The decision was taken at the topmost level by the government some time ago and the agency has started taking shape under a Joint Secretary-level scientist.
Beijing has continued to outspend India on defense, implemented sweeping reforms in its military and diplomatic structures, and built strategic infrastructure in India’s backyard.
The test made India the fourth country in the world after the US, Russia and China to have the ASAT capabilities.
This criticism came as a surprise as North American Aerospace Defence Command had recently estimated the debris would disintegrate in 45 days.
While terming the whole matter as a terrible thing, NASA head Jim Bridenstine also told the media that not all of the pieces were big enough to track.
India’s foreign ministry said in a statement that New Delhi wasn’t engaging in an arms race, but asserted that with this test, India joins an exclusive group of space-faring nations.
CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury also wrote to the EC expressing his dissatisfaction over the EC’s stand.
PM Modi on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite under 'Mission Shakti'.
Aircraft Spots, which monitors military air movements, had said that a US Air Force's reconnaissance aircraft from its base in Diego Garcia went for a ''mission" in the Bay of Bengal.
Mission Shakti: US takes note of India's first anti-missile test; expresses concern over space debris
The test makes India the fourth country in the world after the US, Russia and China to acquire the strategic capability to shoot down enemy satellites.
The BSP chief was referring to Modi's address to the nation on Wednesday announcing India's successful test of an anti-satellite missile that put the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers.
Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that the test is unlikely to make any changes to the balance of power in the region.
In September 1959, a High Virgo missile was launched by the US from B-58 aircraft targeting an Explorer satellite.
The A-SAT interceptor missile hit its target at an altitude of 300 km in a span of 3 minutes.
Two days after the Congress unveiled its minimum income guarantee poll plank, the BJP latched on to the success of “Mission Shakti” to steer the political discourse back to national security.