Nepal’s first astronomical documentary entitled Hubble and The Universe was officially released by Rishi Shah, Jayanta Acharya and Reverend Father Antonysamy jointly during the grant releasing ceremony today at St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar ,Kathmandu,Nepal.The Documentry is a production of FAR SCIENCE Production initiated by two young students G.D. Pudasaini and Utshav Kandel of B.Sc. first year of St. Xavier’s College, Matighar Kathmandu.
During the ceremony, chief guest Er. Rishi Shah, Academician of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and President of Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) explained the importance of astronomy for the development of our Nepalese Society. He shared his school and college days with the participants and also highlighted that the whole scenario has changed a lot since then 1960 when he used to be a student. It was then when there were no facilities like today’s time. He also urged the young minds to use their time in a productive matter so that they can contribute to the society for its development. he also explained a young student of Physics, Nishu Karna, who is also a founder member of NASO, made his journey to of Maryland for her internship. She is the first Nepalese girl who has been to Goddard Space Center from Nepal. She is doing her work on Sun.
Mr. Jayanta Acharya, Single Point of Contact (SPoC) of IYA2009 Nepal and special guest of the ceremony highlighted the past, present and future IYA2009 activities in Nepal.
The ceremony was chaired by the Reverend Father Dr. S.J. Antonysamy, Principal of St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar, Kathmandu. During his speech he explained the importance of Research and Development (R&D) to understand what we have learned. Also, he highlighted that we have to try our best for our innovation from what we have learned in our classrooms so that we can impart some positive changes in our society.
Mr. Sudeep Neupane, Founder member of NASO explained the NASO activities in past, present and future to celebrate IYA2009 in Nepal. He explained about the potential of astronomical outreach to bring some positive change in our society and for the development of our country Nepal by making people thin logically and scientifically for their work. Also, he explained that astronomy is the key tool to popularize Science and Technology (S&T) among the Nepalese people through different activities.
After the releasing ceremony there was solar observation session organized by Nepal Astronomical Society.During the observation session, Abdul Haleem Thowfeeq, founder member of Maldives Science Society, who was been invited as a special guest talked about some mutual programmes between Nepal and Maldives. He invited to Maldives on Annular Eclipse on January 15, 2009 which is also visible from Southern part of India. Bangladesh and Myanmar of Asia
After the releasing ceremony the documentary was screened. The documentary is 2 Hours 6 minutes long including 8 minutes bonus materials.
More than 200 students from different college of the Kathmandu participated during the ceremony.There were students from the colleges from outside of Kathmandu. They told that the event was very inspiring and They will try to cooperate to organize astronomical activities in their region in future to celebrate IYA2009 in Nepal
The Programme was co-ordinated by Nepal Astronomical Society,NASO, Kathmandu, Nepal.