JODA, MAR 24, 2021
As part of its Affirmative Action Policy and efforts towards inclusive growth and development of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities, Tata Steel Foundation awarded ‘Jyoti Fellowship’ to 209 meritorious students of Joda and Khondbond region at a mega function today.
Champua Sub-Collector Pratap Pritimaya graced the occasion as chief guest along with Rajesh Kumar, Chief (Joda), Tata Steel and Anil Oraon, Head, CSR (OMQ Division), Tata Steel.
An amount of Rs 10.72 lakh towards fellowship was disbursed among the students enrolled in schools and colleges across Joda, Barbil and Keonjhar. While, all the students were given fellowship amount, 5 students who have secured more than 75 per cent in matriculation examination were felicitated on the occasion.
Due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, only 65 students were given fellowship during the event, while the fellowship amount to the remaining students would be disbursed online.
Appreciating the efforts of Tata Steel, Pratap Pritimaya said, “It is a great initiative by the company for the underprivileged students for their education. It will motivate the students of the region to excel in studies.”
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.