Aiming for a bright future with determination and hard work, 94 out of 100 students in the IITGN-Dakshana leadership program passed the JEE Advanced 2022, including four students scoring between 1000 and 2000 and one student scoring AIR Rank 1 in the SC-PwD category.
What sets these students and their achievements apart is also their humble origins.
These students come here from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and other government schools across India after being selected for intensive coaching based on their outstanding academic ability despite their families’ low financial status.
These 100 Dakshana Scholars, mostly from rural India, have been trained in critical leadership, critical thinking and communication skills by some of the best Indian and foreign mentors at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) for the past fortnight. .
The IITGN-Dakshana leadership program aims to equip students with these skills and knowledge in an IIT environment to help them reach their full potential. The communication skills module, taught by a team of journalists from Fair Observer, an international magazine, helps them hone their English and communication skills to build their speaking confidence.
The Leadership module, delivered by the Competitiveness Mindset Institute, with its “Finding a Leader in You” program, aims to make students aware of their strengths and work on their weaknesses to become confident leaders. The course introduces students to the concepts of ethics, perseverance, teamwork and time management.
The Critical Thinking module, taught by Professor Jaison A Manjaly of the IITGN, encourages students to ask critical questions about existing theories, principles and possibilities and to engage in thought experiments. Apart from the core modules, the month-long residential program also immerses students in various extra-curricular activities like the clay workshop, learning science and math concepts through DIY toys with the Center for IITGN creative learning, sports, swimming, martial arts, yoga, heritage walk in old Ahmedabad and visit to Sabarmati Ashram.
Students will also visit the Ahmedabad Science City to explore the demonstrations and exhibits there. Hailing from Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh and affiliated with Dakshana center in Hyderabad, Manjaree achieved AIR rank 1170 and 126th in the General-EWS (economically weaker section) category.
Her father is a merchant and her mother is a housewife. Sharing his aspirations and skills acquired through the IITGN-Dakshana leadership program, Manjaree said, “I want to pursue a career in applied physics. I am sure that I will be able to fulfill my dream by entering an IIT. The current program at IITGN has helped me improve my problem-solving skills and my confidence to take initiative. »
The son of a Karnataka farmer and affiliated with the Dakshana center in Bangaluru, Prakash Rathod attained AIR rank 1 in the SC-PwD category.
Speaking about the improvements he has noticed in himself over the past fortnight at IITGN, Prakash said, “My fear of the stage disappeared after attending this program. I was also able to improve my English and listening skills and learn how to interact with others confidently. Apart from all that, I also enjoyed the martial arts sessions, which was something new for me. The facilities here are awesome.
He wants to pursue studies in computer science in an IIT. Coming from Kargil in Ladakh and affiliated with the Dakshana center in Bangaluru, Irfan Hussain is the only or possibly the second person from his entire village to have passed the IIT JEE Advanced. He received AIR rank 46 in the ST category. His father is a farmer.
Sharing his aspirations and experience at IITGN, Irfan said, “I aspire to become a computer scientist. Through this program, I was able to practically acquire communication and leadership skills, active participation and original thinking, and gained confidence for the initiation. The session with CCL was really fun.
About Dakshana and the IITGN-Dakshana Leadership Program: Dakshana, a non-profit organization, is currently helping bright and economically disadvantaged students, mostly from rural India, to prepare for IIT and college exams. entry into medicine through intensive coaching for 1 to 2 years. However, it was also necessary to develop their soft skills, such as leadership, critical thinking and communication, to add more value to their talent.
To fill this gap, the IITGN has partnered with Dakshana and Mr. Ruyintan Mehta, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, to launch a month-long “IITGN-Dakshana Leadership Program” from September 1-30, 2022, to train 100 outstanding academics but economically disadvantaged students. The first IITGN Dakshana Leadership Program hosts 100 selected Dakshana scholars at their branches in Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The IITGN-Dakshana leadership program aims to equip students with these skills and knowledge in an IIT environment to help them reach their full potential.