The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) cancelled Yuvika 2020- its Young Scientists programme- for this year in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement was made by ISRO on Friday.
The Yuvika programme was scheduled to be held from May 11-22 for school students of Classes VIII-IX.
However, it was deferred by six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pandemic continuing, the ISRO decided to cancel the event for 2020.
Yuvika was launched with much fanfare in 2019 to instil scientific temper and impart knowledge about the country’s space applications and technologies to the young students.
The 12-day programme involves a visit by about 100 selected students to ISRO’s four operational centres across the country for exposure.
Three students from each state in the country are selected for the programme and are taken to Vikram Sarabhai space centre, UR Rao satellite centre in Bengaluru, Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad and the North Eastern space centre at Shillong on familiarization trip and interaction with the space scientists.
“Of the 368 eligible students, 113 were shortlisted for the programme in March before the national lockdown was enforced on March 25 and extended,” informed an ISRO official.
“However, owing to the uncertainty over the continuation of the pandemic, the trip has been cancelled,” the official added.