A class IX student of nondescript Telkolpara in Purulia district, Abhinanda Ghosh, has been selected amongst 1.8 million students globally and is going on an educational tour to Washington DC, USA to visit National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facilities.

The student of St. Xaviers School in Purulia town, Abhinanda Ghosh has successfully qualified all the three levels of International Science Olympiad. Talking to The Statesman, Abhinanda Ghosh said that since the past five years she has been working very hard for the examination and now she is very excited to visit the NASA Space Centre, which has been her childhood dream.

Fifteen-year-old Abhinanda Ghosh loves to read books on space science, other her routine class text books. At the first level, she competed with 1.8 million students globally and successfully qualified for second phase. She topped the second phase and in the third phase she sat for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and reasoning examinations.

Her father, Sajal Ghosh is an English teacher of Gandhi High School and mother, Sushmita Roy Choudhury is also an English teacher of Santomoyee Girls School. But their daughter is keen on space science and research. She has been appearing in the International Science Olympiad Examinations since class IV. Last year, she secured the second position in the International English Olympiad in the second round of the examination.

In the third round of logical reasoning, the youngster managed the third position. “We are glad that our daughter has successfully cracked the examinations and is the second student from the country selected for NASA’s educational tour,” said her father, Sajal Ghosh.