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Tata Steel Young Astronomer Talent Search sees record participation of 63,000 students

Bhubaneswar, December 04, 2018

~ Students from 300 schools across all 30 districts of Odisha participated
~Top 60 invited to Pathani Samata Planetarium for the grand finale on December 12 – 13
~20 winners will be taken on an exposure visit to an ISRO facility in May 2019

Tata Steel Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) programme, that aims to create awareness in the field of astronomy and space science among school students, has received an overwhelming response this year with a record participation of over 63,000 students from 300 schools across 30 districts of the State.

After due evaluation, the top two entries of each district have now been invited to participate in the grand finale to be held at Pathani Samata Planetarium, Bhubaneswar on 12-13th December 2018. The 20 winners, who will be selected after the final round, will be felicitated in the evening function on 13th December and will be later taken on an exposure visit to a facility of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in May 2019.

“Astronomy is a fascinating subject, which makes for a limitless canvas for children to imagine possibilities and possibly lead children to explore career opportunities in the field of space science. The YATS program has a unique design as its outreach initiative addresses and includes school children even in remote parts of the State. Participation has been increasing every year and it is heartening to see a participation of 63,000 students this year. We are committed to grow this program and make it an enriching experience for students and teachers” said Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel.

“Tata Steel believes programmes like YATS offer children the opportunity to think beyond the text book. In fact, our latest campaign #WeAlsoMakeTomorrow celebrates the power of imagination and it features children of diverse ethnicity – makers of tomorrow – who envision the world of the future with their own imaginations,” Mr Chaudhary added.

YATS aims to motivate and encourage young minds to become scientists and astronomers. It also provides an opportunity for children in rural and remote areas of the state to exhibit their talent and come to the forefront in the field of astronomy. Last year (2017-18), YATS saw a participation of 32,800 students from 300 schools across all the 30 districts of the State and the finalists visited ISRO’s Space Application Centre at Ahmedabad.

YATS is 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.

Each year 20 winners from Odisha are selected based on an essay-writing and quiz competitions and are thereafter sent on an exposure trip to different centres of ISRO. Theme for this year’s essay competition was ‘Imagine Space Exploration 50 years from now.’ The programme kicked-off in the first week of July with notification to schools. Engagement with schools (Quiz and Essay Competitions) was conducted between July to November.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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