Imphal: With India’s Chandrayaan-2 inching closer to its historic landing on moon, a 15-year-old school student from Manipur’s Imphal East is all set to witness the historic moment live with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bengaluru on September 7 this year.
A Class IX student at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) at Yaralpat in Imphal East, , Wahengbam Devananda Singh is among the 60 students shortlisted from across the country by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
“I felt really happy when I learnt that I cleared the quiz competition and that I am going to witness the landing of Chandrayaan-2 along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Devananda.
The selected two students from each state and Union territories based on the ISRO quiz competition ‘Space Quiz’ will watch the ambitious lunar mission’s landing on the surface of the moon alongside PM Modi at its headquarters in Bengaluru.
From Manipur, the other student who got selected is Sony Nongmaithem from Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) in Loktak area.
Celebrating the success of his student, principal Dr M Nandagopal said: “We feel very proud because one of our students has been selected on this auspicious occasion.”
Speaking to EastMojo, Devananda also informed that he had prepared the quiz by going through some general knowledge (GK) books and science magazines from the school library. He also read up about the “knows and hows” of Chandrayaan-2 on Internet, he said.
The support that he received from his family and school administration was a bonus to prepare for the quiz, he said.
Born to Wahengbam Ibohal Singh and Wahengbam Sanaton Devi of Huikap Mayai Leikai, Yairipok and the youngest among the four siblings, Devananda is now aiming to become a scientist one day and serve society.
Apart from studying and other school activities, this young boy, whose favourite subjects are Chemistry and Physics, loves to play badminton during his free hours on his school campus.
Earlier, intending to spread awareness among children about India’s ambitious space programme, the Union human resources development (HRD) ministry had written to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and other state boards to encourage students to participate in the quiz competition.
“Whenever there is a competition for students both online and offline, we used to update them. Apart from that, our officials from headquarters also direct us to motivate the children to participate in such competitions,” said the school principal.
Chandrayaan-2, the country’s ambitious lunar mission, took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22. After exactly a month and a half, the lunar mission will land on the surface on the moon on September 7.