NEW DELHI: Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Thursday kicked off the Prime Minister Innovative Learning Programme “Dhruv” at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) head office in Bengaluru on Thursday under which 60 talented students selected from science, mathematics and performing arts streams will undergo a 14-day programme with an objective to enrich their skills and knowledge and realise their full potential.
The programme that started on Thursday will now conclude at IIT-Delhi on October 23. The selected students will be mentored by renowned experts in their respective fields in different centres of excellence across the country. Isro chairman K Sivan, PMs principal scientific adviser K Vijayraghavan and Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (retd) attended the event.
The HRD minister said the programme represents the vision of PM Narendra Modi, who has expressed his happiness at its launch. He said “Dhruv”, which will prove to be a turning point for students as well as society, reflects the true spirit of “EK Bharat, Shreshth Bharat”. These students will now act as a beacon for 33 crore students of the country, the minister said.
Expressing happiness that the event was launched at the space agency office, the Isro chairman said each student will be christened Dhruv Tara. He said like the Indian space programme reached unexpected heights due to the bright young minds over the last 60 years, Dhruv Taras are also expected to make similar contributions.
The HRD minister said this is an initiative towards creating future leaders for India to realise the vision of a $5-trillion economy and provide solution to climate change. “These students will brainstorm on challenges like global warming, climate change, glacial meltdown, water conservation and agricultural problems,” he said.
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