21st Foundation Day of NESAC was celebrated on 6th Sept, 2021 with a combination of technical and cultural fervour. The program began at 10 AM in the NESAC auditorium. Keeping in mind the COVID restrictions, the number of in-person attendees was kept at minimum with only the Director-in-Charge, Senior Scientists and members of the administration and organizing committee were present in the auditorium. Other guests were invited to attend the program through virtual mode. The Foundation Day program began with the lighting of lamp by Dr. K.K. Sarma Director-in-Charge and Senior scientists present in the auditorium, followed by a welcome speech by Dr. B.K. Handique, Sr. Scientist, NESAC. In his address Director-in-Charge, NESAC complemented all the staff on this important occasion and mentioned that NESAC has entered into the stage of adulthood leading to more demand and expectation from various user departments in NE region. He also urged all the NESAC scientists and other staff to be more responsible and deliver timely and high quality outputs and services to various users.
Shri P.L.N. Raju, former Director, NESAC and presently the Special Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Assam released the upgraded version of the NER-DRR and addressed all the NESAC staff on the occasion. Dr. V.K. Dadhwal, former Director, Indian Institute of Space Science & technology (IIST), Trivandrum delivered the Foundation Day Talk on “Earth Observation from Space: Opportunities and Challenges”, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
A brief cultural program was also organised to celebrate the event that included mellifluous singing, exhilarating dancing and heart warming poem recitation etc. by NESAC staff and their family members. As a part of the event appreciation certificates were distributed to the “COVID Warriors” of NESAC by the Director-in-Charge, NESAC. Dr. R. Pebam, Scientist, NESAC coordinated distribution of prizes to the winners of various competitions organised as part of World Environment Day, 2021, whereas Shri Anjan Debnath, Scientist, NESAC coordinated the distribution of prizes for the winners of various competitions organised as a part of 21st Foundation Day celebration. The program ended with the Vote of Thanks offered by Smt. Emica Marbaniang, Sr. Assistant, NESAC.