ISRO achieves self reliance in technology: Chairman

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Bangalore, Jul 25(UNI) Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today achieved self-reliance in technology and has grown on par with developed countries in the field, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said today.

Speaking after releasing a book titled 'India in the Space Age' written by renowned Science writer Mohan Sundara Rajan, he said the achievement of ISRO in PSLV was lauded all over the world.

Dr Nair said India was the only country which has launched Satellites for the community benefit. ''We are able to solve the problems of the village by focusing on healthcare through tele-medicine and education, among others'', he added.

The Chairman said ISRO, which has formed Anthariksh Corporation, was also launching Satellites for other countries and the business had touched Rs 1000 crore with annual growth being 25 per cent.

Lauding Mr Rajan, he said gap exists between ISROs technology development and public awarness about its growth. It is time for the media to spread the knowledge, he added.

Dr Nair said if the book was translated in regional lanuguages it would benefit many readers. It can also be released in a CD form, he added.

Union Ministry of Publication Division Director General Veena Jain, said about 8000 titles had been published in English and other Indian languages.

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