National Talent Search Examination Doubles Scholarship Numbers
There are millions, literally millions of students in India. Not all of them are equally talented but of course, a significant number of them are! Some of them make it to great heights like SundarPichai – the new CEO of Google. There is absolutely no doubt that Pichai is an extremely talented man but it is also undeniable that he did have at least some financial backup to reach the place where he is today. Not every student in India is that lucky.
Many of these talents are lost in time and forgotten simply because they don’t have enough funds to make it to the heights of famedom just because of the monetary crunch. They battle for survival…they fight to earn their daily meal. Education takes the backseat for them.
Luckily, Indian government has what is known as National Talent Search Scheme in place to identify talented students all over India and provide them with financial aid to carry on their education. Unfortunately, until recently, the number of scholarships under this scheme were limited to just 1,000. This was definitely a pressing concern as it was just not enough.
Today on September 1, 2015, Smt. SmritiIrani, Union’s Human Resource Development Minister, made a welcome announcement on the occasion of NCERT’s 55th Foundation Day. Smt. Irani announced that the total number of scholarships under the National Talent Search Scheme will be doubled. This means that now 2000 talented Indian students can pursue their dreams.
It is not that 2000 is a big number but it is still better than meager 1000. This announcement was made during the celebrations taking place at New Delhi.
Minister Irani was pretty vocal about the quality of education imparted in Indian schools and asked NCERT’s Director to conduct annual National Achievement Survey for classes 3, 5, 8 and 10. Apart from that, she also asked NCERT to submit, within 1 week, a roadmap to Human Resource Development Ministry.
Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan wasn’t overlooked by the Minister. She repeated that government intends to provide Model Science Labs in one government school in country’s each and every district. While on one hand the Minister did point out some shortcoming and expressed her concerns, she didn’t forget to appreciate NCERT’s efforts to textbooks in four languages – Urdu, Hindi, Sanskrit and English. However, she did ask NCERT to aid every state in India to translate those books in locally spoken languages. This indeed was a good move because it will help the students to a great extent.
During the celebrations, Minister Irani inaugurated the new Braille-based Tactile Map Book for the students of Upper Primary. She also disclosed that a discussion titled, “Innovations for Promoting Quality in School Education” was to be held by NCERT at the end of the day’s celebrations. She asked the discussion panel to come up with innovative ideas that will help students with low IQ to learn quickly. Addressing teachers’ education, Smt. SmritiIrani directed NCERT to make all research materials available online for easy access.
While Smt. Irani remained the focal point of the celebrations, Department of School Education and Literacy’s secretary, Dr. S.C. Khuntia also made a speech in which he appreciated all efforts made by NCERT to offer high quality education to Indian students. NCERT’s Director also walked up to the stage and summarized, during his speech, 50 years of achievements by NCERT. He also highlighted all initiatives of Human Resource Department of Union Ministry.