ISRO and IIT Guwahati have partnered and inaugurated the seventh Space Technology Cell (STC) in India to encourage research in space technology, space science and space applications. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the seventh Space Technology Cell (STC) in the series was signed by Professor Goutham Biswas, Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati and Dr P V Venkitakrishnan, Director, Capacity Building Programme Office (CBPO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Head Quarters, on 24 May 2019 at IIT Guwahati, said a statement released by ISRO.
Space Technology Cells, which have been set-up with the aim of helping the country achieve newer heights in space technology research and applications, are also present in other prestigious Indian Institutes of Technologies such as IIT Roorkee, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur and also at the premier organisation the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore.
IIT Guwahati has got 7th Engineering Rank and 12th overall NIRF ranking in the year 2018, said Professor Goutham Biswas, Director of IIT Guwahati. While encouraging the faculty to come out with challenging proposals, Professor Goutham Biswas reiterated that the institute has a lot of scientific and technological expertise in areas such as chemical engineering, electronics and electrical engineering, computer science and engineering, mechanical engineering, biosciences and engineering, and physics.
Furthermore, Dr P V Venkitakrishnan, Director, CBPO stated about the enormous scope available in ISRO in the emerging areas of science and technology in the Research and Development domain, said the ISRO statement.
The Space Technology Cells are guided by Joint Policy Committees (JPC) chaired by Director of the respective institution and with members from Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space and the respective institution. Research and development projects relevant to space technology, space science and space applications will be taken up by the faculty of the Institute under the STC.