IIT Roorkee forges alliance with ISRO to set up space technology cell

IIT RoorkeeThe Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee in Uttarakhand on March 15, 2019, said it tied up with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to set up a Space Technology Cell at its campus. “The ISRO-IIT Roorkee Space Technology Cell shall pursue advanced research in the areas of relevance to the future technological and programmatic needs of the Indian space programme,” quoting a statement from IIT Roorkee a PTI report said.

The cell shall ensure to maximise the use of research potential, infrastructure, expertise and experience that exist in ISRO and IIT Roorkee. The institute will be providing the infrastructure and administrative support in setting up the cell. The research facility will consist of faculty members, visiting scientists, experts, research personnel, technical, administrative and support staff.

IIT Roorkee is among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in engineering, basic and applied research. Since its establishment, the Institute has played a vital role in providing the technical manpower and know-how to the country and in pursuit of research. The Institute ranks amongst the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development. It has also been considered a trendsetter in the area of education and research in the field of science, technology, and engineering.

The Institute had celebrated its Sesquicentennial in October 1996 and now completed more than 170 years of its existence. It was converted to IIT on September 21, 2001, by an Ordinance issued by the Government of India declared it as the nation’s seventh Indian Institute of Technology, an “Institution of National Importance”.

The Institute offers Bachelor’s Degree courses in ten disciplines of Engineering and Architecture and Postgraduate’s Degree in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Applied Science, Architecture and planning. The Institute has a facility for doctoral work in all Departments and Research Centres. The Institute admits students to B.Tech. and B.Arch. courses through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted at various centres all over India.

The Bangalore-based ISRO has been undertaking several student outreach programmes over the past few months in order to develop scientific temper among the country’s youth.

Objectives of ISRO

  • Operational flights of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)
  • Developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV- Mk II)
  • Development of heavy lift Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mk III)
  • Design, Development and Realization of Communication Satellites
  • Design, Development and Realization of Earth Observation Satellites
  • Development of Navigation Satellite Systems
  • Development of satellites for Space Science and Planetary Exploration
  • Earth Observation Applications
  • Space-based systems for Societal Application
  • Advanced Technologies and newer initiatives
  • Training, Capacity building and Education
  • Promotion of Space technology
  • Infrastructure / Facility Development for space research
  • International Cooperation.

Core values of IIT Roorkee

  • Academic integrity and accountability
  • Respect and tolerance for the views of every individual
  • Attention to issues of national relevance as well as of global concern
  • Holistic understanding, including knowledge of the human sciences
  • Appreciation of intellectual excellence and creativity
  • An unfettered spirit of learning exploration, rationality and enterprise
  • Sensitivity to social responsibilities

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