While our strategic partner Ujjivan provides education loans, it does not provide loans beyond the II PUC (12th Grade). The students' families were thus forced, once again, to take high interest loans from the moneylender or burden their family financially to pursue higher education. Education Loans given by the banks come as a relief for a few people, but even to have access to such a facility beneficiaries are finding it difficult. Even worse, in many cases these students dropped out. It was clear to us that we had to fill in the gap for very poor children who wanted to go for higher education. We therefore launched the Higher Education Scholarship Program, wherein with the help of donations received, scholarships are provided for deserving students to pursue higher education whether it is undergraduate studies or graduate degrees. Strict criteria and due diligence ensure that the awardees are truly deserving.
We provide 60% of a student's total tuition costs up to a maximum of Rs.15000 (about 275 USD) each, which is a huge support for a child to attain her/his dream. The number of scholarships we give out depends on the donations that come in. To learn more about how you can support this program, please click here.Case studies Jaidev Shrikant Chatter, Pune Katraj, Maharashtra
Alpana Shrikant Chatter, a widow lost her husband to jaundice 8 years ago. She, the only earning member of the family, works at home as a tailor and in a bank as a part time employee. Alpana took care of her family as well as her aged mother-in-law and 2 sons who are both studying. Jaidev, her second son, is a meritorious student and pursuing B.Sc Computer Science because he was unable to afford his dream of studying Computer Engineering.
The family was able to pay for the first year of studies by borrowing money from people but Jaidev realised that he needed another solution to supplement the poor financial situation of his family. So he started providing tuitions at minimal cost, to poor students staying near his house. His students all passed their examinations. At an age when his friends are outdoors and enjoying life, he is busy working to ensure that his family does not get into huge debt to sustain his education.
He secured second rank in his college in Advance Computer Technology. Parinaam awarded him with a Higher Education Scholarship of Rs. 13800.Dipankar Maity, Shibpur, West Bengal
Maya Maity, a client of Ujjivan, sells bangles and cloth bags in Howrah near Kolkata. Her husband is a daily labourer earning nominal amounts. They and their son Dipankar Maity, live in a tiny 8 x 8 feet room, scattered with pieces of old garments, which Maya uses to make the cloth bags. Despite the tough conditions at home, Dipankar was diligent in continuing his studies and a topper at school, consistently earning grades above 90%. His mother wished that he become an engineer, earning respect, money and stability in life, something which she and her husband never had.
Maya works hard, stitching bags into the early hours of morning, never sleeping before 3 am. Dipankar, not wanting to let his mother and the family down, studied hard to get into an Engineering college. Today, he is doing his B.E in Electronics and Communication in Jadavpur University.
When Maya received the cheque for the scholarship amount for her son, she was speechless and became emotional. Dipankar expects good exam results next year and hopeful to subsequently get a good job to help his family be well off within a few years.
Please find below list of students enrolled into different degrees and diploma programs and their ambitions.
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