Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, December 28
Narinder Gupta, an alumnus of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, (1975 batch), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), here, and at present serving as vice-president, International Business, Jain Irrigation, Inc, USA, has instituted a scholarship, which will be solely sponsored by him and his daughter Dr Huma Gupta.
The scholarship will be given to the most needy girl students of BTech (agricultural engineering) of the college. In this regard, the Alumni Association of College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COAET), PAU, has signed a memorandum of agreement with Narinder Gupta and his daughter Dr Huma Gupta.
He said they had instituted the ‘Gulshan Gupta Memorial Grant’ for BTech students of COAET, PAU, in the memory of his wife Gulshan Gupta, who passed away in 2009. For the same, he has contributed Rs 12 lakh to the alumni association of the college to create a corpus fund for the Gulshan Gupta Memorial Grant. Gupta said his daughter Huma had been a motivating force for him to initiate the memorial grant. Dr Satish Kumar Gupta, president of the alumni association, said the grant was aimed at encouraging and supporting female students belonging to economically weaker sections and striving for excellence in the discipline of agricultural engineering.
“The monetary support extended would be Rs 40,000 per year to cover a part of the tuition fee and will benefit a total of 10 female students. The scheme will last for 13 years till 2034,” he said.
Dr Ashok Kumar, dean of the college, thanked Gupta for this noble deed and said the grant would provide female students an opportunity to further their education and prepare for a successful future in the spirit of empowering women through technical education. He praised the spirit of the alumni to pay back to their alma mater and emphasised for increased connect for enhancing the brand, COAET, Punjab Agricultural University.
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