Jeypore: Surya Prakash Mishra, a youth from the backward Koraput district has brought laurels to the State by cracking the all-India level entrance to get admission into the prestigious Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvanthapuram.
Mishra managed to occupy a seat out of 30 reserved for general category at all India level in the Avionics branch. An elated Mishra said that his fascination with space science has brought him an opportunity to do research on outer space.
“I had a weakness towards space science since I started reading books of various Indian scientists. After completion of my 12th class, I had attended many all-India level entrances and clicked also. I had cleared the All India JEE Advance and got a chance to enroll at IIT. But, I later choose to peruse space science as I was keen on doing research on it. When the notification was released for the admission into IIST, I applied and managed to grab a seat in Avionics engineering which has only 30 seats at all India level," he said.
After completing his courses successfully from the institute, he would become a scientist at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said his father Om Prakash Mishra, a national award-winning teacher.
“He has to do hard labour now. At least eight hours have to be given every day. After completion of his study at the IISST, he would be appointed as a grade-A scientist at ISRO. I have written to the Central government in this regard," his father said.
Om Prakash is the Principal of Jeypore High School. Surya’s mother, Preeti Lata Mishra, is an English Professor at Vikram Deb Autonomous College in Jeypore.
Surya Prakash is currently attending classes through virtual mode due to Covid pandemic. He would shortly join the physical classes once the pandemic situation is over.