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Venezuelans studying space science in India

Caracas, Venezuela: So far this year about 16 public servants and Venezuelan graduates, have specialised in space science courses in Brazil and India. Such financial aid study is driven by the Bolivarian Government, through the Ministry of Popular Power for Science, Technology and Industry Intermediate (MCTI), in order to achieve the country’s aerospace development.

Now, about eight state employees will leave in September to the Institute of Indian Remote Sensing (IIRS), to study geomatics. The first advanced public workers for the 2010 scholarship, went in March, four of them to study in that institute in India and four to the National Institute for Space Research of Brazil (INPE).

It is happening because a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on cooperation in space science and technology between Venezuela and the Department of Space (DOS) and the India Space Cooperation Framework Agreement with Brazil, both executed by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and Innovation (FONACIT).

In 2009, participation of 24 public employees was approved in the academic conventions that addressed areas like diploma in Geomatics issued in India. The MoU between India and Venezuela was signed in 2005. But first time in 2008, team of 14 students were sent to India.

The public servants belong to the ABAE benefit, the Inter-American Development and Environmental Research and Planning at the University of the Andes (ULA), Institute of Engineering, Institute of Civil Protection and Disaster Management Merida state, the state Environmental Institute Lara, and Hidrocapital. In addition, Funvisis workers, the National Institute of Geology and Mining, the Latin American Forest Institute, the National Land Institute, the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment, Interior and Justice, Defence, Municipalities and PDVSA.

Source: Agencia Venezolana de Noticias