The Telegraph
Monday , July 21 , 2014
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World for those with talent

- Chance for 17 students to prove their mettle

Dexterity Global would soon come up with an interesting initiative to help students pursue their careers of choice, be it academics or extra-curriculars.

Students, in a departure of sorts, would now be judged not only on studies but on any talents they possess. The foundation would choose 17 students under 17 years, who have proved their mettle in different fields for its programme titled Dexterity 17 under 17. The organisation would give the young ones a chance to meet doyens of various fields apart from helping them with their chosen career paths.

Getting selected for the programme, however, would not be an easy task. They would have to undergo many hurdles, including aptitude test, online voting rounds, personal interviews, quiz, public speaking and personality rounds.

“The selected students would get a chance to meet board members of Dexterity Global, which include officials of World Bank, Harvard University, Tufts University and entrepreneurs from Tata, and others. Among the board members of Dexterity are James Barlow, director, Tufts Enterpreneurial Leadership Programe and a senior lecturer of Tufts University, Massachusetts, Partha Ghosh, chairman at Boston Pledge (a global strategic and policy consulting firm), Gautam Kitchlu, co-founder and chief executive officer of Elephant Company, which sells lifestyle products and others,” said Sharad.

Divulging details of his Dexterity 17 under 17, Sharad said: “There are nine categories from which students have to be nominated, including painting, sports, music (vocalist, composer, instrumentalist), dancing, author, academic achiever (olympiad ranking would be taken into consideration), quizzing. Each school can nominate two students for each category. The 17 pupils from each school would go through a preliminary aptitude test. On the basis of performance in the test and their track record, 170 students would qualify for the semi-finals. During the semis and the final, they would go through online voting and other rounds to emerge victorious.”

Mohammad Sharique Ahmad, a Class VI student of Don Bosco Academy, said: “It is a golden opportunity for students. The initiative of Dexterity Global would motivate students to do better in co-curricular activities apart from studies.”

Yagya Bharadwaj, a Class X student of Delhi Public School, said: “Sharad told me about his initiative. Not only would students get a chance to showcase their talents, they would get more exposure. They would be judged on basis of many rounds including public speaking rounds, personal interviews among others. I am looking forward to take part in the programme. I hope my school nominates me in the sports category, as I have won many national prizes in martial arts. I have also written many stories.”