Young Scientist Programme: ISRO to train class 9 students in space science with a chance to send their satellites into space
ISRO will select over 100 students from across India and give them practical experience of how satellites are built under the new Young Scientist Programme.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced the launch of the Young Scientist programme on Monday which will train class 9 students in space science and technology and its applications in order to culture a passion for space-related activities. ISRO chief K Sivan had announced the programme in January and had appealed to the state governments and the state education departments for their active cooperation in making the programme a success.
"ISRO has launched the special programme for school children 'Yuva Vigyani Karyakram' (Young Scientist programme) to impart basic knowledge on space technology, space science and applications to the young ones to arouse their interest in space activities," the city-based space agency said in a statement.
The motive of starting a young scientist programme for school students was to "catch them young" and spread the passion for science, said the space agency.
ISRO will ask the students to address problems and buy solutions from them, K Sivan told the press in January.
About the Young Scientist Programme for school children
1. ISRO will select over 100 students from across India and give them practical experience of how satellites are built under the new Young Scientist Programme, the space agency had announced in January.
2. Three students will be selected from each state/union territory to participate in the programme each year covering CBSE, ICSE and state syllabus, said the ISRO statement. The space agency has approached the Chief Secretaries of the states for the student selection.
3. The Young Scientists Programme will be a two-week residential training programme held each year during summer holidays for students from across the country who have completed class 8 and are studying in class 9.
4. Students will be selected on the basis of their academic performance and extracurricular activities, the statement said.
5. As per the information given by K Sivan in January, the programme will let students visit ISRO centres, interact with senior scientists, and will have access to research and development facilities.
6. All the expenses of travelling and boarding will be funded entirely by ISRO.
7. Vivek Singh, director of media and public relations, told media in January that the students will be encouraged to develop 'scientific payloads' that can be launched by ISRO.
8. ISRO said that the list of selected students for the first ever session for the Young Scientists Programme is expected by March-end.
9. The statement also said that students from rural areas will be given special weightage in the selection.
Incubation centres for students
Six incubation centres will be established in various parts of the country - North, South, East, West, Centre and North-East, and the first such centre has been established in Agartala in Tripura. The students will be able to use these centres for R&D purposes.
ISRO's plan for 2019
Apart from the special programme for students this year, ISRO has planned to conduct special programmes like Gaganyaan, Outreach programme, Planned missions, Vikram Sarabhai Centenary celebrations.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission will be launched between March 25 and the end of April.
sources: India Today