Nurture Merit 2011

Scholarship Disbursement Programme, Sep 18, 2011

The sixth Scholarship Disbursement for Meritorious Students under the aegis of Prerana, Infosys, Mangalore, Vidyaposhak, Dharwad, Dhrithi Foundation, Mangaluru, Yakshagana Kalaranga, Udupi and Bevinje Sridhara Kakkillaya Foundation, Kasaragod was held on 18th September 2011 at Infosys Campus, Kottara, Mangalore. Sri Seemant Kumar Singh, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Mangalore, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

A total of 510 students, including those pursuing professional courses, from Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod districts and from North Karnataka, were supported to the tune of Rs. 18,50,294 of which Rs. 15,71,704 was provided by Prerana, Infosys, Mangalore and the rest by other donors and Vidyaposhak, Dharwad, and Supraja Foundation, Hong Kong.

The total amount of scholarship provided to students from Dkashina Kannada by Dhrithi Foundation-Vidyapohak and Prerana was Rs. 6,32,760, of which 3,51,670 was provided by Prerana, Rs. 43000 by Vidyaposhak, Dharwad, Rs. 47500 by Supraja Foundation, Hong Kong (through Vidyaposhak, Dharwad), and Rs 1,90,590 from other donors. Of this, Rs 2,22,000 was provided to 101 newly selected students and Rs. 4,10,670 was provided to 124 renewals.

Chief Guest Sri Seemant Kumar Singh and Sri Bhaskar CN (Director, i-point consulting) (right) lighting the lamp. Sri Dheeraj Hejmady, Trustee of Prerana looks on.
Kuldip Kulkarni (right) addressing and Karthik Hegde administering the oath

This is the sixth year that Prerana, Vidya Poshak and Dhrithi Foundation are extending support to the needy meritorious students of Dakshina Kannada district. In addition to the financial support, Vidyaposhak and Dhrithi Foundation also provide books and soft skills training for the beneficiary students.

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Dr. Srinivas Kakkilaya, Secretary, Dhrithi Foundation, welcomed the guests and everyone. Explaining the objectives and methods of the project, he said that some among the first students supported by the project have already been employed in companies such as Infosys and TCS, providing immense sense of satisfaction and fulfillment for the volunteers as well as the donors.

The programme was inaugurated by Sri Seemant Kumar Singh and other dignitaries by lighting the lamp.

Sri Kuldip Kulkarni, Vidyaposhak, Dharwad, spoke about the orgins of Vidyaposhak and its current activities and said that the organistion is providing support to more than 12000 students in 19 districts of Karnataka to th etune of Rs 10 crores every year. Sri Karthik Hegde from Vidyaposhak administered the oath to the beneficiary students.

Sri Seemant Kumar Singh and Sri Bhaskar CN distributed the scholarships to some of the students.

Speaking on the accasion, Sri Seemant Kumar Singh advised the students to work with greater sense of determination to pursue their education and to ensure that the support extended to them is not squandered, assuring the students that they would succeed if they put their minds and heart together. “Careful scrutiny of beneficiaries too is vital in ensuring that the needy get the assistance and such programmes should not be about numbers,” he said, and appreciated the organisations that had joined hands for the noble cause.

Venkatesh Shetty, alumnus of St Joseph’s Engineering College at Vamanjoor and a beneficiary of Dhrithi-Prerana-Vidyaposhak scholarship, and now employed at TCS, said that donors such as Prerana had given students like him, without the financial wherewithal to continue their education, a new hope and support to reach their goals. “We students should have the responsibility to study hard so that their efforts don’t go waste. Do justice to your scholarships, work harder and repay this debt,” he said. Divyashree, another student supported by Dhrithi-Prerana and Vidyaposhak for the past 5 years, who is now studying M.Sc. (Maths) at Mangalore University, also thanked the project for helping her pursue post graduation and wished to speak again once she had completed her studies.

Mr. Chethan Manja of Prerana conducted the programme.

Following the scholarship disbursement process, a session on self-motivation was conducted for the students by Sri Bhaskar CN, Director of i-Point Consulting. Sri Murali Kadekar of Yakshagana Kalaranga, Udupi, proposed a vote of thanks.

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