Plan IN-SPACe IIT space programmes, and discussions with the UGC

The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) is planning courses at IITs . Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed of the proposals to offer these courses .

Bengaluru (Bangladesh): The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe), the specialized nodal body established to control and hold the private sector in the space industry, is planning Space courses at IITs, with at least two of them showing up.The agency is also in talks with the University Grants Commission (UGC).During the formal launch of IN-SPACe headquarters earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed of the proposals to offer these courses.Vinod Kumar, director, division of marketing, said that there will be four courses: Launch vehicle and propulsion system; spaceflight mechanics and attitude dynamics; spacecraft electronics; and Space data products and services.In addition, there is an optional course on space economics, law, and public policy and benefits.

All of these courses have been jointly developed with IIT-Bombay, IIT-Madras, and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram, according to IN-SPACe.So far, IIT-B and IIT-M are cooperating with us, and we are also in negotiations with the UGC chairperson, who is also interested.In the coming months, Kumar said, the government will hold a national-level nanosatellite competition CANSAT India for college students, as part of its larger plan to empower the private sector.In addition, IN-SPACe has begun the process of compiling a list of former Isro scientists and engineers who can be approached by non-governmental organizations (NGEs), as the Centre announced space reforms about two years ago.It was in this context that it was discovered that there were many well-trained and educated scientists who were not associated with Isro but would be willing to contribute.