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Wanted: Mentors

Who is a Mentor?  [link]


In our endeavours to identify and nature the nation’s brightest young minds, mentorship plays a crucial role.  Biographies and retrospective studies of adult achievers in any field suggest the importance of a mentor or series of mentors.  Though India has a long tradition of mentorship in the arts, particularly in classical music, there is no comparable formal network for young gifted children in maths and science.  We view this is an opportunity for us to work out the structures, contents, and media of communication that would be appropriate to children from a range of backgrounds.


In the framework of PRODIGY, we visualise a mentor as fulfilling the following roles:

1)      Exposing the gifted child or adolescent to ideas, knowledge, and skills in his/her area of interest;

2)      Offering hands-on learning experiences to help develop the child’s cognitive structures, including lab work and field trips; and

3)      Providing guidance to the child as he/she selects and commits to a career path that matches his/her ability and interest. 


The mentor needs to get along with the child!  Experience working with gifted children or adolescents will be an advantage.


Who can be a mentor?


The mentor’s primary role derives from their subject-matter expertise.  Potential mentors should preferably be at the peak of their careers, abreast of cutting-edge developments in their fields.


What kind of commitment does mentorship involve?


Mentorship will occur on a one-to-one basis.  The frequency, duration, and medium of contact will be worked out between the mentor and the child (and his/her family).  Depending on the mentor’s and child’s schedules, mentorship sessions may be scheduled every weekend, every month, or even for a few weeks every summer.


Mentorship usually involves the commitment of a few years.  Mentorship is a voluntary activity.


We know that, as active professionals, your time is valuable.  We will work with you and the child’s family to work out a suitable schedule.


Take a look at the mentorship application form.











Candidate’s Name:







Areas of Expertise:



Experience in Your Area of Expertise (papers published, positions held, independent research work, etc.):






Have you previously taught or otherwise worked with gifted children, teens, and/or adults?  Please specify.  (A gifted child is one whose abilities significantly exceed those of other children of the same age.)






What mechanisms do you use to keep yourself abreast of the latest developments in your field?






What kind of schedule would you prefer for mentoring a child?  (E.g. every weekend / every month / every summer / over school vacations)





Will you be able to offer the child lab work, visits to research institutes, field trips, sitting in on advanced-level classes, etc.?  Please specify.


Return this form via email to with Application in the Subject line.