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KVPY 2011-2012: Three students from CFAL selected

Three Mangalore boys get science fellowship

KVPYThree students from Mangalore have been selected for a Fellowship given as part of the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) 2011-2012. The examination is administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

The students are Abhishek Rathan Kumar, Rakesh N. Rao, and Sudhanva Bhat. They are studying for Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) and the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) at Manipal Career Excellence (MCE), Kuntikan.

Abhishek Rathan Kumar, a student of II PUC at Canara PU College, Kodialbail; Rakesh N. Rao, a student of II PUC at St. Aloysius P.U. College, Karangalpady; and Sudhanva Bhat, student of II PUC at Sharada PU College, Kodialbail. They have secured 107th, 286th, and 768th positions respectively among the 854 students selected from throughout the country. They will receive a scholarship of Rs. 64,000 to Rs. 1,08,000 per annum until their Ph. D. summer programmes for KVPY Fellows are organised in leading research and educational institutions in the country. Sudhanva told The Hindu that clearing the examination gives him an opportunity to get entrance directly into institutions where he can study pure science.

He said the examination had been challenging.

Abhishek said that he felt it was “a great honour” and “a good feeling” to have cleared the examination. He said that he was interested in building (constructions) so he would possibly study engineering in future. Rakesh said: “It is a challenge and honour to get selected. Thousands (of students) write the examination and finally, only 800 get selected.” He said he would take up engineering. But because he had cleared the KVPY, he could switch to basic science from engineering if he wished to.

KVPY is an ongoing programme started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to encourage students of basic sciences, engineering, and medicine to take up research careers, said MCE principal Severine Rosario.

The aim of the programme was to identify and encourage talented students with an aptitude for research. After scrutiny of application forms and based on the performance in the Board Examination of Class 10, more than 10,000 students from throughout India were called for a written test in October and November every year. Based on the performance in the written examination, top students have been called for an interview.

Selected students were called Kishore Vaigyani and they were eligible for the national level Fellowship, she said.

For details of KVPY, see: http:/www.iisc.ernet.in/kvpy/.

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