NIAS Education for the Gifted and Talented invites nominations from Principals, Teachers and Parents of children demonstrating advanced learning abilities, for the next round of the selection process. The nominated children are welcomed into the NIAS EGT pool of advanced learners, after testing and personal interactions at NIAS. Workshops and special learning events in advanced topics are organized for these students. Please download the nomination forms, and email the scanned forms to [email protected]view more
NIAS Advanced Learning Center provides advanced learning and early mentoring support to school children who demonstrate high learning ability and exceptional self-motivation to realize big ideas in life. Students are selected for entry into ALC in Grades 6th and 7th. Mentoring continues through high school, up to Grade 12th.
The Advanced Learning Centers may be located in partner schools that serve students from diverse neighborhood schools, or could be dedicated exclusively for the school's students. The first ALCs were set up at Vidyashilp Academy (Bangalore North), Silver Oaks International School (Bangalore South) and Silver Oaks International School (Hyderabad). Since then, 15 more ALCs have been set up across India, and 10 more are in progress.
Take a look Inside the Advanced Learning Center (click).
Meet the NIAS-EGT Team (click).
The curricular framework for ALCs is evergreen, continuously refreshed through workshops of ALC facilitators, and is designed to provide opportunities for children to go beyond formal classroom structures. The learning areas include Designing, Computer Programming, Astronomy, STEM topics, Creative Expression, Arts and other Humanities subjects. The sessions are highly interactive and help children connect to multidisciplinary topics and gain the confidence to solve complex problems. Children learn to manage time, become aware of better health, discuss contemporary issues facing the India & the world, and contemplate solutions. They also develop in-depth ability in their chosen areas of interest through project work, which can open up opportunities for deep mentoring by experts in their field.
Inclusion of the Urban Disadvantaged Children
The ALCs also extended its programme to include students from urban disadvantaged population by collaborating with Parikrama Centre for Learning. The ALCs provide these children foundational knowledge in different domains beyond the classroom. It is believed, that additional training in computer programming, calculus, model-making and researching on topics that is of relevance facilitate children for higher order learning. The programme aims to provide active mentoring to these children.
The mentors/facilitators engage in regular conversations that are both one-to-one and through a very active whatsapp group. This helps the facilitators to track the child’s progress. Lecture series have been introduced to provide the ALC children introductory knowledge on new interdisciplinary subjects like, Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, Astronomy and Cognitive Sciences.
The NIAS-EGT team also trains the facilitators of the ALCs to enhance their knowledge in a wide variety of areas. In addition, the summer and winter workshops organized for the children of ALCs provide a platform where students from all centers come together and present their work to a wide range of experts. The children are provided critical feedback and useful leads by the various subject-experts. The children display their understanding of cutting edge ideas in the form of projects, lecture demonstrations and participating in prestigious national and international competitions.
NIAS-EGT invites applications from schools across the country interested in setting up Advanced Learning Centres, as partners of the programme. We also have an E-classroom at NIAS, which can provide the necessary infrastructure to interact with the Advanced Learning Centres countrywide.
With the E-Classroom and teachers’ training, NIAS-ALC aims to scale quickly and reach larger numbers of high ability learners across rural and urban India.
See what ALC students have to say about the programme: ALC Student Testimonials (click)
NIAS-ALC invites student applications every year around the month of June. Students (Grades 6th and 7th) can be nominated by the schools, and are selected through a rigorous identification process that includes a personal interaction round. The written test tries to assess the ability of the student to connect to problems or topics beyond the classroom. The engagement of the child in areas of their specific interest is assessed through the lens of creativity, and problem-solving ability. The key to the assessment process is the ability of the child to find a unique, innovative solution to some familiar problems presented to them.
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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.