Bhubaneswar:13/12/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today felicitated 20 winners of the 12th Edition of Tata Steel’s Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) Programme-2018-19, at a grand function held at Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Bhubaneswar.
The winning group of aspiring astronomers and scientists will also get an opportunity to visit one of the premier facilities of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to get a first-hand experience of space science in action.
Dr Ananda Hota, Founder-cum-Director of Mumbai-based RAD at Home, Astronomy Collaboratory and Professor Tarun Souradeep, Senior Professor, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune were felicitated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on the occasion.
With the number of participants, this year nearly doubling to 63,000 students from 300 Schools of all 30 districts in Odisha, a new record in the 12-year history of YATS has been established. Around 32,000 students had participated in the competition last year. The theme for 2018-19 was “Imagine space exploration, 50 years from now” and included an open-quiz for students from classes VI-X as well as an essay competition for students from classes IX-X.
Badri Narayan Patra, Minister, Odisha School and Mass Education, Science & Technology, Nikunja Bihari Dhal, Principal Secretary, Odisha Science & Technology Department, Kailash Chandra Sahoo, Director, Bhubaneswar Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice-President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, Arun Misra, Vice-President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
Welcoming the guests Arun Misra said, “Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) is a manifestation of our commitment to a better tomorrow that can be built by imagination, as reiterated by our recent campaign #WeAlsoMakeTomorrow”. To make YATS initiative more meaningful, we intend to collaborate with experts, researchers, groups working in the field of astronomy and in association with Pathani Samanta Planetarium would work towards spreading awareness on space science through astronomy forums in the State”.