NGO to provide free education to underprivileged

Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust will construct building for school, bear entire expenses of education of children

Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11

In a commitment to do something for the underprivileged and needy, Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust today announced to provide free education to children in the city. The entire expenses of education, stationery, hiring teachers and other overheads will be borne by the Trust except for land, for which any partner is required. Education in the school will be on a similar pattern as in Sat Paul Mittal School but it will be free for the poor.

Rakesh Bharti Mittal, president of the Trust, said it was a dream, which the Trust wants to fulfil as soon as possible. He said: “We need a Good Samaritan who can provide us the land for serving the noble cause.”

“The building will be constructed by us and all other expenses to run the school will be borne by the NSKT. We want a partner who can provide a land, approachable to children in the city. It would be a coeducational institute,” Mittal said.

Today, he also announced meritorious scholarships for UG courses for underprivileged students.

To provide a major thrust to education, the NSKT, founded in 1983 by Late Sat Paul Mittal, announced that it would set up a K-12 school starting from primary and scaling up to elementary and secondary in a phased manner for underprivileged children.

The guiding philosophy behind setting up of the school is to ensure the underprivileged children belonging to the low-income category in the city is provided with an access to quality education. The Trust will lay emphasis on the ‘girl child’.

Keeping in mind the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) for socially and economically disadvantaged sections (currently at 16-22 per cent range in comparison to the National GER at approximately 26 per cent), the Trust is instituting meritorious scholarships for UG courses for underprivileged students. The scholarship will be awarded to exceptional students from economically disadvantaged background with focus on the girl child to pursue full-time UG studies at any university of their choice. The scholarships have been instituted to help meritorious students belonging from economically weak background to pursue higher education.

“Further, we are pleased to enhance the scholarship amount for district toppers and the objective behind it is to hand hold disadvantaged bright students to pursue their courses at the graduate level. Thus, the Trust will support full education of the toppers for graduation,” he said.

Over the years, the Trust has been actively involved in helping the poor and weaker sections of the society with a special focus on education.

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