Webserver Date: 15-October-2019

India signs the SKA Observatory Final Records of Negotiation


India along with other nine other founding members involved in the negotiation of the treaty towards formation of Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) signed the Final Records of their negotiations in Rome, Italy on March 12, 2019. The intergovernmental organisation (IGO) is tasked with delivering and operating the SKA. India’s representative, Shri Arun Srivastava, Head Institutional Collaboration and Programs Division, DAE signed the SKAO Final Records. Some of the Members who have completed their internal process of approval, have also signed the SKAO treaty on the same day.


India’s Statement by Shri Arun Srivastava, Head Institutional Collaboration and Programs Division, DAE:


India is delighted to have taken part in the multilateral negotiations to establish the SKA Observatory and to witness the signature of the SKA Convention today. As one of the negotiating parties to the treaty, India is now looking very closely at how best and when to join the other founding members following completion of connected policy documents and then complete our internal governmental processes. India’s role in the SKA has been instrumental so far and are looking forward towards the future as we enter construction and operations of the telescope.”



About SKA

SKA Project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope with infrastructure spread across three continents on both hemispheres. With the Headquarters in the United Kingdom, it will be constructed in Australia and South Africa. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR-DAE is the lead institution from India.

SKA will help to address fundamental gaps in our understanding of the Universe including the formation and evolution of galaxies, fundamental physics in extreme environments and the origins of life in the universe. Together with facilities like the James Webb Space Telescope, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the LIGO gravitational wave detector, the new generation of extremely large optical telescopes and the ITER fusion reactor, the SKA will be one of humanity’s cornerstone physics machines in the 21st century.


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