Space agency of India, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has just announced the Young Scientist Programme for the young minds to encourage scientific talent and increase scientific pool in India.
Conceptualized on the lines of a similar programme run by the U.S. space agency NASA, the ‘Young Scientist Programme’ is an initiative under which ISRO will select over 100 students from across India and give them a practical experience of how satellites are build.
The programme will select 100 students mostly from Class 8 and this will be done by including 3 students each from 29 states and seven Union territories. The selected students will then be given lectures by ISRO scientists and they will also get access to the laboratories of ISRO.
The selected students will be encouraged to develop ‘scientific payloads’ that can be launched by ISRO.
All the expenses of travelling and boarding will be funded entirely by ISRO.
The application process for the programme is expected to begin in March. Meanwhile, ISRO will launch a student-built satellite called Kalamsat by its launching vehicle PLSV-44 on January 24.
Meanwhile, ISRO is already in process of setting up 6 incubation centres Called as ‘ISRO-Space Technology Incubation Center (S-TIC)’, across the country.
One of such incubators was already opened in Agartala in September last year, followed by an another Jalandhar, Punjab, just few days back. The four more will be set up in Trichy, Nagpur, Rourkela and Indore. Similarly, six research centres will come up at NIT/IIT institutes in Udaipur, Guwahati, Kurukshetra, Varanasi, Patna and Kanyakumari covering the entire country.
Last year in August, ISRO also announced that it will launch a dedicated ISRO TV channel showcasing space applications, developments and science issues, targeting young viewers and people in remote areas in their language.
In 2017, ISRO opened up its massive 17 million gigabytes of precious geo-spatial data for public usage and in June year, it also opened its indigenous technology of lithium-ion batteries to local startups for commercial use.
Source – Indian Express