December 13, 2017

Budding astronomers felicitated at the 11th edition of Tata Steel Young Astronomer Talent Search

Winners to get an opportunity to visit one of the premier facilities of ISRO

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, today felicitated the top 20 winners of the 11th edition of Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) programme 2017-18, in a grand function held at the Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar. The winners will also get a special opportunity to go on an exposure visit to one of the premier facilities of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik along with the other dignitaries and award winners

Present on the occasion were Badri Narayan Patra, Minister, School and Mass Education, Science and Technology, Government of Odisha; Dr Prasanna Kumar Patasani, MP, Bhubaneswar; Nikunja Bihari Dhal, commissioner-cum-secretary, Science and Technology Department; TV Narendran, CEO and managing director, Tata Steel; Arun Misra, vice president, project Gopalpur, Tata Steel and managing director, Tata Steel SEZ; Chanakya Chaudhary, group director, corporate communication and regulatory affairs, Tata Steel.

While appreciating the efforts of Tata Steel and Pathani Samanta Planetarium for organising such a unique event, Mr Patnaik expressed hope that YATS continues to become an important platform for students to identify, nurture and develop their talent along with creating a community of scholars in the state of Odisha who contributes to its development.

Mr Patra said, “We look forward to more youth from our State take on different roles in leadership. Towards this, it merits that they be given proper exposure in different fields including science, sports and allied streams of education and YATS could be the launch pad for emerging space scientists from Odisha.”

Congratulating the participants and winners, Mr Narendran said, “We have multiple programmes to engage with students of schools and colleges in Odisha which give them platforms to express their thoughts, ideas and benefit from knowledge sharing.”  Mr Patnaik also felicitated a young achiever from Odisha, Dr Susmita Mohanty, co-founder and CEO, Earth2Orbit, a spaceship designer and serial space entrepreneur on a global platform. During the day, Dr Mohanty had a highly interactive and inspirational session with the YATS finalists and other visiting school students on her journey in the field of space science. She shared some practical tips to explore non-traditional career options in areas like space science.

After a four-month-long exercise to find 20 best young talents in the state, YATS concluded today. The 11th edition witnessed participation of more than 32,000 students from 300 schools, spread over 30 districts of Odisha. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Celebrating achievements of India in space science’ which included topical writing and quiz competitions on various aspects of India’s space programme. YATS is being organised by Tata Steel in association with Pathani Samanta Planetarium since 2007 to acknowledge the exemplary contribution of Pathani Samanta, legendary astronomer of Odisha, and encourage youngsters to display their talents in scientific innovation and concepts on various themes of space science and astronomy.

On this occasion, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) organised an informative two-day exhibition, at the premises of Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar. The exhibition will remain open from 10 am to 5 pm on December 13 and 14, 2017. Regional Science Centre, Bhubaneswar, had also set up an exhibition on the occasion.