not on par with men.
She vividly explained the lesson in detail and tried to compare it with the prevailing situation for women after the passage of so many laws for the betterment of women. The speaker tried to sensitize students about gender equality.
The students freely raised questions and the resource person provided the necessary clarification to their satisfaction.
Mr. Abhijit Naha, Assistant Professor, Dr N.S.A.M First Grade College proposed a vote of thanks with which the session came to an end.
As per the letter received from YRCS , dated 13/08/2019 to conduct an Essay writing competition on the topic of ‘Youth Responsibility in Nation Building’ our college YRCS committee of Dr. NSAM FGC organized an essay writing competition on 14/08/2019 at our college campus. A good number of students from B.Com and BBA took part in the competition in the presence of the faculty members.
“Literary Forum” of our college conducted a 'KAVYA VACHAN’ (Hindi Poetry Recitation) program on 30 August 2019.
Poetry is an effective way of expressing one’s feelings and forms an important part of the literature of any language. Youngsters must be taught to appreciate the finer points of poetry in order to fully understand the wide patronage it enjoys. The program witnessed very enthusiastic response from many students pursuing the study of Hindi Language.
Dr.GaganKumari organised the event and Dr.Bharathi, Department of Commerce, was theChief Guest on the occasion.
Sachin, a student from the Final Year B.Com., secured the FIRST place, while,Monika, I year, secured the SECOND place, and Jeevithaof I year B. Com.,Komalof Final Year B. com.,shared the THIRD place.
Literary Forum of Dr N.S.A.M First Grade College organized a programme titled “Gandhiji and Non- violence” on 06 Mar 2018. Prof. S Narayanan, Retired Professor of English, was invited to address the students on the topic in order to throw light on ‘Ahimsa’, a lesson prescribed for 2nd semester B.Com and BBA.
Principal Dr R. Shanti Iyer, provided the welcome speech, while Mr J B Janardhan, Head of the Department of English, introduced the speaker, which was followed by the chief guest’s lecture.
In his speech, the Professor emphasized on the relevance of Gandhian thoughts in the modern world. He also spoke about the purpose of Gandhiji’s non- violence which made the British realize that they were wrong. A non-violence fighter should be mentally strong otherwise it is not possible to adopt the principles of non-violence. According to Gandhiji, violence was not the solution to eradicate injustice .The only way to end injustice was self-realization. It could be done through persuasion.
Prof Narayanan mentioned about ‘fear’ and ‘hate’ and rightly stressed that fear is the main obstacle in the process of persuasion. Prof Narayanan also mentioned about Gandhiji’s point of view about the environment and how he differentiated between ‘need’ and ‘greed’.
Aspects of Gandhiji’s eco-friendly economics were also covered in the speech. Overall, the programme was very effective from the students’ point of view.
The session concluded with a vote of thanks.