The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently introduced an online training program called Space Science and Technology Awareness Training (START) for postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students in Physical Sciences and Technology. The program is designed to cover various domains of Space Science, including Astronomy and Astrophysics, Heliophysics and Sun-Earth interaction, Instrumentation, and Aeronomy. It will be conducted by scientists from Indian academia and ISRO centers and delivered online.

Through START, students will be given a comprehensive understanding of the cross-disciplinary nature of Space Science, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply their individual aptitudes to the field. The program is open to academic institutions, which can apply through the Jigyasa portal until May 20.

“The START programme is part of the ISRO’s efforts to enable Indian students to become professionals in Space Science and Technology, as the organisation’s Space Science exploration programme continues to expand into new domains. The programme is intended to provide students with an introductory-level training in Space Science and Technology, giving them an overview of different facets of the field, research opportunities, and career options,” said the ISRO

The training program is expected to build a human capacity capable of leading Space Science and research in the future, according to ISRO. Students will also be provided with valuable insights into the Indian Space Science exploration program and research opportunities in Space Science and technologies. This program is a unique opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills in a rapidly evolving field, and ISRO’s efforts to encourage and develop young talent are commendable.

“Students will be benefited from this training programme, as they will receive an overview of the different facets of Space Science and Technology, exposure to the research ongoing in different Indian institutes, insight into how their individual aptitude would suit some of the facets of Space Science and Technology, appreciate the cross-disciplinary nature of the subject, and accordingly choose their career path,” the ISRO said.