India’s Space Aspirations Uncovered: Part 2

Hosted by Sourya Reddy
Edited by Manasi Nene 

This is the final episode of a two-part series on the Indian space sector, its role in India’s development journey and the skills gap it faces. Watch Part One here.

Space is touted to be India’s next big growth sector. As part 1 of this series had shown us, this sector has enormous potential, buoyed by increased government support over the last few years and growing participation by the private sector. From communications to agriculture, the applications of the space sector are vast and are central to any country’s development journey.

But to realise the potential that this sector holds, India needs a talented and highly-skilled workforce. So how do we go about creating this huge talent pool? Where does this skill-building start? What are some challenges that we see, and how can we overcome them? In this second part of our series, we spoke to Kiran Karnik, former Director of ISRO’s Development and Educational Communicational Unit (1983-1991) and Dr. Anil Bhardwaj, Director of the Physical Research Laboratory to learn more.

Sourya is the Co-founder and CEO of The Bastion.
Manasi is a writer, filmmaker, and musician who is keen on exploring issues of education, technology and community mental health. She has also been active in the beatboxing and slam poetry communities of India. Off-the-clock, she can be found cycling, daydreaming, or daydreaming about cycling. Manasi works as The Bastion's Multimedia Associate.

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