The National Skill Training Institutes (NTSIs), which are premier institutes under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), have initiated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Technical Training Programme in Bangalore, Mumbai, and Trivandrum in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Karmayogi Mission, a capacity building initiative aimed at upgrading the skills of government personnel while further contributing to his vision of increasing India’s share in the global space industry. Sudheer Kumar, director, Capacity Building and Public Outreach, ISRO HQ, inaugurated the training programme at NSTI Bangalore.

MSDE and ISRO signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to upskill technical employees at the Department of Space, ISRO, and with this collaboration, the ISRO Technical Training Programme was established. The programme intends to establish a formal framework for short-term courses to provide training to ISRO technical employees in order to increase their capacity and develop their skills according to the latest trends and requirements in the country’s space industry. Over the next five years, more than 4,000 ISRO technical staff will receive training in the programme at several NSTIs located across India.

The training programme at NSTI Bangalore begins with the course ‘Industrial Hydraulic and Controls’ on the subject of hydraulics. This course covers topics such as fluid power systems, the difference between hydraulics and pneumatics and basic hydraulic laws, hydraulic system components, hydraulic symbols, flow control valve, the concept of pressure regulation, pressure-controlled valve, hydraulic accumulators and practical demonstrations. NSTI Mumbai commences the programme with the course ‘Industrial Automation,’ and NSTI Trivandrum with ‘Software Development’. The duration of the course is five days, with 20 trainees in each NSTI receiving training.

Commenting on the initiative, Atul Kumar Tiwari, secretary, MSDE, said, “India’s space ecosystem is rapidly growing with the advent of emerging technologies, and capacity building programmes such as these are highly significant. Through these training programmes, the employees at ISRO will be able to integrate and understand the evolving technologies in addition to staying updated with industry trends, benefitting not only the employees but also helping India maintain its competitive edge in the global space race. These programmes are essential to continuing the growth of the space industry, and they will become increasingly significant as more and more technologies are developed.”

Till date, six training programmes have been completed at NSTI Bengaluru under the guidance of BN Sridhar, regional director, Regional Directorate of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (RDSDE). The courses covered under this training programme are aerospace computerised numerical control (CNC) machining, quality inspection, advanced welding techniques, programmable logic controller (PLC) automation, electro-pneumatics, engineering inspection, quality control, operation & maintenance of pumps & valves, and manufacturing processes and techniques in production technologies.