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ISRO Chairman Calls on IITians to Join India’s Space Program

On the second day of the annual science and technology festival, Techfest, hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay on Thursday, S Somanath, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), appealed to IITians to actively contribute to India’s space programs.

Expressing his enthusiasm, Somanath said, “I will be happy to see more IITians joining the space program and participating in building the nation’s space projects.”

He emphasized the potential for research collaborations with IITs, citing their expertise as valuable assets to strengthen various space projects in India. The ISRO chairman also outlined the organization’s plans till the year 2047.

Somanath emphasized on ISRO’s lofty aspirations, such as launching the ‘Bharat Antriksh Station’ (Indian Space Station) by 2035, with the first phase scheduled for 2028. He emphasized the Gaganyan mission’s goal of landing a human on the moon by 2040, as well as the need of scientific cooperation in fields such as material science and robotics.

“We will look for possible research opportunities with various institutions in India, in areas like material science, robotics, among all,” he went on to say. Somanath especially requested that IIT Bombay provide their knowledge in robotics for in-orbit services.

Somanath addressed concerns regarding students’ choice for lucrative abroad professions during a question-and-answer session. He urged individuals to consider working with ISRO, highlighting the significance of contributing to the country’s space efforts.

Somnath announced intentions to launch 50 satellites in the next five years, focusing on applications such as geo-intelligence, agricultural, and environmental and climatic observation, while discussing the success of the Chandrayan-3 mission.

Somanath noted the necessity for a new launch pad owing to the rising size of rockets while discussing the need for infrastructure growth. “With larger rockets, we’ll need larger launch pads.” “The current Shriharikota will not suffice,” he said.

Former Defense Secretary defends Agniveer policy.

Former Army Chief General Manoj Naravane, former Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, and former Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh defended the Agnipath project during a defense conference hosted on the campus of IIT Bombay as part of its Techfest.

\They reacted to a student’s worry about Agniveers’ four-year limits. General Naravane stressed the changing nature of human resources policies, saying, “No new policy can be negated without giving it time to establish.” Midcourse modifications will be applied as needed over time, he said. The trio emphasized that those who are devoted to a career in the military forces will profit and be acknowledged after four years of service.

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