Ireland handed her the first ever prizeof the Kalpana Chawla scholarship
A 21-year-old girl from Amaravati in Maharashtra, Sonal Baberwal, is the first winner of the Kalpana Chawla scholarship of the International Space University (ISU) at the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland. The Kalpana Chawla scholarship project at the ISU has been established to honour Indian-American astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who died in the space shuttle Columbia accident, on February 1, 2003. The scholarship is a commitment for creating building blocks that are necessary for India to maintain its leadership in the global space community and market place”.
Michael Potter, one of the scholarship founders, called it a historic moment, saying, “India will continue to be an important player on the international front as it moves forward leading the development of space technologies and activities.”
Kalpana Chawla can never die, she has etched in our hearts and minds that dreams can come true with hard work. but we will miss her. Sonal has studied at the Shri RLT College of Science and the Sipna College of Engineering and Technology in Amaravati, Maharashtra. Sonal was guided by Apurva Jakhadi and her sister Leena Bokil. What qualified Sonal to be accepted by ISU was her excellent academic record while she was studying at Amaravati. Bersides, the clinching deal was her impressive performance during the ISU interview.
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