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19th February, 2024 Science and Technology


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ISRO Announces Young Scientist Programme 2024 (YUVIKA).



  • Fostering Interest: Cultivate curiosity and interest in Space Science, Technology, and Applications among school children, especially in rural areas.
  • STEM Promotion: Encourage students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.


  • Grade Level: Open to students who have completed 8th grade and are currently studying in 9th grade.
  • Selection Criteria:
    • Academic Performance: Based on 8th-grade academic results.
    • Extracurricular Activities: Participation and achievements in extracurricular activities.
    • Rural Representation: Special consideration given to students from rural areas.
    • Priority for Younger Candidates: In case of a tie, preference given to younger applicants.

Participation and Selection Process

  • National Representation: Three students from each state/Union Territory participate annually.
  • Application and Selection: Students apply based on the eligibility criteria. Selection is made considering academic performance, extracurricular activities, and rural representation.
  • Equal Opportunity: ISRO ensures representation from every region to provide equal opportunities to students nationwide.

Programme Structure

  • Duration: A two-week residential programme.
  • Content:
    • Classroom Training: Lectures covering Space Science, Technology, and Applications.
    • Practical Demonstrations: Hands-on activities including robotics, model rocketry, and CANSAT projects.
    • Interactions: Sessions with ISRO scientists for discussions and mentorship.
    • Facility Visits: Tours to ISRO facilities for practical exposure.
    • Sky Gazing: Observational sessions to experience celestial phenomena.
  • Comprehensive Learning: Covering both theoretical and practical aspects of space science and technology.

Previous Successes

  • Participation Statistics:
    • 2019: 111 students participated.
    • 2022: 153 students participated.
    • 2023: 337 students participated.
  • Increasing Interest: Overwhelming response received for YUVIKA - 2023, with more than 1.25 lakh student registrations from across India.

Impact and Future Prospects

  • Inspiring Future Scientists: Nurturing young talent and encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM fields.
  • Nationwide Awareness: Spreading awareness about space science and technology among school students across the country.
  • Potential Contributions: Preparing students to contribute to India's scientific advancements and space exploration efforts in the future.


Q. YUVIKA plays a crucial role in nurturing the curiosity and talent of young students, paving the way for a brighter future in space science and technology for India. Comment. (15 marks)