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Skill drill for ‘gifted minds’

School students who can question answers and teachers who can guide them will get to sharpen their skills at a workshop for “gifted minds” in the city next month.

Governor M.K. Narayanan will inaugurate the first International Workshop on Research in Education and Curriculum Planning for Gifted Minds in ‘Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)’ at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry building on February 10 and 11.

The workshop follows the first International Conference on Research in Education and Curriculum Planning for Gifted Minds to be held in Delhi from February 4 to 6, organised by the Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS).

“We need to identify the talented people who for breakthrough work are going away. We got to cultivate their passion and keep them here,” said Purnendu Chatterjee, chairman of the talent search organisation.

He explained the difference between doing well in an exam and completing a PhD thesis. “In exams you know the answer exists but in doing research you do not know whether there are answers or not…. Looking at the future we need to figure out how to get intellectual property generation in the country,” he added.

The joint convener of the talent search organisation, Aniruddha Lahiri, said the institute had created a talent pool and the current initiative would further the objective.

“It is to create the next platform for JBNSTS in a manner which is a little more focussed and concrete. Apart from giving scholarships, it is time to create a model whereby you create a steady source of talent to fuel the need of the industry and engineering and research organisations,” explained Lahiri.

About 24 Indian and international experts will attend the conference in Delhi.

Joan Freeman, visiting professor of Middlesex University, Rena F. Subotnik, the director of the Center for Gifted Education Policy, American Psychological Association, Washington DC, and Csilla Fuszek, the director of the European Talent Centre, Budapest, will be present at the workshop in Calcutta.

“They will be telling us on curriculum framework and content development… how to train teachers,” said Paromita Roy, the deputy director of JBNSTS.