Three Chandigarh students to get training under Young scientist programme of NASA

Y.S.Rana | March 12, 2019 07:54 PM

CHANDIGARH: The education department of the Chandigarh Administration will soon start selection of three students under the ISRO ‘Young Scientists Programme” launched on March 4 last to impart basic knowledge on space technology, space science and space applications to the students of Class 9th onwards. The program’s maiden session will start in May-June next.

While talking to Mr Rubinderjit S Brar, Director, Higher Education, Chandigarh admitted of receiving a letter along with circular containing information of the programme by his office last week. He further stated that the letter has been marked to the DEO to initiate process of selecting eligible students from Chandigarh for the programme. The details of students are sent to the ISRO by the end of this month.    

Letters were sent to the chief secretaries of all states and the administrators of Union Territories giving eligibility criteria for selection of the students. The basic selection criteria is based on the academic performance of the student as well as the extra-curricular activities participation. The details of selected students are to be sent by the end of this month.

The program is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on space technology, space science and spare applications to the young ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of space activities. It is also proposed to select three students each from all states and UTs to participate in this program every year covering CBSE, ICSE and state syllabus.

The students who have currently entered Class IX th are also eligible for selection.  Students belonging to rural areas have been given special weightage in the selection criteria, states the letter.      

According to the circular, selected students will be accommodated in ISRO guest house/hotels and expenditure towards the travel of students (IInd Class AC fare by train from nearest railway station to the reporting centre and back), course material, board and lodging will be borne by the ISRO. Second Class AC fare will also be given to one guardian/parent for drop and pick up of students from reporting centre.

The ISRO will select over 100 students across the country and impart practical and academic experience of how satellites are built during one month training.

ISRO has chalked out the program to attract young minds and arouse interest in this niche arena which is conceptualized on the lines of a similar program run by the American Space Agency—NASA.

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