A Tete-A-Tete With The PM

 The very dedicated and determined Dr. Mariazeena Johnson has done Tamilnadu proud! 

The very dedicated and determined Dr. Mariazeena Johnson has indeed done Tamilnadu proud! 

There’s little this inspiring lady has not achieved; the latest feather in her cap came when Dr Mariazeena Johnson, along with her team of students from Sathyabama University who built the satellite ‘Sathyabamasat’ met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office in New Delhi.

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This was one of 20 satellites launched by ISRO using launch vehicle PSLV-C34 on June 22. ‘Sathyabamasat’ was the first satellite which was unveiled by the university on May 1 this year to monitor the concentration of green house gases in the atmosphere. It will remain in orbit for six months and weighs only two kg.

Dr Mariazeena Johnson, along with the team of students who built the satellite spent a quarter of an hour with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who lauded the students’ efforts and commended the university on supporting these budding scientists. Our PM even mentioned the meeting in his social media handles instantly!

Describing the time she and her team spent with the PM, Dr. Mariazeena said, “He referred to our students as scientists and encouraged them to pursue their innovative work further. He also patiently listed to the students describe the laborious process to obtain a patent for their work and took into consideration their request to modify and thereby speed up the patent process.”

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The Prime Minister also encouraged the students of Sathyabama University to design and develop some novel applications for the Indian Army. He was also overwhelmed to hear of the visit of Late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to the university and congratulated Dr. Mariazeena and her dedicated team for all the work they are putting in to make Sathyabama University one of the country’s most respected and premier educational institutions.