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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, April 28, 2013
La Martiniere College is set to become the first school in the country to introduce the use of biometric technology for discovering latent talent in students from this academic session. The announcement was made in a function organised at the school on Saturday.

Students who are enrolled in Nursery this year will undergo the latest technique in this field-Dermatoglyph’s Multiple Intellect Analysis (DMIA)which reads the pattern on fingers and palm for knowing the child’s potential and aptitudes to discover strengths and weaknesses.

Once the DMIA report of a child is generated, schools may hone the specific talent of each child individually.

For now, the test has been made mandatory only for Nursery students and has been kept optional for other classes. Parents will have to shell out R5,000 for the test.

After the child has been groomed in a particular skill for a few years, say till Class 8, the school plans to advise parents about the appropriate career choices for the child.

“A child who is good in music cannot be taught lessons revolving around visuals. We can’t expect a student who is good in art to be a good public servant,” says La Martiniere College principal Carlyle McFarland.

“Once we have the DMIA report of the students with us, we can suggest to parents the best career suited for them,” the principal added.

The technique is based on the theory of multiple intelligence proposed by developmental psychologist Dr Howard Gardner i n 1983, which differentiates intelligence into various components, rather than seeing it as a single general ability.

“After finding out strengths and weaknesses of a child, parents and educators can enhance his or her learning experience by personalising academic and extra curricular programmes,” claims Fakhre Azam, managing consultant of NK United Agencies, which is the firm offering this technology under the name of ‘Innate’ in North India.

“The procedure can also make academic and career choices easier for students,” Azam added.