In the year 2016, NIAS-EGT made an attempt to reach to the gifted students in the age group of 16-18 years. This age is critical in India, since children make important choices about their subjects for higher education. Unlike the west, it is extremely difficult for children in India to move across, Science, Arts and Commerce streams. In other words, the choice of subject at your post-secondary schooling determines the career choices available to each student. The fellowship aims to identify and nurture talented students from diverse socio-economic background from rural and urban areas. The collaborated effort of NIAS-MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship with Iyengar Foundation, National Education Society, Bengaluru is to provide financial as well as mentoring support to students who are in a phase of choosing their career paths. The identified students are supported with one time fellowship award of (INR 50,000/-) and an active mentoring initiative to accelerate youth achievement in promoting the development of India’s Gifted Young. This programme provides the students an overview of the possible avenues of career choices as well as links them to mentors who act as guides while they are initiated into their disciplines. The students are provided information about the new developments in multiple fields and the possible research groups working on cutting edge research in these specific fields. The programme, hopes to mentor the students for at least five years to facilitate appropriate mentorship which is crucial for children belonging to rural and tribal populations. The student is provided an opportunity to explore a wide range of knowledge domain so that they could make an informed choice for their respective careers.

The programme also gives the students a platform to engage in various projects that helps them gain specialised knowledge and experience in their particular areas of interest. For this, many established professors in diverse fields are part of the mentor’s pool of the NIAS-MAIYA PRODIGY Programme. The programme also places many student mentors from eminent institutions like IISc., which gives the opportunity to both students as well as mentors to work along a project in close interactions. The mentors stay connected with the mentees on a one-to-one basis both through regular meetings as well as through online interactions.

Eligibility And Selection Criteria

The eligibility to apply for the fellowship is that the student must have scored over 80% in their tenth grade in the past academic year. In order to identify the best of the talents from different regions and social backgrounds, NIAS MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship is a highly competitive but inclusive selection process. Students who have completed their tenth grade with a minimum of 80% score from across urban and rural areas of the country are eligible to apply for this fellowship. The selection process involves a written test which assesses the in-depth knowledge in areas of their interests and the preparatory steps taken by them to acquire deeper knowledge in the subject area. The tests are designed to understand student’s specific areas of interest and their awareness and empathetic views on social problems they see in their day to day lives. The written essays are evaluated for creativity, problem-solving skills, analytical skills, and ability to think out of the box. The shortlisted students are selected for the interaction round.

The interaction round aims to understand student’s motivation and personal effort made by him/her to advance their understanding in areas of their interest. Additionally, the ability of the child synthesize knowledge and provide unique responses and defend the same through a logically constructed argument is tested in the interaction round. The identification of students is based on the creativity and innovative thinking reflected in the written test as well as the interaction round.

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Student Profiles

Talented children are a gift at all times. Here is our students ' list in this program

Gagan D.

Masters P.U.College, Hassan.
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Hassan

I aim to become a robotic engineer. Based on my technical expertise, I hope to create machines that will help reduce the hardships of irrigation and farming, to create economically strong farmers who make the backbone of our nation. My significant achievements so far include getting the second price…

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Goutham K

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

My first and foremost aim in my life is to make the Nation proud by joining the Indian Space Reasearch Organisation (ISRO) in the aerospace field and serve as a distinguished scientist. So far, I have participated in the INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) programme conducted…

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Hitha M

Chethana PU College, Bangalore
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bangalore

My aim in life is to become a Zoologist in order to render service to the wild life which plays a very important role in our ecosystem. Through my research I would like to learn more about the animal’s habitat, feeding and breeding habits of rare endangered species and work hard towards protecting them.…

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Kaveriyappa

Masters PU College, Hassan
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Hassan

I aspire to be a theoretical physicist. I wish to specialise in the branches of quantum field theory and general relativity. Apart from this, I am interested in pure mathematics, especially the Riemann hypothesis and the works of Alexander Grothendiek. My aim is to complete post-graduation from the…

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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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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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Shamanth G M

Shubodhaya PU College, Gubbi
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Gubbi

I aim to become a physicist (scientist) in my life. When I was in 10th standard, I had won first place in district level science exhibition and was selected to the state level exhibition. I was recently declared as a young scientist in my district and was selected to the conference at the state level…

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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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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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Spoorthi K S

BASE PU College, Bangalore
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bangalore

My aim is to pursue Molecular Genetics and serve humanity by ridding it of the various diseases which lurk behind the industrial façade. I began thinking about this after I watched few documentaries on PBS NOVA like “Cracking your Genetic code” and others. I have given a couple of seminars on this topic…

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Suraj Suresh

Base PU College, Bangalore
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bangalore

I aim to become a scientist. I plan on leveraging Machine Learning techniques to apply them in the field of Image Processing. With high aptitude for logical reasoning and an existing interest in programming, I want to learn and use my skills in building a user-friendly application which can target a…

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Surya Saathi

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

I have been working in theatre for six years. I have experience in all the fields of theatre, be it writing, directing, acting, designing, music, set, costume, make up and even organizing. I am training at Vijayanagara Bimba. I have been awarded the prestigious Karnataka Balavikasa Academy, Dharwad’s…

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Tushar Mandhana

Christ Junior College, Bangalore
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bangalore

My dream is to gain admission to IIM to study Business Management. With this knowledge I want to launch my own company where I would manufacture innovative products. The thought behind the company is to give back to the nation and the society all it deserves and attain ‘total development’. To accomplish…

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Varun Girimaji

BASE PU College, Bangalore
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bangalore

I am deeply interested in cars and motorcycles and, in the future, hope to work on cars and motorcycles meant for racing and compete with success in the most prestigious international races. Out of my interest, I have read several articles about cars and motorcycles. These articles are about how cars…

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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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Vrinda S Girimaji

BASE PU College, Bangalore
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Bangalore

I find Physics, the subject which attempts to explain nature, from the atoms to the universe (and beyond) fascinating. My ambitions are centered around it. More precisely, I want to understand and work on quantum mechanics. I have keen interest in taking up theoretical physics as a profession, and a…

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Deepit S Patil

BASE PU College
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Karnadaka

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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Ashwini V Kashyap

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

I want to pursue a career in medicine in the field of Neuro science and make the treatment affordable for common man. I would like to continue music and enhance its application in the field of medicine. My immediate aim is to clear NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) and secure a seat in medicine…

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N A Aneesh

Sri Aurbindo PU Individual College
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Shimoga

My goal is to become an aeronautical engineer. I am currently interested in engine design, and development. As Aviation technology which involves innovative construction design excites me, I have been an avid viewer of all seasons of the show, ‘Air crash investigations’. I wish to serve my country in…

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Ananya KG Hebbar

Excellent Science and Commerce PU college (I-PUC)
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Chikmaglur

Excellent Science and Commerce PU college (I-PUC), Chikmagluru I have always been a studious person with a keen sense of enquiry and curious nature about my surroundings. As my school was about 25 kms from my house in a rural area I had ample opportunity to observe the flora and fauna which was in abundance.…

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Amruta Ajit Patil

Tungal PU College
Programme: MAIYA PRODIGY Fellowship Programme.
Standard: None
Location: Jhamakandi

I aim to be an engineer for now. My greater aim, though, is to become an IAS officer. I have always been very perceptive to social issues, and want to bring about social change. I am happy to be one of the awardees of NIAS-Miaya Prodigy fellowship 2018-19. This will help me build my future. I enjoyed…

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