Indian Space Research Organisation has launched “Yuva VIgyani Karyakram”, a “Young Scientist Programme” for the School Children to be studying in the ninth standard.
ISRO Scientists will impart basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the young ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of Space activities. “Catch them young” residential training programme will be of around two weeks duration during summer holidays with a proposal to select 3 students from each State and Union Territory, covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus.
Government has asked scientific institutions in the country to mentor young minds in the area of basic science. The mantel is taken up by ISRO in this direction now. It has launched the YUVA programme. It has approached the Chief Secretaries of the respective States and Administrators of Union Territories in India to arrange for the selection of three students and communicate the list to ISRO. The selection is based on the academic performance and extracurricular activities.
Students from the rural area have been given special weightage in the selection criteria. The list of the selected candidates from each state is expected by this month end.