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DU to teach NDMC & MCD school students as part of Project ‘Mahabhiyaan’

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In the second leg of the gifted education campaign – Project ‘Mahabhiyaan’,  DU has selected 76 students of class 5th to 9th from 90 Municipal Corporation of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council maintained schools who are underprivileged but have ‘exceptional’ talent. These students will be mentored and trained by leading mathematicians and scientists at the University of Delhi.

The campaign run by DU’s Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) started in 2010 in Delhi University and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore with the aim of providing holistic learning opportunities to ‘gifted yet underprivileged children’. 26 students were trained in the first leg out of which 6 were assigned to individual mentors.

The initiative, which has received funds worth Rs.1.8 crores from the government’s Department of Science and Technology counsels the parents of the selected students and appoints a team of experts to design the modules. The team of experts including faculty and students of MSc. Maths education programme will chalk out modules that will run for six weeks and will include workshops, self-help tasks, counseling sessions etc.

Project ‘Mahabhiyaan’ will be free for students and the module sessions will be held on holidays, in accordance with the NDMC and MCD schools so that they do not hamper with the students’ school studies. Moreover, pick and drop facilities will also be provided for the selected students.

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