The plethora of glory achieved by the IDEA AND INNOVATION CELL (IIC) of VSSUT has its stretch from the LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS to the INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION (ISRO). In the last month, Idea and Innovation Cell has ticked off one of the biggest dreams from its bucket list, signing an MoU ( Memorandum of Understanding) with ISRO for setting up a space innovation-cum-incubation center at the university. Henceforth, 25th August, will be recorded in the glorious history of the University. With this, VSSUT has become the first and only University in India to have signed an MoU with ISRO.
The MoU was signed through a virtual video conference conducted in the presence of SRI K. Sivan, Chairman of ISRO; Atal Chaudhuri, Vice-Chancellor of VSSUT and other significant delegates. Addressing the attendees of the virtual event, the Skill Development, and Technical Education Department Secretary, Sanjay Kumar Singh thanked ISRO for its support and said that the initiative would help to boost the talent of young scientists. During the video conference, all the necessary precautions such as social distancing and usage of masks by all the authorities were adopted.
Earlier, a “Sounding Rocket” developed by the VSSUT Innovation Club of the institute had found a place in the Limca Book of Records. On the foundation of this success, ISRO had set up an Incubation cum Innovative centre titled “Veer Surendra Sai Space Innovation Centre (VSSSIC)” at VSSUT. VSSSIC has various labs with efficient and advanced technologies and ambience set up to help students work with dedication, concentration and plentiful amenities. The future rockets developed at VSSSIC are facilitated to have its launching with all safety systems in launching centres like Thumba, Sri Harikota and Chandipur (under DRDO). The students will be involved in projects related to the development of our country. Equipped with all these facilities, VSSUT is set out to be a hub for nurturing the young talents with the ignition to excel in science and research in the space culture of the nation.
This commendable step will help the students to experience and experiment on various topics like high-end simulation tools, miniature test facilities like static test facility, solid propulsion test research labs and establishment of testing facilities for scaled-down models. It will also be an important first step in developing the much-needed subsystems and propulsion systems. Adding on to this, there are also plans of introducing a course on postgraduate studies in space research. Paying respect to this revolutionary initiative, Sri K Sivan, the Chairman of ISRO was earlier presented with an honorable doctorate by VSSUT, Burla and the University remains willing to strengthen the relationship with ISRO.
The students of the university remain eagerly excited for the re-opening to resume their pursuit. With this MoU, the University and the State of Odisha remains open to countless possibilities and millions of realised dreams. The baton is in the hands of able engineers with the promise to march ahead and make the nation grow and lead in space exploration in the upcoming decades. We congratulate IIC for it’s relentless pursuit and the glory march that shows no room to be complacent and race ahead without resting on its laurels.