JAMSHEDPUR: Tata Steel today organized an award ceremony of Jyoti Fellowship progrmme for giving scholarship to the SC/ ST children of Class VII to X. Organised at Tribal Culture Centre, the objective underlining this annual event is to provide meritorious students with the required financial aid, such that they pursue their academic career.
The Jyoti Fellowship this year was awarded to 240 students, of which were 169 and 71 students belonged to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe, respectively. This year, the fellowship money reserved for the school was Rs 700000/- (Rs. Seven lakhs only). Of this, the fellowship amount for classes VII and VIII was Rs. 2500/- and that of classes IX and X was Rs. 3000.
Addressing the gathering, as a Chief Guest Mr. Sanjeev Paul, VP (CS) said, “Scholarship is the part of founder’s vision to help the ST/SC community who are below the poverty line to promote them for their education”. The small tribal village Sackhi is now being transformed into a big city called Jamshedpur with the Tata’s intervention. In Jamshedpur the per capita income and expenditure is one of the highest in India.
Addressing the gathering, as guest of honour Mr.Rajkumar Singh, Zila Parishad member, East Singbhum “appreciated the efforts of Tata Steel for its continuation efforts in CSR activities and playing the major role in the development of under privilege communities”.
Ms. Bhanu Priya Purty , Student of St. Joseph ,Goluri one the Birsa Awardees shared her experience during the function. She said “This scholarship helped me to buy my books ,fees and meet other educational aids “ She gave her whole hearted thanks to TCS and Tata Steel for this scholarship. Ms. Bhanu Priya Purty is getting this scholarship consecutively for the fourth time.
A total of 172 boys and 68 girls qualified for the Fellowship. Each of these candidates was shortlisted based on a thorough merit test. Four students from different class (VII-X) were given the Birsa Award amount Rs. 5000 for getting the highest mark in the merit test . Over 1372 students from 167 schools of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Saraikela Kharaswan had participated in the merit test.
Tata Steel has been giving the scholarship to the ST/SC students since 1975. Many students have been benefited from the scholarship and are now positioned as doctors , engineer , govt officers etc. From next year onward the merit test will be held from 7th standard and it will be automatically renewed till class X.