Vidyasaarathi, a unique education scholarship portal powered by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited (NSDL e-Gov) has announced its partnership with TATA Housing who will be offering scholarships to girl students. Through this partnership, TATA Housing aims to recognize, promote and financially assist the deserving girl students belonging to economically weaker sections of the society. This partnership will open up new avenues for Vidyasaarathi to expand its portfolio in the educational scholarships space; thus catering to a number of underprivileged students.
The scholarship is relevant to students pursuing civil engineering (B.E/ B.Tech.), Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch) and MBA in Construction Project Management (CPM). The eligibility criteria for B.E / B.Tech scholarship is that the student needs to be pursing the courses and must have an overall minimum percentage of 50% right from SSC and above. The student applying for the MBA scholarship must have completed graduation with an overall percentage of 50%.
Commenting on this collaboration, Mr. Gagan Rai, CEO and MD, NSDL e-Gov, said, “We are delighted to partner with TATA Housing as we continue to revolutionize the education scholarship sector. Along with offering a helping hand to the girl child in the education domain, we are also supporting them to gain necessary skills and expertise to be a part of the flourishing construction industry. Vidyasaarathi follows a transparent route in a controlled environment enabling students across India to pursue higher education and become architects of the future, continuously reinventing themselves”.
“At Tata Housing, it is our constant endeavor to contribute towards the society in a positive way. This partnership with NSDL e-Gov will enable us to efficiently identify, promote and financially assist meritorious girl students belonging to economically weaker sections, so that they are able to complete their education and contribute towards the growth of Real Estate industry” said Mr. Brotin Banerjee, MD and CEO of Tata Housing.
Having benefited a number of students in the pilot phase, NSDL e-Gov has already empaneled a number of educational institutes on board to collaborate for the Vidyasaarathi program. Vidyasaarathi envisions simplifying the process of scholarship attainment in the country by shifting the entire process to the digital world, thereby reducing administrative challenges faced by organizations to support education funding.
The scholarships facilitated by TATA Housing will be disbursed across educational institutions and will be available for girl students from across the country. Up to INR 60,000 per student will be covered per scheme under the scholarships. The dates for the program are as follows:
● Application Submission period – 18th January 2018 to 19th February 2018
● Screening & shortlisting of candidates – 20th February 2018 to 10th March 2018
● Disbursement of the scholarship – 15th March 2018
Vidyasaarathi envisions simplifying the process of scholarship design, application and disbursement, thereby removing all administrative challenges faced by organizations to support education funding. The Vidyasaarathi portal is supported by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, which acts as a central trust for managing scholarships. Previously, Vidyasaarathi had teamed up with ACC Cement, Care Ratings to provide scholarships to students in the low-income areas of India. Vidyasaarathi plans to expand further by forming more partnerships with institutions and executing an extensive campus outreach.
About NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited:
NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited (NSDL e-Gov) was originally setup as a Depository in 1995 and has over the years used its inherent strengths, project management capabilities & technology expertise to deliver state of the art e-Governance solutions, which has helped Governments to identify and clear bottlenecks, promote transparency, reduce service delivery costs and deliver public services efficiently. NSDL e-Gov works closely with various Government agencies for designing, managing and implementing e-Governance Projects. NSDL e-Gov has also established Service Centre networks across the country, which serves as access points for the public and are efficiently used by Governments to deliver quality services in a user friendly and transparent manner to the citizens.