New Delhi: A group of students from Veer Surendra Sai Space Innovation Centre (VSSSIC), Odisha called on Union Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, here today. These students informed that their team has developed Satellite Launch Vehicle.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that India is a frontline nation in the field of space technology and these students will also contribute to it. The efforts of these students reflect their talent, curiosity and capabilities. He said that first time a Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) has been developed by the students, adding that nano-satellites have been developed earlier by the students. He said that this will inspire other students to excel in science and technology. The Minister said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has natural temper for science and under his leadership Government has taken various steps for development of science and technology. The Minister further said that these students are in touch with ISRO. He further said that ISRO is providing Rs 50 lakh financial and technical assistance to these students for their endeavours. They will also utilise facilities of ISRO based upon requirement and feasibility.
ISRO has been the pioneer for encouraging space-related innovations. The team of students interacted with ISRO Chairman, Dr K Sivan as a part of “Samvad with Students”. They were registered as the first and only student body to indigenously developed and successfully launched Sounding rockets, in Limca Book of Records, 2019.