Programmes Overview

PRODIGY is anchored at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru. You can read about the NIAS Gifted Education Programme on the rest of this website.

NIAS - EGT
Education for the Gifted and Talented

NIAS leads the National Programme on Identification and Mentoring of gifted children (0-18 years), popularly known as the NIAS - Education for the Gifted and Talented programme (NIAS - EGT).


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NIAS -
Training And Development

NIAS-EGT works closely with the children, parents, teachers, counsellors, school management and the mentors to provide a holistic support to the overall development of the gifted and talented children.


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NIAS - ALC
Advanced Learning Centers

The vision of the ALC programme is to see eager learners nurtured from a young age into happy, well-rounded, world class achievers, infused with noble human values, effective leadership qualities, critical professional skills,and a genuine love for Nature.


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NIAS - MAIYA PRODIGY
Fellowship Programme

NIAS PRODIGY Fellowship is a platform for highly self-motivated adoloscents to engage in projects that help them gain specialized knowledge and experience in their particular areas of interest.


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NIAS -
Summer & Winter Workshops

NIAS- EGT conducts workshops during summer and winter breaks, for the children in the NIAS Education for the Gifted & Talented programme Pool. The workshops provide the children an opportunity to engage in active learning.


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NIAS - Rural/Tribal
Residential Workshops

Workshops are intended to observe the children in action. They are designed in such a way that it suits the cultural learning context of the child.


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NIAS-
Curriculum Development

The materials are designed for self directed learning,  where the content is organised by the difficulty level and not mapped to specific age groups.


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For Followers

To keep the child engaged and challenged and to foster the development of their gifts proper guidelines required to the specific categories below.

For Mentors

In our endeavours to identify and nurture the nation’s brightest young minds, we believe mentorship plays a crucial role. Biographies and retrospective studies of adult achievers in any field suggest the importance of mentors. NIAS-EGT visualizes a mentor as a guide/facilitator in exposing the gifted child or adolescent to knowledge in his/her area of interest, hands-on learning experiences to help develop the child’s cognitive structures, as well as guidance to the child as he/she chooses and commits to a career path. In the absence of both an appropriate curriculum and an adult who can provide guidance, many young potential achievers in India choose a career path that does not match their passion, capabilities, and training. We need to urgently address this in today's world.

Students Profiles

Adhrit Pradeep, 6 years

Abode International School, Hyderabad
Programme: NIAS - EGT General Programme
Standard: 3
Location: Hyderabad

Have you heard of “wake turbulence”? Adhrit is the best person to answer this question. He is a 6 year old self-motivated on a quest to explore and find out. Most of his sentences are questions, and will not be convinced until a logical reply is given or found out. He has shown a keen interest in learning…

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Deepit S Patil

BASE PU College
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: Pre-University
Location: Bangalore

I want to become a machine learning developer. Starting my own enterprise, I want to solve global problems through machine learning. I want to find ways to make education in the computer sciences available to large number of rural people. My significant achievements so far include: making an app called…

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Ayman Saara M S

National College, Basavangudi
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bangalore

The aim of my life is to become a neurosurgeon and find a cure for Brain Tumor. To fulfill my ambition I have begun preparations in earnest. Currently I am studying for the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test). My achievements thus far are as follows: Participated in the Bangalore science forum…

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Vinay Kumar A

National PU College, Bagepalli
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bagepalli

I am deeply interested in physics, and would like to become a lecturer in the subject. The other ambition I have is to become a scientist- I hope to create something that is of importance, and use for the country. I have secured 100 marks in Kannada during my SSLC exam. I was selected for the 7th science…

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Pallavi N B

Sri Vedanta PU College
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bangalore

At the end of the day I just want to be a good person but if we are talking in terms of profession, I want to be an editor at a media house or a university teacher. Why Editor? because then I will be able to regulate information released to the public on some level but teacher because then I will have…

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Manohara K

National College, Basavangudi
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bangalore

I aspire to be a good actor and also someday, direct movies. I want to be part of movies with strong social messages. In 2017, I received best child actor award in 64th National film fare for the movie ‘Railway children’. In the same year, I also received state award for best child actor. Recognizing…

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Arush Vatsal Srivatsa

Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidyamandir, Bangalore
Programme: NIAS - ALC
Standard: ALC Student since Grade 7th
Location: Bangalore

My interests lie in economics, data science, politics and philosophy. My ALC project revolves around using data analysis and econometric modeling to help predict agricultural commodity prices, to help farmers in our country. In addition to these I have played state level football and I’ve earned the…

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Shravya Shedikaje

Christ King PU college, Karkala
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Udupi

I wish to be an Ayurvedic Doctor. I aim to study about some of the plant species in western Ghats which were used as medicines in olden days but are now neglected due to the easy availability of allopathic medicines. I hope to bring them back to use in medical practice. My significant achievements so…

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Manann Sarda

Chirec International School, Hyderabad
Programme: NIAS - ALC
Standard: 7
Location: Hyderabad

I love reading books of all genres and currently Khaled Hosseini and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni are my favourites. I describe myself as a learner and I enjoy learning from various sources and platforms simultaneously. I am interested in Science, History, Literature and Art in all its forms. I love debating.…

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Shreya Srinivasan Bharadwaj

PACE UM P.U. College, Shimoga
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Shimoga

My foremost desire is to become a responsible & respected citizen of our country. I aspire to be a doctor to serve the people of my country. Since I yearn to become a doctor, the simplest thing I’ve done is responding with immediate first aids to the injured. For the accomplishment of my goal of becoming…

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About Us

National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) was conceived and founded in 1988 by the late Mr. J. R. D. Tata, who sought to create an institution to conduct advanced multidisciplinary research. NIAS brings together individuals from diverse intellectual backgrounds like the administrators and managers from industry and government, leaders in public affairs, eminent individuals in different walks of life, and the academicians in the natural and life sciences, humanities, and social sciences