Dr Jitendra Singh expressed these views at a meeting of Space Department officials accompanying Dr A.S.Kiran Kumar, Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), during the first visit to New Delhi by the Secretary after assuming office.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, in more ways than one, ISRO and the Indian space activities truly illustrate Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modis Make in India concept. In this regard, he referred to Mangalyaan and the successful launch of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) which was developed and executed through 100% indigenous sources, material and equipment, making India the first nation which had succeeded in its maiden attempt and ISRO, the first Asian agency to reach Mars orbit. Similarly, India has achieved the distinction of providing cost effective launch pads for commercial satellites for several developed countries, he added.
Today ISRO conducts a variety of experiments for foreign nations, said Dr Jitendra Singh and informed that till December 2014, India had already launched over 30 foreign satellites for 19 countries. Its telecommunication satellite network is one of the largest in the world, he claimed.
Some of the world acclaimed scientists at the ISRO beginning from Vikram Sarabhai and Satish Dhawan to contemporaries like Dr U.R.Rao and Dr K.Radhakrishnan have not only done the nation proud but have also inspired generations of youth in this country, said Dr Jitendra Singh. The Minister added that today, the space achievements of ISRO team are looked up by the whole world with great respect.
Dr A.S.Kiran Kumar, gave a resume to the Minister of some of the projects of ISRO in the near future and said that the ISRO plans to carry out a Mission to the Sun during the next one year and Chandrayaan-II Mission to the Moon around 2016-17. Similarly, Astronomy Satellite Missions as well as Multimedia Broadcast Satellite Missions will also be carried forward to a higher functional level in the times to come, thus further raising the graph of ISRO capabilities in the international arena, he added.