About Us

Our Philosophy

Our future and progress depend on

the minds that ask a million questions.

We at Kaveri Gifted Education and Research Center firmly believe that gifted children have the potential and capacity to become leaders and change makers as they demonstrate high capability in intellectual, creative, artistic areas, leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields.

 

An estimated 19 million Indian children in the age group of 6-15 years are gifted. This makes it essential and urgent to recognize and nurture their potential. Most gifted children have a quick grasping ability and need advanced material as they learn faster than the speed assumed by the typical curricula and instructions that are designed for their age. Moreover, they have unique socio-emotional needs and challenges, which when neglected, result in boredom or disruption in the classroom, or isolation due to incompatibility with age peers. These issues may lead to gifted children hiding their real potential and underachieving. Alternatively, not addressing the socio-emotional needs of a gifted child can lead to behavioural issues and stress to perform for the child.

 

India has become more aware of the needs of the learning disabled and differently abled in the last decade, but the needs of those on the other end of the spectrum are not completely understood. Efforts to address the needs of this group thus far have followed a segregated approach (e.g. Jnana Prabodhini and Navodaya Vidyalayas are schools exclusively for gifted children).

 

However, it is difficult to reach out to a large number of gifted children in this manner. We therefore opt for the development an inclusive model of gifted education, where the needs of the gifted are addressed in a regular school system without isolating or mystifying the gifted child.

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Our History

In 2009, we successfully launched an Identification and Gifted Nurturing Program for our gifted students, cementing our position as one of the premier institutions in this field. Five years later KGI collaborated with Mensa India Pune Chapter to extend our programs and services to other schools in Pune. Establishing the Kaveri Gifted Education and Research Center was a natural step forward to achieve the goal of equipping and training educators to meet the unique needs of gifted children in the current education system.

Giftedness

Giftedness refers to exceptional potential or high capability in intellectual, creative, artistic areas, leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields.

We constantly strive to work toward defining and conceptualizing ‘giftedness’ to suit the Indian context.

The socio-cultural context plays an important role while defining and understanding giftedness. In India, the concept of giftedness has its roots in ancient Indian philosophy.. Indian ideas on giftedness and creativity are inseparable from spirituality and philosophy. The unlimited capacity of human potential has been valued and identified from the times of the ancient Gurukul system.
But in today’s terms, giftedness is limited to ‘creative’ in art and literature, as ‘talent’ in sports and as ‘genius’ in academics (Roy & Kurup, 2016).

Currently, Kaveri Gifted Education and Research Center identifies gifted children with superior intellectual ability as measured by standardized I.Q. tests as well as in-house assessments measuring science and math aptitudes.
We propose to widen the scope of these identifiers by including specific academic domains like giftedness in languages and non-academic areas like giftedness in visual arts, gifted in sports and music. This will allow us to give the gifted children enhanced guidance that is best suited for them individually.

Vision

To identify and nurture every gifted child in order to help them reach their potential and contribute towards nation building.

Mission

To establish integrated systems within schools that identify and support the needs of gifted children.

Our Aim

To develop protocols, design and execute research projects.

To evaluate practices to identify and support needs of gifted children through focus on these areas:

Identification

Identification practices will evolve from an Indigenous concept of gifted.
Identification will be done using multiple tools and at multiple points of time.
Protocol will be created for early identification and each child will be followed closely through the developmental trajectory.

Programs for the gifted:

An indigenous model will be developed/chosen to nurture gifted children.
Individualized Education Plans will be developed to include talent development and interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects.
Counselling services will be offered to the child and families of the gifted.
Parent Support Group will be created.

Giftedness Policy Making

We aim to propose the Best Practices in Gifted Education for the Indian education system through research and practice in the area of policy making. This will ensure that gifted children are identified and nurtured in all age groups from all schools.

Educational Programs for Gifted:

Teachers and school administrators and school counsellors will be supported to ensure the gifted child’s learning needs are met.
Schools will be offered consultation to design programs and create flexibility in existing systmes for gifted students.
Training modules will be created for teachers, school leaders and counsellors in gifted education.
Pool of resources will be generated- expert mentors, organizations offering enrichment programs, online resources for advanced learning (to be shared with schools and parents).

Our Team

Dr. Devasena Desai

Consultant

Dr. Desai has a PhD in Parent Training and has been working for more than 24 years. She has worked in the area of giftedness for over 15 years. She is also a consultant at Tribal Mensa, Pune. She was awarded the Belin-Blank Fellowship to attend their course in gifted education from Belin Blank Center of Gifted Education at University of Iowa, USA. She is associated with the European Council for higher ability (ECHA) and presents papers in Europe in the area of Giftedness. She designed the teacher training programs at the center which is based from Belin Blank Center, Iowa, USA. Dr. Devasena facilitates the KGEC team in formulating ideas for different programs and services for gifted children. She also offers individual guidance to parents of gifted children and supports teachers to introduce classroom enrichment activities. Recently, she has been appointed as the Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Rehabilitation Counselor and Education, IOWA University, USA.

