Dr. K Sivan
The ISRO-IITK Space Technology Cell was established on March 02, 2001 with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization and the Director, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur with the realization of growing importance attached to the extending scope for generation of knowledge through advanced academic Research & Development efforts to ensure a truly self-reliant and self generating Space Programmes for our nation in future years.
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur carries out original research of significance and technology development at the cutting edge. It imparts training for students to make them competent, motivated engineers and scientists. The Institute not only celebrates freedom of thought, cultivates vision and encourages growth, but also inculcates human values and concern for the environment and the society.
Space activities in the country started during early 1960s with the scientific investigation of upper atmosphere and ionosphere over the magnetic equator that passes over Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram using small sounding rockets Realising the immense potential of space technology for national development, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the visionary leader envisioned that this powerful technology could play a meaningful role in national development and solving the problems of common man.