North India's first space study centre to come up in Jammu

MoU signed for establishing ‘Satish Dhawan Centre for Space Science’ at Central University Jammu

Jammu, Publish Date: Oct 11 2018 11:32PM | Updated Date: Oct 11 2018 11:32PM
North India's first space study centre to come up in JammuGK Photo

Jammu region will soon have a full-fledged space technology research centre devoted to research, academics and post-graduation degree courses.

Union minister of state for department of Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said the centre, named after the renowned space scientist and former chairman, ISRO, Prof Satish Dhawan, would be able to take up research in the area of different disasters like snowfall, landslides, avalanches, ground water, cloud cover, atmospheric conditions drought, flood/cyclone and climate change.

He was speaking during MoU signing ceremony for establishing “Satish Dhawan Centre for Space Science” and national workshop on “Imagining the future of Space Science & its strategic importance” here today at Central University Jammu.

Union Secretary, department of Space & chairman, ISRO, Dr K Sivan, former Chairman, ISRO, Dr K Radhakrishnan, vice-chancellor, CUJ, Prof Ashok Aima, chairman & CEO, J&K Bank, Parvez Ahmad besides senior scientists of ISRO, faculty members and students of the university were present on the occasion.

The minister said, once commissioned the centre would help develop space applications and knowledge about space science. “The centre will also turn students into future generation leaders helping in development of technology for country and abroad,” the minister said. 

‘Space research and academics’ hitherto was confined mostly to South Indian states but for last four years it had been a constant endeavour to spread it to other parts of the country, the minister said, adding that students from these centres carry track record of 100 percent placement.

Singh said the centre is dedicated to country’s eminent scientist Satish Dhawan, who was born in Srinagar during Maharaja’s Hari Singh’s period.

“Dhawan’s family was one among the notable group of intellectuals who lived in (J&K) state and then Maharaja relaxed state subject laws for these talented people,” Dr Singh said. 

He said, “It’s unfortunate that hardly anyone knows about the origin of this great scientist. There is no memorial in his name anywhere in the state.”

Dr Singh emphasized on using the ISRO data to understand the under-lying physical processes and the measurements of critical physical parameters that allow us to address fundamental questions in astronomy and astrophysics.

The Regional Academic Centre for Space (RAC-S) is a regional level new initiative to pursue advanced research in the areas of relevance to the future technological and programmatic needs of the Indian Space Programme and act as a facilitator for the promotion space technology activities in the region, he added.

He informed that 6 such RAC-S have been planned in different regions of the country. The centres will be located at Guwahati (Assam), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Kurukshetra (Haryana) and Patna (Bihar).

Chairman, ISRO, Dr K Sivan informed that the “Satish Dhawan Centre for Space Science” will have facilities of Geospatial Data Analysis, Ground based observations for Atmospheric Studies, Research lab for Astrophysics, Materials Sciences Lab for Space Applications, Atmospheric Sensing and Glacier Studies Lab and Disaster Management Unit.

While addressing the gathering, Prof Ashok Aima informed that, based on the faculty expertise in the field of Radiation Dosimeter, Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology, Sensors, Energy and Environmental Science, Computational, Laser and Device Physics, the Material Research Lab for Space Application will also be setup at CUJ.

Special focus of this lab will be to synthesize and design new sensors and materials for space applications, he said, adding that, this is the first of its kind coming up in Jammu and Kashmir and the building is proposed in an area of about 1150 Sqm.

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