No Shortage of Scientists in ISRO: Minister

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is not facing shortage of engineers/ scientists/physicists to fill up the sanctioned post. In order to cater to the needs of increased launch frequency, a comprehensive study on the human resources assessment has been undertaken and further process is in progress.

As a part of the long term capacity build up strategies for developing high quality human resources in Space Science area, the Department of Space / ISRO has initiated the following pro-active measures in encouraging Indian youth to take up Space Science as their career:

i. Introduced fellowship schemes for post graduate students pursuing space science and atmospheric research in eight Universities in the Country;

ii. One time financial grant to set up Space Science laboratories in select eight Universities in the Country;

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iii. Introduction of research fellowship to enable scientists from universities and other academic and research institutions to visit and conduct research work at national laboratories, academic/research institutions;

iv. Established “Joint Astronomy Programme” with participation of other research laboratories and an academic institution in organising research in astronomy area leading to award of Ph.D degree to young research students;

v. Developed customized academic programme in Space Science area both at Undergraduate and Graduate level at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology;

vi. Provides research opportunity in Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) for young scientists to take up research in Space Science area leading to award of Ph.D degree in space science and atmospheric research areas through an academic institution.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to an unstarred question in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

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