Central University of Jammu, ISRO sign MoU to set up Space Applications Center

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on October 11, 2018, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University. On the same occasion, another MoU was signed between CUJ and the Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIR-CSIO). A two-day workshop was also inaugurated at the CUJ campus to create awareness about space research and to motivate young minds to take up research related to space, astronomy, geology, atmospheric sciences and related fields.

The area of space applications is of particular interest to J&K and the larger Himalayan region as its economy and habitations are affected by vegetation cover, forest area, snow, landslides, avalanches, groundwater, cloud cover, atmospheric conditions etc. These conditions can be easily monitored from space through remote sensing. Considering the recurring natural calamities in the region, the requirement of strengthening ground-based observational capabilities for weather and atmospheric research is also imperative. The setting up of this Center will take care of the emerging Geospatial and Space Technology requirements for the development of the region.

Key Highlights:-

1. The Center will help in tapping the potential of Space Applications for Jammu & Kashmir in various fields like disaster management, health, education, communication, weather forecasting, land use planning, etc.
2. This will provide an opportunity for the youth of the region to contribute to the field of space science as well as to the nation.
3. It will have facilities for Geospatial Data analysis that will help in the sustainable use of natural resources and planning land-use pattern.
4. It will have ground-based observations for Atmospheric Studies, a research lab for astrophysics, Atmospheric Sensing and Glacier studies Lab for better use of a large quantity of water stored in the form of seasonal snow, ice and glaciers in the rivers of North India.
5. Apart from this, Disaster Management Center will also be set up there to take up research in the area of different disasters like flood, Landslides, forest fires, drought and climate change.
6. The Materials Sciences Lab for space applications will be established as a part of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science at CUJ with special focus to synthesise and design new sensors and materials for space applications.
7. This is the first of its kind institute coming up in Jammu and Kashmir and the building is proposed in an area of about 1150 sq. meter.

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