From A Sleepy Hamlet To ISRO: The Journey Of Odisha Farmer’s Son To The Stars
Bargarh: Years of hard work and determination paid off for a youth in a farmer’s family in Odisha’s Bargarh district when he received an appointment letter from the elite Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently.
Nihar Ranjan Pradhan, a resident of Jharpali village under Ambabhona block of Bargarh district has been shortlisted as a Scientist/Engineer at the Vikarm Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.
Speaking to OTV after achieving the feat, Nihar said, “I had once read the book, ‘Wings of Fire’ written by former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam when I was in Standard X. That book influenced me a lot and since then I started dreaming of achieving something big in life. I am from a lower middle class family and my brothers and sisters are my inspirations. They have been encouraging me in my studies as well as pursuing my career,” Nihar added.
Nihar is the youngest son of Rajkumar Pradhan and Pankajini Pradhan. Nihar’s family depend on farming for their livelihood and he has been very keen on studies, particularly science since his childhood.
Nihar’s journey to the dizzying heights of space research started from Kedarnath Adivasi High School at Ambabhona. After completing his schooling, he cracked JEE Mains and Advanced and pursued a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in Thiruvananthapuram.
“I never expected that I would get a place in ISRO. It would be my honour if my success encouraged fellow youths of my village,” stated Nihar.
Meanwhile, Nihar’s parents, villagers and well wishers are thrilled at Nihar’s extraordinary success and believe that his feat has brought laurels for Jharpali village as well as the district.
“I am extremely delighted that my son has been selected for ISRO. We live in a remote village which do not have a proper motorable road and my son’s achievement has definitely made the village proud,” said Rajkumar.
Nihar is scheduled to join ISRO in January, 2021.