Is your teen who is in college interested in space science? Then, what place other than the prestigious ISRO to plan an internship for him? Here’s how to go about it.
By Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj
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With the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite to be launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) later this month, here’s how to get your child who is drawn towards a career in space to follow his dreams. An internship at ISRO will mark the beginning of the road to achieving his aspiration. As there are very limited internships available, it is essential that your child plans well in advance for this.
Engineering students (any discipline) are generally preferred; however, even those pursuing post-graduate or graduate programmes in science can apply.
1. Students can apply directly to any centre associated with ISRO across the country. A few centres are mentioned below.
2. Students should send the applications through their respective colleges only. Direct applications will not be entertained.
3. Students should send project proposals with a broad outline of the proposed work to be carried out; the proposals should be within the overall framework of research and operational programmes of the respective centres.
4. Students will be selected based on academic merit, availability of projects, availability of supervisors, suitability or fit of the candidate for the relevant profile.
Nature: Internships can be across various departments (depending on the requirements during specific points of time)
Note: Electronic gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, camera, pen drive, CD/floppy, etc., will not be permitted inside the premises of ISRO centres; so, let your teen be prepared for a gadget-free period during the internships!
If your child is pursuing school education, you can still fuel her passion for space science and research. Here’s how to go about it:
‘Aim high, aim far; your goal the sky, your aim the star’ – let this adage be your child’s motto. Let her dare to dream big right from an early age. Very soon, her one small step will become a giant leap for mankind!
Source: Based on inputs from a senior official at ISRO and information on the websites of ISRO and its associate centres.
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