About SEDS

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space was founded in 1980 at MIT, Princeton University, and Yale University by Peter Diamandis, Robert D. Richards, and Todd B. Hawley and consists of an international group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from a diverse range of educational backgrounds with their common interest towards space. SEDS envisions a space faring human civilization and believes that the only way to achieve this would be to utilize the immense potential of our youth by empowering them. We, here, at SEDS-India aim to flicker the slightest interest that everyone has about space. We take a step forward to educate and inspire people to understand more about space.

About Us

Students for Exploration and Development of Space or SEDS, for short, is a non –profit, independent student-based international organization which, true to our namesake, is dedicated to expand our role in development and exploration of space. SEDS-India, with its headquarters at VIT University, is the governing body of SEDS in India. It was started in 2004 at PIIT, Mumbai by Mr. Pradeep Mohandas and Mr. Abhishek Ray.
SEDS India is run by students, with chapters in VIT University (Headquarters), VELTECH Engineering College, SASTRA University, BITS Goa,Vivekananda Global University. Each chapter is responsible for making the vast concept of space widely acceptable among the young minds, with a vision to expand the frontiers of space exploration. Space, being the vast entity it is, holds so much that is yet to be discovered. The resources are infinite. This knowledge has to be spread across the nation. The fastest way is to enlighten the bright minds of today to ensure a safe tomorrow.

We here at SEDS VIT have three divisions working in three directions: Core, Outreach and Projects.

CORE: One of the chapter’s main objectives is to generate interest by, educating people about the infinite possibilities of space, supporting a network of interested students. This is achieved through various seminars, conferences, and hosting workshops. The Core directly interacts with the students regarding various aspects of space. It is responsible for regularizing and organizing such events to mainstream ideas about space. The organization has also garnered quite the attention among students.

OUTREACH: The Outreach is responsible for organizing sessions in various schools forming space clubs where the kids are taught about basics regarding space starting with why astronomy is important to us till the big bang theory. It covers all the myriad topics which are taught keeping the age and prior knowledge of children in mind. The presenters are also a group of SEDS VIT members who are also space enthusiasts.

PROJECTS: Projects Team try to explore various viable possibilities in the field of space and turn them into pursuable projects. The team participates in different projects such as ERC (European Rover Challenge), where rovers are built to withstand the harsh surfaces and circumstances on Mars and CANSAT, where a typical aerospace system is built, but in a comparatively smaller scale. The team is also recognized for the projects they took upon.

The SEDS members are passionate about the development and exploration of space. Learner-centric ideal system is provided where the opportunities to expand the radius of our knowledge by various sources such as news updates, speakers to name a few. SEDS-India has tried to expand its reach by grasping various opportunities to expand our knowledge by interacting with various people from the space community and also spreading awareness about development of space in schools as well as universities. The Permanent Trustee of SEDS India is Dr. Geetha Manivasagam, Professor, VIT University. The advisory panel has various accomplished dignitaries on its board, including the Associate Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center. SEDS provides a platform for students to improve their knowledge base, skill set and hands on experience and has also been a breather to escape from the routine.

Affiliated Chapters:

VIT University (Headquarters)
VELTECH Engineering College
SASTRA Unversity
Vivekananda Global University
Kumaraguru College of Technology


  • Rakesh Sashibhushan

    Chairman,ANTRIX Corporation

  • Narayan Prasad

    Co-founder,Dhruva Space

  • Karan Kamdar

    CEO,1 Martian Way Corp.

  • Jayant Murthy

    Senior Professor ,IIAP

  • V Raghu Venkataraman

    CGM - Regional Centres at National Remote Sensing Centre

  • Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya

    Head Scientist, IARC

Meet Our Team

  • Ajay Prasad


  • Roshan Murali


  • Kasturi Thakare


  • Mitali Shah


  • Bharadwaj Harikrishnan

    Executive Director

  • Pragya Sinha

    Manager Chapter Affairs