GS Paper - 3 Space Technology

Three Space Technology Incubation Centres (S-TIC) were inaugurated at National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Nagpur, Bhopal and Rourkela by the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Sivan. ISRO signed bilateral Memorandum of Understanding with Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur (for Western region), Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal (for Central region), and National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (for Eastern region).

What

  1. The S-TIC concept is conceived with one selected major academic institute taking the lead role in a particular region and providing opportunities for final year graduate, postgraduate and research scholars as "future budding entrepreneurs.
  2. Projects of practical relevance linked to the ongoing or future missions of ISRO will be made available to the students at STIC, and their research outcome will be translated into a Proof-of-Concept or prototype through industries within their region, ISRO said.
  3. S-TICs have already been functioning, at National Institute of Technology, Agartala (for North-Eastern region), Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar (for Northern region) and National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (for Southern region).
  4. It can be referred by the Academia, Industry and Start-ups to prepare a detailed proposal for execution of the projects.
  5. This is one of the major steps by DOS / ISRO to achieve the development and indigenisation of space grade components / products / processes in tandem with objectives of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat", ISRO said.