Kalinganagar: A total of 811 Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe students from different Schools and Colleges located in Kalinganagar, Bamnipal and Sukinda area were awarded Tata Steel Jyoti Fellowships in a function organised at Sukinda Bhawan on 9th March 2017. Of them, 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 Ms Urmila Ekka, Head, Tribal Cultural Society, Tata Steel, Mr Gautam Chakraborty, Head, Admin, Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM), Mr Umesh Rath, Head, Ferro Alloys Plant, Bamnipal, Mr Soumitra Patnaik, Head, Corporate Communications, Tata Steel (Odisha) and Dr 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, Ms Urmila Ekka, 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 X 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. Under Arunima, Vaarta – an agriculture meet is being oraganised on 10th March 2017 in which farmers of the nearby areas of Kalinganagar, Sukinda and Bamnipal will be participating.