To educate children about the fundamentals of space technology, science, and applications, the Indian Space Research Organization offers a unique program for school children called the "Young Scientist Program" or "Yuva VIgyani Karyakram," or YUVIKA.
These children are the future of both space technology and research, as well as the foundation of our nation. This "Catch Them Young" program was conceptualized by ISRO. Additionally, the program is anticipated to inspire more students to pursue careers in STEM-related research and employment.
A date for Yuvika-2023 has been set.
Date of Activities.
- Program Announcement: March 15, 2023.
- Registration will commence on March 20, 2023.
- Registration closes on April 3, 2023.
- Publication of the First Selection List on April 10, 2023.
- Publication of the Second Selection List (due to vacancies/non-confirmation in the First Selection List) on April 20, 2023.
- Reporting by selected students at various ISRO centres on May 14, 2023, or as otherwise informed by ISRO via the student's registered email address.
- The YUVIKA Program will run from May 15 to May 26, 2023.
- The selected students will be sent off from their respective centres on May 27, 2023.
Participants in YUVIKA-2023 will be selected based on the following criteria: Grades in Class 8 or the most recent exam (Student) 50%.
- Results of the online quiz 10%.
- Participation in science fairs (at the school, district, state, and national levels for the previous three years) 2/5/10%.
- Rank in Olympiad or comparable (1 to 3 in School/District/State and above the level in the previous three years) 2/4/5%.
- Sport competition winners (1st to 3rd place in School/District/State & above the level in the previous three years) 2/4/5%.
- Member of Scouts and Guides / NCC / NSS within the previous three years 5%.
- Learning at a Panchayat-based Village / Rural School 15%.
Each state and territory will be required to participate at a minimum. ISRO's seven centres will participate in the initiative.
- Dehradun's Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS).
- Thiruvananthapuram's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC).
- Sriharikota's Satish Dhavan Space Center (SDSC).
- Bengaluru's U. R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC).
- Ahmedabad's Space Applications Centre (SAC).
- Hyderabad's National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC).
- Shillong's North-Eastern Space Applications Centre (NE-SAC).
Expenditure for only chosen student's journey (II AC train fare or AC (including Volvo) bus fare by State Government or permitted transport from the nearest Railway Station/ Bust terminal to the reporting centre and return).
Students must present the original travel ticket to reimburse travel expenses from the appropriate ISRO centre. If the student did not travel by II AC train (II AC class), the maximum ticket refund should be restricted to the II AC train cost alone.
• ISRO will pay for all course materials, hotel & boarding, and other expenses throughout the course.
• Students in Class '9' as of January 1, 2023, in India, are eligible to apply.
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