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08 JUNE, 2017 (MAINS)



Q1.  “The uniqueness of the Indian Space Programme lies with the ability to use the space based platforms for implementing various application programmes, which touches the day to day life of common man.” Do you agree? If yes then substantiate the statement by highlighting major space based application which significantly impacted the civilian life. (200 words)


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  • Osho Korde

    the Indian Space Programme has distinguished itself as one of the most cost-effective and development-oriented space programmes in the world.
    • Satellite communication (Satcom) technology offers the unique capability of simultaneously reaching out to very large numbers, spread over vast areas, including the remote corners of the country. It is a strong tool to support development education.
    • India has been amongst the first few nations to explore and put to use the Satcom technology for education and development-oriented services to the rural masses.
    • Use of Satcom and information technology to connect rural clinics to urban hospitals through telemedicine systems is one of the solutions; and India has embarked upon an effective satellite-based telemedicine programme.

    • Space technology is also useful in disaster warning and management related applications. Use of satellite systems and beacons for locating the distressed units on land, sea or air is well known to us. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is already a part of the International initiative called Satellite Aided Search and Rescue System.

    • The programme to set up satellite-based Village Resource Centres (VRCs) across India, for providing a variety of services relevant to the rural communities, is also a unique societal application of space technology.
    • The VRCs are envisaged as single window delivery mechanism for a variety of space-based products and services, such as tele-education; telemedicine; information on natural resources for planning and development at local level; interactive advisories on agriculture, fisheries, land and water resources management, livestock management, etc.; interactive vocational training towards alternative livelihood; e-governance; weather information; etc.