Ms. Sameena Manasawala

Nurturing Domain In-charge

Ms. Sameena Manasawala has been working as a Facilitator for more than 15 years. She is involved in the area of giftedness for the past10 years. As a School Counsellor at the Kaveri Group of Institutes, she has contributed in initiating and addressing the needs of gifted children. Her passion to address this issue lead to her being awarded a Fellowship to attend a five-day residential course in gifted education from Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education at University of Iowa, USA. She is also a visiting faculty and teaches undergraduate psychology courses at reputed Institutes in Pune. She has also been associated with Mensa India working with tribal gifted students. Her area of interest is nurturing programs for the gifted and has presented research papers in both National and International conferences. She is currently pursuing her doctoral research on self-concept of underprivileged gifted children.

Mrs. Pallavi Dalvi

Gifted Educator

Pallavi is a post graduate in life sciences and has recently completed Masters in Education from Savitribai Phule Pune University. She has been associated with gifted education since 2014. Pallavi has her NET qualification in education and aspires to carry out research in this field. She has also worked in the teacher development domain and is now a part of curriculum development team at the Gifted Center. As she has the benefit of being a teacher along with being the parent of a gifted kid, she brings in a balanced insight with is a mix of both perspectives. She understands the nuances of nurturing gifted children as well as the opportunities that can be created by teachers to challenge them in the classroom.

Mrs. Jaai Phatak-Nayak

Gifted Educator

Jaai has recently completed her M.A. in Education from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. She is currently a part of the Curriculum Development Team at KGEC and works for the Math domain. Jaai is a graduate engineer from VIT, Pune. She has also been a Research Assistant at IIT Bombay for 3 years. She has worked in the Nanotechnology field to develop biosensors. Along with research, she was also involved as a co-founder in a start-up Students Forum which greatly helped engineering students in their campus recruitment. Along with her engineering background, Jaai is extremely passionate about Math education. She is passionate about exploring and designing elements in Math curriculum which would fascinate students as well as cater to different needs of all students.

Dr. Anand Godse

Gifted Facilitator and Consultant for Research

Anand holds a doctorate in Suryanamaskar. He was a student of Jnana Prabodhini School for the Gifted from grade 5 to grade 10. He holds a master’s degree in Psychology and has been an associate professor at Fergusson College, Pune Department of Psychology for about 7 years. He has published research papers in the area of health in reputed journals. Currently he is the Head of the Research Department at Taal Inc. and is a father to 2 gifted sons. Being gifted himself, Anand is able to instantly connect with the children. During the sessions, he often interacts one-on-one with the children. Through sharing of his own personal journey as a student he helps children become more aware of their needs and challenges and possible ways to cope with them. He also introduces children to Suryanamaskar, chanting and engages them in spiritual discussions. He challenges the children to think differently and keep setting and achieving higher goals.

Artist Aditi Deo

Gifted Facilitator

Aditi can be rightly called the ‘Doodle Master of Pune’. Her area of interests and work are art, illustration, graphic design and calligraphy for all! She has founded, ‘The Doodle Factory’ which has created a niche for itself in Pune and outside for being the place for illustrations, art and calligraphy. She also runs a studio ‘Doodle Tales’ in Baner and offer community programs using varied visual art mediums. Aditi is very reflective in her thinking and practice. She encourages children to reflect on ‘Art and Design’ and form their own meaning of the concepts. She helps children to develop a habit to set their own standards and evaluate their work for themselves. She constantly brings in novel mediums, spaces, ideas to the sessions and her facilitation style creates an open, accepting and mindful environment for the children. She is well travelled and shares her experiences with the children inspiring them to go beyond borders and explore new ways of thinking and being. She primarily uses the visual arts medium to develop creative thinking for gifted children.

Ms Leekha Hinge

Admin In-charge

Leekha has a Master’s in Management Science with specialisation in HR and has 10 years experience of working in Software Industries as a HR Manager. In 2016, she completed her Diploma in Gifted Education Methods & Strategies from Jana Prabodhini Institute of Psychology and since then has become an ardent supporter of the needs of gifted children. At Kaveri Gifted Education and Research Center she supports all programs and events. Her rich experience in management along with the knowledge of giftedness, enables her to design systems and processes for the center. Leekha is passionate about education and in addition to work she volunteers as a Teacher Trainer for Rotary Club of Pune District and offers career guidance to underprivileged students.

Vrushali Joshi

Nurturing Facilitator

Vrushali has recently completed PG Diploma in School Psychology from Jnana Prabodhini Institute of Psychology. She is passionate about enabling children to reach their potential. She has 5 years of experience as an educator, including a two year fellowship with Teach for India. Her role at KGEC involves designing and facilitating various activities and workshops for the children and conducting yearlong assessment. She also holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda and has been awarded a gold medal for her outstanding achievement.

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