Jamshedpur, May 23: Aimed at supporting meritorious SC/ST students of Jharkhand, Odisha & Chhattisgarh to pursue their professional studies from the premium institutes/colleges of the country, ‘Tata Steel Scholarship Program’ was launched by Tribal Cultural Society on Saturday.
56 students have been supported under this program to pursue higher studies in the reputed institutes like BIT Mesra, BIT Sindri, NIT Jamshedpur, NIT Durgapur, NIT Warangal, NIT Calicut, ISM Dhanbad, TISS Guwahati, XIM-Bhubaneswar & XIM Jabalpur etc. Tata Steel has been supporting these scholars by taking care of their admission fees, tuition fees, hostel, mess fee, laptop, stipend, travel allowance, medical expenses, blazer etc.
The 2 days workshop which kicked off on Saturday is being organised to take a stock of the student’s progress on the completion of one year of study.
This also intends to bring the student closer to the company by arranging interactions with Senior Officials. The budding professionals will also get an insight into the job prospects and career options after they finish their studies.
On the first day of the workshop, the scholars were taken for a visit inside the Tata Steel works and then to Centre for Excellence. They interacted with Biren Bhuta, Chief, CSR, Tata Steel who encouraged the young students to do well in their studies to continue getting the benefits of the Scholarship Program.
In the post lunch session, Ruchi Narendran interacted with the students and was happy to see a large group of students from diverse colleges and institutions where students from Kolhan region were studying and being supported by Tata Steel. She said that the students should always remember their roots and draw inspiration from there. They should be ambassadors for Tata Steel and be role models for others in their villages and neighbourhoods. The Tata Steel Scholars through their conduct and success should motivate and inspire others.
BK Das, VP, CSI, Tata Steel urged the students to introspect and find out their strengths and work on it. The students should sharpen their skills and believe in themselves.
The day ended with each student being allotted a mentor that would be Tata Steel Employee and would guide the students in their studies.
The 38 students who attended the workshop interacted with their mentors.
It is a well-known fact that to avail professional degrees/ education from the reputed colleges/institutes requires huge money.
The economically poor SC / ST students do not easily take up these streams because they are unable to afford them, even if they possess the intellectual capacity.
The girls are particularly denied such opportunities because of the financial reasons.