The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will establish a Regional Academic Center for Space at IIT (BHU) to facilitate short-term and long-term projects at the institute.
ISRO and the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday and the move may help boost the culture of research and development among students, according to the statement. “Under this agreement, ISRO-IIT (BHU) will open the Regional Academic Center for Space (RAC-S) at the institute,” he said. Short-term projects for B-Tech and M-Tech students from the institute and partner institutes will also be included in this sequence. “Long-term R&D projects leading to the doctoral program will also be offered. Capacity building programs such as conferences, exhibitions and short courses will be organized to strengthen the knowledge base in the field, ”the statement added. The MoU was signed by the director of the IIT (BHU), Professor Pramod Kumar Jain, on behalf of the institute and PV Venkatakrishnan, director of the Capacity Development Program Office (CBPO), ISRO headquarters.
ISRO Scientific Secretary R Umamaheswaran delivered the keynote address. Jain said ISRO’s Regional Academic Center for Space (RAC-S) will act as a main facilitator to promote space technology activities in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. He said that IIT (BHU) will act as a catalyst for ISRO’s capacity building, awareness raising and R&D activities. RAC-S activities will be aimed at maximizing the use of the research potential, infrastructure and expertise available at ISRO and IIT (BHU), he added.