HUBLI: Hubli is all set to become the second city in South India to have a Permanent Space Exhibition Centre supported by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). This follows an initiative taken by the former ISRO Chairman K. Kasturirangan. The first such exhibition centre in South India is in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
The first consignment of exhibits comprising charts, prototypes of satellites and satellite launch vehicles has already reached Hubli. The centre, to be set up at Mahila Vidyapeetha here, will be ready in four months’ time.
Briefing presspersons here on Tuesday, chairperson of the Vidyapeetha Laxmibai Patil and secretary K.T. Patil said ISRO would be supplying exhibits worth Rs. 5 lakh to the centre.
Already exhibits worth around Rs. 2.5 lakh had reached the institution. Mr. K.T. Patil said the Vidyapeetha planned to construct a new building for the proposed centre at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh.
B.R. Guruprasad, Public Relations Officer of ISRO, would shortly visit Hubli to finalise the building plan. An area of around 5,000 sq. ft had been earmarked for the centre, he added.
The institution had already been sanctioned Rs. 25 lakh from the local area development fund of Mr. Kasturirangan, who is a Rajya Sabha member. This amount would, however, be utilised only for introduction of postgraduate science courses for girls at the institution.