Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
6) While ISRO’s credentials as a poster child for India’s technological abilities have been fortified, it still has a long way to go in terms of its reputation as an enabler of local business. Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question:
The Indian Space Research Organization’s successful launch on Wednesday of Cartosat-3, along with 13 other small U.S. satellites, marks a major technological milestone for India.
Key demand of the question:
One must analyse the future of ISRO owing to aspects of commercialistion.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In brief narrate the achievements of ISRO.
Explain that While satellite launches make for a good spectacle, they are meaningful only in so far as they aid commerce and generate revenue and jobs. Indian regulations restrict access to satellite images sharper than one meter to the government. Other than for transponders, there is a long way to go for Indian private companies sending innovative payloads aboard ISRO launch vehicles. ISRO recently launched a company called New Space India Limited (NSIL), a competitor to Antrix, but like it, is another public enterprise meant to commercialize space products and satellite development deals with private entities.
Conclude with what needs to be done and suggest way forward.