India is set to make important contributions to the future of space exploration with highly ambitious missions to the Moon and Mars in coming future. Indian Presedent Abdul Kalam said this during his address in a packed lecture hall at the International Space University (ISU) in France.
Kalam, who was introduced to the students as a president and a teacher, told the students assembled there from across the globe that space is borderless and it can act as a motivator for national collaboration between nations with borders.
He told the students there that space is a platform for sharing ideas and technologies and to work towards a sustainable world with peace and prosperity. India has made itself able to interconnect Indian villages through its achievements in space technology. Now, this is touching the lives of many among the billion people of India in several ways.
He said further that India has 14,000 scientific, technological and support staff working in various research centers across the nation. They are well supported by more than 500 industries and academic institutions.
They have the capacity to build any type of satellite launch vehicle to place remote sensing, communication and meteorology satellites in different orbits.
He clearly told the listeners that space application has become part of daily life of almost every Indian.
Presently, India has a collection of six remote sensing satellites and 10 communication satellites that are serving the country in the applications such as natural resource survey, communication, disaster management support, meteorology, tele-education with more than 10,000 classrooms and tele-medicine with more than 200 hospitals.
He further said that India is currently in the process to establish 100,000 Common Service Centres through a public-private partnership model. With these service centers rural citizens will have the access to the information from all around the country and globe.