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Tata Steels confer fellowships to meritorious students from SC and ST community

Carrying forward its corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme, Tata steels limited has awarded Tata steel Jyoti Fellowships to as many as 811 students from scheduled caste and scheduled tribes category in various schools scattered across Kalinganagar, Bamanipal and Sukinda area of Odisha’s Jajpur district.

Of those awarded fellowships, 374 students were from Kalinganagar, 233 were from Bamnipal and 204 were from Sukinda area.

To support the education of underprivileged Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students, Tribal Cultural Society (TCS), a society promoted by Tata Steel, awards Jyoti Fellowships to meritorious SC/ST students every year.

Mr. Krushna Chandra Nayak, District Education Officer (DEO), Jajpur, joined as Chief Guest on the occasion. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Mrs. UrmilaEkka, Head, Tribal Cultural Society, Tata Steel, Mr. GautamChakraborty, Head, Administration, Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM), Mr. UmeshRath, Head, Ferro Alloys Plant, Bamnipal, and Mr. Ambika Prasad Nanda, Head, CSR (Odisha), Tata Steel.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Krushna Chandra Nayak, District Education Officer (DEO), Jajpur, said, ‘I am thankful to Tata Steel for motivating SC/ST students from Danagadi, Sukinda and Harichandanpur blocks through Jyoti Fellowship. I am impressed with the programmes of Tata Steel for students of backward sections of the society’.

Earlier, Mrs. UrmilaEkka, Head, Tribal Cultural Society, spoke about the fellowship and its objectives. She also informed the students about Tata Steel Scholar Programme for higher education in reputed educational institutes.   

Along with cash awards, the class 8th students were also provided with convertible yellow bags to carry books as well as use it as a small desk along with solar lamp and tablets to 15 toppers among them. The total amount disbursed under the fellowship today was Rs 48.35 lakh. Last year, 360 students from Kalinganagar, 228 from Sukinda and 255 from Bamnipal were also awarded fellowships amounting to Rs 47.36 lakh.

The cash amount of the fellowship was Rs 3,750 (Class VIII), Rs 4,500 (Class IX), Rs 4,500 (Class X), Rs 8,500 (Intermediate), Rs 8,500 (Undergraduate), Rs 10,000 (Diploma) and Rs 25,000 (B. Tech). Certificates of merit were also given to students up to Class 10th on the occasion.

Award of Jyoti Fellowship was a part of Tata Steel’s three-day long mega event ‘Arunima’ which means rays of rising sun being organised at Kalinganagar. Vaarta – an agriculture meet is being oraganised on 10th March 2017 which will be joined by farmers of the nearby areas of Kalinganagar, Sukinda and Bamnipal.
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