DIGJYOTIANs at the 13th Interactive Meet on 27th January 2019 spent the entire forenoon educating themselves with Odisha’s rich heritage of art and craft at Kala Bhumi. The afternoon session went off with intense interaction among themselves, with Trustees, participating educationists & social activists. Responding to a query by the Chairman if the Trust’s Annual Interactive initiative is of any real use, all of them including Mrs. Deepanjali Mishra, educationist pleaded for its continuance for its tremendous benefit to them.
The valedictory session started with the Trust’s Chairman, Prof.K.Pradhan welcoming the participants. Recounting the progress of the Trust right from its formative days, he ventilated his concern how to carry on its mission by an Alumni Association which though mooted earlier, has not materialized so far.
Prof.P.K.Roul who described the endeavor worthwhile, identified one senior DIGJYOTIAN, Mr.Chaitanya Pradhan to create a facebook/WhatsApp group right away as the first step to creating this Association. Founder Trustee, Mrs.Sucheta Pradhan spoke to the children at length giving valuable tips to succeed in life and advised them to keep away from the menace of smartphones especially selfies which is a narcissistic trait. The Meet ended following Vote of Thanks by Sri B. C.Das
The 12th Interactive Meet of DIGJYOTI scholars took place on 17th December 2017 starting with the interaction of the awardees individually with the Founder Trustee & Chairman, Prof. Khageswar Pradhan and sharing with him their stories of trodden path to progress in their studies and seeking solutions to issues they face.
With the assembling of the Members of the Trust which included the Founder Trustees Mrs. Sucheta Pradhan and Mr. Basab Pradhan and eminent educationists & social activists like Dr. B.C. Patnaik, Dr. S.K. Ray, Dr. M. Roy, Dr. B.C. Nayak, Dr. R.C. Patra, Dr. L.M Gadanayak, Advocate Aditya Kumar Nayak, Mrs. Nivedita Lenka and Mrs. Dipanjali Mishra, the scholars were introduced to them by the Trust’s Secretary. Prof.S.Pashupalak, Vice chancellor ,OUAT who was to preside over the meeting informed the Chairman of the Trust that due certain important engagement he would join half an hour late and the meeting may start as scheduled.
The meeting started with presentation of a brief report by Mr.B.C.Das Secretary of the Trust on the activities of the Trust during last year.
Prof. Pradhan in his introductory remarks highlighted the vision & mission of the Trust and implored the DIGJYOTIANs to share the experience consequent to their becoming a part of DIGJYOTI family. The children narrated their experience as to how the financial support provided by DIGJYOTI helped them crossing the hurdles in life that they were earlier facing for their education. Some of them were very candid to express that they would never have dreamt of prosecuting college education without DIGJYOTI’s assistance. While expressing their gratitude to the Trust, some awardees like Silpa, a student of M.Com and Rupen, a student of 3rd year B.Tech told how they are facing financial hardships for their sustenance and higher education for which they are taking up part-time jobs of private tuition and project works of juniors, etc since the Trust’s scholarship is not sufficient enough to meet both the ends.
Among the DIGJYOTIANs who have successfully settled themselves in life after completing their higher studies with assistance from the Trust, Dr. Lal Mohan Alada, Er. Chaitan Pradhan and Mrs. Hiramati Mallik expressed their heart-felt gratitude to the Trust which has helped them to achieve their goals in life and amidst thunderous applause from the fellow DIGJYOTIANs they declared their solemn promise to extend their full support to the cause of DIGJYOTI as its ambassadors by providing as much assistance as their avocations could afford, to needy poor and distressed children for their higher education. The emotional revelations of the DIGJYOTIANs moved all participants during the Interaction.
Founder Trustee, Mr. Basab Pradhan was greatly impressed with the deep involvement of the children with the Trust, notwithstanding its limited financial support in many cases. You, he said, are the captain of your ships while we help you in a small way for reaching your destination. Also he was pleased to observe that the children have truthfully accepted in life the road shown by the founder of the Trust that was trodden by him in his testing life situation to rise to the positions he held in the society. Among others who spoke on the occasion, were Dr. B.C. Patnaik and Dr. L.M. Gadanayak, who eulogized the efforts of the Trust in transforming the scenario across the State where the most disadvantaged in the society i.e. the poor & orphans have found a beacon light to fulfill their aspirations to establish themselves in the society through higher education.
Mrs. Sucheta Pradhan, founder Trustee who has endeared the children of the DIGJYOTI family so dearly, spoke to them with motherly comforts, encouraging them to face the world with courage and conviction as proud DIGJYOTIANs. She wished them a happy & prosperous New Year.
Prof. Surendra Nath Pasupalak, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT in his Presidential remarks observed that the cheerful and agile faces of the DIGJYOTIANs testifies the success of the Trust in helping the deprived and disadvantaged children in our society to fulfill the aspirations in life. While the Governmental schemes have not fully succeeded in reaching the targeted section, DIGJYOTI with its limited resources has achieved its goal to enthuse the disadvantaged children for higher studies.
Before the interaction was concluded Prof. Pradhan extended thanks and gratitude to all the participants for their continued co-operation to the Trust for achieving its goals over the years. He also thanked press and media and also those extended their help and support for the meeting. He wished all success to the children.
Young Digjyotians across the state, eager to participate at their 11th Interactive Meet arrived early in the morning of 29th January 2017 and soon joined the group led by mentors and guide visiting the Sate Museum for having an insight to the ancient history and archeological treasures of Odisha.
On return, they spent the mid-day session of about one hour interaction exclusively with the Founder Trustee, Sucheta Pradhan with whom they are deeply connected emotionally ever since their enrolment, by unfolding the rigors of their testing life situations and seeking solutions to umpteen issues.
Then, the Interactive meeting with all students, Trustee members and all other invited guests started. The Chairman of the Trust, Prof. Khageswar Pradhan discussed with the children individually and assured that the Trust will continue to extend all possible assistance to sustain their efforts as it did by providing educational assistance to 179 of them out of whom as many as 24 children have already settled well in life with lucrative jobs.
This was followed by the Trust members, mentors, social activists & other guest educationists speaking to the children in great details to make use of their precious time & energy to succeed in life to become proud members of the society. Dr. S.N. Pasupalak, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT who presided over the valedictory session, eulogized the contributions of the Trust in enabling the disadvantaged children to become self-sufficient and positively contribute to the society.
The children responded with great enthusiasm promising their best efforts for espousing the cause of DIGJYOTI.