Indian students discover asteroids for the first time - Sheila Dikshit, CM of Delhi congratulates them

CM of Delhi with Asteroid discoverersNew Delhi, Delhi, September 28, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio - India PRwire/ -- The Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit met today with members from SPACE and a team from Ryan International School, Rohini including two young asteroid discoverers to congratulate them on the recent asteroid discoveries made for the 1st time in India by these students!

Asteroids were discovered by these two Delhi school students Amanjot Singh and Sahil Wadhwa under the aegis of the All India Asteroid Search Campaign conducted by SPACE! This is the 1st time Indian school students have discovered asteroids, a remarkable achievement in Astronomy! Another team of educators from SPACE also discovered 2 asteroids in this program. These discoveries have been lauded by the scientific community and media. SPACE had collaborated with International Astronomical Search Collaboration, an international science consortium that enables hands-on science to bring this project for the 1st time to India. 45 schools across 5 states had participated.

Smt. Sheila Dikshit interacted today with the two school students, the principal of Ryan International School, Rohini, Smt. Seema Sahay and space club coordinator Smt. Sadhana Walia. Members of SPACE which was instrumental in this discovery were also present, including founder and CMD Sachin Bahmba and President C.B. Devgun. Mr. Sachin Bahmba talked to her about the role SPACE has played in popularizing astronomy in schools. Mr. Bahmba proposed projects in astronomy that SPACE and Delhi Govt. could initiate together for schools under the Delhi Govt. system. Smt. Dikshit praised the students' diligence and encouraged their efforts in scientific research which has led to this exciting discovery in astronomy. Smt. Dikshit blessed the students and said "We are proud of our students stepping into the realm of astronomy and achieving heights to make knowledge ever more encompassing for the good of all mankind".