SRK Knowledge Foundation conducted Wisdom – A series of lecture-2 on ‘Future of India’ at Science Centre, Surat on 29th May 2018. The Noble Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi, Children’s Right Activist and Education Advocate and Shri Kiran Kumar, Distinguished Space Scientist and Astrophysicist, were present in the city to accept ‘Santokbaa Humanitarian Award’ conferred by Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Honourable President of India and Prof Arun Tiwari, Associate of Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam were the guest speakers for the evening. Shri Govind Dholakia-Chairman, SRK Knowledge Foundation, welcomed the esteemed invitees.

Shri Kiran Kumar spoke about the impact of space research. Putting on the emphasis on the achievements made by ISRO in space research, he said, “It has caught the attention of scientists, political ministers and the people worldwide.” The project was successfully launched at the target time and within the desired budget. The motive of advance research was to make India self-reliant in space technology.” The scientists worked to make the lives rustic, safe and convenient. They successfully developed a technology to save the fishermen living by the side of the seashore from the upcoming cyclone and other natural disasters, which resulted in saving many fishers and people associated with the fishing industry, added Kumar. Shri Kiran Kumar further inspired the young generation to serve the nation in space science and technology.

Subsequently, Noble Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi talked straight from the heart while talking about the subtle issue. Children are the architect of the future, and they should be handled sensitively. Revealing the data of the number of children being exploited in the country, Shri Satyarthi said, “Five hundred thousand children are still the victims of rape, labour, trafficking and are deprived of education.” He urged the public to raise their voice against child abuse and exploitation and be a part of his campaign ‘100 Million for 100 Million’, which aims to mobilise 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children in the world to end violence against them.

In the presence of these dignitaries, SRKKF, under its SRK-Kalam Health project, launched ‘Niramaya’- India’s First Population Health Study prepared under the mentorship of Prof Arun Tiwari. For the first time, more than a hundred & twelve thousand people have been approached in their dwellings, and an attempt has been made to understand the social determinants of health. There is a growing awareness that upstream health can save wastage of working days on account of disability and mitigate the poor people’s economic hardships. Such a study indeed paves the way in this direction, stated Prof Tiwari, declaring the study to ever been taken up by the scientists.

At this ideal gathering, the SRK Research Scholars were also honoured by the esteemed dignitaries under the SRK Research Scholarship programme. The session received an overwhelming response with the audience consist of NGOs, Social Activists, Academicians, Intellectuals and Students.