ISRO illuminates minds of students via YUVIKA 2019

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam believed that India could become a superpower through the empowerment of students. His dream is now materializing thanks to the latest initiative of ISRO.

Under  the‘Yuvika-2019’ program, YUva VIgyani KAryakram-  a two-week summer vacation residential program for school students that began on May 13 and ends on May 26, great many insights, intelligence, illumination and inspiration about space and technology is being graciously offered to the students.  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.

3 students each from each State/ Union Territory have been chosen to participate in this programme covering state, CBSE, and ICSE syllabus. Those who have just finished 9th standard (in the academic year 2018-19) and waiting to join 10th standard (or those who have started 10th Std just now) were eligible for the program. The selection was based on the 8th Std marks. ISRO has borne the cost of food, lodging and everything needed

The aim of the program is to impart basic knowledge of space technology, space science and space applications to young minds and arouse their interest in space activities.

Dr. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO said “It is our national duty to inspire and motivate youth and children by throwing grand challenges before them. Preparing the next generation is essential for sustaining national growth. There has to be a greater connection between classroom course and science and technology applications. Space science has great potential to transform our country. A satellite constellation can save thousands of lives and touch millions of lives.”

All the participating students visited SDSC, SHAR, Shriharikota for Yuvika-Samwaad  on 17th May 2019 which is a platform for interaction with Chairman, ISRO. Sivan encouraged the students to ask questions and told them that whatever benefits the world is enjoying, it all came from science and technology. He also asked the  participants of Yuvika 2019 to form an Yuvika Alumni Association to network with each other.  Dr. Sivan advised students that, “If you have the ability to ask meaningful questions as well as the ability to provide logical solutions then all of you can become successful scientists and engineers.”

Dr.Sivan also happily stated that this program will be conducted every year.