New Delhi. Haryana Chief Minister Sh. Manohar Lal interacted with students selected under the Pragati scholarship scheme for girl students and the Saksham scholarship for specially-abled students on October 06, 2021. Both these scholarship schemes are the brainchild of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and these programs have played a crucial role in advancing technical education among girl students and the specially abled students in India.
The Pragati scheme formulated by AICTE is one of the much-appreciated initiatives in recent years aimed at providing assistance for the advancement of girls who wish to pursue technical education. Thousands of girls have reaped the benefits of the Pragati scheme, while large numbers of differently-abled students are availing the Saksham scheme to fulfil career dreams.
The program was started with Welcome address by Prof. Rajiv Kumar, Member Secretary, AICTE. In his welcome address he informed about various intervention of AICTE for Institution, Faculties & students for state of Haryana.
Interacting with students, Shri Manohar Lal, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Haryana said “Pragati and Saksham scholarships are capable to change the life of a student. I give special applause to AICTE for their efforts in bringing up girl students and differently-abled students in the field of technical education. Haryana government gives predominant consideration to technical education, and we hope the National Education Policy could bring revolutionary changes in this sector,”.
Hon’ble Chief Minister added that the Haryana government believes in advancing technical education, and made it clear that the state has already started to give financial assistance and pension to students.
“Two years ago, only two to three girl students from Haryana used to get this Pragati scholarship. But now, things have changed, and 280 students have received the scholarships now. It is a big achievement. We are talking a lot about ‘Empowering Girls’ campaign and these initiatives make that campaign and slogan materialized. I feel really happy to hear the testimonials of the girl students who have received the Pragati scholarship,” said AICTE chairman, Professor Anil Sahasrabudhe.
AICTE Vice-Chairman MP Poonia said, “Haryana is witnessing a new beginning under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister. The words of Haryana CM will give new insights to these students, and they will have that extra motivation to pursue a technical career. I pray to God that no student in India will face hinders in pursuing education due to lack of money.”
“I am very glad to receive this scholarship. Considering the financial condition of my family, I consider it a privilege that I have received this scholarship. I should thank AICTE, its chairman, and all other people who helped me receive this scholarship,” said Srishti, a student at the Govt Engineering College, Karnal who received the Pragati scholarship.
“I am one of the holders of the Pragati scholarship scheme initiated by AICTE. This scholarship scheme has benefitted students in several ways. It stands like a tower of strength for students like me. The laptop which I received is helping me in online classes and for my research. I am really thankful to AICTE,” said Suhaavna, a student at the DeenbandhuChhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal.
The programme was coordinated by Dr. Amit Kumar Srivastava, Director, Student Development Cell, AICTE, New Delhi.