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Parrikar wanted to become engineering researcher


CM inaugurating Planatarium

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that he wanted to be a researcher in engineering, a dream which he still cherishes at heart.

"I had a dream of becoming a researcher. That was my quest and interest and it still remains to be my interest," Parrikar told a gathering of people during the inauguration of Goa Planetarium at Miramar beach.

The project is being set up by National Council of Science Museums.

"Many factors did not allow me to follow up my interest," said Parrikar, an IITian and metallurgical engineer, who plunged into politics in 1987 and first became a member of the state Legislative Assembly in 1994.

Parrikar, representing BJP, has been winning the polls from Panaji constituency consistently ever since and is party's face in Goa.

The chief minister, who says that he is an ardent reader of British cosmologist Stephen Hawkins, stated, "I sometimes don't understand science. There are some unanswered questions like what is beyond the universe."

Parrikar inaugurated Rs one crore-worth digital planetarium project on the premises of the Goa Science Centre at Miramar beach today.

The air-conditioned digital planetarium, which is eight meter in diameter, consists of full dome omni focus LCD projector and a fish-eye lens with 180 degree area of projection, mounted on a vertical set up in the center of the planetarium.New Planetarium at Miramar

NCSM plans to set up three planetariums in the North Eastern region, including in Nagaland, Manipur and at Jorhat in Assam.

"In the last three years, we had six planetariums across the country. We are planning for three more in the North Eastern region," NCSM Director General G S Rautela told a gathering at Miramar near here.

He said the projects have been planned in Nagaland, Manipur and at Jorhat in Assam, which will be completed next year.

According to Rautela, at the Goa facility, the dome of the planetarium itself becomes a screen.

"A dominant feature of this facility is a dome-shaped projection screen, onto which, scenes of stars, planets and other celestial objects can be made to appear and move realistically to stimulate the complex motion of the heavens," he added.

Goa government has pitched in shouldering 35 per cent of the total cost of the project, which is expected to become a tourist attraction next to Miramar beach.

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Not just a tourist attraction, The school authorities can take better advantage of it by taking kids there. This will enhance their learning skills as they will be actually watching the planetary system instead of visualising it in mind while studying.

It will help in developing interest among students for astronomical studies too.

Anjali Sushil Amonkar , Kuwait

Parrikar is doing a great service to the world by being a CM. The research world has lost a good brain, but the world has gained in some other possibly better way thanks to Parrikar getting into politics.

samir Kelekar , Bangalore



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