CHENNAI: India’s space agency plans to create resource centres linked by satellites in all villages of Tamil Nadu, its chief said here on Tuesday.G. Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was in Coimbatore to monitor the progress of resource centres set up in three villages. The three centres are in Rameswaram, Dindigul and Thiruvaiyaru districts. The Chennai-based M.S. Swaminathan Foundation is the nodal agency for the centres, Nair said.
The three centres are expected to be fully operational in the next three months. Soon ISRO will extend the facility to other villages in Tamil Nadu, Nair said. Through the project, one can ensure proper use of resources like soil and water, and information for the centres would come through remote sensing satellites that ISRO has put in orbit.
ISRO is also mulling a proposal from Anna University, Asia’s biggest technical university, on linking some 200 colleges under it through Edusat, an exclusive education satellite, Nair said. Some 100 engineering colleges in Karnataka have already been linked via Edusat. Fifty of these colleges have the provision for interacting through video links while the remaining have audio links.
With ISRO’s help, a pilot project linking all medical colleges in Kerala is due to go online in June, Nair said.