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The Lodha Genius Programme at Ashoka University: Energising for Students and Teachers

As mentors in the Lodha Genius Programme, we have been continuously impressed by the commitment and dedication of the students, the collaborative spirit of the faculty, and the unwavering support of the Lodha Group and Ashoka University

K. VijayRaghavan

17 January, 2024 | 4m read

All of us working in the Lodha Genius Programme at Ashoka University are advocates for education—firm believers in the power of mentorship. Yet, our journey has been nothing short of remarkable, as we have learned as much as the students. It is a unique joint effort between Lodha Group and Ashoka University, dedicated to nurturing the brightest minds of our nation and shaping them into the leaders of tomorrow.

In this piece, I would like to share our experience and insights into this extraordinary programme, which is not only transforming the lives of young scholars but also contributing significantly to nation-building.

The Lodha Genius Programme has committed itself to providing quality education and empowering the youth. This commitment aligns with Ashoka University’s core values, which emphasise interdisciplinary education, world-class faculty, and a dedication to making a meaningful societal impact.

The primary goal of the Lodha Genius Programme is to address the challenge of opening the windows of opportunity to bright young students. It seeks to achieve this by identifying academically brilliant school students and providing them with tailored, long-term support to unlock their full potential. This innovative scholarship programme is the first of its kind and has the potential to revolutionise the way we nurture and develop young talent.

The Lodha Genius Programme inaugural batch was a group of exceptional students who embarked on a transformative four-week on-campus summer module at Ashoka University. From the moment we met these young minds, we all could sense the extraordinary potential within each of them. It was a privilege to be part of their educational journey and to witness their growth and development throughout the programme.

One of the most rewarding aspects of mentoring these students was witnessing their passion for learning to communicate and teach each other. Along with providing them access to world-class education, the Lodha Genius Programme encourages them to explore diverse fields of study. The interdisciplinary approach at Ashoka University, combined with the freedom to pursue their interests, allowed these students to broaden their horizons and think critically about complex issues.

As mentors, our roles extended beyond the academic realm. We had the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with these young scholars, helping them navigate challenges and providing guidance on their personal and professional development. We are still in touch with them. It was inspiring to see how receptive they were to feedback and how eager they were to learn and grow.

One of the central components of the Lodha Genius Programme is the emphasis on holistic development. It goes beyond academics and focuses on building essential life skills, leadership qualities, and a strong sense of social responsibility. Through workshops, seminars, and extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to develop a well-rounded personality, which is essential for future leaders.

The impact of this programme extends far beyond the individual students involved. It has the potential to create a ripple effect, as these young scholars are equipped with knowledge and a sense of purpose. They understand the importance of giving back to society and actively contributing to nation-building. This sense of responsibility is a testament to the success of the Lodha Genius Programme in instilling values beyond personal success.

Another remarkable aspect of this initiative is the sense of community it fosters. The students form a close-knit group, supporting and inspiring each other. This sense of camaraderie creates a conducive learning environment and encourages collaboration—a crucial skill in today’s interconnected world.

The Lodha Genius Programme also benefits from the expertise and guidance of Ashoka University’s faculty and teachers from all over India and the world. These field experts are passionate about mentoring the next generation of leaders. Their dedication to teaching and willingness to go the extra mile in helping students achieve their goals have been instrumental in the success of this programme.

As mentors in the Lodha Genius Programme, we have been continuously impressed by the students’ commitment and dedication, the collaborative spirit of the faculty, and the unwavering support of Lodha and Ashoka University. This initiative is a shining example of what can be achieved when organisations come together with a shared vision of shaping a better future for our nation.

In conclusion, our experience with the Lodha Genius Programme at Ashoka University has been truly fulfilling. It has reaffirmed our collective belief in the transformative power of education and mentorship. By nurturing the talents of these exceptional young scholars, we are not only securing their futures but also sowing the seeds for a brighter, more prosperous India. The Lodha Genius Programme is not just an educational initiative; it is a movement that has the potential to shape the destiny of our nation.

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