The third interactive meeting of Digjyoti was held on February 12, 2009 at 5:00 PM in the Conference Hall of the Directorate of Extension, OrissaUniversity of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar.
Forty five people including the Chairman attended the meeting and actively participated in the discussions. Among the present were the members of the Trust, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, the Dean of Extension, Program Coordinators and others helping the cause of Digjyoti as volunteers. All the Digjyoti scholars were also in attendance.
In the meeting the Chairman, Dr. K. Pradhan informed the attendees that the Earthstone Group, a multinational Company, through its Earthstone World Wide Scholarship Program had agreed to sponsor some deserving students for their higher education via Digjyoti Educational Trust. This was welcomed by all the members present in the meeting.
Students explained about their problems, progress in their studies, and future goals. The volunteers were requested to address thestudents’ problems by keeping in touch with the students. The Program Coordinatorswere also impressed upon to play a proactive role in spreading the message of the cause of the Trust and its determination to help educate orphan and poor boys and girls to become respectable citizen of the society.
Mrs. Sucheta Pradhan, a Trustee member held a meeting exclusively with the students. A message was conveyed to them that they should treat Digjyoti like a family where the trustees are the elders and the scholarship holders are rest of the members of the family and that they should keep in touch with each other as well as the trustees. Immediately there was an exchange of addresses. This will go a long way in reaching the goal.