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About Us – History

For over 50 years, the National Association for Gifted Children has been raising awareness about the needs of the gifted in the U.S.  The NAGC has engaged the public in debates about equity and excellence, has trained teachers in gifted education, and has educated policymakers in the dangers of leaving high-potential children to “fend for themselves.”

India has lagged behind other developing nations in efforts to identify and nurture the gifted.  The recognition of the gifted as an important human resource, and of gifted education as a crucial component of inclusive education, was galvanised in 2010 when the Office of the Principle Scientific Advisor (PSA) to Government of India under the leadership of Prof. R. Chidambaram commissioned India’s first national project on gifted education: the Identification of Gifted Children Age 3-15 Years (With a Special Focus on Maths and Science).  The decision to launch a national-level gifted education programme followed an Indo-U.S. Roundtable in 2009 where the two countries agreed to collaborate in the effort to launch a gifted education programme for India. 

PRODIGY has enjoyed the strong support of the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA), in Prof. R. Chidambaram, as well as Dr. Ketaki Bapat.  The project has benefited from the critical feedback of the renowned members of the Project Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC) under the leadership of Prof. N. Mukunda (Indian Academy of Sciences).  (The members of the PRMC are listed at the end of this document.)  PRODIGY is also collaborating with overseas partners, notably with Prof. Marcy Delcourt from the Western Connecticut State University, U.S.A. 

With the purpose of broadening our research base and the scope of our work, the project obtained a membership with the NAGC in September 2011.  NAGE-India was formed in January 2013.  It is our hope that through collaborations with the NAGC and other international bodies, the project may be able to establish a gifted education programme for India. 

Research on gifted education in India is only just beginning; practice tends to be restricted to a few elite schools scattered across the country, with learning models and assessment tools transferred wholesale from western contexts.  In an attempt to develop a model of identification and education cognisant to India’s unique and vast diversity, the first project under PRODIGY was launched in 2010 spearheaded by the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS).  This project is on the Identification of Gifted Children Age 3-15 Years (With a Special Focus on Maths and Science).  Our partners in this effort are Agastya Foundation and Delhi University.

In order to derive a representative model of giftedness in India, the three institutes have been looking at distinct demographic groups.  NIAS has focussed on young urban children (age 3-8, South India).  Agastya Foundation has been studying rural and out-of-school children (age 9-15, South India).  Delhi University has been working with the urban, semiurban, and tribal demographic (age 9-15, North India).  The three institutes have pooled their data in order to generate a rich model of giftedness across India.  This was the first step in developing a fair, culture-appropriate, and inclusive identification protocol.

 

PRODIGY Patron:

Prof. R. Chidambaram, the Principal Scientific Advisor, has spearheaded the project.  The project was launched under his auspices and continues to enjoy his close supervision and interest.

 

PRODIGY Founding Members and Peer Review and Monitoring Committe (PRMC)

The following distinguished scientists and experts are the founding members of PRODIGY.  In their role on the Project PRMC, their support and suggestions have been invaluable.

Prof. V. S. Ramamurthy – Director, NIAS; Presiident of NAGE-India

Prof. N. Mukunda – Editor of Publication, Indian Academy of Sciences

Prof. K. Siddappa – Hon. Director, JSS Foundation for Science and Society

Prof. B K Anitha – Professor, School of Social Sciences, NIAS; Secretary

Dr. Ramji Raghavan – Chairman, Aghastya International Foundation

Mr. Ajith Basu – Chief Program Executive, Agastya International Foundation

Dr. Jyoti Sharma – Associate Professor, SPM College, University of Delhi

Mr. Subramaniam

Prof. Manoj K. Harbola -- Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Kanpur

Dr Raghvendra Pratap Singh -- Associate Professor in Rural Development, School of Continuing Education, Indira
Gandhi National Open University

Prof. H.P. Dikshit -- Director General, School of Good Governance and Policy Analysis, (An Autonomous
Institution of Government of Madhya Pradesh)

Dr. Pratibha Jolly -- Principal, Miranda House College, New Delhi