YUVIKA: ISRO Empowering School Children in Space Science and Technology

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has initiated a unique program called “Young Scientist Programme” or “YUva VIgyani KAryakram” (YUVIKA). This program aims to provide young school children with a platform to develop basic knowledge about space technology, space science, and space applications. By engaging with the younger generation and introducing them to emerging trends in space science and technology, ISRO aims to lay a strong foundation for the future of our nation. The program is designed to “Catch them young” and encourage more students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-based research and careers.


Selection Process for YUVIKA

To ensure the participation of deserving candidates, the selection for YUVIKA-2023 will be based on multiple parameters. These parameters include the marks obtained by the students in Class 8 or their last conducted exam, their performance in an online quiz, their participation in science fairs at school, district, state, and above levels in the last three years, their rank in Olympiad or equivalent competitions at school, district, state, and above levels, and their achievements in sports competitions. Additional points will be awarded to students who are members of Scout and Guides, National Cadet Corps (NCC), or National Service Scheme (NSS) for the past three years. Students studying in village or rural schools located in Panchayat areas will also receive additional weightage in the selection process. ISRO aims to ensure minimum participation from each state and union territory (UT) of India.

Program Centers for YUVIKA

The YUVIKA program will be organized at seven centers of ISRO, each serving as a hub for imparting knowledge and hands-on experience to the selected students. These centers are:

  1. Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun
  2. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram
  3. Satish Dhavan Space Center (SDSC) Sriharikota
  4. U. R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Bengaluru
  5. Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad
  6. National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad
  7. North-Eastern Space Applications Centre (NE-SAC), Shillong

At these centers, students will have the opportunity to interact with scientists and experts in the field of space technology, participate in workshops, and gain practical insights into various aspects of space science and applications.

Expenses and Facilities

ISRO will bear the expenditure related to travel for the selected students. They will be reimbursed for II AC train fare or AC (including Volvo) bus fare, arranged by the State Government or authorized transport, from the nearest railway station or bus terminal to the respective reporting center and back. Students will be required to produce the original travel ticket for reimbursement. In cases where students have not traveled by II AC train, the maximum reimbursement of fare will be limited to II AC train fare only. Additionally, ISRO will provide the course material and take care of the lodging and boarding arrangements for the entire duration of the program.

Eligibility Criteria for YUVIKA

To be eligible for the YUVIKA program, students must be studying in Class 9 as of January 1, 2023, and should be within India. This program is specifically designed for young students who show a keen interest in science, space technology, and related fields. It provides them with a unique opportunity to explore their passion, learn from experts, and gain exposure to the fascinating world of space science.

Benefits and Impact of YUVIKA

The “Young Scientist Programme” by ISRO holds immense benefits for both the participants and the nation as a whole. By engaging young students in space science and technology, ISRO aims to inspire and nurture future scientists, engineers, and innovators. Through this program, students will not only gain knowledge about space technology but also develop essential skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. By fostering an early interest in STEM fields, ISRO aims to create a pool of talented individuals who will contribute to the growth and development of the country’s space program and scientific research.

The “Young Scientist Programme” or YUVIKA organized by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is a remarkable initiative to engage young school children in the field of space science and technology. By providing them with basic knowledge, practical exposure, and guidance, ISRO aims to instill a sense of curiosity and passion for space exploration. This program not only benefits the participants but also contributes to the overall growth and progress of the nation. Encouraging more students to pursue STEM-based research and careers will pave the way for a future generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators who will play a vital role in shaping the country’s scientific landscape.

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Q. Who is eligible for Yuvika ISRO?

A. If you finished 8th grade and are now in 9th grade, you can apply for the ISRO YUVIKA 2023 program. If you were in 9th grade in India on January 1, 2023, you can sign up for the ISRO Young Scientist Program – YUVIKA 2023.

Q. Is yuvika only for class 9 students?

A. Students studying in Class ‘9’ as on Jan 01, 2023 within India are eligible to apply.

Q. What is the Yuvika program?

A. This program aims to provide young school children with a platform to develop basic knowledge about space technology, space science, and space applications.

Q. What is the full form of Yuvika in isro?

A. “YUva VIgyani KAryakram”

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