Chennai, 18th April, 2023: KCG College of Technology instituted KCG Space Technology Centre with an objective to encourage the students to gain knowledge on advanced fields of satellite and space systems and use them for societal benefits.
Shri A S Kiran Kumar, Padma Shri Awardee and Former Chairman ISRO, inaugurated the centre and addressed the gathering. In his inaugural address, the former ISRO Chairman highlighted the remarkable progress India has made in space technology research. Addressing the faculty and students he said, “ Today space technology research is expanding globally and India also has realised the need to involve private enterprises”. “Make use of this huge opportunity and look for space technology if you are looking for societal development”, he added.The Special Guest, Dr A Sivathanu Pillai, Founder of Brahmos and Padma Bhushan Awardee in his address stressed on the need to collaborate with industries, develop start-ups and together develop space technology for the benefit of people in lower strata of the society, especially the fishermen.
Dr Anand Jacob Verghese, Chairman, Hindustan Group of Institutions, presided over the function. In his presidential address, Dr Anand explained the objectives of the centre and activities that are centred on the development of student community.
Mr Nicolas Cazalis, Vice President – ENAC and Dr Lalit Gupta, Former JDG – DGCA felicitated the gathering. Mr Nicolas Cazalis stressed on the need for educational institutions to enter into partnership with international satellite organisations, research institutions and universities and provide skilled workforce in space technology. Dr Lalit Gupta emphasised on the need to focus more on sustainable operations.
The college entered into MOU Exchange with ST Advanced Composites and Metzer LLC. The MOUs will facilitate innovations in astronomy, space science and technology; to build micro and nano satellites for different missions and provide opportunities for space start-ups.