Glowing tributes were paid to the significant contributions made to humanity by the world’s first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova by speakers at a function organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi to mark her 80th Birth Anniversary on March 06, 2017. Through her historic space odyssey, she blazed a new trail and chronicled a brilliant chapter in space science beneficial to mankind.
After her unprecedented scientific achievement, she became an active public figure, who dedicated her life to develop international ties of the Soviet Union. A Member of the Parliament (Duma), she served as the Chairperson of the Presidium of Union of Soviet Societies for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries since 1987, and directed the Russian Centre of International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation from 1994 to 2004.
The function, comprising a Photo Exhibition “Valentina Tereshkova-the World’s Legend” and the screening of the documentary movie “Flight for Ever”, was attended by an elite gathering. The programme enabled, to a large extent, in unfolding the mysteries of universe, while inspiring the young generation and inculcating in them a scientific temper, curiosity and enthusiasm.
The main participants consisted of Major Dalbir Singh, Secretary, AICC, Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President, Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDAPRYAL), Mr. Nimish Kapoor, Scientist, Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology. Government of India, Mr. C. B. Devgun, President, Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE), Dr. Neelakshi Suryanarayan, Head, Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies, Delhi University, Dr. R. B. Singh, General Secretary, India-Russia Friendship Society, Mrs. Purnima Anand, President of BRICS International Forum, Mr. Andrey Andreev, Deputy Director, RCSC, and others.
Paying rich tributes to Valentina Tereshkova, Major Dalbir Singh traced the background of her life and career, based on dedication and perseverance. He described her as a role model for future generation, particularly women. Valentina managed to fulfil the dream of millions, the girl from working class family became a pioneer in space and brought fame to her motherland, Major Dalbir Singh noted.
In a realistic account of Valentina’s perspective on scientific quest, Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar underlined her remarkable priorities, objectives and commitments which went a long way in distinguishing herself as an international figure of unique scientific achievement.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, Mr. Andrey Andreev referred to the highest echelons Valentina Tereshkova reached and the prestigious laurels she won following her historic flight. A number of ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO Representative Offices will hold various events in March dedicated to her 80th birth anniversary, he said.