Skip to content Skip to navigation

NASA astronaut speaks to TU students

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) USA successfully performed the Virtual Appearance program of Astronaut E. Michael "Mike" Fincke with Tezpur University’s Annual Technical Festival ‘TechXetra 2012’ on November 2, 2012. The astronaut virtual appearance program is an exciting and memorable experience for all involved. The students and faculty of Tezpur University as well as some of the neighboring institutes interacted with NASA astronaut at the Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha Auditorium at Tezpur University. The event was organized as part of the annual technical fest of Tezpur University, TechXetra 2012 with the sponsorship of FASS. The event was a huge success with over 1000 people attending it.

Mike spoke on a variety of topics including his ISS missions and later took questions from the audience. The session lasted for more than an hour and was an experience of a lifetime for the students. He encouraged the students to study hard and to follow their own passion and his words encouraged them a lot. It is hoped that similar such programs can be organized in the future.

Speaking on behalf of the organizers, Halim Masuk Hazarika has this to say, "It was a great and once in a lifetime experience organizing an event of such stature. TechXetra 2012 witnessed a giant leap in the fields of technical and cultural extravaganza with a total of about 10,000 people from almost all parts of the nation. One of the biggest inclusions in the fifth edition of TechXetra was "NASA Webinar" which was appreciated and praised by everyone. Our special thanks to Mike Fincke for giving his valuable time for the appearance which made a great impact among the students. Mike influenced and boosted the minds of the enthusiastic audience and helped making TechXetra 2012 a fest never to be forgotten. We especially thank Mr. Rajen Barua (FASS President) for initiating the idea and making it happen. We also thank Brenda (NASA Coordinator) and all the FASS members for their co-operation throughout and their help in making the Webinar a grand success."




The "TechXetra 2012" program of Tezpur University, scheduled from 2nd to 4th of November, is the University’s fifth edition of its National Level Annual Technical Festival. The last four TechXetra programs have already carved out a niche in terms of learning, team spirit and entertainment. In the coming TechXetra 2012, the multifaceted festival embraced a myriad of competitions and events in the zones of robotics, hardware and software development, structure and design, science exhibition, multi-hued photography, latent talent unfolding in ad-making event, panel discussion, brainstorming quiz, essay, guest lecture of eminent personalities and the best-pick-of-all-times hardcore computer gaming among the students from various parts of India with a module of cultural extravaganza. General public and students are also welcome to attend the festival.

Astronaut Mike Fincke is not unknown to Assam. Being the husband of Assamese Renita Saikia, who herself is an engineer in NASA, Mike visited Assam several times in the past. Additionally, he also conducted four interactive telephone sessions with the students of four institutions in North East (Dibrugarh University, Axam Jatiyo Vidyalaya, Guwahati, St Anthony’s College, Shillong and Central University, Imphal) from the ISS in 2008 and 2009. FASS International also arranged for an integrative live session between Mike Fincke and students of 84 schools in Guwahati in 2009. This Virtual Appearance in Tezpur University is in continuation of the program of FASS International (USA) who is planning for more such programs with other interested institutions of North East.

Author info

Rajen Barua's picture

An engineer by profession and a writer by passion. Barua writes on various critical cultural, historical and linguistic issues of Assam and India. Barua had been living in the USA with his family for the last 30 years. Barua had always been engaged in doing various welfare works for Assam and the North East. Barua is also the founder-chairman of the International ‘think-tank’ NGO called ‘Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS).

Add new comment

Random Stories

ABSU president Promod Boro while flagging off grand bike rally

Grand bike rally for UG Brahma

21 Apr 2014 - 5:28pm | Hantigiri Narzary
A grand bike rally was carried out in support of Independent candidate Urkhao Gwra Brahma backed by ABSU, BPPF, UDPF, NDFB (P) and PJACBM on Monday in Kokrajhar district.The rally was flagged off by...

Woman death shrouded in mystery

18 Jun 2016 - 10:46pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau
An woman was reportedly died due to cylinder blast this afternoon at Balagaon village under Kokrajhar PS. On the other hand,body of the woman seen multiple injury marks,which keep suspicion of...

Hindi-speaking workers hurt in firing

30 Nov 2015 - 11:23pm | Shalini Borgohain
Two persons have been injured when unidentified gunmen attacked a group of workers at a stone crushing site in Dibrugarh district bordering Arunachal Pradesh on Monday. According to the eyewitnesses...

