Gopalchetty Brahma, BTech third-year student of Aerospace Engineering at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, has won the ‘Silver Honour’ award at the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition (IAAC-2020).
As one of the world’s biggest online astronomy competitions, IAAC provides students with the opportunity to unleash their creativity and hone their skills in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. A large number of students from US, UK, Russia, Canada, Germany, China, France, Italy, Spain, South Korea and New Zealand had participated in this competition.
Passionate about this subject, Gopalchetty Brahma has been an active participant in various competitions since school days. The first milestone came during Class XII, when he received the Finalist Award of Young Scientist India 2017-18) organised by "Space Kids India". Another notable achievement was the participation in a national level festival called "National Student's Space Challenge (NSSC-2018)" organised by IIT Kharagpur in collaboration with ISRO. Brahma presented his idea "The Fate and Face of the Universe: Dark Energy and Dark Matter" and was awarded "Certificate of Appreciation" from IIT Kharagpur.
“IAAC is one of the toughest astronomy competitions in the world and it was not possible to win this prestigious and international competition without my mentor. I would like to thank Dr. Amit Kumar Thakur, Associate Professor and COD of Aerospace Engineering in Lovely Professional University for his guidance and support to help me achieve this goal,” says Brahma. — TNS
Mr. Stefan Amberg, Public Relations Manager, IAAC said: ‘’IAAC uses cutting-edge technology and the global connection to make the competition possible. In fact, society is in need of capable scientists and engineers, who develop, shape and maintain the innovations of the future and we believe that this competition will bring out a new crop of young experts.’’
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