What is the Young Scientist Programme (YUVIKA)?

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Overview:

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to conduct its special 'Young Scientist Programme' or 'YUVIKA' for school children.

About Young Scientist Programme (YUVIKA)

  • "Young Scientist Programme", or "YUva VIgyani KAryakram" YUVIKA, is a learning and awareness creating programme of the ISRO to impart basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science, and Space Applications to younger students with a preference to rural areas. 
  • The programme is aimed at creating awareness about the emerging trends in science and technology amongst the youngsters, who are the future building blocks of our nation. ISRO has chalked out this programme to "Catch them young".
  • The programme is also expected to encourage more students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based research /career.
  • Eligibility:
    • Those who have finished class 8 and are currently studying in class 9 can apply for the programme.
    • Three students from each state/Union Territory will participate in this programme every year, covering CBSE, ICSE, and state-board syllabus.
    • The selection is based on 8th Standard academic performance and extracurricular activities.
    • Students belonging to the rural area have been given special weightage in the selection criteria.
    • In case there is a tie between the selected candidates, the younger candidates will be given priority.
  • What is being offered?
    • It is a two-week residential programme offered by ISRO.
    • It will include invited talks, experience sharing by eminent scientists, facility and lab visits, exclusive sessions for discussions with experts and practical and feedback sessions.
    • A minimum participation will be ensured from each State / UT.

Q1) What is the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)?

ISRO is the space agency of India, responsible for the planning and execution of space-related activities in the country. ISRO is one of the most prominent and successful space agencies in the world, known for its cost-effective and efficient space missions. ISRO operates under the Department of Space, which reports directly to the Prime Minister of India. The department primarily executes the Indian Space Programme through various ISRO Centres.

Source: ISRO Young Scientist Programme 2024: Eligibility, how to register, imp dates