Most of the space technology institutes are confined to the south of India. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)which is Asia’s first university solely dedicated to the study and research of Outer space, is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
In a better now, north India’s first big space center and India’s second-of-its-kind space training institute after IIST of Thiruvananthapuram was inaugurated in Jammu, last Saturday.
The center named “Satish Dhawan Center for Space Sciences“was just inaugurated by space minister Jitendra Singh, on the premises of the Central University of Jammu. Notably, Satish Dhawan who led the successful and indigenous development of the Indian space program, was born in Srinagar, Jammu. The newly launched space center is a befitting tribute to him – said Minister Jitendra Singh.
The upcoming space institute is being set up jointly by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Central University of Jammu. An MoU has also been signed between the two.
From this year onwards, 60 students will be taken in the course of BTech in “Aviation & Aeronautics” and the selection criteria for the same will be through IIT-JEE.
The minister also said that “after studying aviation and aeronautics from here the students will be able to find a career in space technology not only in India but in institutes like NASA.
Dr. Jitendra Singh also said that the institute will open up new vistas in the region for academicians, industrialists and start-ups in the space domain.
The Satish Dhawan Center for Space Sciences could be considered for the extension activities of ISRO relevant to the Jammu region, managed and maintained by the Central University of Jammu. The prime activities to be done at the center would be – Research and Development related to space science, space-based disaster management, technologies for the development of the region etc.
The Center houses different labs / facilities related to geospatial data analysis, materials, astrophysics, natural disasters and avionics.