Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal kicked off the Prime Minister Innovative Learning Programme “Dhruv” at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) head office in Bengaluru under which 60 talented students selected from science, mathematics and performing arts streams will undergo a 14-day programme with an objective to enrich their skills and knowledge and realise their full potential.
  1. The programme that started will now conclude at IIT-Delhi on October 23. The selected students will be mentored by renowned experts in their respective fields in different centres of excellence across the country. 
  2. The programme represents the vision of PM Narendra Modi, who has expressed his happiness at its launch and “Dhruv”, which will prove to be a turning point for students as well as society, reflects the true spirit of “EK Bharat, Shreshth Bharat”. These students will now act as a beacon for 33 crore students of the country.
  3. Expressing happiness that the event was launched at the space agency office, the Isro chairman said each student will be christened ‘Dhruv Tara’. 
  4. Indian space programme reached unexpected heights due to the bright young minds over the last 60 years, Dhruv Taras are also expected to make similar contributions.
  5. The HRD minister said this is an initiative towards creating future leaders for India to realise the vision of a $5-trillion economy and provide solution to climate change. These students will brainstorm on challenges like global warming, climate change, glacial meltdown, water conservation and agricultural problems.
  6. On the lines of Dhruv initiative, Isro is also setting up space technology incubation centres and space research centres across the country. 
  7. The space agency, in collaboration with the Tripura government, has already set up an incubation centre in Agartala. The remaining centres are being set up in Jalandhar, Bhubaneswar, Nagpur, Indore and Tiruchirapalli.
  8. These centres will promote start-ups and give thrust to innovations and research in space technologies. The centres will help start-ups develop prototypes of components in space systems in partnership with the industry. Isro will evaluate these prototypes and buy them depending upon their worthiness.