HRD ministry has launched a unique initiative, the Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme – DHRUV which is meant for extraordinarily talented students from across the country. The new programme will act as a platform to explore the talent of outshining and meritorious students, and help them achieve excellence in their specific areas of interest – science, performing arts, creative writing, etc.
Speaking at the launch, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that we have included students of performing arts along with students of science, since performing arts have a great power to move ideas and people. With children drawn from all over the country, the DHRUV programme reflects the true spirit of EK Bharat, Shreshth Bharat, he added.
While addressing the gathering, Dr K Sivan, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, ISRO, informed that each selected student will be christened as Dhruv Tara. Quoting example of India’s Space programme, he said, “The programme has reached unexpected heights due to the talented and bright young minds over the last 60 years. Dhruv Taras are also expected to make similar contributions to solve problems faced by the people.”
60 students, chosen from classes 9 to 12 from all schools of India including government and private, have been selected in the first batch of DHRUV programme. This time, only two sectors have been considered – Science and Performing Arts.
Fourteen days programme has been organised for these students in which the science and performing arts students will be separated into two groups of 30 each. Both these groups will further be divided into three groups of 10 each. Each group from science stream will be required to produce a project under the mentorship of experts from the field of science. Similarly, each group in performing arts will be mentored by icons from the field of culture and will be required to choreograph a programme. All the six teams will be given themes relevant to issues being faced globally like environment change, pollution, terrorism, etc. From 14 to 23 October, 2019 students will participate in various activities at IIT, Delhi and National Bal Bhawan. They will be visiting important places of scientific and cultural interest in Bengaluru and New Delhi.
Students will also be able to interact with renowned mentors both in Delhi and abroad through video conferencing with global personalities. In addition, mentors who have excelled in innovation in non-science and non-performing arts fields will interact with the students.
A valedictory programme will be held on 23 October in which these six groups will present their project/performances based on their themes.
This is only the first phase of the programme which will be expanded gradually to other fields.
The Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme is meant to identify and encourage talented children to enrich their skills and knowledge. In centres of excellence across the country, gifted children will be mentored and nurtured by renowned experts in different areas, so that they can reach their full potential.