Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief K Sivan on Friday announced a bonanza programme for students of India. He said ISRO plans to spread across the country and develop scientific temper in young minds.
ISRO Chief Sivan has announced a slew of opportunities for students, including fellowship programmes, research centres accessible for students, and also gave details on the first student satellite, the KalamSat.
Here are important details from his speech:
"ISRO has planned its expansion to entire India and also in non-space activities in India, especially with respect to students. To inculcate scientific temper in the youth, ISRO has announced the Young Scientist Programme.
"In the fellowship program for young minds, three students from each state and Union Territories will be selected to ISRO for the scientific program for one month. They will be given lectures. They will be taken to ISRO centres and will be interacting with senior scientists of the country. I request all chief ministers to come forward and encourage their youth to participate. All the expenses will be taken care of by ISRO and the states.
Students will be given access to research and development labs giving them practical experience in building satellites.
"The first step in PSLVC44's PS4 stage after launching the satellite will go as debris. Instead, we wanted to give the PS4 as experiment platform for students. The first student satellite will be launched in this mission. It will be called the KalamSat. Invitation open to all students in India.
We are planning to create six research centres in all four directions (North, East, West, South) of the country. NIT Kurukshetra, Varanasi, Patna, Kanyakumari across the country in order to expand our ability to tap their potential in the country. We have developed an incubation centre at Tripura and four more will be created at Trichy, Nagpur, Rourkela and Indore. One more centre is in Satish Shawan Space Centre in Jammu. The students can carry out their research and development activity. ISRO will ask them to create solutions for issues it faces and will buy the students' product.
The entire country will be covered with space activity. ISRO spread across the country - that is our purpose.
"We want PLSV to be made by industries, owned by industries and launched by industries. A consortium has been formed with L&T and HAL," he said.
"We have 32 important mission planned for 2019