Affected by polio virus at a childhood age of 2-years, Rakshambika S did not stop to reach for the stars- she planned and created a company that makes components for India’s space programme. On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the owner of the Sivavasu Electronics was interviewed, to enjoy the essence of her outstanding work stories.
Behind every launch by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), 60-years old Ms. Rakshambika’s workmanship was clearly visible. Her company expertise in making electronic components, which aid in guidance and navigation of India’s rockets.
Ms. Radhambika said that “ISRO has given ample opportunity to differently abled people like me, our talents and abilities could be utilized in space technology by ISRO and in India’s progress, even for high precision work we could excel all others.”
A Kerala-based electronic company, Sivavasu Electronics was set up in early 1983, which has already supplied material worth Rs. 2 crores to country’s Hi-tech sector and one-third of its workforce comprises of differently abled people.
Her company has been successfully supplying the necessary equipment to the ISRO since its first launch of ASLV (Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle) in 1987.
In 2007, India’s first mission towards the Moon and country’s first way to Mars via Mangalyaan in 2013 and the recent Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to uplift the HysIS Satellite were powered using electronic components were all assembled under Ms. Rashambika’s facility.
Head of Thiruvananthapuram’s Vocational Rehabilitation Centre V Satheesachandran Nair claims that precision engineering is not a difficult task for persons with special abilities. Mr. Nair continued, “they take much care in discharging their duties, and that may be the reason why they are excelling others.”
Sivavasu Electronics has been manufacturing precision printed circuits boards for ISRO for more than three decades. However, Ms. Rakshambika has studied till Class 10 and undertook training subsequently in precision engineering at Thiruvananthapuram’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.
Former Chairperson of ISRO told the source that “Precision soldering of wires is an art and initially, many failures at ISRO were attributed to poor quality of workmanship in making printed circuit boards.”
“I appreciate such a marvellous group employment programme under the leadership of Radhambika,” added Mr. Nair, who gave a commendation certificate.