A Space Technology Incubation Centre was launched on Thursday, 17th January, by the Indian Space Research Organisation, at Dr. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, to motivate all the students, faculty and others from the northern region to work on projects provided by ISRO.
Dr K Sivan, ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space from ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru, launched the project through videoconference.
After signing an MoU with NIT Director Prof LK Awasthi here today, Dr PV Venkitakrishnan, Director, Capacity Building Programme Office, ISRO, said, “Anyone from the northern region who has a project that relates to 150 problem areas that we have listed in our respond basket on ISRO portal, can contact us or the NIT faculty and present the project detail. After getting the project approved, the researcher will be able to get all infrastructural facilities and funds from us and work on it. He just needs to bring in his brain, the rest we will provide”.
Speaking of the necessary responsibilities the ISRO Director said, “We want some way out to dispose of unspent propellants used in flights. As of date, we are using the seas, but we cannot go on like that as the number of space missions is also increasing”.
Dr. Jiwan Kumar Pandit, Associate Director, Outreach, ISRO, said, “While we were carrying out R&D internally only, recently we have started involving students, faculty, and community too. We want more indigenously developed products which will be cheaper to use while also helping us save our foreign reserves. So we have started extending the facility to IITs and NITs. While in IITs, only students and faculty can use the setup, in NITs it is open for the community. Anyone from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, HP, J&K and Delhi can come and work here. This one is second after NIT, Agartala”.
ISRO in a statement has said that it aims to set-up six ISRO Research Chairs, one each in the six geographically distributed zones of India — North, South, East, West, Central India and North East regions of the country.