Strategic Plan required for long-term sustainable development of space: Ex-ISRO Cheif

A strategic plan is very crucial and will play an important role in the development and progress of Indian space program to ensure long-term sustainability, said ex-ISRO chief K Kasturirangan while addressing the crowd at Udai Pareek Memorial, Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT).

Kastutitangan expressed the need to motivate and cultivate young minds to develop state-of-the-art technology within the country. In compliance with the PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’, the ex ISRO chief said that India should focus in developing the technology rather importing the technology for their future missions.

He saluted the vision of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, known as the father of the Indian space programme, and said that due to his effective long term plans and India now has a large workforce who are not only working for India’s space mission but are also assisting other nations in completing their space programmes.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has gained world recognition after some iconic missions including Chandrayaan and especially Margalyaan that also won the Space Pioneer Award 2015. Now several other space agencies including ESA and NASA are looking forward towards ISRO’s help. Indian space agency has conducted more than 50 foreign launches which points toward the space capabilities of ISRO that are being used by other countries.

Recent growth of ISRO has been commendable, now an effective plan is required for long-term and sustainable growth, said the ex ISRO chief who served for nine years as chairman from 1994 to 2003. Apart from the space program, government should also take the initiative to garden the bright minds of tomorrow as without them no plan can be a success.

His speech received huge appreciation. Several known personalities including  director of MNIT, Prof IK Bhatt were present to listen the speech.

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