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At Indian Science Congress, a time capsule on India’s scientific prowess

The capsule was put together by students of Lovely Professional University, who plan to bury it underground till January 3, 2119

 
By Sunderarajan Padmanabhan
Last Updated: Monday 07 January 2019
Time capsule being lowered by Nobel laureates at the Indian Science Congress 2019. Credit: India Science Wire
Time capsule being lowered by Nobel laureates at the Indian Science Congress 2019. Credit: India Science Wire Time capsule being lowered by Nobel laureates at the Indian Science Congress 2019. Credit: India Science Wire

The 106th session of the Indian Science Congress had a unique moment today when a time capsule containing 100 items representing India’s scientific prowess and the range of technology available in the modern world was lowered down to the ground to preserve a glimpse of present day India for future generations. 

Two Nobel Laureates—Hungary-born Israeli biochemist Avram Hershko and British-born American physicist F Duncan M Haldane—lowered the time capsule at a ceremony on January 4.

The key objects in the capsule are replicas of India’s Mars orbiter Mangalyaan, Brahmos missile of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), two stage medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles and Tejas fighter jet.

The other articles include a laptop, a smart phone, a drone, Amazon Alexa and virtual reality glasses, a solar panel, and a hard disk with latest documentaries and movies and science text books of Class XII.

The capsule, among other things, contains a collection of ordinary consumer durables like an air filter, an induction cooktop, and air fryer that are part of present day-to-day life.

The capsule was put together by students of Lovely Professional University, where the Indian Science Congress session is being held. The artefacts were selected on the basis a poll among students.

Chancellor of the university, Ashok Mittal, said the plan is to bury the capsule underground till January 3, 2119. “Earlier, major developments would take place once in a few decades. But today, new technical capabilities are being added to our life every few years. The time capsule offers a representation of technology know-how as it stands today. It should turn out to be a source of wonder and pride for the generation that would bring it up a century later,” he noted. (India Science Wire)

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