IIT-Gandhinagar to train 100 economically weaker students in leadership and communication skills

The Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT-GN) has joined hands with Dakshana, a non-profit organization, and Ruyintan Mehta, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, to start an ‘IITGN’.Dakshana Leadership Programme” to train 100 academically outstanding but economically disadvantaged students, mainly from rural India, in essential skills of leadership, critical thinking and communication. The training will be from September 1 to 30.

The first IITGN Dakshana Leadership Program will host 100 Dakshana Scholars selected from its Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad branches. These students will be trained by some of the best mentors from India and abroad. As part of the programme, they will also visit Sabarmati Ashram, Adalaj Stepwell and other heritage sites of Ahmedabad.

These students are from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and other government schools in India after being selected for intensive training based on their academic record and have performed in class 10th and 12th and Dakshana’s own examinations . The annual income of their parents/guardians is generally less than Rs.2 lakh.

Dakshana currently helps bright and impoverished students, mainly from rural India, to prepare for IIT and medical entrance exams through intensive coaching for 1-2 years. The IITGN Dakshana Leadership Program aims to equip students with these skills and knowledge in an IIT environment to help them reach their full potential.

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