West Bokaro: As part of its Affirmative Action Policy and efforts towards inclusive growth and development of Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) community, the West Bokaro Division of Tata Steel today awarded Tata Steel Jyoti Fellowship to 198 meritorious students of West Bokaro.
Mr Sanjay Kumar Singh, General Manager (Coal), Tata Steel graced the occasion as chief guest along with Mr Kailash Gope, Secretary, Rashtriya Colliery Mazdoor Sangh (RCMS), Mr P K Mishra, Vice President, RCMS, Ms Chandramani Devi, Pramukh, Mandu Block and Mr Keshav Ranjan, Unit Head, Tata Steel Rural Development Society.
An amount of Rs 10.29 lakh towards Fellowship was disbursed among the students enrolled in schools and colleges across West Bokaro, Ramgarh and Hazaribagh districts of Jharkhand.
Reiterating Tata Steel’s commitment towards education, Mr Sanjay Kumar Singh said: “The provision of fellowship opportunities for meritorious students has been an important part of Tata Steel’s endeavor in the field of education. This helps the meritorious students from economically weaker families to accomplish their educational and career aspirations.”
Addressing the students, Mr Singh added, “It is very heartening to see that around 50 per cent of the beneficiaries are girls which reflects that girls are equally coming forward to prove themselves. Work hard to achieve your goals and aim to become a responsible citizen of the country.”
In his address, Mr Kailash Gope said, “Tata Steel is committed towards the holistic development of the region and firmly believes that community is as integral part of the company. I am very happy to see that the number of students under this initiative is increasing each year.”
Along with cash awards, top three performers of Class VII of Jyoti Fellowship Test were given computer tablets. The Fellowship, being given since the mid-70s, was branded as Jyoti Fellowship in 2004-05. Structured to help high school, intermediate, under-graduate and post-graduate students from economically backward SC/ST families, the fund committed by the company has increased over the years. A mix of school and college going students are identified based on merit test for the Fellowship.
On the occasion, a career counselling session was also organized for the students of Class X and above with an objective to provide them proper guidance for selecting the right career path. 150 students from the region participated in the session that was conducted by renowned educational institutes like Career Launcher and Shiv IAS Academy. During the session, the students were engaged in an exercise of exploring the emerging career avenues along with available choices of education in the future.
Among others present on the occasion were senior officials of Tata Steel and Tata Steel Rural Development Society along with union officials and PRI members from the peripheral villages.