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Scheme to identify child prodigies soon

By P.Sunderarajan

NEW DELHI, JULY 30. The Centre has proposed to bring in a special scheme for identifying and nurturing child prodigies. The details are being worked out by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the scheme is likely to be finalised in a month.

Official sources said the exercise would draw heavily upon the experiences of the child prodigy, Tathagat Avtar Tulsi of Patna, whose parents had to fight an uphill battle before his talents came to be recognised. The parents of the boy, who at the age of 13 had already completed his post-graduation from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and is poised to take up research at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, had to move the court to get the CBSE to relax its age conditions and allow him to sit for the tenth and plus two examinations.

The Science and Technology Ministry is keen on promoting such child prodigies considering the dwindling interest among youngsters for a career in science.

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