Thiruvananthapuram: Dr K Sivan the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief stated since ISRO’s Young Scientist Programme (Yuvika), students outreach initiative, had received immense response, it is mulling to organise it every year.
He further stated that the selection procedure for this year’s programme was completed and three students each from 29 states and seven union territories have been shortlisted as participants.
According to media reports, it is a two week-long programme and would include invited talks, experience sharing by eminent scientists, facility and lab visits, exclusive sessions for discussions with experts, practical and feedback sessions. Yuvika was launched by ISRO this year in tune with the Centre’s vision ‘Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan’ and it primarily aims at imparting basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to children to kindle their interest in the emerging areas of space activities.
The training of these students would be taken at four ISRO centres: The VSSC, the U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Bengaluru and the Space Application Centre in Ahmedabad.
Sivan further added that all of the selected students will undertake a one-and-half day tour at Sriharikota to see the satellite launch facilities and other details. They will be taken to all big facilities and later to the original training centres. And also during their visit, there would be the launch of a sounding rocket and if the students were lucky, they would witness the actual launch of the satellite. ISRO also had another students’ programme called ‘Samwad’.