IN-SPACe Board to have IISc, JNU, IIT-M faculty, HAL, BrahMos, L&T top representatives

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BENGALURU: The board of Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Center (IN-SPACe), the newly formed nodal agency to promote and regulate private enterprises in the space sector will have faculty members from IISc, IIT-Madras, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) from the academia along with senior executives from the industry and representatives from the Department of Space (DoS).
Industry representatives on the Board are: Jayanth Patil, senior executive vice-president of L&T defence business; R Madhavan, CMD, defence PSU HAL; the CEO of BrahMos Aerospace. While Patil is named a member, the other two are ex-officio members. This is aside from chairman-designate Pawan Goenka.
As reported by TOI earlier, the board was envisaged to have members from the industry, academia and government as it was designed to act as a national nodal agency to promote private endeavours in the sector. In the future, IN-SPACe will have its own directorates for technical, legal, safety & security, monitoring as well as activities promotion within the DoS.
While the union cabinet cleared the establishment of the agency in 2020, the clearance for the formation of the IN-SPACe board only came earlier this month (September 7). While the initial recommendation had names of senior Isro officials to head the agency, it was since revised and the approval was finally given for a board with Goenka as the chairperson.
Representatives from the academia are: Shailesh Nayak, director, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS); Prof Jagadeesh Kumar, vice-chancellor, JNU; Prof Joseph Mathew, head (aerospace), IISc; Prof Preeti Aghalayam, IIT-Madras and Tejpal Singh, director general, Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG-N), of the Gujarat government.
The additional secretary at DoS will be another ex-officio member, DoS scientific secretary R Umamaheswaran, who was heading the interim committee of IN-SPACe, and A Rajarajan, director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, have been named members.

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