A regional academic center for space has set up by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at the National Institute of Technology Surathkal (NITK) in Karnataka. Both the organization are partnering to carry out advanced joint Research & Developments activities in the area of Space Technology Applications. For the R&D projects and promotional activities through the year, the state-run ISRO will provide Rs. 2 crore grant annually to NIT.
The benefits of this space regional academic center:
The joint R&D activity will actively engage students of NITK and partner institutions. While B.Tech and M.Tech students will be engaged in carrying out short term research projects whereas the Ph.D. students will be engaged in long term projects of 2-4 years relevant to the advancement of the space program. Eligible students will also receive research fellowships during the project period.
The center, fourth in the country, will also facilitate promoting space technology in the southern states, including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana and be an ambassador for capacity-building, awareness and research and development (R&D). it will guide the centre in optimal utilization of the research potential, infrastructure, expertise and experience of the space agency and the autonomous institute.
Both the academic and research institutions will also collaborate in setting up optical telescope facilities under the Netra project for space object tracking, studying space weather, asteroids and near-earth objects.
This Regional Academic centre will motivate students to participate actively in the research projects.
Space agency's director for capacity building P.V. Venkitakrishnan said" The centre at NIT-K will conduct joint research and development in space technology applications to meet the needs of our space programmes"
The director said that "The committee will plan activities like research programmes of common interest and reviewing their projects periodically"
The space agency's scientific secretary R. Umamaheswaran mention in his statement that "The agreement envisages utilization of IIA's expertise in astrophysics and astronomy for developing advanced technologies for inter-planetary space explorations"
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