Kalinganagar: To support the education of underprivileged Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students, Tribal Cultural Society (TCS), a society promoted by Tata Steel, today awarded Jyoti Fellowship to students in Kalinganagar area. Two hundred and seventy two students from schools and colleges located in Kalinganagar periphery received the fellowship.
MrArunMisra, Dy Vice President (operations), Kalinganagar Project of Tata Steel, awarded the Fellowship to those students in a function organised at DanagadiBhawan.
To further help these students in their studies, who mostly hail from remote areas not having dedicated supply of power,199 school students were provided with ‘Solar’ lanterns. Similarly, 13 toppers of the Jyoti Fellowship Test ( 7 from colleges and 6 from schools) were provided with Tabs.
This is for the third consecutive year, that the fellowship was awarded to students in Kalinganagar. Cash and certificates of merit were given to all of them on the occasion. While 141 High School students were awarded the fellowship in 2011-12, 197 High School students were awarded in the subsequent year.
Till last year, only High School students were given this fellowship, but from 2013-14, students of +2 and +3 classes are also being given the fellowship. Out of 272 students awarded the fellowship at Kalinganagar, 86 belonged to Class VIII, 80 to Class IX and 33 to Class X. Besides, 41 students belonging to +2 first year, 17 to +2 second year, 14 to +3 first year and one diploma student also received the fellowship. 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 (+2), Rs 8,500 (+3) and Rs 10,000 (Diploma).
MrBiren Ramesh Bhuta,Chief, CSR, Tata Steel, MrPrasantMallick, Chief, Land & Lease, R&R , MrMohit Das, Chief, Corporate Relations, Kalinganagar Project , MrsUrmilaEkka of TCS and MrSisirTarafder, Unit Head, TSRDS, were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
Tata Steel has always laid emphasis and facilitated the spread of education not only in and around its operational areas but beyond. It has either built or facilitated the construction of more than 200 educational institutions in different parts of the Odisha in the years gone by. The idea is to facilitate the spread of literacy and, thereby, empowerment of communities.