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Odisha Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik launches the 13th edition of Young Astronomer Talent Search

Bhubaneswar, June 03, 2019

~ ISRO exposure visit of YATS 2018-19 winners flagged off ~

~ Tata Steel in association with Pathani Samanta Planetarium organises YATS ~

Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, today, launched the 13th edition of YATS (2019-20) at a function organised in Naveen Niwas, Bhubaneswar. With overwhelming participation of students in 2018, the next edition has been launched with an aim to make YATS much more enriching for the participating students. The theme for YATS 2019 is “Unravelling the wonders of the Universe” and will include the following competitions:

  • An open-quiz (for students of classes 6th to 10th)
  • An essay competition (for students of classes 9th and 10th)

The top two essay entries will be selected from each district and winners will be invited to the grand finale to be held in Bhubaneswar on December 12-13, 2019, the birth anniversary of Pathani Samanta. The top 20 winners will also be felicitated on the occasion, and later taken on an exposure visit.

On the occasion, Shri Patnaik also flagged off the ISRO exposure visit for winners of the 12th Edition of Tata Steel’s Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) Programme. A group of 20 winners of the last edition will now go on an exposure visit to one of the premier facilities of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, to get a first-hand experience of space science in action.

Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of State for Science & Technology, Public Enterprises, Social Security & Empowerment of persons with Disability (Independent Charge), Government of Odisha, Shri Kailash Chandra Sahoo, Additional Secretary, Science & Technology Department, Government of Odisha & Director, Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Shri Kulvin Suri, Chief, Corporate Communications, Tata Steel, India & South-East Asia (SEA), Shri Debashis Jena, Chief Resident Executive (CRE), Tata Steel, Bhubaneswar were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

On the occasion, Shri Kulvin Suri said, “YATS is a unique programme based on space science and constantly motivates young minds to think beyond just academics and push their imagination to the optimum. We would like to thank Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik and the Government of Odisha for extending their support in making this venture successful, year-on-year. We are committed to enrich the programme for students and teachers alike. This initiative is a manifestation of our commitment to enabling a better tomorrow, as reiterated in our corporate campaign #WeAlsoMakeTomorrow.

Tata Steel is organising this flagship event, YATS, in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium since 2007 to acknowledge the exemplary contribution of Pathani Samanta, legendary astronomer of Odisha, and encourage youngsters to showcase innovative concepts on various themes of space science and astronomy. In last 12 years 1,38,000 students have participated in YATS and160 winning students have had the opportunity to visit various facilities of ISRO in India.

With increased involvement of students and teachers from rural and remote areas of the State, YATS 2018-19 achieved a new record in its 12-years journey with 63,000 students participating from 300 schools spanning all 30 districts in Odisha.

About Tata Steel                         
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $22.67 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2019. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd).

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel retained the Industry Leader position in FY18 and ranked second overall in the DJSI assessment, 2017. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018), Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (2018) and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2019) by CNBC TV18. The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the eight time (2019), Steel Sustainability Champion (2018) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2018), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2018), ‘Best Companies To Work For’ recognition by Business Today, 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

In 2018, the Company launched a corporate brand campaign #WeAlsoMakeTomorrow

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