With an aim to give students from economically weak background in the state access to higher education, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited (NSDL e-Gov) in association with Provident Housing Limited, a 100% subsidiary of real estate company Puravankara Ltd., initiated the Provident Housing Scholarship program under its flagship online platform, Vidyasaarathi. Under the programme about 25-30 deserving students are being awarded scholarships which covers the academic course fee for the entire year.
The first conferring of scholarship was at two colleges, MES College of Arts & Commerce, Vasco and Goa College of Architecture, Altinho. About 13 students from MES College and 15 students from Goa College of Architecture were awarded the scholarship, which is equivalent to their academic course fee for the year 2019-2020.
Speaking on the occasion, Gagan Rai, CEO and MD, NSDL e-Governance said, “At NSDL e-Governance, our goal is to facilitate education financing across India thereby encouraging more and more students to dream big and work hard towards fulfilling their dream. These students from Goa are very deserving and our association with Puravankara and Provident Housing will help them accomplish a great future.”
Minol R Ajekar, head, CSR, Puravankara added, “Vidyasaarathi is a great start to our social development plan in Goa. We at Provident, strongly believe in creating a sustainable impact on the development of communities through initiatives in education, environment, health and safety and we are delighted about our partnership with NSDL e-Governance. This association will not only achieve the goal of providing students with learning opportunities, but will also create conducive environments to enable higher studies without the financial burden of the same. Furthermore, we are hopeful that we can make a difference to as many students as possible by fulfilling their dreams of a higher education. We wish all students good luck for a bright future, looking forward to greater participation in the scholarship program next year.”
The scholarship program is open to students of the two colleges whose parent or guardian’s income is less than Rs five lakh per annum, and special preference is given to students belonging to tribal community. Additionally, students with minimum aggregate of 50 per cent marks are eligible for the scholarship.