Delhi’s Nehru Planetarium director Nandivada Rathnasree dies of COVID-19

Passionate and notable astronomy educator Nandivada Rathnasree, 57, died on Sunday as a result of COVID-19 issues. She was additionally the primary chairperson of the Astronomical Society of India’s public outreach and schooling committee (ASI-POEC). The society talked about her relentless efforts to herald astronomical schooling within the society, as she was lately concerned in a undertaking referred to as, ‘Astro Adda’, a fortnightly on-line dialogue with college students. Her demise comes as a grave loss, not only for India however the world over.

The eminent educator was appointed because the director of Nehru Planetarium and Science Museum within the yr 1999 and was within the place for 21 excellent years till her dying. She has been a storyteller to numerous college students by bringing the world of cosmos to school rooms. 

Paying a tribute to the Scientist, Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) stated, “She was one of the crucial energetic science communicators within the nation and was pushed to assist disseminate Astronomy to the general public, particularly the children, and was an inspiration to numerous individuals to take up Astronomy and Science Communication.

Union minister of tradition despatched condolences to her household. “Extremely saddened to be taught concerning the unlucky demise of Dr N. Rathnasree, Director of Nehru Planetarium underneath @NMML handed away on sunday. Heartfelt condolences to the household & prayers for the departed soul & God to supply power to the bereaved household,” the ministry tweeted.

Rathnashree is survived by her husband, Patrick Das Gupta, a professor in Delhi University’s Department of Physics and Astrophysics, a son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter.

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