ASSET Summer Programme (ASP) at the Manipal Institute of Technology in Manipal, Karnataka, is witnessing the participation of 160 brightest students from across the country.
The 21-day (13yh May to 2nd June) academic and social enrichment programme will host students from 37 cities representing 85+ schools in India.
The objective of the programme is to allow academically talented students to pursue their academic passions by exposing them to cutting-edge topics and professional practices under the guidance of expert instructors, while simultaneously catering to their social and emotional development needs.
Students are invited to enroll in ASP if they score exceptionally well on an advanced assessment test called the ASSET Talent Search (or ATS) test administered by Educational Initiatives. In 2017, more than 10,000 bright students appeared for the ATS test in 40 locations across India and only the top performers in ATS were given the opportunity to participate in ASP.
During the day students attend classes that focus on deep-diving into advanced academic concepts – some courses this year include: Think Like A Mathematician, Be A Maker Of Internet Of Things, The EQ Edge, Discovering Architectural Design and Storytelling Through Creative Writing to name a few. These courses cover a wide range of topics and encourage fresh thinking and learning-by-doing.Whereas, during the evenings and weekends students participate in activities ranging from quizzes and games to DJ nights, talent shows, and sports events! While the focus of the programme is on academic enrichment, it also contains engaging activities that cultivate teamwork and leadership skills. Hence, with a wide range of courses, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities it seamlessly blurs the lines between learning and fun!
Bright students across the country attend ASP every summer and join a select community of like-minded peers, experienced instructors and supportive mentors who challenge them and remain their lifelong connections. With the help of this powerful network, students participating in ASP have proceeded to add many feathers to their cap – some attend prestigious universities in India and abroad whereas others enroll in the world’s most competitive research programs.
The ASSET Summer Programme was conceptualised by Educational Initiatives (EI) whose vision is to create a world where children everywhere are learning with understanding. It has been conducting assessments for students for over a decade and has been working with schools and educators to spearhead a much-needed change in the approach towards education by providing high quality learning systems that are backed by extensive research.