ISRO plans to launch its TV channel for Indian kids
In a bid to promote a scientific mindset and temper among young Indians, ISRO is set to launch its own TV channel. Additionally, the space agency will also organize capacity building programs for school children between Classes 8 and 10. These measures are part of ISRO's year-long plan to celebrate the 99th birthday of ISRO's founding father, the late Vikram Sarabhai. Here's more.
The father of the Indian space program
Vikram Sarabhai was born on August 12, 1919, and is widely regarded as the father of the Indian space program. A renowned cosmic ray scientist, Sarabhai was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1966, and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972.
What we know about ISRO TV
ISRO's TV channel, dubbed 'ISRO TV' will be a dedicated channel for telecasting science and space-related content for Indians. Notably, this content, which will highlight the benefits of ISRO's work, will be available in English, as well as in regional languages, so that it can be accessible for everyone, regardless of language or region.
Other measures to promote a scientific mindset
In addition to the channel, ISRO is also taking other measures to expand its public outreach. For starters, ISRO's training program for students from Classes 8 to 10 to promote scientific rigour and interest is in works, and will see students trained at ISRO itself. Additionally, the space agency is also looking to set up an incubation centre for start-ups dabbling in space technology.
Students can also make their own satellites
"The students will be allowed to make their own small satellites at the end of the programme. This project, which will be launched soon, has received appreciation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who oversees the Department of Space)," explained ISRO chief K Sivan.
Soon, you'll be able to visit the Sriharikota spaceport
Meanwhile, ISRO is also planning to expand its public outreach by throwing open its Sriharikota spaceport to visitors, along the lines of what NASA does. While a date for the opening hasn't been specified yet, it's understood that the Indian public will be able to take tours of the spaceport, and will even be allowed to observe satellite launches in the near future.