Mangaluru: Centre for Advanced Learning (CFAL) along with Ignus conducted a 12-day NTSE training program for Government School students at no cost at all. The sole purpose of this programme was to empower the talent of rural students in science and math.
Initially, with the help of the ZP CEO Shrividya, IAS, the DDPI and the BEOs of Dakshina Kannada district, a screening test was conducted for students from government schools in all blocks on the 18th of September. 400 students of different Government schools attempted the examination. Of these, 46 students who scored above a cutoff mark were selected for the NTSE training session.
Information was passed to all principals of concerned schools giving information about the selected candidates. DC of Mangalore Dr. Jagadeesha, ADC of Mangalore Kumara, Social Welfare Department officer Sunitha arranged for food and accommodation for all students.
The NTSE training program commenced on the 12th of October, and classes were conducted from 9 in the morning to 3.30 in the evening. A total of 30 students attended the training program and all major topics covered in NTSE were discussed in the sessions by our teachers in the classes. One among the many teachers Praveen Raj, a NTS scholar, and student alumni of Ignus in Hassan who had secured 6th Rank in CET 2016 is presently studying Computer Science in NITK Surathkal. He taught GMAT to the students and gave them a lot of motivation to study hard. Teaching staff for this programme included IIT Alumni and faculty members of CFAL.
The valedictory program was conducted today on the 22nd of October. Ignus founder Mervin Rosario, an alumnus of IIT Bombay spoke about why this program was conducted. He stressed that many students in Kannada medium schools and Government schools have an aptitude for Math and Science. “However, most of them lacked the awareness, guidance and the exposure needed to do well in the national level exams. The idea of doing this program was to help motivate students, improve their knowledge base and build their self-confidence”, Rosario added.
CFAL program coordinator Severine Rosario spoke about the different national level exams that are being conducted and various scholarships available for students. She mentioned about how the students who study at the national colleges are usually from privileged backgrounds and those who have educated parents. “Many deserving candidates from Government schools miss out just because of their financial background and lack of exposure”, she said.
Students Shivaram, Prajna and Sharanya spoke about the programme. They said that they were initially very hesitant to come to Mangalore since it was far away and they had to stay in hostels. But their fear was very soon put away. They made a good group of friends, and they all enjoyed the training program together. They spoke about the very strong background of teachers who trained them and answered all their queries. They said that the tests given to them every day were very helpful and now they are no more scared of attempting examinations. They also said that they found attempting paper getting easier after some time.
A teacher from Bolanthimogaru High School mentioned about the importance of conducting such program and thanked CFAL and Ignus for conducting this program for free.
All students were congratulated by Severine Rosario, and all of them were given practice books for NTSE. Moreover, as part of its outreach program CFAL is looking to start a two year training program for students in Kannada medium government schools which will enable them to get into some of the best universities in the country.