India launcehed its first indigenous rocket in 1969 and we have since then followed it up by more than 350 rockets of various pay-loads for scientific investigations. India became 6th member of the World space club, when in July 1980, it successfully launched its satellite, Rohini from its own satellite Launch vehicle -3 (SLV-3).
India achieved yet another distinction when squadron leader Rakesh sharma, a test air force pilot of Indian Air Force , became the first Indian to soar into space on 13th April, 1984, along with soviet cosmonauts travelling in Soviet spaceship SOYUZ - II.
On 10th July, 1992, India registered another creditable achievement when it successfully launched the 1st satellite of INSAT - 2 series. Known as INSAT-2A, it was an indigenously built multi purpose Satellite.
India has also made rapid progress in electronics production. We not only produce computers in India, but we are also exporting them along with the computer software to other developing and even to developed countries. India has also developed super-computer "PARAM" which is designed to perform most complicated calculations at a very high speed.
NUCLEAR AND SOLAR ENERGY
We crossed another milestone in the development
of atomic energy when we detonated a powerful nuclear device in Pokhran
in 1974. Susequently another nuclear device was detonated in May 1998.