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ThaparSat: an initiative of TIET towards the future of space program in the state of Punjab

ThaparSat: an initiative of TIET towards the future of space program in the state of Punjab

Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in News/ May 24,2024

Taking a step forward in the direction to impart its students with experiential learning in engineering and technological developments involved in satellite building and space missions, the fraternity of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology took a leap of faith four years back and decided to build it’s own satellite “ThaparSat”. The hard work of Thapar student satellite program team has paid-off with a satisfying and illustrious output. The satellite is ready and we are in the final stages of testing. The satellite aims at real time monitoring of pollution due to greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide, methane & nitrous oxide and measurement of soil moisture content in Northern India. The proposal for initiating the launch process will be shortly submitted by the TIET team to ISRO.

The satellite program of TIET is a milestone achieved in the direction of  growth of academic and research programs in “Space Science and Technology”. To celebrate this marvel and embark on the beginning of the journey ahead TIET organized a half day symposium on “ThaparSat: an initiative of TIET towards the future of space program in the state of Punjab” May 24th, 2024, at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala campus.

The symposium was attended by dignitaries from Punjab government bodies; G. S. Majithia, member secretary Punjab pollution control board, Dapinder Bakshi, joint director Punjab state council for science and technology, Dr Brijendra Pateriya, director Punjab remote sensing center, and  Jaswinder Singh, CAO, department of agriculture. Dr. A S Pillai, founder M D Brahmos Aerospace ltd. was present at the event along with representatives from the space industry and other academic institutes in the country.

ThaparSat: an initiative of TIET towards the future of space program in the state of Punjab

The leaders of TIET, R RVaderah, Chairman BoG, Dr. Padma kumar Nair, Director and Dr. Ajay Batish, Deputy Director were there in solidarity to mark the successful commissioning of ThaparSat. The dignitaries were delighted to see the progress and congratulated the Thapar Satellite program team headed by Dr. Mamta Gulati, Professor, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala. The highlights of the symposium were discussions on the importance of ThaparSat in the future of policy making for Agricultural developments in the state, the need of start-ups in the area of space technology in the region of Punjab and capacity building at colleges & for the government organizations for effective use of space technology. The symposium concluded on a high note with the Academia, government bodies and space technology industry pledging to join hands to use technology for society and make Punjab a state for everyone.

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