Patna’s boy elected by Britain’s eminent Royal Astronomical Society as a Fellow

Since the time of Aryabhatta, Patna is known for contributing significantly to the field of science, technology, and research.  Amal Pushp, an 18-year-old student from Delhi Public School, Patna has proved that no matter what obstacles come in the way you can always emerge greater and bigger.

Amal Pushp is an independent researcher from Patna with having a great fascination in Physics and Cosmology. He’s been elected by Britain’s eminent Royal Astronomical Society as a Fellow after he earned a nomination from Lord Martin Rees, an acknowledged British astronomer and Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge, who was amazed by the Amal’s “scientific output.”

Lord Rees also holds the position of Britain’s Astronomer Royal, an office of high prestige, and adviser of the British government on astronomical and related scientific matters.

“Amal was elected at the age of 18 (the youngest age possible) and nominated by the Astronomer Royal Lord Rees,” Robert Massey, a deputy executive director at the Royal Astronomical Society, told The Telegraph.

According to the Royal Astronomical Society, anyone above the age of 18 is eligible to the fellowship provided that it falls above a certain acceptable standard of intellectual rigour.

“Around half the Fellowship consists of PhD-level professional scientists, a quarter are postgraduate researchers or retired scientists and the remainder are amateur scientists and undergraduates,” says the website of Royal Astronomical Society.

Amal Pushp sent his research work regarding black holes to famous Indian physicist Partha Ghose, a former professor at the Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata. He found the boy’s research “fascinating” and nominated him.

“It was you who was impressed with my research at first and believed in me without knowing me personally and even gave me an endorsement, which I will never forget in my life,” wrote Amal, in an email to Ghose, according to the Telegraph.

Responding to this recent development, Ghose told the publication that he had endorsed Amal Pushp for the fellowship because of its content, calling him a “special talent.”

Ghose also wished that Amal Pushp would obtain admission into a prestigious undergraduate program and maintain his level of scientific excellence.

Several other physicists in India who have seen Amal’s work said that they have been amazed by the fellowship but were similarly impressed by the content of his paper. They said that Indian schools should get rid of the parrot fashioned learning. They also said that schools must acknowledge these exceptionally gifted students and encourage them at every step of their path.

“Unfortunately, we have only a rigid exam-based entrance route to our top institutions,” Saurabh Dubey, a physicist at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, told The Telegraph. “We don’t have a formal mechanism to take talented people who may not do well in exams.”

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