Jalandhar, Jan 18: The second Space Technology Incubation Centre (S-TIC) was inaugurated by Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO on 17th January 2019 through video mode from Bengaluru in the presence of Dr. Lalit Kumar Awasthi, Director NIT Jalandhar and Dr. P V Venkitakrishnan, Director, CBPO, ISRO HQ.
Space Technology Incubation Centre (S-TIC) is a novel concept conceived by ISRO to tie up the Academia, Industry and R&D institutions in different regions of the country.
S-TIC will provide projects of importance to the ongoing and futuristic programmes of ISRO for the Research, Post Graduate and Under Graduate students. This is expected to inculcate much-required research culture among the student community. The final year students will be exposed to the problems of relevance and importance to ISRO and proof of concept or prototype developed by them will be validated through nearby tie-up industries. The products once realized will be validated and qualified in the existing facilities of ISRO. Once qualified, they can be inducted in the on-going projects of ISRO and buy back arrangement can be made. Through this, it is hoped to enthuse students to think differently to initiate start-up enterprises which can generate employment.
The first S-TIC is being initiated in the North-Eastern region to encourage space-related research activities in the region. The first S-TIC was inaugurated at NIT Agartala on September 18, 2018, and it started functioning.
Five such Space Technology Incubation Centres are being planned region wise in other parts of the county.