Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lauded performance of students at Young Astronomer Talent Search -2012 being organised by Tata Steel at Pathani Samant Planetarium here on Thursday.
“Students in Odisha are talented. Provided with opportunities, they can excel in the field of space science,” said Mr. Patnaik while addressing the gathering.
He expressed happiness over participation of students from tribal communities in the programme.
Tata Steel in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium has been organising Young Astronomer Talent Search programme since 2007.
The sixth edition of YATS competition was open for students of Standard – 8 to Standard – 12 in all schools of the State.
In the first stage, the participating students were required to prepare a synopsis of ‘India and Space Research”.
While the preliminary rounds were held in all over the State including the tribal districts, the zonal round competitions were held in Belpahar, Keonjhar, Joda, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Jeypore, said Tata Steel.
Finally, after the zonal rounds 129 students from across the State including the budding tribal talents from the districts of Koraput, Keonjhar and Kalahandi were selected for the final round at Pathani Samanta Planetarium, after two rounds of tough competition.
Chief Minister felicitated the top 20 budding astronomers on the occasion.