Students across Karnataka to participate in the ASSET Summer Programme (ASP)

Manipal: This summer the brightest students from across Karnataka will participate in the ASSET Summer Programme (ASP) to be held at the Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka dated 13th May to 2nd June 2018. This 21-day 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 enrol 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 for 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 the 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 enrol 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-qualityx learning systems that are backed by extensive research.

EI identified that there were many students who consistently excelled at their assessment test called ASSET and were seemingly more academically advanced than their peers. However, there were very few identification programmes in India that could accurately and precisely evaluate the extent of a student’s academic ability. Hence, the ASSET Talent Search test was born. In addition to identifying gifted students, it is also a gateway that leads to a world of opportunities for them. Based on their ATS score students can participate in programmes that provide academic acceleration both nationally and internationally. EI has partnered with university programmes like Northwestern University’s - Centre For Talent Development (CTD), UC Berkeley’s - Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) and Purdue University’s - Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI); as well as with summer programs like the Renzulli Creativity Program and Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) who have been offering learning opportunities to gifted students for many years and now also accept top performers in the ATS test.

The unique aspect of the ATS programme is that it is not a one-time or standalone academic programme like the others. A child’s journey starts with ASSET as early as grade 3, and continues with ASSET Talent Search when the child reaches grade 5. This two-pronged approach - with ASSET providing a better understanding of how much a student understands in school and with ATS allowing them to discover opportunities to explore their academic passions; acts as an academic partner that pairs perfectly with existing school curriculum without increasing a student’s academic burden!

The ASSET Summer Programme (ASP) 2018

Dates:  13th May to 2nd June 2018

Venue: Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka

You can read more about ASSET Summer Programme by visiting the website and to read more about ASSET Talent Search you can visit

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