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India witnesses Rs 1000 Cr investments in Space Startups in current fiscal: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh

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India has witnessed investment of over Rs.1,000 crore in Space Startups in last nine months of the current financial year from April to December 2023, says Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh

From just one Startup in the Space sector four years back, we have almost 190 private Startups after opening up of the sector and the earlier ones have now turned entrepreneurs: Dr Jitendra Singh

“PM Modi has provided an enabling milieu for entrepreneurship”: Dr Jitendra Singh

India has witnessed investment of over Rs.1,000 crore in Space Startups in last nine months of the current financial year from April to December 2023, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has said.

During an exclusive interview at the Zee TV National Conclave in New Delhi, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said, this has been possible because after a bold decision taken by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India’s Space sector has been opened up for private players, as a result of which there is an overwhelming response from Industry as well as investors from private sector. 

From just one Startup in the Space sector four years back, we have almost 190 private Space Startups after opening up of the sector and the earlier ones of them have now turned entrepreneurs, he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, overall from just about 350 Startups in the year 2014, today we have about 1,30,000 Startups, besides Unicorns.

Stating that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has provided an enabling milieu with his vision and policy initiatives, Dr Jitendra Singh said, this has created the opportunity for entrepreneurship. In the Space sector, an interphase called “InSPACE” has been established and a public sector unit called “NSIL” also set up to facilitate PPP mode projects, he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, PM Modi has scrapped obsolete rules and focused on citizen-centric Governance through optimum use of technology. In the same vein, the gates of Sriharikota have been thrown open to all stakeholders, he said.

“Not only this, Government has been very inclined to use technology to the maximum extent and seeks to do away with all those hindrances or obstructionist rules that were not very enabling,” he said.

Citing the application of satellites and drones in mapping land ownership under the SVAMITVA scheme and Face Recognition Technology for DLC, Dr Jitendra Singh said, our Chandrayaan Mission was the first to discover evidence of water on the Moon.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the world will witness integrated technology driven growth in the future. India is now taking the lead in frontier areas of technology, including Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Technology, he said.

Citing the success of Aroma Mission, the Union Minister said India has a huge wealth of untapped bioresources, an unsaturated resource waiting to be harnessed, ranging from the Himalayas to the 7,500 kms long coastline.

Stating that the Anusandhan National Research Foundation (NRF) will be an important supplement to this entire ecosystem, Dr Jitendra Singh said it will be majorly funded from non-government sources.

Complementing the NRF, Dr Jitendra Singh said, NRF enriches the ecosystem along with the National Education Policy NEP-2020 which liberates students from being “prisoners of their aspiration”, by allowing switch over or combinations from different streams of studies such as Humanities and Commerce to Sciences and Engineering.

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