ISRO inspires IT professionals
IT professionals have faced tough times in the past few months. With the Satyam debacle and fewer jobs available due to recession there is hardly any job security left for software professionals these days. On the other hand the success of Chandrayaan-1 has inspired many software professionals to join the highly respected Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
According to the officials from the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), many of the engineers said that they felt no job satisfaction with the IT firms. Rather they preferred to be associated with space research and programs which would foster high levels of responsibility, pride and satisfaction to be a part of a great mission. With the success of Chandrayan, India is at par with the elite lunar club with members like Russia, US, Japan, China and European Space Agency.
Recently key scientists behind the Chandrayaan-1 mission met in the city recently to examine preliminary data generated using payloads on board. It was very noteworthy as it brought forth encouraging findings which was thrown up after India's historic moon odyssey. The invitees to the meeting consisted of scientists behind Indian payloads (scientific instruments) as well those from guest instruments, including from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). It was a confidential 'closed door' meeting chaired by senior ISRO scientist George Joseph.
It is clearly evident that ISRO with its highly successful mission Chandrayan - 1 has become a source of inspiration for many IT professionals with scientific bend who are willing to add to ISRO's knowledge pool.