Indian Space Research Organisation plans to launch Anusat, the Anna University micro satellite next year on one off its satellite launch vehicles, Dr G. Madhavan Nair, chairman ISRO said on Sunday. Speaking to this newspaper before inaugurating Sathyabhama – ISRO village resource centre at Muttam village in Kanyakumari district, Dr Nair said the ISRO would work in association with universities to develop such micro satellites in the future.About the failed INSAT 2C Dr Nair said that ISRO had submitted an expert committee report to the government, in which the ISRO had detailed about the problems due to which the launch vehicle deviated from the stipulated trajectory. “INSAT 2C would be launched in January next year in a polar satellite launch vehicle”.  About educational satellite EDUASAT Dr Nair said about ten thousand class rooms had been connected via this satellite and he was optimistic that the number would double in the next two years.

Turning his attention towards the village resource centre the ISRO chairman said the department of space was planning to connect 150 VRCs this year in Tamil Nadu, out of which 15 VRCs, which belong to the Sathyabhama University, would be inaugurated on Sunday. Sathyabhama University chancellor Mr Jeppiaar said that the VRCs would provide training to about 50 persons in the initial phase. They would impart training in plumbing, electrical maintenance, laboratory techniques, fisheries and agricultural development.

The VRCs would also be conducted in to mini hospitals; where in the Chennai based Ramachandra medical college would provide the telemedicine facility for all the VRCs. The Sathyabhama ISRO initiative would be taken forward to about three hundred villages across the country, Mr Jeppiaar said.

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