Chennai, Sep 19: The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) on Thursday hosted the first meeting of Space Technology Cells (STCs) established in premier research institutions in the country by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Department of Space.
The objective of the first meeting of ISRO–IIT Madras Space Technology Cell Confluence 2019, attended by all the STCs, is to share information about the research underway in various institutions, the salient findings, and to understand the utilization of output by ISRO.
ISRO and the Department of Space have established and operated the STCs for over three decades in IIT-Madras as well as in IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru and Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, to carry out focussed research in space-related technologies.
More recently, STC were also created in IIT Guwahati and IIT Roorkee.
Speaking about this programme, Dr S. Ramakrishnan, Distinguished Professor, ISRO, and Former Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, highlighted the emerging ISRO missions and urged the involvement of academia in addressing the Research and Development requirements to achieve the missions.
IIT-M Director Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi said the ISRO– Space Technology Cell at IIT Madras has carried out several projects, since 1985 to various centres of ISRO.
He stressed the importance of collaborative research and suggested mechanisms for the faculty to spend 3-4 weeks in ISRO centres to interact with the scientists and understand their need to make joint proposals. (UNI)