The ISRO Young Scientist Programme YUVIKA 2019, which received an astounding response from students across the country, will be inaugurated on 13 May 2019. The Indian Space Research Organisation, in a fresh announcement today, stated that YUVIKA 2019, which is a two week summer vacation residential programme, will be conducted from 13 to 26 May 2019.
The Young Scientist Programme will be inaugurated by ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. A total 107 students would be fortunate to get trained by ISRO Scientists as part of YUVIKA 2019. “Diverse science topics ranging from Environment science, Renewable Energy, Astronomy, Rocket engineering, Space applications as well soft skill improvement modules such as team work, communication, leadership etc. have been selected as part of two week course curriculum,” says ISRO in a notification on its official website. The course material has already been pre-loaded on Tablets, which the students will be provided with during the programme.
Students will also get to personally visit ISRO laboratories and interact with senior ISRO scientists. What is all the more exciting is that students will also visit the launch pad and integration facilities at SDSC, SHAR to understand space port operations. While the PSLV-C46 launch is scheduled on 22 May 2019, ISRO has not mentioned if the students selected for YUVIKA 2019 will get to watch the launch live. However, the notification does mention that students will visit the launch pad and integration facilities at SDSC, SHAR to understand space port operations.
The Young Scientist Programme will be conducted across 4 centres of ISRO, which includes the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Space Application Centre and Bangalore. Dr K Sivan had acknowledged the fact that YUVIKA 2019 received more responses than expected thus making the organisation consider conducting this programme every year.
This year, 3 students from each State or Union Territory have been selected to participate in this programme covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus. The selection of the students is based on their performance in the 8th Standard, which includes both academic and extracurricular activities.