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The IIT Kharagpur has launched a study model that equips students, especially those belonging to rural schools, to become confident and knowledgeable individuals.

Under the project called ‘C minus 4’, high school students are trained and mentored so that they can teach students who are junior to them by four classes (minus 4). C refers to class while minus 4 implies junior (minus) by four classes.

The research project has been undertaken by Prof T.K. Bandyopadhyay, Prof Pulak Mishra, Prof R K Pradhan and Prof P K Bhowmick of IITKGP and Prof Pijush Ghosh of IIT Madras.The project, which had started in April 2016, has been implemented in 12 schools in south Bengal and 11 schools in and around Chennai.

“The ‘C minus 4’ education model was conceived to develop the personalities of school going children during their formative years,” Prof Mishra was quoted in a statement from the institute. With the aim of bridging the gap between qualified and employable graduates, this model strives to make the current generation of students confident and knowledgeable, with effective communication and working skills, Mishra said.

Students of nine of the schools, mentored under the C minus 4 project, came together at a recent workshop organised by the institute to showcase the results. The statistical findings shared at the workshop showed that of the 66 mentored students of the nine schools), 91 per cent got better marks now, 74 per cent showed better attendance. Eighty-one per cent of the participating students felt that their overall personality had improved, the statement said.

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