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eing set up to connect various universities and educational institutions of the states in the respective regions."

According to him, ISRO's telemedicine project, launched in 2001, has so far successfully linked 155 districts and rural hospitals and 34 super-specialty hospitals across the country through the INSAT satellite.

"To provide medical aid and advice from a distance, the telemedicine system consists of customised hardware and software at both the patient and specialist doctor's ends with some of the diagnostic equipment like ECG, X-Ray, pathology microscope and camera provided at the patient end," he explained.

"Patients and specialist doctors were connected through a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) system controlled by the network hub station of ISRO.

"As a result of ISRO's telemedicine endeavour, remote areas like Kargil and Leh in the north, offshore islands of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep, as well as some interior parts of Orissa, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, the northeastern states of India and some tribal districts in other states have access to speciality healthcare from some major specialty hospitals in the country," Krishnamurthy said.

In special situations, telemedicine connectivity has been provided in some pilgrim places in Kerala, he said, adding that similar services are being extended to other pilgrim destinations of the country.

"After the launch of the proposed HEALTHSAT satellite, we can bring a sea change in augmenting the present healthcare delivery system in India," Krishnamurthy said.

With the successful completion of the cryogenic engine, India will soon become self-reliant in rocket launching and the country also plans to spend about Rs.100 billion in the next eight years to achieve its ambitious mission to space, he added.

India will use the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the workhorse launch vehic
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