dailyexcelsior.com Mar. 05, 2016
Dr Jitendra inaugurates International Conference on Space
NEW DELHI, Apr 4: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today inaugurated a 3-day International Conference & Exhibition on Space under the aegis of “Asia Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium”. The congregation of some of the world’s leading scientists in Space Technology is being attended among others by Charles F. Bolden, Administrator, NASA-USA, Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, CNES-France, Yamamato, Vice-President, JAXA-Japan, YanHua Wu, Deputy Administrator, CNS
A-China, in addition to Team ISRO from India led by A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the experience gained from various Space missions and its benefits have universal application and therefore, coming together of Space Scientists from different leading Centres of the world does not only augur well for today’s global world, but would also help in pooling our resources and inputs for a faster progress in the area of Space Technology. He expressed satisfaction at the fact that the major world centre of NASA is working in close collaboration with ISRO with the Indian Space Scientists and not only there is an exchange of scientific visits between the two Centres from time to time, but many of Indian origin scientists like Sunita Williams have contributed richly to the NASA. At the same time, he also lauded participation of Space Scientists from France, Japan and China.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, it is a matter of pride that during the last two years of the Modi government, India’s Department of Space and ISRO have been regularly launching foreign satellites from its launching stations at Sriharikota and the collaboration with Space Centres across the world has been reinforced due to the personal initiative and interest taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has resulted in signing of a number of MoUs and further exchange of technical knowhow with countries across the world.
At the same time, Dr Jitendra Singh said, ISRO is expanding its activities and is now working with as many as 60 Ministries in Government of India and offering its inputs for developing “Smart Cities”, laying of new Railway tracks, construction of roads, assessment of soil and agricultural conditions, etc. At the same time, he said, ISRO portals “Bhuvan” and “MOSDAC” are providing satellite data which is being globally used across the world. Similarly, images provided by Mangalyan Mission are also being borrowed by other Space Centres in the world, he added