18 Kashmiri Students Qualify NASA Astronomy Olympiad

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SRINAGAR (KNS) – Eighteen Kashmiri students who qualified the NASA Astronomy Olympiad 2012 have been selected for a 12 day educational tour to the US space agency NASA.

More than one hundred students of classes 5th to 10th, from a city based school had appeared in the test conducted by Orange Education Group New Delhi on behalf of the US agency earlier this year.

More than 90 students have qualified the test, however, 18 students, who attained top three positions, have been selected for the tour to the prestigious Space Agency.

Yawar Rahid Badri and Saqlain Sultan of studying in class 10th of the Green Valley Educational Institute Elahi Bagh Buchpora got the top rank with 16 others sharing the top ranks with them.

However, the students will have to arrange for the expenses of the trip from their own pocket, school sources told KNS.

Incharge activities at the school, Rafi Ahmad told KNS that the students would be guests of the NASA for 12 days, however, will have to bear the costs of the trip on their own.

He said parents of only 6 students of the school have confirmed to bear the expenses of the educational and cultural tour – NASA track.

Rafi appealed the state government and other organizations to come forward for financial assistance of the students so that they don’t miss the golden chance of touring the world’s leading space agency

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