TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Chennai: Chennai students showed that their heart was in the right place this week as they made a beeline for the Teach For India (TFI) fellowship recruitment presentations held in colleges across the city.
The initiative offers a two-year, full-time, paid fellowship programme on teaching and leadership, and supports them to get jobs at premier institutes after two years. The recruitment team attracted hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate students eager to join the TFI programme. “We had scores of brilliant youngsters wanting to join the Teach For India movement and spread the spirit of knowledge. Many have got the potential to do the fellowship, but perhaps had never considered the option,” said Shveta Raina, national manager, TFI fellowship recruitment.
The Teach For India team visited the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras, Stella Maris College, Tamil Nadu Law University, Anna University, Women’s Christian College and Loyola College, and received a good response from them.
Student of IIT-M and campus ambassador Vikas Shenoy says, “More than 100 students attended the presentation made by TFI. Optimistically I would put the count at 40, but even by a conservative estimate I’m sure that at least 25 students from IIT-M will join the organisation. The presentation caused considerable excitement because this is the first time such an initiative is taking place in the placements department.”
At Stella Maris close to 400 students attended the Teach For India presentation, while in the others more than 100 students sat through the sessions, Shveta says. The deadline for students to send in their applications for the fellowship with TFI is in October. So far 1,200 students, excluding those in Chennai, from across the country have registered to take part in the campaign.
Vikas intends to keep the campaign going. “I am trying to identify students with high potential and convince them to join the organisation. I also intend to speak to professors at the institute and get their help in identifying and motivating students to work for this cause.” IIT-M would also give the social organisation leverage to project the brand during its cultural and technical festivals.
MISSION EDUCATION: A Teach for India representative interacts with students who have volunteered to take part in the programme, at Loyola College in Chennai on Friday