Indian Space Research Organisation launched a special programme for School Children called ‘Young Scientist Programme’ ‘YUva VIgyani KAryakram’ in 2019. The second session of the programme is scheduled to be held during the month of May 2020.
The programme is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on space technology, space science and space applications to the younger ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of space activities. The programme is thus aimed at creating awareness amongst the youngsters who are the future building blocks of our nation. ISRO has chalked out this programme to ‘catch them young’.
The programme will be of two weeks duration during summer holidays (May 11-22, 2020) and the schedule will include talks, experience sharing by the eminent scientists, facility and lab visits, exclusive sessions for discussions with experts, practical and feedback sessions.
Three students, each from each State/ Union Territory, will be selected to participate in this programme covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus. Five additional seats are reserved for OCI candidates across the country.
Selection will be done through online registration. Online registration will be open till February 24, 2020. Those who have finished eighth standard and currently in ninth standard (in the academic year 2019-20) will be eligible for the programme. Students who are studying in India including OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) are eligible for the programme. Candidates will be selected based on their eighth standard academic performance and extracurricular activities.
Interested students can register online through ISRO website (www.isro.gov.in) till February 24 (1800 hrs). The list of the provisionally selected candidates from each state will be announced on March 2. The provisionally selected candidates will be requested to upload the attested copies of the relevant certificates on or before March 23. After verifying the relevant certificates, the final selection list will be published on March 30.
It is proposed to conduct the residential programme during May 11-22, at 4 centres of ISRO. Selected students will be requested to report to any one of the ISRO/DOS centres located at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Shillong and Thiruvananthapuram.
They will be accommodated in ISRO guest houses/hostels. Expenditure towards the travel of student (II AC fare by train from nearest raliway station to the reporting centre and back), course material, lodging and boarding etc, during the entire course will be borne by ISRO. II AC fare will also be provided to one guardian/parent for drop and pick up of student from the reporting centre.