Bangalore, India: A three-day international conference cum exhibition on space business – Bengaluru Space Expo 2010, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), showcased India’s prowess in space. It also underlined the importance of greater co-operation and interaction between the industry and Government in space related business with focus on inclusive growth.
The Inaugural Session of the Conference was addressed by Dr K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO; H.E Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, Minister of Science and Technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria; K R Sridhara Murthy, Managing Director, Antrix Corporation Ltd; Vikram Kirloskar, Chairman, CII National Committeeon Technology and Rajive Kaul, Chairman, CII Trade Fairs Council.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr Radhakrishnan, highlighted the contribution of space technology, particularly emphasising upon the commercialisation of space technology for inclusive growth. “In fact, over 500 companies from the small, medium and large sectors were involved in the series of launches that ISRO had undertaken over the years, to the mutual satisfaction of all parties,” stated Radhakrishnan.
Radhakrishnan stressed that for the Indian space sector to remain in the frontline, the industry would have to become a risk bearing partner. This would raise the overall level of quality besides proving mutually beneficial. In this context, the industry would also do well to look at high technology sectors in line with ISRO’s growing demand for the latest know -how.
Vikram Kirloskar, Chairman, CII National Committee on Technology highlighted the need to put a major thrust on increasing the industry’s investment in R & D. Collaboration with public funded research institutions, he said, would be the key to such endeavour and the CII would be happy to work with ISRO and Antrix.
Rajive Kaul, Chairman, CII Trade Fairs Council referred to the Indian space programme which ran into billions of dollars. This also indicated the worth of the private sector in India and its contribution to this programme. The current collaboration had the potential to grow even further increasing the need for commercialising more products and technologies for the benefit of the nation.
From the industry’s perspective, Kaul said the BSX 2010 aimed to showcase capabilities and identify opportunities for Indian and international space sector. The objective was to establish long term ties to serve the Indian space secutiry, defence and development requirements.
Earlier, Dr Radhakrishnan formally inaugurated the Bengaluru Space Expo, the first of its kind in Asia which featured the participation of global players in space, satellites and related technologies. The 3-Day expo will be open till 28th August at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bangalore.
The conference was attended by over 400 space scientists from India and abroad along with the private sector sought to provide a common platform to the scientists, manufacturers and policy makers to share their experiences on the latest developments in space technology. The Space Expo attracted business delegations from 10 countries including, UK, USA, Japan, Korea, Israel, Nigeria, Denmark, Thailand, France, Czech and Kazakhstan.