Jamshedpur, March 17: Tata Steel on Thursday awarded Moodie Fellowship to 102 academically bright SC/ST students from low-income families. The function was organized at the Tribal Culture Center (TCC), Sonari.
Chief guest G.M. Sharan, head, Special Projects, CSR, Tata Steel, disbursed the scholarship amount worth nearly Rs. 15 lakh among the students, who hailed from Jharkhand and West Bengal.
Calling upon the students to realize “the incredible power of education”, Sharan said, “Education is the easiest and the most potent tool to bring about positive changes in life.” After attaining a respectable position, you all should look out for ways to educate economically disadvantaged students, he added.
Urmila Ekka, honorary secretary, Tata Steel’s Tribal Cultural Society (TCS), asked the students to spend their scholarships “judiciously” and “use it strictly for achieving educational goals, and nothing else.”
Since 2006-07, Moodie Fellowship is being given away to poor, but meritorious SC/ST students pursuing professional science-stream courses like B. Tech, MBBS, Bio-technology, M. Tech, microbiology, MCA, etc.
“The scholarship amount is a great relief for students like me. It’s only because of Moodie Fellowship, I am able to pursue B. Tech from NIT, Jamshedpur,” said Anjali Kumari.
Airing similar views, Dinesh Hembram, a student pursuing B. Tech from Birsa Institute of Technology (BIT), Sindri, shared, “I had to do menial jobs to support my school education. But, now I have Moodie Fellowship to take care of my higher studies.”