In what turned out to be a highly enjoyable and interesting event, Astronomy Club of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology conducted an orientation programme for the first years of the college. The impact that was made was enough to fuel the passion of an avid astronomy fan, while for many others; it was the spark that will later ignite a passion for this extraordinary subject. Hundreds of students attended the event, so did a few guests. The chief guest for the event was Head of Akash Mitra Group Pramod Joshi, who has been associated several times with the Club. He was accompanied by his close friend, Kulkarni, Pravin Jat, Vice President of Dhruva Association, who made the central India’s biggest telescope, and 1973 pass-out of VNIT, Rahul Meshram, who is a keen sky-watching enthusiast, also attended.
The event began with an inspirational video, followed by a welcoming address and a tribute to Former Air Vice Marshall Late UA Deshpande, who passed away in April this year. He had been associated with the club since two years before. The solemn mood was quickly extinguished with an engaging astro-quiz, before which Pramod Joshi shared a few words of wisdom with the students. The first six correct answers were recognised and the winners received copies of Amit Kamble’s exceptional space photographs. Following this, the Club’s Third Year and Second year organising team members were introduced to the eager audience, along with the unveiling of this year’s Astronomy Club sweatshirt. Rahul Meshram then showed a video he had recorded depicting the time lapse of the Milky Way Galaxy. He also shared the basics of the astronomy software, Stellarium, with the students, to general awe. The Club’s aims, and goals and activities were depicted with the help of their teaser video. Comestibles were provided to the permanently hungry, young students. Also, students susceptible to digression and drowsiness during speeches were kept well entertained with an interesting astronomy crossword and puzzle.
The stupendously successful event was concluded with a vote of thanks to the dignitaries and of course, the students.