I congratulate all the students who participated in the activities organised as part of Young Astronomers Talent Search. My congratulations as well to the district toppers who are selected for the finals and the Top 20 winners.
YATS has been gaining in popularity since its inception. I am glad that over 80 thousand students from across 30 districts of our State are participating in this competition. This demonstrates its increasing popularity and reach.
Over the years, YATS has evolved as a platform that ignites young minds to think out of the box, and kindle their interest in the field of astronomy. This programme is a befitting homage to the great son of Odisha, Pathani Samanta, as it continues to attract more and more students to the field of science and astronomy.
I believe that YATS will continue to play its role as a platform for students to identify, nurture and develop talents in space sciences, along with creating a community of scholars in Odisha who can contribute to its development on a sustainable basis.
My congratulations to the Tata Steel and Pathani Samanta Planetarium for conducting this unique event successfully year after year, and I wish the programme the very best for its future editions.
Bondey Utkal Janani