THE INITIATIVE AND THE VISION
In the previous few years India made history in space. The success of the indigenous moon mission, Mars mission and creating their own Desi GPS ISRO creates history. India has successfully launched 20 satellites in a single mission, the most in the history of the country’s ambitious space programme. They include satellites belonging to the United States, Canada, Germany and Indonesia. It is a sign that India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market. it is a significant moment for India’s space programme which has recorded a number of achievements including sending probes to the Moon and Mars. Launching several satellites in a single mission reduces cost and India has been positioning itself as a key player in the lucrative international commercial space market as an effective but low cost operator.
Indian space activities have made tremendous progress in the past 40 years with successful programmes of Indian communication satellites in INSAT, Indian EO satellites in IRS and Indian launch vehicles in the PSLV and GSLV. Successful foray into global markets have also been achieved. In the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017), India is planning for 58 missions with an investment of almost 6 B USD (at 2013 rates). Today, Indian Space Programme is at a cusp with the need for a LONG TERM STRATEGY FOR SPACE? Basically creating a roadmap that will look 30-50 years ahead and address several key questions in the public domain.
Indian space needs to orient for a quantum jump in technological growth, adopt organisational models and collaborative strategies that will ensure economic efficiency and position a vibrant private sector. Important questions are being raised on the public and national consequences for Indian human space-flight and planetary exploration programme; how India must quest for a larger share and role in global space market; strategies to deal with changing political and economic environments and focused imperatives of international cooperation. Based on the in-depth analysis the evolving eco-system, unique performance dimensions, achievements and critical gaps of the past 40 years, along with a careful analysis of the existing policies.
On the other hand we are welcoming our new students who’s entered in college. Student, Nothing worthwhile is easy, as the old saying goes, and this certainly is true of a college education. A successful college career requires years of hard work, and you can’t expect to be a success without devotion and sacrifice.
This is an unpleasant metaphor, but college is a sort of “weeding” process. People get good jobs in part because of how well they have proved themselves through their hard work and dedication in college. They have demonstrated that they have what it takes to succeed. Many people begin college but do not succeed at it. There are a limited number of good jobs out there, and college helps “weed out” the people who are unlikely ever to get those jobs.
I firmly believe that most people can be successful in college and that the amount of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice is what separates those who are successful from those who are not.
With best wishes
Dr. Ashok Kumar Gadiya
(Chief Editor, Technical Today )