In keeping with the growing worldwide demand for its rocket launch services for placement of satellites in space and other space applications, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) plans to recruit an extra workforce of scientists and engineers to take care of its expanding business.
A proposal to this effect has been submitted by the Space Commission to the Department of Expenditure, Finance Ministry, for their recommendations before the final approval by the Union Cabinet, said Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Singh said at present 7,062 scientists and engineers are working with ISRO. With increasing frequency of rocket launches, the need for augmenting the existing workforce has been felt.
“The demand for space-based services in the country is increasing resulting in increased launch frequency and applications of space technology in emerging areas. To meet the work load arising due to these demands, a proposal for suitably augmenting the manpower, mostly in scientist/engineer category, has been prepared.
“The proposal has been reviewed and recommended by the Space Commission and the same is submitted to the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, for their recommendations, before placing it for the approval of the Union Cabinet,” the minister stated.