In order to implement a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk. gave a grant in the form of two telescope units to support the operational of the ITERA Lampung Astronomy Observatory (OAIL) and assistance for the construction of the ITERA At-Tanwir Grand Mosque. The assistance was handed over directly by Vice President of Bank Mandiri Area Bandar Lampung Gunawan Edi Sasongko to ITERA Chancellor Prof. Ir. Ofyar Z Tamin, M.Sc., Ph.D. at the ITERA Campus on Friday (12/28/2018).
The telescopes provided are CGEM II 1100 Edge HD Telescopes and CGX Eqatorial 1100 Schimidt-Cassegrain Telescope with a total value of Rp 238,875,000. As for the assistance in the construction of the ITERA At-Tanwir Great Mosque, Bank Mandiri handed over Rp. 61,125,000 in funds.
The Chancellor of ITERA expressed his gratitude for Bank Mandiri’s concern for the construction of ITERA, especially by supporting OAIL and the ITERA At-Tanwir Great Mosque. “We will use this telescope to support OAIL activities, and can support the practicum of students in the Atmospheric and Planetary Science Study Program in ITERA.