Leh, Aug, 23: Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) in collaboration with local NGO People’s Action Group for Inclusion and Rights (PAGIR) installed10 Inch Donsonian Telescope at PAGIR office complex.
Astronomy lovers can watch planet like Jupiter, Saturn and its rings craters of moon, learn about constellation and all the folklore that follows.
Astronomy for livelihood project is an initiative of the Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) to use astronomy as a tool to promote livelihood generation for remote regions of Ladakh.
GHE in partnership with Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) had already provided 3-day basic skills training to handle telescope and to learn about astronomy to local people including specially-abled people from PAGIR society.
Deputy Commissioner Leh, Sachin Kumar who inaugurated the telescope expressed happiness over PAGIR people operating the telescope to earn livelihood. Terming the specially-abled people at PAGIR having special ability DC said that such work from PAGIR is inspiration to the society and he assured all kind of possible help to PAGIR.
Paras Loomba from GHE said that income from Telescope will be shared between PAGIR and GHE. He also mentioned that visitor will be briefed about star watching process through 10 minutes documentary and later Telescope operator will help them to watch planet.
Stanzin Dolkar from Maan village who operates at Telescope a Maan village said that nearly 300 people comes to watch planet at Mann village.
Earlier, PAGIR President Tsewang Dorjay welcoming the guest said that PAGIR had never taken any financial assistance from any organisation and with the installation of Telescope, PAGIR hopes to earn some income for the society.
PAGIR member Padma Stanzin and senior Advisor Aman Ullah also spoke on the occasion.
During the inauguration Anjuman Moin-Ul-Islam President Dr.Abdul Qayoom, ALTOA President Tsetan Angchuk, Merchant Association President P.Wangyal, DAA President Rinchen Beshu and PAGIR members were present.