The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) introduced the Young Scientist Programme or the Yuva Vigyani Karyakram (YUVIKA) Programme in January for Class 9 students in January for Class 9 students for encouraging space research activities among growing youth. The Merit list for the same is scheduled to be announced in March 2019, as notified by ISRO. ISRO Chairman K Sivan on January 8 announced that over 100 students from all across India will be given practical experience under the space research by the organization.
The Programme was inspired by a similar Programme launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“We want them to get a practical experience of building a small satellite. If the satellites are good, we want them to fly,” Mr. Sivan had said.
“The residential training programme will be of around two weeks duration during summer holidays and it is proposed to select 3 students each from each State/ Union Territory to participate in this programme every year covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus,” reads the official notification.
“The selection is based on the academic performance and extracurricular activities, which is clearly mentioned in the selection criteria already circulated to Chief Secretaries of States/ Administrators of UTs,” it said. It also added that special consideration will be given to the talented students who belong to the rural area.