Thiruvananthapuram, India, 16 January 2007 – The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to set up a space training centre or a university in the state of Kerala to meet the shortage of space scientists. Speaking to reporters, ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair said the organisation indeed was planning such an institute.
According to media reports, the proposed institute is expected to come up on the outskirts of the state capital on a 100-acre plot. It would be modelled on the lines of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai.
One reason why ISRO is planning such an institution is that its Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre here faces a crisis due to large-scale retirement of staff members. It was in the 1970s that large-scale recruitment was done. With most of the staff having either retired or on the verge of retirement, there is a crunch of experienced personnel.