Governor Punjab and Gujarat today launched special scholarship scheme for the tribal students Supported by Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh.
The Scholarship was launched during Aryans National Seminar on "Empowering Youth of Tribal States in India." held today at PHD Chamber, Sector-31, Chandigarh
Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, the Governor of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Administrator was the Chief Guest while Sh. O.P. Kohli, Governor, Gujarat and Sh. Madan Mohan Mittal, Technical Education Minister, Punjab were the Guests of Honour on the occasion. Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh presided over the event.
Sh. Kaptan Singh Solanki, while speaking on the occasion said, "I have recently visited Aryans Campus and was happy to see around 3000 students from Different states, caste, colour, creed etc who are studying there which is a live example of unity & cultural diversity. He stressed upon Digital India and Make in India Campaign. People who always talk about intolerance should learn from such campuses. He appreciated Aryans efforts to bring various associations of tribal states on a single platform.
While launching the scholarship scheme Dr. Anshu Kataria said that though there are many centre and state sponsored scholarship schemes but amount given under these is not enough to cover entire education. Considering the same Aryans has decided to extend helping hands to Tribal Students.
As per the Aryans Scholarship scheme 100 meritorious students will be selected from tribal areas in which 35% of the scholarship will be paid by Aryans Group, other 50% part will be paid by the State Government and the remaining 15% part will be borne by the students. Toll free scholarship helpline i.e.1800-30000-388 was also launched for tribal students.
Shri O.P. Kohli, Governor Gujarat speaking on the occasion said that Gujarat Government has set up 95 Science Stream higher secondary schools in tribal regions, ITIs, Engineering, Nursing and Agriculture colleges in every talukas.
Sh. Kohli further added that apart from Technical Education others sectors should also be touched including health sector, Malnutrition should be erected, vocational courses should be added to make the people self reliant, tribals should be involved in administration so they can feel the need of common man and agriculture sector should be strengthened to generate more employment opportunities.
Sh. Madan Mohan Mittal, Punjab Technical Education Minister, said that Punjab has emerged as destination for Tribal students of India. Punjab has 360 Under Graduate, 75 Post Graduate, 102 engineering and 193 Polytechnic Colleges. He added Punjab has better infrastructure and employment opportunity. He appreciated the efforts done by Aryans to become the preferred destination for Tribal students for Technical and Higher education.
On the other hand the Tribal Students Associations highlighted few problems faced by them in the region. They said that keeping in view the high standards of Education provided by the Institutes and cost of living in the region the amount of scholarship should be hiked and it should be paid well in time to continue their studies uninterrupted. They also said that stringent rules should be made to prevent racial incidents in the Country.
On the occasion many renowned speakers spoke about the issues and challenges of Tribal community. Mr Som nath (Tribal Research Scholar), Dr. Chandan Lal (Senior advisor Lahaul & Spiti student association). Mr Kerma Gyaso(Sikkim student association) Mr.Yomli Kato & Mr Nibaj Ligu(Arunachal students association). Mr.Mritunjay Hazarika( Assam students association), Ms Rinzing( Himachal Pradesh students association), Mr Stanzin Dawa(Director Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth development) shared their views about the upliftment of Tribal communities in India.
Prof. Roshan Lal Kataria (Founder, Aryans); Mrs Rajni Kataria (Treasurer); Dr. Parveen Kataria (Director General; Prof. B.S Sidhu (Registrar), Sh Pankaj Aggarwal, Sh Sumit Govil, J.S Nayyar, president, CMA were also present on the occasion.