The Internet is spewing out information and entertainment faster than can be meaningfully processed. This is an age of distractions, and it makes the need to read indispensable. A person who reads widely can sort out the chaff, can distinguish right from wrong, fact from fiction, and read the grey. What better time to start than when the mind is young and can be moulded by the written word?
More than a year has gone by since The Times of India first introduced a programme based on reading that led to scholarships and prizes for meritorious students.
It is time to rekindle the spark. The Times Scholars 2019 programme, one of the country’s finest scholarship initiatives, is back. It seeks to equip students with these skills and, at the same time, reward them in the process.
Based firmly in the concept that a well-read scholar is better prepared to seize every opportunity the world offers, the programme is rooted in the newspaper.
A person aspiring to be a Times Scholar will be required, after registration, to read TOI each day, specifically the article or news graphic carrying the “Times Scholars” marker. These will be the syllabus on which the student will be tested. They will cover science, technology, social issues, politics, global developments, economics, education, and much more. It is expected to both inform and delight a sharp, young mind.
Young scholars will also be able to test themselves with weekly practice exams and occasional submission of presentations, all entirely online. While not mandatory, participation in these tests and presentations will add one mark each to the candidate’s cumulative score in the programme — marks for the taking in this highly competitive programme.
These will be followed by a final online multiple-choice test with questions based on articles a candidate would have read in TOI. The best and brightest will then go into personal interviews, which will decide the winners.
The winners will not only receive acknowledgement in the pages of India’s leading English daily but will also win Dell laptops. Also, for candidates in Class XII, selected students will be eligible for admission to undergraduate courses at Bennett University on a scholarship applicable for one year if they fulfill the university’s eligibility criteria.
To get started, register at
www.timesscholars.com. You may end up with a title that will sit proudly on your resume.
Dell Aarambh is the Digital Learning partner of the Times Scholars programme.