Young Astronomers' ISRO Expedition Flagged Off
Young Astronomer Talent Search - An initiative of Tata Steel and Pathani Samanta Planetarium
With an objective of providing world class exposure to budding scientific talents of Odisha, the visit of 20 young aspiring astronomers of the state to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Satellite Centre, Bengaluru sponsored by Tata Steel, was flagged off today by Chief Secretary Mr Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, at Bhubaneswar. In an event organised in the state secretariat, Mr Mohapatra, while congratulating the young students for their success, urged them to make best use of this tour to acquire more knowledge to carry on the tradition of scientific temper ISRO and other institutes are engaged in and urged them to pursue a career in space science. He stressed on the fact that while more and more people are inclined towards applied science, there is also the necessity of exploring basic science itself.
Mr I. Srinivas, Development Commissioner, Mr Surendra Kumar, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Science and Technology Department, Mr W. Billung, Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Mr Subhendu Patnaik, Dy. Director of the planetarium, Mr Arun Misra, Vice President Operations, Kalinganagar Project, Tata Steel, Mr Manikanta Naik, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel, Bhubaneswar were present on the occasion.
The students with their guide teachers from their respective schools are led by Mr Subhendu Patnaik, Dy. Director of the Planetarium during this week long tour to Bengaluru from 2nd to 9th of May, accompanied by a Tata Steel official.
These top 20 students were selected from among a thousand of school children across the state who had participated in the Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) competition conducted by Tata Steel, in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium. The competition was held in three stages at eight different zones, Belpahar, Keonjhar, Balasore, Joda, Jajpur, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Jeypore. This six month long rigorous exercise culminated on 13th December 2013, the birth anniversary of the legendary astronomer Mahamahopadhyay Chandrasekhar Singhsamant Harichandan Mahapatra, popularly known as Pathani Samanta. These finalists were selected by a panel of experts on the basis of models displayed by them on "Mars Expedition" during the finals.
With a mission to popularize the excellent contributions of the legendary Pathani Samanta in the field of astronomy while identifying and encouraging young talents in the field of astronomy and space science among the school students of the state, Tata Steel, in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium, has been organizing the competition since 2007.