Two girls Chenchu Lavanya and V.Aswini hail from economically backward agricultural labourer’s family and soon showed rare glimpses of talent and a passion for science after they joined the residential school system at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayams (KGBVs).  Both of them come from families of illiterates but that did not deter them from displaying a scientific bent of mind.  They have got the opportunity to present papers at the annual conference of National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) at Los Angeles in the United States on May 24.  Their learning abilities made them stand out to avail this opportunity.  To cope with the English medium at KGBV school at Venkatagiri it was initially difficult for Ashwini but quickly she learned the language and she worked hard to satiate her thirst for mathematics and science.  Aswini, studying in class VIII now, presented her ideas in the form of a paper on ‘gravitation’ and impressed the selectors. The girls want to become a scientist.  Lavanya, studying in class IX at KGBV at Tada, got selected for her paper on ‘temperatures on planets’.  Training at SHAR was recommended for these girls by Raghunandan Kumar, Director of Planet India, for giving them the right kind of exposure before heading to NASA.  The government has undertaken the cost of their transportation in a bid to encourage the brilliant girls.

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