New Delhi, May 18: Over 55 Startups have registered with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space, in just about two years since the Indian Space Department and the ISRO were opened to the private sector, on the personal intervention of Prime Minister NarendraModi.
In addition, 75 Students' satellites are scheduled for launch this year to coincide with AzadiKaAmritMahotsav, celebrating 75th year of India’s Independence.
Union Minister of State, Dr.Jitendra Singh, said this, while chairing the 4th joint meeting of all the science ministries and departments.
The minister said, this in itself is a great and a path-breaking progress considering the fact that for all these years, the department of space and the ISRO were working without being accessible to others and over two years back, the announcement to open them to private players was hailed by the media as “Unlocking" of the Indian Space sector.
This, he said, could be possible only because PM Modi has the courage and the conviction to take out of the box decisions in the interest of the nation and to break the obsolete taboos of the past.
Dr Jitendra Singh further informed that out of 55 proposals, 29 are Satellite related, 10 for Space Applications and Products, 8 related to Launch Vehicle and 8 about Ground Systems and Research. He said, 9 proposals from the Start-ups are expected to be completed by 2022-23.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, it was Modi’s vision which created history by unlocking India's potential in the Space Sector, thus paving the way to transform skill, capacity and creativity to make the country self-reliant and technologically advanced.
Dr Jitendra Singh also proposed a Science Media Centre, which will function as an inter-ministerial integrated media Cell for all S&T departments and VigyanPrasar will be merged into it. He asked the departments and officials present to showcase success stories of departments and start-ups and to promote them wherever possible. He also directed that workshop on success stories must be organized at regular intervals.
During the meeting, Dr Jitendra Singh conducted a thorough review of the draft agenda of the State S&T Ministers Conference to be held in near future and venues like Srinagar, Shimla, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad were discussed for the first ever National Science Conclave. The Minister suggested that thematic and state-specific discussions could be included in the Conclave involving states, industry representatives and other stakeholders.