New Delhi: Underprivileged yet talented students from classes V to IX of 90 MCD and NDMC schools here will be nurtured by Delhi University under a special campaign to ensure holistic learning for them.
'Gifted Education Mahaabhiyan', involving a funding of Rs 1.8 crore by the government's Department of Science and Technology through Principal Scientific Advisor office, is being run by DU's Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC).
"We conducted a test in 90 MCD and NDMC schools and have selected 76 students who belong to underprivileged community but are 'gifted' and have exceptional talent. We will now nurture them and run various workshops and counselling programmes to ensure holistic learning for them," CIC Director Madan Chaturvedi told PTI.
Delhi University has also conducted similar programmes in Guwahati, Ujjain and Baroda though they were not limited to underprivileged children and had students from private schools.
"After the selection, parents of the students will be called for counselling and then a team of experts including faculty and students of MSc Maths Education programme will chalk out modules for them," Chaturvedi said.
"The modules will run for six weeks and will include certain workshops, self-help tasks, counselling sessions and much more," he added.
The programme will be conducted in consultation with the NDMC and MCD schools to ensure that the sessions are conducted on holidays and do not hamper their regular studies.
"The programme is completely free for students and we will also provide pick and drop to the selected students. Our sole motive is to nurture them beyond their routine academic studies and not put any extra burden on them," he elaborated.
The varsity has plans to take the 'Mahaabhiyan' to a national level.