For science enthusiasts, the dream of meeting ISRO scientists might actualize as TN School Education Department launch applications for Young Scientist Programme 2020 or YUVIKA. Schools in Tamil Nadu are actively engaged into encouraging students drop their names. Once appointed ISRO will verify credentials and students’ documents. As schools publish the list of candidates, the esteemed organization will select only three from each state and union territory for the programme. YUVIKA was launched in 2019 with the goal to rekindle the enthusiasm for science and to “Catch them Young”—the young scientists who will build India’s scientific endeavours.
The initiative aims to impart ground knowledge on space technology, space application and space science to the young minds. Facility and lab visits, seminars and captivating talk sessions by scientists sharing individual experiences are some of the highlights of this program.
Selected candidates will lodge at ISRO hotels with all expenditures borne by ISRO. Students will be, additionally, equipped by ISRO course materials and books. It is a unique opportunity for selected participants to explore nitty-gritty of the coveted Indian Space Research Organization that inspired Mission Mangal, starring Vidya Balan and Akshay Kumar.
Entire duration of the programme is expected to span around two weeks, May 11 to 22, during the summer recess. “This is expected to encourage more students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics based research or career,” commented K Sivan, ISRO Chairman. Students coming from rural regions will be given special priority. Five additional seats are reserved for OCI (Overseas India Citizen) candidates. The official ISRO website will provide updated information on the final selection list. Extra-curricular activities and academic performance will influence the selection procedure.
ISRO, formed in 1969 has pioneered scientific advancements over the decades. So far, it has launched 319 foreign satellites, 3 Indian satellites and 97 spacecraft missions including MOM 2, Aditya and Gaganyaan.