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Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme – DHRUV

The Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme – DHRUV was launched on October 10 2019, from the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru. This learning program called the DHRUV is an ambitious program launched under the Union HRD Ministry. The program got its name from the pole star called Dhruv Tara.

With “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas” came yet another program launched by the Government of India under the Union HRD Ministry in October 2019.The Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme – DHRUV was launched on October 10 2019, from the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru. This learning program called the DHRUV is an ambitious program launched under the Union HRD Ministry. The program got its name from the pole star called Dhruv Tara. The HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, under the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, is said to be a turning point in the education sector, especially Science and Arts. This initiative by the Government of India aims to nurture students. The project strives to create future leaders and hence, the strategic name DHRUV (pole star).  This program heavily focused on bringing out the talent from all across the country and training them to bring laurels for the community, state, and the nation.

What is the DHRUV Programme? 

This Programme was a 14-day learning program wherein selected students were separated into two groups, science, and performing arts. The program commenced on October 10 and concluded on October 23, 2019.

Sixty exceptionally gifted students were selected in the first batch of thethe program; 30 students for science and the other 30 for performing arts. These students were selected from Class 9 to 12 from all across the country, from both government and private schools.

Objective: to allow talented students to realize their complete potential and contribute to society.

Aim: identifying and encouraging students to enrich their skills and knowledge.

The 14-day program trained the immensely talented young minds in the presence of field experts from both science and performing arts groups. They were given an opportunity to get training under the guidance of the Gurus who are established in their specific industry.

  1. DHRUV program is aimed towards identifying and persuading talented students to enrich their skills and knowledge; thereby serving the nation.
  2. It is awaited that these students, through the DHRUV initiative, will excel in their respective fields, bringing honor to the nation.
  3. The commencement of the course began with science and performing arts, but is planning to expand its branches to various fields such as creative writing, sports, etc.
  4. These 60 selected students are to become the guiding light for the 33 crore students of the country, which is what the HRD Minister said at the launch program.
  5. The launch at the ISRO Bengaluru was because of the ISRO’s initiative on the similar lines of DHRUV. They are to develop incubation centers all across the country to promote innovations and space technologies.

Let us understand the deliverables from this 14-day incredible training period for the young “DHRUV TARAs” (the students under this program).

  1. The program began on October 10, 2019, at ISRO Bengaluru wherein distinguished guests graced the occasion. The guests included ISRO Chairperson K Sivan, Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (retd), HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ along with the Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister among others. The students got a chance to visit ISTRAC, NAVIC Monitoring Lab, etc. in Bengaluru.
  2. It was followed by a stay in IIT Delhi. They stayed at the National Bal Bhawan. The students were to work and brainstorm under the guidance of the IIT scholars and experts.
  3. The students were given the momentous task of brainstorming on global issues of climate change, global warming, agricultural challenges, water conservation, etc.
  4. The Ministry said that each student will be presented with a “PM Badge” and shall be called “DHRUV TARAs”.
  5. The 60 young scholars are to be divided into 6 groups (3 groups- 10 each for Science and Performing Arts). Each Science group is required to produce a project under the mentorship of the experts, and each Performing Arts group is to choreograph a program. Each group was given themes relevant to globally faced issues such as pollution, climate, terrorism, etc.
  6. The students got a chance to not only interact with renowned scientists in IIT Delhi but also interacted with famous Filmmaker, Director and Chairman of Media & Entertainment Skills Council (MESC) Subash Ghai on 14th October 2019; Indian classical singer (Dhrupad genre) Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar on 17th October 2019; soulful playback singer Mohit Chauhan on 20th October; Sufi and Punjabi singer Hansraj Hans on 21st October; famous Indian Percussionist Drums Sivamani.
  7. The students of the Science group were trained at the IIT Delhi campus by experts, and the Performing Arts group was mentored at the National Bal Bhavan by the renowned artists.
  8. The valedictory ceremony on the 23rd of October was when the Science group presented their projects, and the Performing Arts group gave a cultural performance; followed by a joint choir of all 60 kids put together by the professionals.

How were the students selected for the this Programme?

All the 60 wonder kids were selected by an advisory committee headed by the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) in consultation with the Ministry of culture, Department of Science and Technology, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, and NCERT.

How can you be selected ?

The students who got selected are either rank holders in various Government programs or exceptionally talented in the Performing arts field.

One is encouraged to appear for exams such as Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yianna (KVPY), Olympiads, National Talent Search Examinations (NTSE), and innovation programmes like INSPIRE, IGNITE, Atal Innovation Mission, etc. and other competitions. Ranking well in these exams can get you selected for the ‘DHRUV’ programme.

IIT Delhi in association with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog has taken the intellectual and scientific ownership of the program relating to science students and professional mentors belonging to NCERT, Sangeet Natak Akademi, SPIC-MACAY and Centre for Cultural Resources and Training- Delhi are honing the innovative and creative skills of Performing Arts Group.

This magnificent program looks into a larger development opportunity for the students, to make the young populace of the country productive and bright. The program also aims to open Centres of excellence all across the country to nurture and mentor the gifted children through renowned experts in various areas. The motive of the DHRUV program is to make the children reach their complete capabilities and become the guiding light, a source of inspiration and zeal for the millions of students all across India. The Government seems to be working towards the true spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’. The idea is to develop and train young research scholars and eventually make them successful entrepreneurs of the country. Various students have shared their experiences throughout the term of the DHRUV program.

The program is an initiative to create leaders. This program was exclusively designed by incorporating the various burning issues such as global climate, water conservation, and agricultural challenges, that were brainstormed by the students. To polish the innovative imagination amongst students, the DHRUV program encouraged the students towards suggesting solutions to socio-economic, political, and environmental issues in the country.

This efficiently designed platform will bridge the gap between the academic performance and professional front. One of the personal favorite takeaways from the launch ceremony of DHRUV was the fact that there was a specific focus on art, culture, and performance being given the recognition of professional excellence.

Given the scale on which it started by focusing on two major fields (Science and Performing Arts), it explains the importance of both for a countries development… If the scheme successfully achieves the target, it would most naturally be a turning point for both the students and their parents. If not the $5 Trillion economy vision, the DHRUV program will most certainly push the students to work in a field that interests them and reach the pinnacle in the said sphere.

Also read : National Education Day: History, significance, and observations

Here’s to the young brains, the budding leaders, and the future entrepreneurs.

(Subtitle: The HRD Ministry launched the DHRUV Programme to nurture, train and bring out the highest potential from the DHRUV TARAs – Pole Stars (metaphorical Taare Zameen Par) throughout the country. The DHRUV Programme launched in October 2019 paves the way for creating future scholars, leaders, and performers. Learn more about the scheme and how can the young artists and scientists benefit from this.)

Anwesha Banerjee
An enthusiastic Law student from NMIMS School of Law, Mumbai, passionate about feminist lawyering and Indian cultural art forms. She is firm about her opinions and loves to express that through her writing.


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