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Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik felicitates winners of 12th Edition of Tata Steel YATS

Bhubaneswar , December 13, 2018

~20 winners will be taken on an exposure visit to an ISRO facility in May 2019~
~Participation of School students nearly doubles to 63,000 against 32,000 last year~

The Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri 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, 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 Organization (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.

Shri Badri Narayan Patra, Minister, School and Mass Education, Science & Technology, Government of Odisha, Shri Nikunja Bihari Dhal, Principal Secretary, Science & Technology Department, Government of Odisha, Shri Kailash Chandra Sahoo, Director, Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar, Shri Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice-President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, Shri Arun Misra, Vice-President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

Welcoming the guests Shri 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”.

Congratulating the winners and participants, Shri Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said, “Tata Steel has a long history of being led by people with a scientific bent of mind and temperament.  So, we seek to create a culture of scientific curiosity among our youth, both for their holistic development and the nation’s progress with YATS contributing to that larger objective. On behalf of Tata Steel, I wish the young winners and participants a bright future and I am confident that the winners make full use of the once in a lifetime learning experience when they visit the ISRO facility next May.”

YATS is a unique initiative of Tata Steel for high school students of the state, organised in association with Pathani Samanta Planetarium, under the Science and Technology Department, Government of Odisha. It is aimed at creating awareness in the field of astronomy and space science among students, besides motivating and encouraging young minds to become scientists and astronomers. It provides an opportunity to the students in rural and remote areas of the State to exhibit their talent and come to the forefront in the field of astronomy. The top 60 participants were also invited to attend this grand event held at Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Bhubaneswar.

More than seventy-five thousand young science enthusiasts of the state have participated in YATS in the last 11 years and 140 winning students had the opportunity to visit various facilities of ISRO in India.

Top-20 winners of Young Astronomer Talent Competition-2018

Sl.No. Student Name School Name District
1 Rakesh Sahu Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir Sambalpur
2 Balaji Behera Modern English School Koraput
3 Suvendu Dash Daspalla High school Nayagarh
4 Bhabna Bhoomistha Saint Vincent Convent Sn, sec. school Balasore
5 Ambika Nanda Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir,Kesinga Kalahandi
6 Harshita Priyadarsini JNV Sunamunda Deogarh
7 Basudev Singh M.R High School Subarnapur
8 Bibhu Prasad Tripathy Saraswati Sishu Mandir Kendrapara
9 Mohammed Izhar Ali Saint Xavier High School Jagatsinghpur
10 Saswati Priyadarshini Government Girls High School, Kututulli Kandhamal
11 Nabya Nabeli Acharya Sri Aurobindo Integral Education & Research Centre Bargarh
12 Sumanta Sahu Karamdihi High school Sundergarh
13 Shakti Prasad Dash Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir, Ghodabazar, Puri Puri
14 Samriddhi Agarwal Sai International School Khorda
15 Sibangi Subudhi Sri Aurobindo Integral Education & Research Centre, Berhampur Ganjam
16 Subhashree Senapati Saint Xavier High School Keonjhar
17 Aliva Jyoti Rout Ravenshaw Collegiate Cuttack
18 Ipsita Dash Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir Nabrangpur
19 Mita Harijan Sri Aurobindo Integral Education & Research Centre Nabrangpur
20 Aditi Mahapatra  Centurian Public School Gajapati

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