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.
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 Grade 10th 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. No additional preparation is necessary for the test, which evaluates creativity, problem-solving skills, analytical skills, and ability to think out of the box. The shortlisted students are selected for an 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 student to synthesize knowledge, provide unique responses, and defend the same through a logically constructed argument is tested in the interaction round.
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Partial list of students who have participated in the NIAS-EGT programmes. Abbreviated profile snapshots are provided as a guide for potential nominations.