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ISRO to offer summer training for talented students

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has decided to start a new programme to train school children in space technology, science and applications from this year. Students from class IX in a state, CBSE or ICSE board school can be selected for the programme.

Under the programme, called YUva VIgyani KAryakram (YUVIKA), three bright students with excellent academic and extracurricular performance will be chosen by the chief secretaries from each of the states and union territories.

Students from rural schools will get special weightage in the selection process.

It will be a two-week residential programme that inducts the first batch this year during the summer vacations.

“The programme is aimed at catching them young. It will run during the summer vacations in two - three major ISRO centres like in Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad. The list of selected candidates from the states are expected by the end of this month,” said an ISRO official, on condition of anonymity.

This is a part of a series of outreach programmes being undertaken by the space organisation. Samwad with Students, where children are told about the country’s space programme, was also launched on the New Year’s Day in Bangalore. The programme entails a series of lectures by ISRO researchers in different parts of the country.

This year, the fourth stage of the Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle was also used as a platform for experimentation by students. The first student satellite -- KalaamSat -- was launched on January 25. Seven more applications have been received for the programme.

ISRO also plans to open up a viewing gallery that can accommodate 10,000 people in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, near India’s only launch site, before the April launch of Chandrayaan II. The gallery will also double up as a space museum.

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