In 2018, the Indian Space Research Organization announced to set up 6 incubation centres and 6 research and development centres across the country over the next year. One of the six incubators was already inaugurated in September last year in Agartala called ISRO-Space Technology Incubation Center (S-TIC).
Now ISRO has announced Tiruchirappalli (Tiruchi or Trichy) in Tamil Nadu to be the next spot for the second S-TIC (incubation centre). ISRO Chairman and Secretary of Department of Space, K. Sivan has disclosed the plans while addressing the graduation day at St Joseph’s College in Tiruchirappalli.
ISRO dedicates its resources to promote the space technology and distribute knowledge about the outer world to unrepresented areas of India. These areas have the potential Research and Development related minds hidden in its suburbs and ISRO is tying up with the academia, industry leaders and R&D institutions to find potential minds in different regions of the country.
The focus is to inculcate research culture among the students. The final year students will get a chance to solve the problems relevant to ISRO and proof of prototype developed by these students will be evaluated by the industry. The validated products will be used in the existing facilities of the space organization.
ISRO is actively participating in the modernization of Indian industries and supporting the startup ecosystem. Earlier ISRO has achieved tremendous success like sending 104 satellites to space, gathering 17 million gigabytes of geospatial data and opening up its indigenous technology of lithium-ion batteries to local startups.