India moon landing: Three Jamia Millia Islamia alumnus were part of Mission Chandrayan -3

India scripted history by becoming the first country to successfully soft-land on the southern pole region of Earth’s only natural satellite, Moon on Wednesday. India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission is set to begin exploring an area of the moon that has yet to be visited and has water ice that could be a resource for future missions.

Three alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) namely Amit Kumar Bhardwaj, Mohd Kashif and Areeb Ahmad were part of the historical third lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

JMI has expressed pleasure on the participation of its alumni and told IANS that it is a moment of great pride for Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).

“With this historic success, India has become the first country to land near the Moon’s South Pole,” JMI administration said.

All three were students of Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, JMI and completed their B.Tech in the year 2019. They cleared ISRO’s Centralised Recruitment Board-2019 Exam for the post of the Scientist/Engineer> ISRO declared the result of the Exam in September, 2021. It is worth mentioning that Mohd. Kashif had secured the first position in the Exam and all three were selected for the post of the Scientist/Engineer ‘SC’-Mechanical (Post No. BE002).

Elated over the development, JMI Vice Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar (Padma Shri) said “I take this opportunity to first congratulate Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the success of the mission. It is an occasion of national celebration and we are happier particularly to know that our students were also part of this historical mission. I congratulate them for the success and wish them good luck for their future endeavours. Jamia fraternity is proud of them”. Prof. Akhtar also said that they have become role models for the current students of the varsity and current students will get motivation to work hard to take the country to greater heights.

The university had made special arrangements at several places on the campus for watching the live telecast of the soft landing of Vikram Lander of Chandrayan-3 yesterday. The gathering in the Faculty of Engineering Auditorium and other venues of the university clapped and cheered in joy as soon as the Chandrayan-3 landed on the moon.