The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) spacecraft system engineering manager Ann Devereaux on Friday said that young Indians need not venture abroad for jobs in the space domain, as state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) offers great career opportunities in the new scientific frontier. She was speaking at the 'Word Space Week' event of the UN General Assembly.
"Indian students can make a career in space and astronomy by getting into their space agency ISRO rather than looking elsewhere outside India, as it is doing exciting things in space. I would rather encourage you to think of working at ISRO," Ann said.
According to reports, as NASA and ISRO are working together on a number of space projects, Ann said global space organisations like ISRO requires smart people to collaborate in inter-planetary exploration and space programmes with other space agencies for the benefit of the people at large.
Speaking about the talents in India she said, "There is no dearth of talent in India, as is evident with Team Indus, a home-grown space firm in Bengaluru, which worked hard to launch the country's maiden private satellite to the moon onboard ISRO's rocket through sponsorship and crowdfunding."
World Space Week (WSW) is an important international event celebrated since 1999, according to a United Nations (UN) resolution. The week-long celebrations held from October 4 to 10 of every year, commemorate two milestones in Space exploration; 4th October marking the launch of the first man-made satellite, Sputnik-1 in 1957 and 10th October marking the day on which the UN declaration for peaceful uses of outer Space came into force in 1967.
The celebrations are coordinated by the UN with the support of Space Week International Association and local coordinators in various countries, based on a theme declared by the UN, every year. The WSW event organisers are encouraged to explore, develop and apply this theme in all the programmes conducted throughout the week. It fosters international cooperation in Space outreach and education, focusing on the contributions to the betterment of mankind.