Roorkee, 11th October 2019: World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, is the largest space event on Earth. In 2018, more than 5,000 events in over 80 countries celebrated the theme “Space Unites the World”. In 2019, the theme for world space week celebration is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.” On this occasion, IITR-STC (Space Technology Cell) organized a one-day seminar on “Contribution of University of Roorkee (UoR) to India’s Space Programme” on 10th October 2019.

The alumni of UoR/ IITR, worked/working as Director/Dy. Director/ Group Director/Scientist in different ISRO centres, delivered talks about recent advancements in space technologies developed by ISRO and their collaboration with academic institutions.

Dr. P.V. Venkitakrishnan, (Director CBPO, ISRO HQ, Bangalore) addressed the session as a chief guest. Director, IIRS, Dehradun, Dy. Director, VSSC Trivandrum also addressed the students and faculty members of IIT Roorkee. The Director, Dy. Director and Dean SRIC of IIT Roorkee gave opening remarks for the seminar.

Speaking on the seminar Prof Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director IIT Roorkee said “In view of the creation of ISRO supported Space Technology Cell at IIT Roorkee, we are organizing this seminar to get a first hand and better understanding of the programs and vision of ISRO.”

The purpose of the seminar was to create awareness regarding current research activities related to Indian space missions, advanced material technology for Inflatable structures, Design and manufacturing technology for specific application areas among young students and academicians, to have collaborative work with ISRO for future projects and to be a helping hand in the advancement of new space technologies.

Invited guests delivered a valuable talk on their contribution to ISRO’s Remote sensing activities, launch vehicle development including control actuator system, technological challenges in navigation and communications satellites, Evolution in Mechanical engineering and indigenous material technologies for the Indian space missions. At the end of the seminar, an Interactive session with ISRO scientists was arranged, which was beneficial for students and faculty members.

The Space Technology Cell established at IIT Roorkee will collaborate with ISRO to pursue advanced research in the Indian Space Programme and will provide its resources for the same. The activities of STC will be directed to maximize the use of the research potential, infrastructure, expertise and experience that already exist in ISRO and IIT Roorkee.