The girls with their scholarship cheques in Dhanbad
on Sunday. Picture by Gautam Dey
A fair help has come all the way from the US.
Finance expert Vikram Kaul (40) and wife Sonia Sehra (38) have gifted cheques worth Rs 66,000 which were distributed among eight meritorious, but needy, girls studying science in Dhanbad and Bokaro.
The scholarship distribution ceremony was organised by local NGO Prakash Foundation at Prayaas India, the student society of BIT-Sindri, located on Blind School premises in Domgarh on Sunday. Head of ACC Plant in Sindri Manoj Jindal handed over the cheques.
The girls were selected based on their merit and economic condition of their families.
President of Prakash Foundation Rameshwar Prasad said they collected information about the students from principals of different schools.
“Girls whose family income is less than Rs 80,000 per annum have been taken into consideration. Their merit was judged by their Class X results,” said Prasad, adding that Kaul was also a patron of the NGO.
After gathering the information, the NGO members visited the girls’ houses in order to verify their credentials.
The beneficiaries are eleventh grader of Inter College in Chakradharpur Priyanka Pruseth and batchmate Bandana Mandal of Lions Public School, who received cheques worth Rs 10,000 each.
Twelfth graders of Rajkamal Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Dhanbad Anjali Gupta and Rinkle Kumari, Class XI students of Sri Sri Suryadev Singh Gurukulam Shikha Priya and Nidhi Kumar and eleventh grader Suman Kumari of DAV Public School Koylanagar took home Rs 8,000 each.
Class XI student of Sindri College Kajal Kumari received Rs 6,000.
Except Chakradharpur resident Priyanka, the seven other girls attended the function.
Daughter of peanut seller and Sindri resident Kajal was very happy to receive the scholarship. “I will buy books with the money,” said the aspiring civil engineer who dreams of studying at BIT-Sindri.
Roadside teashop owner Gajendra Singh’s daughter Nidhi plans to utilise the money in other ways. “I will use the sum to pay my tuition fee,” said the eleventh grader who wants to serve the country by becoming an IAS officer.