A
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the
ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), Indian Space
Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space
and
the
Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research (
CSIR)-National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Ministry of Science and Technology, in New Delhi today.

 

The
MoU was signed by Shri V. V. Srinivasan, Director, ISTRAC on behalf of ISRO and
Dr D K Aswal Director, NPL, on behalf of CSIR. The Union Minister for Science
& Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change,
Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region
(I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,
Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh witnessed the signing of MoU. The DG,
CSIR, Dr Girish Sahni, and other senior officers were also present on the
occasion.

 

The MoU provides for time and
frequency traceability services to ISRO by CSIR-NPL.

 

The scope
of this MoU is the rendering by CSIR-NPL, of all the necessary actions,
necessary to support the following:

·        
Time
and Frequency Traceability services from National Time Scale of CSIR-NPL to
IRNWT-I and IRNWT-II of ISTRAC/ISRO through Two-way Satellite Time and
Frequency Transfer (TWSTFT).

·        
Time
and Frequency Traceability services from National Time Scale of CSIR-NPL to
IRNWT-I and IRNWT-II of ISTRAC/ISRO through GNSS CV.

·        
Annual audit of IRNWT-I and
IRNWT-II as per ISO/IEC 17025 for ensuring correctness and accuracy of the time
traceability.

 

The MoU came
into force from date of signing of the agreement (today) and shall remain valid
for a period of 5 years thereafter. Subsequently, the MoU will be renewed on mutual
agreement between CSIR-NPL and ISTRAC/ISRO.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harsh
Vardhan said that scientists of two premier scientific institutions, NPL and
ISRO, have made great efforts in this direction and he applauded them for their
contribution. He further said that this is very important landmark and an
occasion to acknowledge the great contribution of our scientists.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi himself encourages scientists to achieve
these landmarks. He elaborated that NPL has one of the five Atomic Clocks in
India and the people should be encouraged to visit the laboratories and understand
science and its contribution to the development of the country.

 

Dr
Jitendra Singh said that this agreement is very important for ISRO. He said
that time is very important and synchronization is essential for ISRO projects.
Highlighting the achievements of ISRO, he said that one of the main
achievements of the Department of Space is that we have successfully and
consistently widened the space technology use to various fields. He said that
the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi takes keen interest in the scientific
developments and does personal monitoring of these developments. He said that
ISRO has achieved many milestones in the recent past e.g. successful launching
of highest number of satellites, completion of 1,000 days of Mars Orbiter Mission
(MOM), launch of South Asia Satellite etc. He said that ISRO has already signed
MoUs with various ministries and departments which is contributing to the
social applications of space technology. The ISRO has signed MoU with Ministry
of agriculture for Geo-MNREGA, with Ministry of Railways for guarding the
railway crossings. ISRO is also contributing to the Smart City Programme and
other Initiatives, he added.

 

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