Both the students are studying at the victorious Kidss Educares, an IB World School, and class XI student Saloni Maniar stood 10th in the country while Simran Pashankar stood 11th. A statement issued by the schools said that out of over two lakh entries about 500 were recognised, and the two city girls were also ranked.
Saloni said that, “Since my early age I wanted to become a scientist. I was always drawn towards the night sky and the beauty of how mysterious the world outside our planet is. As time passed, I developed immense interest in the field of physics. I find theoretical physics, and astrophysics quite fascinating and have always tried to gain more knowledge in these areas.”
For the ISRO Cyberspace competition 2020, Saloni chose to author an essay on “Challenges & possibilities in frontier Research area of Space Science & Technology in next two decades.” Saloni said, “I wrote about the challenges and solutions in three space sectors — earth based, space exploration, and space habitation. Through this task I got an opportunity to dive deep into my most cherished subject and gained a wonderful experience to share my ideas with the world.”
The topic given to Simran Pashankar was “Space Environment and its challenges”. She had written a 1000 words essay on the given topic. Simran conducted a lot of research on the said topic before she could start her essay. “I was a little nervous at the beginning and I knew I would be competing with elite students across the country, but I believed in the Vedanta system that was taught to me in my school. Therefore, I was fearless and accepted the challenge. When I saw the result, I felt proud of myself.” They have also received a certificate each from ISRO.