As an outcome of the MoU signed by The NorthCap University with SAC-ISRO, Ahmedabad on 5   Feb 2018, Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) Lab was inaugurated on 1 May 2018 at the University campus. The ceremony was graced by the presence of Dr Nilesh M Desai, Deputy Director, SAC-ISRO,   Ahmedabad and Dr G. Raju, Former Project Director, Megha-Tropiques, ISRO, presently Visiting Professor, Jain University, Bangalore, Prof. HB Raghavendra, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Amitava Sen Gupta, Mentor RDIL, Registrar, Col Bikram Mohanty (Retd), Prof. Ravindra Ojha, DSOET, Prof. Swaran Ahuja, Dean Academics, Dr Sharda Vashisth, Head, Dept of EECE, students of ECE and members of faculty.

The inauguration was followed by a workshop on NavIC attended by faculty and staff of the Dept of EECE. Prof. Raghvendra welcomed the guests and said that there is a great future for this technology. In his keynote talk on ‘ISRO’s NavIC: System, Applications & Enabling Technologies’ Shri Desai explained about IRNSS, the Indian navigation system developed by ISRO which would especially help the country at the time of war as it would be under the country’s control unlike the GPS system which is under the control of another country. Shri Desai explained about NavIC and GNSS Applications which would help in disaster warning, surveying and mapping, coastal surveillance, cyclone/bad weather warning, search and rescue operations, human space programme etc. In his expert talk on ‘Our experience at working with IRNSS & its applications’ Dr Raju spoke about various aspects of research using real time navigation, data collection and analysis. He talked about research activities at Jain University, Bangalore with the help of IRNSS receiver.

The session concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr Sharda Vashisth. The event was coordinated by Dr Kusum Grewal Dangi.