CUJ is Nodal Centre for ISRO-START Program

Students at Satish Dhawan Centre for space science in CUJ.
Students at Satish Dhawan Centre for space science in CUJ.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Central University of Jammu (CUJ) has become the Nodal Centre for the Space Science and Technology Awareness Training (START) program which has been approved by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
This ground-breaking initiative was made possible through the generous collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The Nodal Centre for START Program, established at the Central University of Jammu, aims to inspire, educate and empower the next generation of space enthusiasts, fostering a passion for Space Science and Technology among aspiring scientists and engineers.
CUJ will invite aspiring post-graduate and final-year undergraduate students of Physical Sciences and Technology, Engineers, Space enthusiasts, educational institutions, and organizations to join on this incredible journey of discovery and knowledge. It will embark on a mission to explore the vast frontiers of space and unlock the limitless potential that lies within.
Prof Sanjeev Jain, Vice-Chancellor, CUJ said that the START programme is part of ISRO’s efforts to enable Indian students to become professionals in space science and technology, as the organization’s space science exploration program continues to expand into new domains.
The programme is intended to provide students with an introductory-level training in Space Science and Technology, giving them an overview of different facets of the field, research opportunities, and career options. The training will also emphasize the cross-disciplinary nature of Space Science, giving students insights into how their individual aptitudes can be applied to the field. The programme is expected to help build a human capacity that will lead space science and research in the future. The student community will be benefited from this training programme, as they will receive an overview of the different fields of space science and technology, exposure to the research ongoing in different Indian institutes, insight into how their individual aptitude would suit some of the facets of space science and technology, appreciate the cross-disciplinary nature of the subject, and accordingly choose their career path.
Prof Vinay Kumar, Convener, Satish Dhawan Centre for Space Science and Technology CUJ, will coordinate this program.