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Scholarships inspire girls to aspire | GCW Students reap benefits

In order to fully harness the demographic advantage, India must provide quality education to its students and invest in making the future workforce more skilled and employable. Needless to mention, scholarships can surely help cover this deficit in providing basic education and access to higher education by helping students from financially distressed families. Broadly, scholarships can be categorised into means, merit or talent based, all these can help aspiring individuals to become leaders of tomorrow just by lending a helping hand at the right time.

As per the Annual State of Education Report (ASER) survey, around 20 percent of the rural children did not have any textbooks at home by September. About 70 percent of rural children did learning activities of which only 11 percent had only live online classes. It was the first ever phone-based ASER survey conducted in September 2020. Such surveys reveal the ground realities of government policies and their benefits for the citizens.

One cannot deny the impact scholarships can have on national development and growth. Scholarships act as a catalyst to help students change their lives and provide them a direction to pursue their dreams and become change-makers in the society. Scholarships not only help monetarily but also reinforces motivation and confidence in students to perform better. Financial assistances act as a way to be unbiased and fair to the students from underprivileged backgrounds. Scholarships can reduce financial distress and help students form a strong foundation for their successful lives ahead. 

Jammu Links news reached out to Dr. Sangita Nagari Principal, Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, regarding the scholarships offered to the students and its corresponding benefits.

She said, “The mission of our institute is to empower girls by providing them with holistic education. We focus both on modern education and adding societal values to the teaching process. Our exemplary record speaks highly of the performance of our girls in the field of sports, cultural activities and academics.”

She added, “We have around 5700 students on roll belonging to different strategies of the society and a lot amongst them reap benefits from various scholarships offered by the government and various foundations. In the last academic session around 1000 students received scholarships from different platforms. We have a separate committee for verifying various scholarship forms received by the students following which they received monetary benefits in their respective bank accounts.”

Associate Professor Indu Khajuria, said, “More than 900 students received financial assistance in the last academic session from different organisations like Mohyal foundation, Sikh 4 All Foundation, Inspire, SMVD etc. More than 200 girls received scholarships from Central Sector Schemes. And in reserved categories, 300 students from Scheduled Caste, 110 from Other Backward Classes and 145 from Scheduled Tribes categories received scholarships.”

She added, “More than 30 wards of defence personnel also received scholarships from the government.”

Providing equal opportunity and access to education can help girls secure their future. Undoubtedly, education can be a great driving force to bring social change and help girls realise their full potential. The objective of these schemes is to support deserving girls from economically weaker sections of the society and make them self-reliant.

So, if we as a nation can provide quality education to our students especially girls, our economy and society at large will improve drastically.

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Hardeep Bali