Ex-gratia to thunderstorm survivors

8 May 2015 - 6:43pm | Hantigiri Narzary
The Kokrajhar District administration today extended ex-gratia to the next of kin of the thunderstorm survivors of the district. Thaneswar Malakar DC Kokrajhar visited the thunderstorm...

Other Contents by Author

In a meeting held on December 23rd in Houston, Texas, the FASS Executive committee members have discussed and determined that Jadav Payeng is a prime and deserving candidate to be nominated as a CNN Hero. As such the members have decided to promote Jadav Payeng as a CNN Hero. One can nominate a person as a CNN Hero by filling in the application form online (per link noted below). FASS also request all in Northeast India to individually nominate Jadav Payeng for this honor.  CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute is an award-winning television special created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a difference in their communities. The...
The book "পৃথিবীৰ কৱিতা" (Poetry of the World), edited and translated by Rajen Barua was released in USA on February 22, 2014 at a meeting of AALC (Assamese American Literary Circle) in Houston. The Meeting was held at the residence of Jeena and Rabin Mahanta. Barua gave a brief introduction of the book and read out a few of the poems from the book along with the English originals. AALC was formed on May 12, 2012 by a group of like minded individuals in Houston to discuss literature in general and also share each others knowledge on various topics mainly related to language, literature, history etc. AALC plans to meet every quarter and this was its 5th meeting. The group has so far...
Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS) International distributed 20 Solar Reading Lamps to poor and meritorious students in Biswanath Chariali, in the Sonitpur District Assam. The distribution function was organized in collaboration with CADAT an NGO in Biswanath Chariali at the Cheniram Das Bhawan on 25th May, 2013. Mr. Dilip Baruah. Chairman of Biswanath Chariali Municipality office presided over the function which was well attended by the public, the students, parents and the media and many CADAT members besides the following guests of honors: Mr. Prabin Hazarika MLA, Biswanath Constituency, Mrs. Zilmil Saikia,ACS. Ext. Asst. Commissioner Biswanath Sub- Division., Mr....
Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS International) distributed 20 Solar Reading Lamps free to 20 poor and meritorious students in Chaygoan, in Kamrup district. In a meeting organised for the occasion in Chaygaon by FASS International in collaboration with the Chaygaon Press Club , each of the twenty selected students was  given a free Solar Reading Lamp along with a certificate from FASS International.  Hitesh Kalita, General Secretary of FASS International from Washington DC, who attended the meeting, thanked the Chaygaon Press Club for arranging  the meeting which was a great success, and explained the ongoing FASS program of free distribution of Solar...
Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS) mourns the sudden death of Kaushik Das (Jipu) of Guwahati in an accident on railway in Guwahati  on Jan 17.   We wish that  his soul may rest in peace. We offer  our most heartfelt sympathies for the loss to the agieved family and convey  that our thoughts would be  with the whole family during this difficult time.Kaushik Das (Jipu) was an unassuming individual who would like to keep a low profile for himself on the outside and high profile of his actions. He had practically dedicated his life to the welfare of the poor through his welfare projects   ‘Atma Nirbhar - Ek Challenge’  and...
Friends of Assam and seven Sisters (FASS) International is announcing launching of its project to distribute Solar Reading Lamps free to deserving students in North East India under the project named  “Let There Be Lights for Education in Assam and Seven Sisters”. The project is launched in Assam and Manipur at the same time. On January 12, 2013, Saturday in a public meeting arranged by FASS at Jorhat Press Club, in collaboration with Sabda Education Trust of Jorhat, 25 selected deserving students from rural areas around Jorhat district were given free Solar Reading Lamps along with a certificate from FASS. Sjt. Kamal Jyoti gogoi, AES, School Inspector of Jorhat, presided over the...
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) USA has approved for Astronaut E. Michael “Mike” Fincke for a Virtual Appearance with Tezpur University’s National Level Annual Technical Festival ‘TechXetra 2012’ on November 2, 2012. Rajen Barua, President of FASS International, the sponsoring organization of the event on behalf of Tezpur University, stated in a Press Release from Houston. The astronaut virtual appearance program is an exciting and memorable experience for all involved. Normally NASA receives thousands of such requests for astronaut appearances each year. However, very few of these requests can at present be accommodated due to NASA’s...