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Country to offer high quality education in the areas related to space science and technology: Union Minister of State, Dr Jitendra Singh
According to reply given by Union Minister of State, Dr Jitendra Singh, who also hold the charge of Atomic Energy and Space, to an unstarred question in Rajya Sabha on March 3, the Department of Space has established Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Deemed University at Thiruvananthapuram, to provide specialized education in the areas of space technology, said an official release stating the reply.

The institute is the first of its kind in the country to offer high quality education at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels in the areas related to space science & technology and its applications, the release added.

The release stated that the Department of Space (DOS) has taken the following measures for encouraging young minds towards space science research:

i)             ISRO Space Science Promotion Scheme (ISRO-SSPS) is an initiative intended towards supporting and strengthening of research in space science in universities. The scheme, initiated during 2008-09 period, includes - M.Sc / M.Tech fellowships to meritorious students, one time grant for laboratory augmentation and support for visiting scientists / guest faculties.

ii)     ISRO's Sponsored Research (RESPOND) Programme is intended for encouraging academia, Junior Research Fellows, young researchers to participate & contribute in various space programme related research activities in Indian universities and institutes.

iii)  The space science and planetary missions, viz. Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter Mission, ASTROSAT, undertaken by ISRO renew the interest of young minds towards space science.

iv)      Department of Space regularly organises workshops, exhibitions and outreach programmes to create excitement amongst students in space science and technology.

I think that more students need to be attracted for higher education for specialization in space sciences. More so the girls whose visibility in pure sciences is dismal and the courses needed to be made female friendly for science and mathematics.

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