Times Scholars 2019: Time of India Scholarships (Be a Times Scholar and win a Dell laptop)

Times Scholars 2019: Time of India Scholarships (Be a Times Scholar and win a Dell laptop): Time of India has given Scholarship notification under Times Scholars programme. The registration link has been enable to students, who want to apply for Times Scholars 2019. The Scholarship caption is Be a Times Scholar and win a Dell laptop. The Times Scholars programme is an endeavor to encourage school students of classes X to XII to develop a reading habit that helps them develop a holistic understanding of our society, the environment, and an informed worldview, enabling them to become good citizens and write a better future for themselves. Dell Aarambh is Digital Learning Partner of the Times Scholars programme

Times Scholars 2019: Time of India Scholarships (Be a Times Scholar and win a Dell laptop)

The next few days will be your last chance  for Times Scholar registrations for the 2019 programme end coming on October 23. Those who have registered will have opportunities to test themselves with periodic practice exams and submission of presentations. Participation in these practice runs will add a mark each to the cumulative score earned in the final examination. All of this will be online. The final online multiple-choice test will follow with questions based on marked articles. The winners will be picked from personal interviews and acknowledged in TOI; they will also win Dell laptops. Class XII students chosen by interview will be eligible for admission to undergraduate courses at Bennett University on a year's scholarship if they fulfil the university's eligibility criteria.

Participants will be required to read the newspaper every day, and specifically the article highlighted by the "Times Scholars" marker. The articles and graphics thus marked will constitute the syllabus on which the prospective scholar will be tested. The subjects will cover science, technology, social issues, politics, global developments, economics, education, and much more.

The Times Scholars programme is an endeavor to encourage school students of classes X to XII to develop a reading habit that helps them develop a holistic understanding of our society, the environment, and an informed worldview, enabling them to become good citizens and write a better future for themselves.

REWARDS AND RECOGNITION AFTER THE FINAL ASSESSMENT:
For Class XII: The best performing 100 students to be awarded a Dell laptop each. Selected students from Class XII will also be eligible for admission in the undergraduate courses at Bennett University with a scholarship applicable for 1 year. The students will need to fulfill the eligibility criteria of the University.
For Class X and XI: The best performing 100 students to be awarded a Dell laptop each.



ELIGIBILITY
Students of classes X to XII can apply for this programme in two different levels, which are defined below. These levels constitute two categories in which participants will be evaluated.
Level 1 - Students from Classes X and XI
Level 2 - Students of Classes XII
The programme is free for all candidates. There is no registration fee.


HOW DOES IT WORK?
Registration :As a first step, candidates need to register online for the programme.
Reading Phase :Beginning October 25, The Times of India newspaper will carry ONE article each day, in its print version, across a range of fields such as current affairs, science & technology, sports, politics, social issues, education, global developments etc. over a span of 50 days. These articles will provide multi- dimensional perspectives to help students get a deeper understanding of various interesting subjects. The articles will have a label reading TIMES SCHOLARS.
Practice Tests and Presentations :Weekly practice tests will be conducted online, with questions based on the article. Twice during the programme, candidates will be asked to summarize articles and share their view in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, which they can upload on the site. Each practice test will comprise 3 stories, each with 6 questions, to be answered in 15 minutes.
Final Examination :During Dec 21-23, 2019, there would be an online test followed by an interview to assess the students’ understanding & perspective. The test will comprise 11 stories, each with 6 questions, to be answered in 60 minutes.
First Shortlist and Interviews :The First Shortlist of the programme will be decided basis the cumulative score i.e. participation marks in the practice tests and presentations + marks achieved in the final examination. The best performers, in terms of the cumulative score, will need to appear for an interview in person.
Winners and felicitation :For each of the two levels (as mentioned in the Eligibility criteria mentioned earlier), 100 winners will be chosen as winners. A select number will be invited to a felicitation ceremony whose details will be communicated later.


EVALUATION
During the Reading Phase :
6 practice tests will be conducted in the course of the reading phase of the programme.
On 2 occasions, candidates will be asked to summarize stories and upload/send their summaries in a PowerPoint format.
The dates and timing of these tests and presentations will be communicated in due course.
Each practice test and presentation carry 1 mark for PARTICIPATION. This mark will be counted as part of the cumulative score calculated after the final examination. Missing either a practice test or a presentation deadline will mean that 1 mark is forfeited.
Thus, participation in all the practice tests and presentations will give the candidate 8 marks.
Candidates who miss taking part in either a practice test or a presentation are still eligible to appear in the final examination.
The practice tests and presentation modules will be entirely online.
Final Examination :
Candidates will be divided into different slots for the final examination, which will be entirely online.
The date and time of the slot will be communicated to the candidates later.
The final examination will assume that candidates have read and internalized the 'Times Scholars' stories appearing in TOI in the preceding 50 days.
The final examination will involve going through 11 TOI stories, each of which will have 6 questions linked to it i.e. a total of 66 questions – to be answered in 60 minutes.
Each question will carry 2 marks i.e. a total of 132 marks for the exam.
Cumulative score :
Cumulative score = Participation marks earned for the Practice tests and presentation modules + the marks achieved in the final examination.
In case of a tie in the scores, the time taken to complete the final examination will also be used for evaluation, with the candidates who take the least time making it to the shortlist.
Interviews :
The cumulative score will be used to decide the First Shortlist for the interviews.
The interviews will be the final phase of evaluation, the winners of which will be announced as the Times Scholars for 2019.


Important Dates:
Start DateEnd DateProgramme Milestone
14-Sep-201923-Oct-2019Registration for the programme
25-Oct-201915-Dec-2019Reading Phase: Daily articles to appear in TOI
09-Nov-201910-Nov-20196 Practice Tests
16-Nov-201917-Nov-2019
23-Nov-201924-Nov-2019
30-Nov-201901-Dec-2019
07-Dec-201908-Dec-2019
14-Dec-201915-Dec-2019
19-Nov-201921-Nov-20192 PowerPoint Presentations online
03-Dec-201905-Dec-2019
21-Dec-201923-Dec-2019Final Examination conducted online – exact schedule to be shared later
10-Jan-202010-Jan-2020First Shortlist of candidates
20-Jan-202005-Feb-2020Interview of shortlisted candidates
15-Feb-202015-Feb-2020Announcement of results
March 2020April 2020Felicitation of winners and prize giving

Tips: read the article at least thrice to get the gist; then, dig deeper to understand the author's purpose and why he has used the words and phrases he has. Put all this together in your mind, or on paper, and draw what inferences you can. Make sure you don't miss the first online practice test on November 9 and 10. Remember, participation earns you a mark.

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