Anna University, India is to launch a micro- satellite, EDUSAT, industrial incubation facilitation centre this year, E Balagurusamy, Vice – Chancellor of the university confirmed on the New Year eve.
Speaking to reporters in Chennai on the varsity’s major initiatives, Balagurusamy said the university teachers and students were fabricating a micro- satellite with technical and financial help from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The micro- satellite used for education purposes would be launched into space on the ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle by end of year 2004.
The satellite was the first one in the country to be launched by a university at a cost of Rs five crore, he said. Likewise, ISRO would launch Edusat (Education Satellite) by June- end and had selected Anna University as its local centre. This would facilitate imparting of education in the regional languages by reaching the rural masses and to southern States, he said. Anna University would launch an Industrial Incubation Facilitation Centre to encourage entrepreneurial ideas amongst student community and seek support from industries in setting up the centre which can complement the industrial growth in the State, he added.