Highlights:

  • ISRO is planning on setting up a Space Technology Incubation Center at the NIT Rourkela.
  • The project is targeting to develop research works on space technology. 
  • The center will boost startup and capacity building in the states of Odisha, West Bengal, Bengal, Bihar, and Jharkhand along with Andaman and Nicobar Island.
  • To meet the objectives of the upcoming Center, NIT Rourkela is ready to provide laboratories and expert faculties.

India will get its new Space Technology Incubation Center (S-TIC) in Rourkela. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Friday announced the advancement. ISRO signed an MoU with the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela for the setting of the STIC that is going to boost up the space start-ups.

ISRO plans to take forward its research and product development in space technology and applications with the new S-TIC. The center will work towards boosting startups, capacity-building, innovations, and research in space technology in the states of Odisha, West Bengal, Bengal, Bihar, and Jharkhand along with Andaman and Nicobar Island.

NIT Rourkela is ready to provide the upcoming center with state-of-the-art laboratories, facilities, and expert faculties for meeting its objectives. Chairman of ISRO and Secretary Department of Space, K. Sivan stated that researchers of the S-TIC will be valuable for future space missions and making India- Atma Nirbhar. Students and Research Scholars from NIT Kharagpur will work on real projects given by ISRO under the guidance of ISRO mentors and expert faculties.

NIT Rourkela as seed money will receive 2 Crore for two consecutive years for setting up the S-TIC, faculty augmentation, and research projects. Reportedly the MoU has also been signed between ISRO and NIT Rourkela on March 18, over the virtual platform.

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