Bhubaneshwar, Jan 29 (Localwire): As many as 782 meritorious students from economically-weaker sections of SC/ST families of Odisha have been awarded Tata Steel’s “Jyoti Fellowships” 2019, as part of the company’s three-decade old Affirmative Action Policy, a top official said here on Tuesday.
The cash amounts of the Jyoti Fellowships of Rs 3,750 for Class VIII students, Rs 4,500 (Class IX-X), Rs 8,500 (Intermediate and Undergraduate), Rs 10,000 (Diploma) and Rs 25,000 (B.Tech, MBBS, etc), were given away on the occasion besides Certificates of Merit to students till Class X.
The students were felicitated at the 3-day ‘Arunima’ event to showcase the Tata Steel’s progress in its community-based initiatives at Kalinganagar last week, from January 23 to 25.
Jajpur District Education Officer Krushna Chandra Nayak was the chief guest who disbursed the Jyoti Fellowships on the first day to the 782 students, including 353 from Kalinganagar, 203 from Bamnipal and 226 from Sukinda, totaling to Rs 50.36 lakh.
The 3-day ‘Arunima’ event also brought together over 2000 beneficiaries from Bamnipal, Sukinda and Kalinganagar, and 16 top performers in the school and college level merit tests were awarded computer tablets containing NCERT study material of ClassVII-XII.
Tata Steel’s Head, CSR (Odisha) Ambika P Nanda said the Jyoti Fellowships provide an opportunity to inspire students complete their higher education and become successful in life.
“Our efforts is to bring social change through education… I urge all to not only aspire for a successful career but also become good citizens of India,” Nanda said.
Since the past five years, a total of 4,195 Jyoti Fellowships worth around Rs 2.50 crore have been distributed to the students from Bamnipal, Kalinganagar and Sukinda, as identified by Tata Steel’s Tribal Cultural Society recommendations and a merit test.