The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will set up its Regional Academic Centre for Space (RAC-S) at IIT-BHU here.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed virtually between IIT-BHU and ISRO which will pave the way for advanced research in the future technology of the Indian space programme.
IIT-BHU director Prof P.K. Jain said that the RAC-S will act as a major facilitator for promoting space technology activities in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.
IIT-BHU will act as a catalyst for capacity building, awareness creation and research and development activities of ISRO, and the activities of RAC-S shall be directed to maximise the utilisation of research potential, infrastructure, expertise available at ISRO and IIT-BHU.
Jain further said IIT-BHU will be the leader and project monitor of RAC-S in which institutes of excellence in the field of science and technology in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will be roped in to participate in various research and development activities.
With the help of the RAC-S, IIT-BHU will leverage research in space science and space technology, space application, agriculture, telecommunications, meteorology, and water resources to design developmental models for effective natural resource management. He reiterated that such an initiative will greatly benefit the Purvanchal and central regions of the country.
The Centre will facilitate short and long-term projects to propel the culture of research and development. Short-term projects for B. Tech and M. Tech students from the institute and associate institutes will also be included in this sequence.
Long term research and development projects, leading to the Ph.D. programme, will also be offered. Capacity building programmes like conferences, exhibitions and short courses will also be organised to strengthen the knowledge base in the field.
Check out top electric car models currently available in India
TATA NEXON ELECTRIC VEHICLE
The Nexon EV features a 30.2kWh Li-ion battery paired to an electric motor rated at 129PS and 245Nm of peak performance outputs. It has a claimed range of 312 km on a single charge and the battery has an 8-year warranty along with an IP67 rating.
Overall, the Nexon EV looks similar to the standard Nexon albeit with an electric powertrain. The Nexon EV recently celebrated its 1st anniversary and currently leads the sales charts of EVs in India. Needless to say, it is one of the best electric cars in India.
HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC CAR
The Hyundai Kona Electric draws power from a 39.2 kWh battery that powers an electric motor that delivers 134BHP of peak power and 395Nm of peak torque. It has four driving modes – Eco, Eco+, Comfort and Sport and comes with paddle shifters for adjusting regenerative braking. The 0-100 km/h sprint time, as claimed by the company is 9.7 seconds.
It has an ARAI certified range of 452Km whereas you can expect around 350-360Km on a single charge in real-world driving conditions. Hyundai says there are three charging options available. The 50 kW fast charger can charge the car’s battery to 80% in 57 minutes. There is also the 7.2 kW AC charger available that Hyundai says can be installed in your home. The Kona Electric is a solidly packed car and with an impressive (claimed) range of 452km, it proves to be a solid offering.
MG ZS ELECTRIC VEHICLE
The ZS EV draws power from a 44.5 kWh battery pack paired with a synchronous motor. The maximum power output continues to be at 142 bhp and 353 Nm of peak torque. It has a claimed range of 419km which takes it very very close to the Hyundai Kona’s claimed one charge range of 452 km.
The 0-100 sprint time is claimed to be 8.5 seconds. MG had introduced the ZS following the launch of the Hector in India. With 419 km, it is a pretty impressive long-range car.
TIGOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE
Powering the Tigor EV is a 72V, 3-Phase AC induction motor. This motor gives a power output of 41 PS and 105 Nm of peak torque. While the figures may sound quite low, the electric motors still produce plenty of initial torque, making them quite quick despite having low power figures. The Tigor EV takes 12 seconds to reach 60 kmph from a standstill and has a top speed of 80 kmph.
The new long-range Tigor EV now gets a 21.5 kWh battery pack which can offer a range of 213 kms. Charging the car up to 80% will take around 6 – 8 hours with a normal charger and 1.5 – 2 hours if done with a fast charger. The claimed range on the Tigor EV is 213 km which is pretty decent considering the overall package.
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