Space Kidz India in association with Moscow Aviation Institute and Abdul Kalam International Foundation held the grand finale of Young Scientist India-2016.
Sa Siva Suriya of Thoothukudi emerged the winner. Cosmonaut Wing Commander (Retd) Rakesh Sharma and Alexy Vascow Deputy Consul General of the Russian federation, South India, were the chief guests at the event.
“Students have to contribute to the efforts of humans setting out to space. They have to evince more interest in innovating along the lines, where we haven’t made any headway”, said cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma at the ‘Young Scientist India-2016’ held at Russian Centre of Science and Culture on Monday. Calling the current generation as the lucky ones, he said, “Humanity is going to reclaim space after a long gap, as Earth cannot support the lifestyle we are living now. Therefore, exploration other planets to find whether it is fit for living will be mulled seriously in the future.”
The event organised by the Space Kidz India in association with Moscow Aviation Institute and Abdul Kalam International Foundation, was aimed at providing a platform for budding scientists and bridge the void created by brain drain in the country. A student of Kamaraj Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Thoothukudi, Sa Siva Suriya, emerged winner of the title among the 586 projects sent from across the country. He created a solar-powered processor that can mill an acre in one-and half hours. It is aimed towards helping the small farmers in increasing their productivity.