Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Current Affairs - 2019

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ISRO inaugurates ‘Yuvika 2019’: The Young Scientist Programme

ISRO Chairman Dr K. Sivan inaugurated ISRO’s Young Scientist Programme called ‘Yuvika 2019’ at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

Key Highlights

  • About: The YUVIKA (or ‘YUva VIgyani KAryakram’) 2019, is a two week (14 days) summer vacation residential training programme, which will be conducted by ISRO from 13 May to 26 May 2019. It was launched by ISRO in tune with the Centre governments vision of “Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan”. This is the first time it is being held.
  • Aim: to get young school children interested in emerging areas of space science, space technology and various space applications by imparting basic knowledge about it. It also seek to inculpate scientific temper in students.
  • Participants: 3 students from each Indian State (29) and Union Territories (7 UTs) are participating (about 108 students) and will get trained by ISRO Scientists. During programme, participants will also visit Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Shriharikota which is spaceport of India.
  • Selection Procedure: The students are selected based on their performance in the 8th Standard (covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus), which includes both academic and extracurricular activities.
  • Two Week Course Curriculum: During programme students will be provided course material which has already been pre-loaded on Tablets. It includes science topics like Rocket engineering, Environment science, Astronomy, Space applications, Renewable Energy, and also soft skill improvement modules like leadership, team work, communication, etc.
  • Training Centres/Units: It will be conducted across 4 centres of ISRO, Department of Space (DOS)-
    1. Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad
    2. North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Shillong
    3. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram
    4. U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Bengaluru
  • Significance: Students will get to personally visit launch pad and integration facilities at SDSC, SHAR to understand space port operations. They will also visit ISRO laboratories and interact with and share experience with eminent ISRO scientists.

Way Forward

  • It is expected that programmes like YUVIKA might produce good number of scientist in coming years and would lead to national intergartion and national building.
  • Since YUVIKA 2019 received more responses than expected thus ISRO is considering of conducting this programme every year.

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PM confers Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 in New Delhi. Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister asked the scientific community to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and develop technologies that will make India a global hub for manufacturing, knowledge and technology-based industries.

Eleven scientists including Dr Rishikesh Narayan of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Dr Amalendu Krishna of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai were awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2016.

Ten scientists including Dr Deepak Gaur of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and Dr S Suresh Babu of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre were given the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2017.

thirteen scientists including Dr Amit Kumar of IIT, Delhi and Dr Nitin Saxena, IIT, Kanpur were awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2018.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology was instituted in the year 1957, in the memory of late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the founder director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR). It is the most coveted national recognition bestowed upon young scientists and engineers to honour their research and developmental work in India.

The prize is awarded each year on the National Science Day by the by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for conspicuously important and outstanding contributions to human knowledge and progress, made through work done primarily in India during the five years.

Prize comprising of a citation, a cash award of Five Lakh rupees and a plaque is given to the research in the following disciplines viz. Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Science.

Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years is eligible to be nominated.

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