Space agency-ISRO on Wednesday (29th May 2019) inaugurated its Space Technology Incubation Centre (S-TIC) and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in NIT, Tiruchirappalli, the central part of Tamilnadu. It
was unveiled remotely by Dr.K. Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Secretary, Department of Space, Government of India from the ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru in Karnataka. This is
first of its kind incubation centre in Southern Region of India, aims at developing innovative indigenous technologies that could be used for future ISRO projects which would significantly be cutting down the
Dr. M. Umapathy, Dean (Research & Consultancy) welcomed the gathering, followed by the keynote address by Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas, Director, NITT who addressed the dignitaries, faculty members, industry partners
and student/ research scholars about the golden opportunity available for the student community across the southern region to innovate an idea and develop a commercially viable product thereby contribute to
the India Space programme with the support of ISRO scientists.The ISRO - Space Technology Incubation Centre opened at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Tiruchirappalli will incubate
startups to build applications and products in tandem with the industry and they would be used in future space missions,” said ISRO Chairman K. Sivan during his inaugural speech.
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 the 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 realised 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 motivate the students to think differently in order to initiate start-up enterprises which can generate employment. The first Southern region, S-TIC is being
originated to encourage space-related research activities in that region.The centre is expected to bring the industry, academia and ISRO triad under one umbrella to contribute towards the research and development
(R&D) initiatives relevant to Indian Space Programme, which was briefly explained by Dr.P.V.Venkatakrishnan, Director, Capacity Building Programme Office (CBPO), ISRO- HQ.
Finally, Dr Jiwan Kumar Pandit, Associate Director, Capacity Building Programme office (CBPO), ISRO- HQ, thanked the NITT fraternity, industry partners from CII, BHEL, TIDISSIA, Student/ Research scholars
and members from press and media for making this event a grand success.