Come October 4 and the World Space Week begins, the date being the one on which Sputnik-1, the first man made satellite, was put in orbit in 1957. Competitions for school students are being organised by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in connection with the same. These include an essay competition for students of classes VIII to X and a quiz competition, with ‘Space’ as the theme, for students of standard X to XII.
Those interested in participating in the essay competition should submit a hand-written essay not exceeding 2000 words on the theme ‘Space for Human Safety and Security’. The essay can be in English, Hindi or Malayalam and written on one side of an A4 size paper. It must reach the organisers before September 30.
Those interested in the quiz may register either through email or by post and should reach the organisers on or before September 28.
The application, containing details including name of student, class, school name and contact phone number with STD code, should be certified by the head of the institution to which the student belongs. Each school may send only one team comprising two members. Details regarding the date, time and venue of the programme will be communicated later. For further details log on to the ISRO website http://www.vssc.gov.in