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11th edition of YATS
The 11th edition of the Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS), an annual competition organised for the school children of Odisha to create awareness on space science and astronomy, was launched by Badri Narayan Patra, Minister, School & Mass Education and Science & Technology, Government of Odisha recently, The theme for this year is — India’s contribution to Space Science.
VV Yadav, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Odisha, Kailash Chandra Sahoo, Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Arun Misra, Vice-President, Project Gopalpur, Tata Steel and Managing Director, Tata Steel SEZ, Sarvesh Kumar, Chief, Brand Management & Strategic Communications, Tata Steel and Manikanta Naik, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel were also present on the occasion.
Unveiling the information docket Patra said: “I commend Tata Steel and Pathani Samanta Planetarium for organising such a unique initiative to promote science and spread awareness the same. Science and Technology is a key to bringing about exponential development in the society and initiatives like YATS are an excellent platform to foster and build scientific temper among students across the State.”
YATS promotes the contribution of Samanta Chandra Sekhar Harichandan Mahapatra who is popularly known as Pathani Samanta, the legendary astronomer of Odisha in the field of astronomy. It seeks to identify and promote the talent of high school students in the field of space science by providing platforms to express and test their knowledge.
The format of the competition comprises an essay competition for students of Classes IX-X and an open quiz on space science for students of Classes VII-VIII.
The theme has been decided to celebrate the strides India has made especially recently in the areas of space science and astronomy. Indian is making an impact globally in this field and there has been a renewed vigor that this area is witnessing in current times. The essay topics are derived from the theme.
The two winners from each participating district will be invited the grand finale to be held on December 12-13, 2017 at Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Bhubaneswar.
Top 20 winners of YATS 2017-18 will be selected after a final round of evaluation and felicitated on the occasion. Later in May 2018 they will be taken by Tata Steel on an exposure visit to one of the facilities of ISRO.
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