Odisha Sun Times Business Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 30:
With the objective of furthering the pursuit of higher education among the underprivileged ST and SC students, Tribal Cultural Society (TCS), a society promoted by Tata Steel, awarded Jyoti Fellowship to 1205 students recently in the project and operational locations in Odisha.
Two hundred and seventy two students from schools and colleges located in Kalinganagar area of Jajpur district received the Jyoti Fellowship this year. Thirteen toppers of the Test were provided with tablet PCs.
For the third consecutive year, the fellowship was awarded to students in Kalinganagar. At Bamnipal in Keonjhar district, 204 students from standard 7th up to college level were awarded the fellowship. Similarly at Sukinda, 304 students from 22 different schools located in the periphery area and four colleges of Jajpur and Dhenkanal districts were awarded.
Jyoti Fellowship were distributed to 233 School and College students of 42 different schools and five different colleges under Champua sub-division and Joda Block. The Fellowship was also awarded to 62 school students from three different schools of Deojhar Panchayat under Joda Block. In addition, solar powered lights and tablet PCs were also distributed to encourage the meritorious students.
130 school students of Rangeilunda and Chhatrapur blocks of Ganjam district, were awarded with the fellowship in a ceremony organised at the auditorium of J N Tata Technical Education Centre, Gopalpur. Along with cash awards, the students were also provided with a solar powered lantern and tablet PCs.
The cash amounts for the fellowship are Rs 3,750 (Class VIII), Rs 4,500 (Class IX), Rs 4,500 (Class X), Rs 8,500 (Intermediate), Rs 8,500 (Graduation) and Rs 10,000 (Diploma).
Every year, meritorious ST and SC students, selected through tests conducted at various places of the state, are awarded this fellowship. Earlier only high school students were given this fellowship, but from 2013-14, intermediate and graduate students have also been included in the programme. Along with cash awards, some of the best performing students of the test are also given tablet PCs and solar powered lanterns.