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Kerala Travels project to train students at Singapore Space Academy

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on March 10, 2011 Published on March 10, 2011

Kerala Travels Interserve (KTI), a leading travel agency has launched Saura Yaathrika, a unique project, offers an opportunity to school students across the State to train at the Space Academy, Singapore – Centre of excellence for space and astronomical studies in Asia.

Saura Yaathrika

Mr K.C. Chandrahasan, Managing Director of Kerala Travels, said that the new project is the organisation's first step towards realising the dream of space tourism and is an opportunity to mould the future generation towards it. Saura Yaathrika presents students from south India an opportunity to get trained under renowned astronauts, astrophysicists and space scientists at the first space academy in Singapore.

The launch of the project is to coincide with the company's 50th anniversary and the beginning of the next phase of its growth, he said.

Ms Jaya Chandrahasan, Executive Director, said that the selection for Saura Yaathrika will be based on an entrance exam and interview. Qualifying students must be well conversant in English.

The programme is open to students from Std IX to XII, including those appearing for their final exams.

Dr D.S. Rane, Project Consultant, Saura Yaathrika, said that the academic benefits and opportunities of getting trained in Singapore's first space academy are immense.

The trainees will get to learn about life as an astronaut, human effects and challenges in space environment.

At the camp, training will be conducted by former NASA engineers and scientists. After the camp, students can continue to seek their guidance on school projects, career guidance and future course of study, he said.

Published on March 10, 2011
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