ISRO or Indian Space Research Organization will establish a centre at CUJ or Central University Jammu as an expansion of its presence to the northernmost state of India. On October 11, K Sivan, ISRO Chairman, signed memorandums of understanding with Ashok Aima, CUJ Vice Chancellor and the officials of Central Space Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO) for the establishment of the centre.
At the time of signing the memorandum, Jitendra Singh, Union Minister was there at the campus of CUJ in Samba.
The name of the centre would be Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science and the proposal raised for its area specifications is of approximately 1,150 square meters.
The reason of setting up the space organization in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is to monitor its vegetation cover, snow, landslides, cloud cover, avalanches etc from the space though remote sensing.
Moreover, due to the frequent occurrence of natural calamities in this region, there is the need of some strong observational system that can make a proper research on the weather and other environment related factors in this area.
For the development of this area, the centre will take the accountability of meeting the requirements related to the emerging geospatial and space technology.
Stating the collaboration of CUJ and ISRO as a benchmark of achievement in the state of J & K, Union minister Singh quoted that ISRO would be recognized as PAN India organization with the set up of this centre in the state and the younger generation of our country must incline their interest towards the field of research and science.
Mr Sivan stated that the centre will raise its helping hands to enhance the capabilities of space applications for this region in the fields of disaster management, education, health, weather forecasting, communication and land-use planning.
He further added that IRSO was on the path of making the use of space sciences for the welfare of mankind as considered by Vikram Sarabhai and Satish Dhawan, the founding fathers of ISRO.
He also stated that the centre will have the amenities for geospatial data analysis which will provide great help for constant use of natural resources and planning land-use layout.
Not only this, it will also posses the ground-based observations for atmospheric research, lab for atmospheric sensing, astrophysics and glacier studies.
Moreover, there will also be the set up of the disaster management.
The Materials Sciences Lab would lay emphasis on designing new sensors for space applications.