From Narnaul to NASA: 19-year-old youth from Haryana selected to be an astronaut
Dailybhaskar.com | Sep 20, 2013, 15:30PM IST
Narnaul: 19-year-old youth from Haryana has been selected by world’s premier space agency National Aeronautic Space Administration (NASA) to be trained as an astronaut for a future space expedition. The resident of Narnaul is a son of an ex-army person and hails from a lower middleclass back ground. The intelligent student cracked a number of examinations including IITJEE where he got an impressive all India rank of 112. However, his life changed when he cracked the entrance examination of ISRO.
Ashish Yadav is one of the three students selected from India for the NASA training in which only 10 students were selected from across the world. Yadav came on first position after appearing for six interviews. He was given the news of his success through an email. The other two Indians selected are from Hyderabad and Kerela.
The family members are jubilant after learning about their son’s achievement. His father Radhe Shyam is an ex-army officer. He currently works in Delhi police’s bomb squad. His mother Suman says that after seeing the hard-work of the boy, they braved every difficulty but didn’t let their son’s studies affect from their lack of resources. They, despite limited resources, shifted from village to the nearest city. Their support bore fruits as he secured 137th rank in state board examination.
He wanted to join medical sciences.
"Since mathematics is also my optional subject, I appeared for the IIT entrance exam this year. I got an All-India rank of 112. I was interested more in medical science and had zeroed in on the All India Institute of Medical sciences (AIIMS)," he told Mail Today.
Yadav also cleared the Indian Institute of Space Aeronautics and Technology (IISAT) competition organised by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). "When I get selected for ISRO, I decided to choose this as a career and become an astronaut," Yadav explains.
"I appeared for a written examination to get selected in NASA followed by six interviews held at ISRO office in Delhi. I was quite nervous when facing NASA scientists for the first time but became comfortable later.”
He draws his inspiration from former president APJ Abdul Kalam and wants to become like him in the future.
Picture Courtesy: Mail Today