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Class 10 student gets a chance to view Chandrayaan 2 landing live with PM

For Pragada Kanchana Balasri Vasavi, a Class 10 student of a government school in Andhra Pradesh, it is more like a dream come true. She is actually over the moon! The reason is that Vasavi has qualified in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) ‘Space Quiz’ and is now part of the group of 60 students who would witness the landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the moon’s surface from ISRO’s Bengaluru centre along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7th.
   
Vasavi, who studies at the government school at Edulavalasa in Polaki mandal of the district, dreams to be an engineer. She said she came to know about the national level online quiz from her physics teacher during Independence Day celebrations. “I had written an essay on space for Independence Day competitions in my school. And when my teacher told me about the quiz, I was really keen to participate,” she said.
 
The quiz was conducted for students from the Class 8 to 10 across the country and kids were given 10 minutes to answer questions related to space. School principal I Srinivasa Rao said Vasavi was the only student from AP to win in the contest.Daughter of a farmer, the late Govinda Rao, Vasavi said she was excited about watching the landing live. 
 
“I was told to take a flight to reach Bengaluru, but I opted for train. ISRO has booked a 2nd AC train ticket for Prasanti Express for my travel from Srikakulam to Bengaluru on September 5. “I want to become an engineer. I will clearly set my goal to be part of ISRO after interacting with other winners and the Prime Minister in Bengaluru on Sept 7,” Vasavi said.
 
Srikakulam district educational officer (DEO) K. Chandrakala said the entire school education department was happy with Vasavi’s achievement. “We will bring this to the notice of the chief minister for government support and encouragement. Vasavi’s accomplishment will help us inspire other students to take part in such extracurricular activities,” Chandrakala said.
 

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