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16th edition of Young Astronomer Talent Search kicked off

Bhubaneswar:1/7/22: The 16th edition of Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS), kicked off on Friday. Organised by Tata Steel in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar, YATS aims to identify and promote the talent of school students of Odisha in the field of space science and astronomy.

This year YATS will be conducted in a hybrid mode where students can participate physically in their schools or virtually through the YATS website (https://bit.ly/YATS2022). Candidates will take the test, comprising of objective questions and an essay, to get shortlisted among the top 20 winners to bag exciting prizes.

The theme for YATS 2022 is “Time to unravel the universe” and will include the following competitions:

•           An open quiz: conducted physically in schools (for students of classes 6th to 10th)

•           A written competition: conducted in schools and online (for students of classes 9th and 10th)

The top two participants from each district of Odisha will be selected and invited to the grand finale scheduled to be held on December 12-13, 2022 in Bhubaneswar. After further evaluation based on personal interactions, the top 20 winners will be awarded on the occasion.

YATS has completed 16 years of opening young minds to the wonders of space science. It is aimed at educating the students of Odisha about the contributions of the legendary astronomer, Pathani Samanta, in the field of astronomy.

About Editor in chief

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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