Centre to facilitate space technology activities in UP, MP, Chhattisgarh
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi have joined hands to set up a Regional Academic Center for Space (RAC-S) at the IIT Varanasi campus.
Pramod Kumar Jain, director, IIT(BHU) and P V Venkatakrishnan, director of Capacity Building Programme Office (CBPO), ISRO headquarter signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) virtually on December 23.
RAC-S will carry advanced research in the Indian space programme, IIT(BHU) informed in an official release.
The centre will offer short and long-term projects to lead the culture of research and development. Short-term projects for BTech and MTech students from the institute and associate institutes will also be provided under this initiative. Long term R&D projects leading to the PhD programme will also be offered, IIT Varanasi informed.
Capacity building programmes such as conferences, exhibitions, and short courses will also be organised to strengthen the knowledge base in the stream.
The institute claimed that RAC-S would act as a major facilitator for promoting space technology activities in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Jain said that with the help of the RAC-S, the institute will lead research in space science and space technology, space application, agriculture, telecommunications, meteorology, water resources to design developmental models for effective natural resource management. He also mentioned that such an initiative will benefit the Purvanchal and Central regions of the country.
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