METRO PLUS

Nurturing talent

BY THE STUDENTS The students put up colourful skits and dances on the annual day

BY THE STUDENTS The students put up colourful skits and dances on the annual day  

Pratibha Poshini helps students from economically weaker sections

The city-based Pratibha Poshini recently celebrated its annual day with a variety of programmes. The organisation promotes and nurtures latent talent in students from economically weaker sections of society. Ten students from class six are chosen every year from schools in the city - the twin criteria being they be from a low `income' family and have high `potential' or merit.

Interview-based

Heads of schools send five names and the 10 students are selected on the basis of an interview and a test. The students have to attend weekend classes where they are taught subjects such as computers, science and mathematics by former teachers. Communication skills are taught too. Special emphasis is given to language. As a result, students become fluent in English, Hindi and Malayalam. The group of dedicated teachers guides the students till they complete Plus Two. Each student gets a monthly stipend of Rs. 300. An alumni consisting of former students help to either `mentor' or help out the present batch of students financially. The students put up colourful skits and dance shows on their annual day. Recitations in Malayalam, Sanskrit and English saw the children displaying their rhetoric skills. The Chief Guest for the day was Veerappa Moily who is the Chairman of `Oversight Committee' of the Government of India to look at reservation for backward classes and Chairman of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission. The organisation, Pratibha Poshini, which is still small and manageable, is run on voluntary donations.

PADMA RAMACHANDRAN

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