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Every year over 100 meritorious SC/ST students from villages around Katamati benefit fromTata Steel’s Jyoti Fellowship

Joda:8/1`2/20:The provision of fellowship opportunities for meritorious students, belonging to the SC/ST communities has been an important part of Tata Steel’s endeavor in the field of education.

On an average, every year over 100 meritorious SC/ST students from villages around Katamati in the Keonjhar district benefit from the Jyoti Fellowship programme. In the last 9 years, Rs 34.18 lakh has been disbursed to students from Katamti under this fellowship. In 2020, as many as 130 students received the fellowship from Katamati region with the total amount of scholarship awarded being to the tune of over Rs. 5.5 lakh.

Jyoti Fellowship offered by Tata Steel Foundation is given to meritorious students to enable them to accomplish their educational and career aspirations. It identifies deserving candidates based on a test of academic merit wherein a student has to undergo a common written test conducted every year at two levels, school level (class VII) and college-level (graduation 1st year). Once the student qualifies for this test, the student becomes eligible for fresh fellowship as well as renewal for consecutive years, subject to 45 percent marks scored in the annual examination every academic year conducted by respective schools or colleges.

The fellowship has come as a boon for the students of Katamati who otherwise face many hurdles to complete their education. Lack of financial support has often led many students to drop out of schools and colleges.

Sushant Kumar Naik, a student from Deojhar village has been receiving this fellowship for 3 years. He says, “I am currently studying in 9th standard and have been receiving Jyoti Fellowship since I was in 7th Standard. Several of my friends from my school have also received this fellowship. We are grateful towards Tata Steel for supporting us and giving us the resources to continue our studies. I wish to study further and become a doctor one day!”

Tata Steel`s Jyoti Fellowship programme extends financial help to students from Jamadoba, West Bokaro, East Singhbhum, West Singhbum and Seraikela Kharsawan district in the Kolhan region of Jharkhand and Sukinda, Bamnipal, Joda, Gopalpur, Kalinganagar, Gomardih and Katamati in the state of Odisha.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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