Duke University Launches Program For Gifted Students In India

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Duke University Launches Program for Gifted Students in India

DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), in partnership with Assessment of Scholastic

Skills through Educational Testing (ASSET), announces its inaugural Duke TIP in India Talent Search

    The India Talent Search - the only one of its kind in the country - offers seventh standard students the chance to

participate in the above-level ASSET test (http://www.ei-india.com/about-asset/what-is-asset), regularly

administered to college-bound ninth and tenth standard students. Over 2,500 seventh standard students have

qualified and been invited to join the talent search by scoring at the 95th percentile or above on the English, math,

or science section of the in-level ASSET test. The students hail from 243 schools in 10 cities across India.

    Registration to join the Duke TIP in India Talent Search closes November 5. Families of qualifying students

wishing to participate must accept the invitation by this date.

    Participants in the India Talent Search, modeled after Duke TIP's U.S.-based 4/5th and 7th Grade Talent

Searches, also receive access to Duke TIP's educational programs for gifted students, a certificate for their

participation, and a results summary to interpret their scores on the ASSET test relative to other children their age.

    Duke TIP Director of International Programs Mara Shurgot says of this year's launch, "We are pleased with the

number and caliber of students who have qualified for our first talent search. This group of students is extremely

bright; we have high hopes for their participation in our program and their success in college and beyond."

    Duke TIP's U.S.-based talent searches began 31 years ago and now include over 100,000 students yearly. The

seventh grade students, all of whom have scored at the 95th percentile or above on a grade-level achievement

test, take the ACT or SAT test alongside college-bound 11th and 12th grade students.

    About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (http://www.tip.duke.edu) is an international

leader in identifying and serving academically gifted youth. Through recognition, educational programs, and

research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, and educators to help students reach their

full potential. 

    About ASSET: ASSET (http://www.ei-india.com/about-asset/what-is-asset) was formed by Educational Initiatives

(EI) (http://www.ei-india.com) to improve India's educational system by assessing each student's aptitude and

progress in each standard relative to his or her peers. The ASSET exam is administered in over 850 Indian schools


    Contact:  Pankhuri Nigam, 079-40269644, +91-9904379367,


    SOURCE:  The Duke University Talent Identification Program

    CONTACT: Pankhuri Nigam




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