ISRO and Young Scholars

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has received thousands of applications from graduates and research scholars across India who are interested in opting for an exciting career in space science. According to K Radhakrishna ISRO Chairman, on average, about 150,000 graduates and scholars apply every year for postings in our organisation though we select about 300-400 on merit and long-term commitment to become space scientists.

On the contrary to it, the state-run ISRO, which was losing young scientists and scholars in droves earlier for a lucrative career in other sectors, especially the IT industry, and to its overseas counterparts, has also been able to retain as many over the past five years. There has been a steep decline in exits from our organisation over the last five years. Voluntary attrition rate is also coming down substantially as many of those who have joined in the recent years are interested in a career in space science, as they find it too fascinating and exciting to pursue. We have been able to maintain our human capital at 16,000-17,000 people despite retirements and exits, as about 3,400 science/engineer grads and research scholars since 1999-2000 are hired from across states with attractive pay package.

Inability to attract best talent and retain those hired owing to better opportunities elsewhere forced the five-decade old organisation to set up a space university at Thiruvananathapuram to groom science and engineering grads with assistantship and a guaranteed job for a bright career. To convince more youngsters that a career in space science will be equally rewarding and remunerative, we have sponsored about 1,000 science graduates and scholars from across the country to participate in this space summit and interact with fellow scientists from the world over for inspiration, Radhakrishna added.