A Haryana student has been selected for a three-year astronaut training programme of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the U.S.

Ashish Kumar, from Dhaulera village of Mahendergarh district, was on Wednesday honoured with the ‘Pratibha Samman’ by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for his achievement. Mr. Hooda also presented a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh and a certificate to the student.

Mr. Hooda expressed hope that by taking inspiration from Ashish, other students of the state will also excel in the field of education at international level.

Ashish has also cleared Indian Institute of Space Aeronautics and Technology (IISAT) competition organised by ISRO, as well as the IIT entrance test.

Ten candidates, including three Indians, have been selected by NASA from across the globe for the programme, the entire expense of which will be borne by the agency.