NOIDA- In January, ISRO had announced the Young Scientist Programme or the Yuva Vigyani Karyakram (YUVIKA). According to an official statement issued by Indian Space Research Organization, the merit list with the names of the qualified candidates will be declared in March.
The prime motive of this event is to encourage the space research among the students of class 9. ISRO Chairman K Sivan, on 18th January, had declared that this programme is intended to shortlist 100 students from different parts of India and give them the real-life experience of building the satellites.
The initiative is inspired by a similar programmed conducted by NASA- an American and the largest space agency. This event is chalked to arouse interest and attract young minds to space research sect.
According to Mr. Sivan, ISRO aims at exposing the practical experience of building the satellites to the students. If the satellites are good to go, then we want them to fly.
The duration of residential training programme is going to be two weeks during summer vacations. 3 students from each state/ union territories will be selected to participate in this training, studying the CBSE, ICSE, and other state boards, as per the official statement.
As per a selection criteria circular shared with Chief Secretaries of States/ Administrators of UTs, the selection will be done on the basis of academic performance as well as participation in extracurricular activities. However, the students from the rural areas will be benefitted with special weightage in the selection criteria.