In the first batch, 60 outstandingly talented students from the science and arts stream from classes 9 – 12, have been selected for the program. These students will get together and have the opportunity to discuss major issues being faced by the global community – challenges like global warming, glacial meltdown, water conservation and agricultural problems. The program aims to further sharpen innovative imagination, skills and knowledge of the students who are expected to contribute to bringing solutions to socio-economic, political and environmental issues in the country.
Union HRD Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal, will be launching this program. In a pre launch briefing on 9th October, he said that the Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme is being started to identify and encourage talented children to enrich their skills and knowledge. He further said that 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. It is expected that many of the students selected will reach the highest levels in their chosen fields and bring laurels to their community, State and Nation, he added.
The HRD Minister said that these programmes will make India a better place for innovation. The new innovators will be helpful for the Nation to achieve the target of 5 Trillion Dollar economy in stipulated time.
Shri Pokhriyal also said that. After today’s launch, a programme of around 14 days’ duration will be conducted with these 60 with a Valedictory function on 23rd October, 2019.
According to Chairman, ISRO, Dr K Sivan – The objective of the Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme program would be to allow talented students to realize their full potential and contribute to society.
The programme is called DHRUV (after the Pole Star) and every student to be called ‘DHRUV TARA’. This is only the first phase of the programme which will be expanded gradually to other fields like creative writing etc.