The following organizations work in the sphere of giftedness assessment, identification, and nurturing in India.
EI identifies and nurtures gifted students in India through the ASSET Talent Search. ASSET has been organizing academically rigorous summer camps for gifted students for the last nine years based on research in this field and keeping in mind their specific needs. Registrations for the 2019 edition of the ASSET India Talent Search, which assesses students of grades 5, 6, 7, and 8, are now open.
GenWise constitutes a group of educators and professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted and talented students, and passionate about helping them reach their potential. It creates opportunities for gifted children to interact with gifted peers and mentors, with associated intellectual, social and emotional benefits, through a variety of 2-3 week programs.
Jnana Prabodhini defines itself as a multifarious institution working in education, research, rural development, women power, youth organisation, national integration and health.
It is one of India’s prime authorities on giftedness, and carries out research on the same through the JP. Institute of Psychology in Pune University. Jnana Prabodhini also assesses students to identify giftedness.
A school for gifted students situated in Pune, JPP’s admission procedure starts in the month of February, following which students are evaluated through a battery of psychological and other tests. The school is being planned to be shifted to a 12 acre plot of land near Pashan, where it hopes to become a well designed, spacious dream school with playgrounds, spaces for art & crafts, large classrooms, laboratories etc.
PRODIGY (Promoting the Development of India’s Gifted Young), anchored at NIAS (National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore) is an initiative to bring together researchers, educators, policymakers, parents, and other stakeholders to address the challenge of gifted education in India. Through their website, you can explore activities undertaken by member institution, access resources for stakeholders, and explore opportunities for collaboration.
The NIAS MAIYA PRODIGY is a collaboration of NIAS with Iyengar foundation and National College, Basavangudi, Bangalore. The programme targets to identify talent at grades X and XII and embark on an active mentoring initiative to accelerate youth achievement in promoting the development of India’s Gifted Young. The programme offers a fellowship to the identified individual and links them to an active mentoring programme.
NIAS-supported Advanced Learning Centres (ALCs) provide early mentoring to school children who demostrate high learning ability and exceptional self-motivation. ALCs nurture students from a young age, and help them grow into responsible, high impact individuals. Three ALCs are operational, in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, for students in standards 6th to 8th. Children studying in any school are eligible to apply for participation.
Launched in 2009, Pune-based KGERC focuses on program development, research, curriculum development, etc. Having worked on several projects in the field over the last decade, KGERC also offers courses in gifted education. The organization opts for the development of an inclusive model of gifted education, where the needs of the gifted are addressed in a regular school system without isolating or mystifying the gifted child.
GEAR has over 20 years of experience in developing curriculum and defines itself as a Multiple Intelligences and Talents Development Gurukul. In its Bangalore based school, students are taught through the use of these MIs, to grasp and learn what is being taught. Standard subjects such as Math, Science, English and History are taught with the use of theatre, song, activities and games.
As part of Project Dhruv, standardized Mensa certified IQ tests are given to underprivileged children. Those who qualify in the top 2 percentile, as per Mensa’s worldwide norms, are made a part of Mensa’s Gifted Child Nurturing Program. Regular mentoring, counseling and nurturing sessions are conducted and scholars are provided academic and financial support in the form of monthly stipend, school fees, medical insurance, etc.
TMNP, an emerging chapter of Mensa International, is an initiative working to identify and nurture gifted children among tribal populations in India. TMNP conducts tests to screen tribal school children in order to identify those who are gifted, nurtures them through various programs and activities, provides individual counseling, and also conducts teacher training workshops.
SF offers Individualised Educational Planning (IEP) & guidance for gifted students to ascertain specific educational needs based on demonstrated interests, aptitudes and abilities. Their services assist students, parents and teachers in chalking out appropriate academic paths, through need-based assistance, public outreach programs, assessment and guidance, school consultation, research, and the Swanand Talent Nurture Group.
A philanthropy centered organization, Bangalore and Hyderabad based Pravaha ran its first program for gifted and talented education for students from low income backgrounds in 2019. Mytrah Energy’s CSR wing, Pravaha is working towards holding more such programs and eventually creating a school for India’s exceptional, gifted youth.
AIF is a non-profit educational trust that seeks to transform and stimulate the thinking of economically disadvantaged children by bringing innovative science education to Government schools in India. AIF runs innovative programs for highly curious students from urban and rural settings. It also acknowledges and emphasizes gifted education.