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Aid for science talent

Call it a boon from the blue.

Twenty-five underprivileged but meritorious science students from various schools of Dhanbad were awarded scholarships by Nalanda Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, to pursue their engineering dreams.

The function for Class XII students was organised at Gandhi Seva Sadan in the town on Monday.

The Bhubaneswar cradle presented a cash prize of Rs 1,001, a medal and Rs 5,000 concession for admission to BTech course at the institute to 11 students. Besides, 14 others also got the concession of Rs 5,000 each.

However, taking admission to this particular private cradle is not a must for these beneficiaries.

Regarding the selection of students for the scholarship programme, college vice-principal R.N. Panda said, “A test was conducted on March 30 in different parts of Jharkhand, including Dhanbad, Chakradharpur, Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Ghatshila, based upon which the students were selected.”

The forms were distributed through different coaching centres and private tutors. Students who have appeared for JEE Mains were only allowed to appear for the test. Around 100 aspirants from across the state sat for the examination.

“Of them, as many as 15 students from Jamshedpur, 17 from Ranchi, 12 from Ghatsila and 13 from Chakradharpur were given the scholarship last month,” said Anurag Kumar.

The students are beaming.

Beneficiary Gulab Jaan (17), a student of Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya in Amlabad of Jharia said, “I had secured only 58 per cent in matriculation in 2012. I had been working very hard to secure admission to an engineering college. Today, I feel lucky to be selected for such a scholarship.”

A farmer’s son Md Asif Ansari was equally happy. A resident of Kamardih area, Asif appeared for his Class XII board exams this year. “My father is a farmer and thus this money would be of great help,” he added.