The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) provides financial support under RESPOND Programme for
conducting research and development activities related to Space Science, Space Technology and Space Applications in
Academic Institutions in India. The main objectives of the RESPOND Programme are to establish strong links with
Academic Institutions to carryout quality research and developmental projects of relevance and derive useful outputs
to support ISRO Programmes. RESPOND Programme aims to enhance Academic base, generate human resources and
infrastructure at the Academic Institutions to support the Space Programme. Under the broad umbrella of RESPOND,
ISRO runs Space Technology Cells (STC) at IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IISc Bangalore and University of Pune which coordinate research proposals within
their respective institutions.