Henkel India sets up astronomy lab in Navi Mumbai school

Henkel Adhesives Technologies has set up an astronomy laboratory and observatory called Aryabhatta Astronomy Lab in RF Naik Vidyalaya & Junior College, Koparkhairane, in collaboration with Global Mission Astronomy, India.

29 Apr 2024 | By Rahul Kumar

(l-r) Bulent Pehlivan and S Sunil Kumar of Henkel India during the inauguration of the lab

This lab, set up under Henkel India’s CSR plan for FY 2024-25, was inaugurated by Bulent Pehlivan, regional head of finance Henkel IMEA; S Sunil Kumar, country president, Henkel India; Krishna Prasad, head of finance, Henkel India & Pakistan, Sandeepji Naik, president, Shramik Shikshan Mandal; Sagarji Naik, secretary, Shramik Shikshan Mandal and Dr Sanjeevji Naik of Shramik Shikshan Mandal.

Pehlivan said, “The  astronomy lab will generate interest among students in astronomy and space right from the school level, thereby setting a breeding ground for future scientists and astronomers from India and the region.”

Henkel has already set up astronomy observatories and laboratories at ten locations in the Pune district. The Aryabhatta Astronomy Lab in Koparkhairane is the eleventh such lab. These astronomy laboratories and observatories allow students to participate in asteroid exploration, and planetary exploration and build curiosity about the universe encouraging them to question what lies beyond. 

Sunil Kumar said, “At Henkel India, we strive to ensure the future readiness of society through our CSR initiatives. To offer equitable and inclusive quality education, we are happy to provide exposure to astronomy and space to government school students through this CSR intervention. We hope this will spark interest in some of the students to take it up as a career in the future.”

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