Dhanbad, Sept. 8: They have brought laurels to the state and in return took home hefty scholarships.
Nine talented volleyball players of Dhanbad were handed over prizes worth Rs 36,000 each under the sports scholarship scheme of the state art, culture, sports and youth affairs department during a function at the district Volley Coaching Centre at Park Market in Hirapur today.
Seven girls and two boys received the drafts from secretary of the volleyball centre Suraj Prakash Lal.
Speaking at the programme, Lal said the players were selected on the basis of their performances in inter-district championships and other tournaments, including national-level events, this year.
The scholarship has been given to players for the first time and will encourage them to work hard. Aimed at encouraging youngsters to take up sports as a career, the money was given to only those players who are not beneficiaries of any other scholarship.
An individual had to apply for the scholarship, which can be renewed after a year, depending on the performance of the player.
A committee of the state art, culture, sports and youth affairs department will adjudge their performances.
Thus, the scholarship will encourage the beneficiaries to perform better to renew their scholarships, while other players will try to win it from next year, hoped Lal.
Urging the players to work even harder and bring laurels for the district and state, the volleyball centre secretary added that the state government was providing all sorts of facilities to these players so that they excel in their respective fields.
“Free of cost training is provided to volleyball players from across the district at the volleyball coaching centre in Hirapur daily from 6 to 8 in the morning and again from 4.30pm to 6.30pm,” he added.
Those who won the scholarship today were Puja Kumari (18), Salvi Sinha (22), Moushmi Das (19), Nishi Kumari (19), Deepa Kumari (18), Swarnim Kumari (18), Kumari Khusbu (20), Deepak Kumar (23) and Krishnakant Dubey (21).
Speaking to The Telegraph, Salvi Sinha, a third-year BCom student of SSLNT College, said the reward would encourage her to work harder.
“My father Dilip Sinha is an employee with a private firm and we belong to a lower middle class family. The money will help our family as now I can take care of my requirements. My family will no longer have to worry about them,” said Sinha, who represented the state in the 60th Senior National Volleyball Championship held at Raipur in January, 2012.
Another awardee, Deepak Kumar Singh (23), who holds a diploma in electrical engineering, echoed Sinha.
Boost for the best
Winners: 7 girls, 2 boys — Dhanbad spikers Puja Kumari, Salvi Sinha, Moushmi Das, Nishi
Kumari, Deepa Kumari, Swarnim Kumari, Kumari Khusbu, Deepak Kumar
and Krishnakant Dubey
Criteria: Last year’s
performance in inter-district and other tournaments
Prize money: Rs 36,000 each
Sponsor: State art, culture, sports and youth affairs
USP: Scholarship can be renewed after a year, conditions apply