“Isro is here for you. Just lend us your brain and we will take care of the rest —that is, once you have great research and development ideas, Isro can help you realise that opportunities are aplenty,” K Sivan, chairman, Isro said.
While Isro announced opportunities in 180 areas of interest that academia can directly participate in through its RESPOND (Research Sponsored), it also released another compilation of research areas where they can contribute.
“The specifics of the interest areas, both under RESPOND and the other document that looks at interest areas for the next two years would be made available to academia after discussions,” PV Venkatakrishnan, director, Isro Capacity Building Programme Office (CBPO) said.
K Sivan, chairman, Isro said that aside from these, academic institutions can — and must — look at disruptive innovations and make use of Isro’s guidance and help that’s now available beyond direct academic outreach programmes.
“These research areas that Isro is chosen of utmost importance, I urge you to think even beyond this and bring us newer ideas. Now, we also have INSPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre) even through which you should apply,” Sivan said.
Both Venkatakrishnan and Sivan reiterated the various initiatives that Isro has for academic partnership and said that the contributions made by academia over the years have been ‘tremendous’.
“But now, the space sector world over has been impacted by participation from the private sector and things are changing quickly.
The government oftodia too has initiated a series of reforms which will see the Indian space programme change too, and in this context, academia must use the opportunity to bring in disruptive technologies and innovations,” Sivan said.