Kolkata: A teenage boy, who is a native of Digsui village in Hooghly, has been selected for Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) young scientist programme Yuvika.
Interestingly, Swapnil Acharya will represent Jammu & Kashmir, and not his home state Bengal.
This is because with his father Shib Narayan Acharya being employed with the Indian Army in Jammu, Swapnil lives and studies there. He is a student of class X at JK Public School at Kunjwani in Jammu.
Apart from Swapnil, two other students from J&K have been selected for Yuvika, which will commence on 12 May from ISRO’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad and conclude on 25 May. There will be 36 participants from all over India.
Yuvika is aimed at imparting basic knowledge on Space technology, Space science and Space applications to young students to seed interest in Space activities in them.
The programme will include guest lectures, experience sharing by the eminent scientists, exclusive sessions with experts, lab visits, satellite making and feedback sessions.
The fellows will be taken on a visit to Satish Dhawan Space Centre or the Sriharikota Range.
Students of VIII-X standard from all over India are eligible to apply for the unique programme with all expenses being paid for by ISRO.
The selection is based on academic performance and extracurricular activities, including sports.