Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology; Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics
6) Future space exploration will be driven by private intentions, commitments and contracts. In this regard, for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) frugal engineering plays its part but it is not an end unto itself. Discuss. (250 Words)
Why this question?
India’s space program is a favourite topic for UPSC. It’s an important question both of GS and Essay.
Key demand of the question:
Discuss why India’s space program should not be frugal – especially when private players and entering the sector.
Discuss: Through various angles such as entry of private players, increase in international space competition/collaboration, discuss why India’s space ambitions can not be met by being frugal.
Structure of Answer:
In the intro, applaud ISRO’s frugal achievements, but write that to be world-class money is needed.
In the body, there should be 3-4 parts (as mentioned above). Within each part, with example, discuss why frugality is not an end in itself.
In the conclusion, write about huge potential of India’s space program for domestic and international purposes.