Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary of the Department of Space (Govt. of India), S. Somanath, inaugurated the Center for Space Science and Technology at IIT Roorkee on May 8. With the support of ISRO and IIT Roorkee, the centre is expected to emerge as a hub for cutting-edge research, development, and innovation in space science and technology.
Speaking on the occasion Chairman ISRO urged research scholars and faculty members to work on various opportunities available in the space sector, which would prove fruitful for vario to focus on applications with the ability to manufacture and startups, in line with the “Make in India” initiative. “The need for research scholars and faculty members to work on various opportunities available in the space sector, which would prove fruitful for various applications, businesses, and diverse benefits from this sector.” He also highlighted the importance of the space policy of 2023, which aims to expand the academic reach and grow the economy while making space activity more accessible to the common people. He encouraged the audience to work for the entire ecosystem and make use of the various opportunities available in the space sector.”
Prof. K. K. Pant, Director, IIT Roorkee; Prof. Apurba Kumar Sharma, Dean Academics Affairs, IIT Roorkee; Prof. Sanjay Upadhyay, Head, CSST & Coordinator, ISRO-IITR Space Technology Cell, Shri Sudheer Kumar N, Director, CBPO, ISRO, Dr. M. A. Paul, Associate Director, RESPOND & AI, CBPO, ISRO, Dr. Dipankar Banerjee, Director, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Dr. R.P. Singh, Director, IIRS, ISRO Dehradun, Dr. Anil Bhardwaj, Director, PRL Ahmedabad, Dr. Pramod Kumar, Dean (A) and GD, Water Resources and Urban Studies, IIRS , Dr. Arijit Roy, Head Disaster Management Studies, IIRS & Programme Coordinator, CSSTEAP, Dr. Prakash Chauhan, Director, NRSC, ISRO Hyderabad, Dr. Rajashree Bothale, Deputy Director, NRSC, ISRO, Shri Vinod M Bothale, Retd. Asso. Director, NRSC, ISRO, Dr. S C Sharma, Retd. Deputy Director, VSSC ISRO, Dr. Bhanu Pant, Retd. Group Director, VSSC, ISRO, Shri A C Mathur, Retd. Group Director, SAC, ISRO, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration event.
A book “Research Area in Space 2023” and the Atlas (from IIRS Dehradun): Exploring Footprints of the Past Heritage Documentation – A Geospatial Approach were also released during the inaugural ceremony. . He also inaugurated the Office premises for ISRO-IITR Space Technology Cell.
Prof. K. K. Pant, Director, IIT Roorkee, said: “The inauguration of the Center for Space Science & Technology and ISRO-IITR Space Technology Cell is an important milestone in the journey towards a strong and fruitful partnership between communities that share a passion for learning and for the advancement in the field of space science and technology.”