Bhubaneswar: Top 20 budding astronauts of the state were spotted under the annual Young Astronomers Talent Search (YATS) programme organised by Tata Steel in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium in the city on Tuesday. These budding talents hailing from different districts were awarded by Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik on the occasion of the 175th birth anniversary of legendary astronomer of Odisha, Pathani Samanta in Bhubaneswar.
After a four-month long exercise to find 20 best young talents in the state, YATS concluded with total participation of nearly 34,000 students from over 300 schools, spread over 27 districts of Odisha in the essay and quiz competitions. The competition was open for students of standard 8 to 12 in all schools of the state. It was conducted in three stages at seven different zones such as Belpahar, Keonjhar, Joda, Jajpur, Bhubnaeswar, Berhampur and Jeypore.
CM Pattnaik in his address said, “I am very happy that Pathani Samanta Planetarium along with Tata Steel is working sincerely to promote scientific legacy of Pathani Samanta in Odisha. This has been successful in encouraging budding talents of our state in the field of space science. It is an opportunity for the students of rural and remote areas to exhibit their talents in astronomy. I hope this endeavor will be successful in helping our young students to become space scientists in future.”
Tata Steel India and South East Asia MD TV Narendran informed that YATS covered students of 27 districts of the state.