International Astronomical Union (IAU) named an asteroid after a young Indian scientist Dr. Guneshwar Thangjam. Dr Thingjam is a native of Manipur. The asteroid, which orbits the sun, is called ‘Thangjam Asteroid’ or ‘11806 Thangjam’. The declaration was made at an IAU conference “Asteroids, Planets and Meteors, 2017” in South America.
The 32-year-old scientist says that a positive attitude is the guiding star of life. ‘Positive attitude is actually the guiding star that will bring you to your destination. All the problems in the society right from the law and order including the economic conditions can be solved by positive attitude,’ he said.
Dr. Thangjam further added that a student with a negative mindset can’t concentrate on studies as well as on the future. ‘Having hope and a positive mindset is very important,’ Dr. Thangjam said. He is currently pursuing his post-doctoral studies in astronomy.
He further added, ‘For the time being, I have my contract till 2019, so I will continue in Germany for the coming years. And at the same time, I would like to have some experience from US because in planetary community or in any fields it is a leading country in the world. Yes, I would definitely like to come back to India to work.’
His achievements are inspiring the youngsters to pursue their dreams with utmost dedication.