Desh ke Mentor programme

With reference to the Desh ke Mentor programme, consider the following statements:

1. The programme was launched by Delhi Government in October 2021 and is aimed at connecting students in classes IX to XII with voluntary mentors.
2. The mentorship entails regular phone calls for a minimum of two months, which can optionally be carried on for another four months.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: Both 1 and 2

Explanation: A controversy recently broke out after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) recommended that the Delhi government suspend its flagship ‘Desh ke Mentor’ programme till “the time when all the loopholes pertaining to the safety of the children are overhauled”.

The programme was launched in October 2021 and is aimed at connecting students in classes IX to XII with voluntary mentors.

People between the ages of 18 and 35 can sign up to be mentors through an app created by a team at the Delhi Technological University and will be connected with students based on mutual interests.

The mentorship entails regular phone calls for a minimum of two months, which can optionally be carried on for another four months.

The idea is for the young mentors to guide students through higher education and career options, preparation for higher education entrance exams, and dealing with the pressure of it all.

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