Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing the 62nd edition of his monthly radio program 'Mann Ki Baat'.

In a bid to boost scientific temper among children, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday talked about the initiative taken by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which facilitates the viewing of rocket launchings at Sriharikota.

"Children, youth in India are increasingly taking a keen interest in Science and Technology. When I was in Bengaluru during Chandrayan-2, I witnessed immense enthusiasm and fervour on part of children present there. There was no sign of drowsiness from any angle. To give a fillip to this very enthusiasm in children and young people, ISRO launched a facility to sit, watch rocket launching at Sriharikota. The online booking is also possible through a link provided on ISRO's website," PM Modi said while addressing the 62nd edition of his monthly radio program 'Mann Ki Baat'.

PM Modi also spoke about ISRO Yuvika program, aimed at imparting knowledge on Space Technology, Science and Applications to the youth with an intent to raise their interest in Space activities, and lauded the organisation for integrating the youth with science through such programs.

"Yuvika program was launched for school students in the year 2019. Yuvika is an acronym for Yuva Vigyani Karyakram and this program is in consonance with our vision, Jai Jawan, Jai Kisanm, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan. In this program, students after their exams during their holidays, visit different centres of ISRO and learn about Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications. If you wish to be participant of this training, you can register by visiting the website of Yuvika linked to that ISRO," he said.

ISRO has launched a special programme for School Children called "Young Scientist Programme" "Yuva Vigyani Karyakram" from the year 2019. The second session of the programme is scheduled to be held during the month of May 2020.

The program will be of two weeks duration during summer holidays (May 11-22, 2020) and the schedule will include invited talks, experience sharing by the eminent scientists, facility and lab visits, exclusive sessions for discussions with experts, practical and feedback sessions.