STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: With India setting a benchmark in history with launch of Chandrayan 2, enthusiasm of Jammu twins, Swapnila Acharya and Swapnil Acharya has touched the sky as they were the first school goers from J&K selected for Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Young Scientist Programme and were given opportunity to visit various laboratories of aforesaid project and the satellite launch base besides having interaction with concerned scientists. The duo recalled every bit of interaction they had with ISRO Scientists. ”We were curious to know about challenges they faced in making of Chandrayan 2. How it will help India in taking giant leap in Space related programmes, ” recalls Swapnila. Her brother, Swapnil has all praise for ISRO Scientists, who despite such busy schedule, patiently responded to all their queries. Student of Xth standard from JK Public School were among 110 school students, all over country, who managed to qualify ISRO’s Young Scientist Programme. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a special programme for school children called Young Scientist Programme ‘Yuval Vigyan Karyakram’ YUVIKA 2019, in tune with Modi Government’s vision ‘Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan’. Getting selected for this programme was not easy task. Swapnil Acharya and Swapnila Acharya, children of Shib Narayan Acharya and Sarmistha Acharya of Satwari Cantt, Jammu proved their worth in different fields to get through. During their programme they were taken to Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) also known as Sriharikota Range (SHAR), where from Chandrayan 2 will be launched. They feel lucky enough to be part of making of history. Days before launch they were first one to be briefed about Chandrayan 2 and GSLV Mark III. At Sriharikota they have the opportunity to interact with ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan. Swapnila shared how Chandrayan scientists explained them about the mission. ”When we saw real GSLV Mark III rocket, the launch vehicle of Chandrayan 2. It was so huge, beyond our imagination,” recounts Swapnil. ‘We also saw the track through which the Chandrayan 2 launch vehicle will be transported to the launch pad. We saw Launching Control Unit and Main Control Unit from where mission will be controlled. Now when Chandrayan 2 will be launched we are feeling so excited, ” Swapnil recalls with joy in his eyes. Recently concluded two week programme at Space Applications Centre (SAC) Ahmedabad and other 3 centres was primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the younger ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of Space activities. The program was thus aimed at creating awareness amongst the youngsters who are the future building blocks of our Nation. ISRO has chalked out this programme to “Catch them young”. When contacted, JK Public School, Kunjwani, Jammu Principal S.K Singh said, “While the launch of Chandrayan 2 is a great moment for the entire nation, at the same time we are proud that our 10th standard students viz twin brother-sister Swapnila and Swapnil Acharya were among few who were taken to Chandrayan-2 Mission project at Sriharikota by ISRO. Recognizing both students, Principal said, Swapnila and Swapnil have not only excelled in their academic pursuits but also developed all-round skills and attained remarkable achievements in the domains they have a strong passion for or are talented at. Regardless of their talents and interests, they have something in common – they are the role models for our school and younger generation, and above all, they are India’s young leaders of tomorrow. “I feel privileged to lead such an exciting and vibrant JK Public School, which offers great opportunities to the young minds of Jammu. It is our goal to make each and every student to succeed. We offer our students the best possible opportunities to become confident, thoughtful young people who are prepared for any future challenges, in an exciting and increasingly global world,” added the Principal.
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