Betting on the Brightest: ASSET, Duke Univ’s India Talent Hunt

Published: 02nd September 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd September 2014 01:05 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: To identify the sharpest minds and give them a push into achieving their full potential, Education Initiatives along with Duke University Talent Identification Programme is launching a nationwide talent search programme for school children.

The talent hunt aims at finding the best students across the country who would participate in a three-week summer residential workshop and learn subjects that they will never have a chance to in school. “The average children are usually the focus of teachers, and there is not enough we do for the brightest children. We merely celebrate them, but we have to make them do even better,” says Sridhar Rajagopalan, the MD of EI.

“The students would get to do subjects like cryptography, DNA, forensics, architecture — there is a lot of emphasis on questioning and challenging the concepts,” says Mara Shurgot, the director of International Programme, Duke Univ TIP. Students who are identified by the schools as the top students would take TIP’s ‘Above Level’ Test, where they will have to answer to questions two grades higher than the class they are studying, and the best lot will be selected for the ‘Summer Studies Programme’.

Yamini Prashanth, a young girl from Vidya Mandir Sen Sec School, who did the summer programme is all praises for the experiences. “I did not expect the programme to be life changing. The experience was amazing. I learnt more in those three weeks than I did in three years,” she says.

The programme, this year, has been extended to 600 schools across the country. This year’s test will be on Nov 30 and the summer programme in May, for which registrations will begin in September.


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