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12th Annual Interactive Meeting – 2017

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.

2017 Scholars

FOLLOWING POOR ORPHAN & HIGHLY MERITORIOUS CANDIDATES ARE AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS DURING ACADEMIC SESSION 2017-18

DIGJYOTI Scholarships

Awardee Scholarship awarded   Awardee Scholarship awarded
Silpa Moharana Continue receiving assistance for last six years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.11,000 helps her studying 1st year M.Tech.   Prasant Sahoo Continue receiving assistance for last five years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.12,000/- helps him studying final year B.Tech.
  Pinky Malick Continue receiving assistance for last three years and this year’s scholarship of Rs,.10,000 helps her  studying 1st year +3 Commerce   Rupen K. Sen Continue receiving assistance for last five years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.12,000/- helps him studying final year B.Tech.
  Abhisek Mohanty Continue receiving assistance for  last four years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.11,000/- helps him studying final year Science Degree.   Ananya Sarangi Continue receiving assistance for last four years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.12,000/- helps her studying 2nd year B.Tech.
  Alekh Ch. Sur Continue receiving assistance for last five years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.12,000/- helps him studying final year M.Sc at IIT Madras.   Durga Prasad Swain Continue receiving assistance for last five years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.12,000/- helps him studying 3rd year MBBS
  Neelam P. Panda Continue receiving assistance for last four years and this year’s scholarship of  Rs.11,000/- helps her studying 2nd year +3 Science.   Subhalagna Mohanty Continue receiving assistance for last three years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.11,000/- helps her studying 1st year +3 Science
  Sumit R. Sahoo Continue receiving assistance for last four years and this year’s scholarship  of Rs.12,000/- helps him studying M.Sc.   Nihar Ranjan Nayak Continue receiving assistance for last two years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.11,000/- helps him studying final year +2 Science.
  Debabrata Dash Continue receiving assistance for  last four years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.12,000/- helps him studying 1st year M.Sc.   Subham Kumar Dhal Continue receiving assistance for last two years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.11,000/- helps him studying 2nd year +3 Science.
  Supriya Mishra Continue receiving assistance for last two years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.10,000/- helps her studying 2nd year +3 Arts   Manali Sahoo Awarded scholarship of Rs.11,000/- to help her study in 1st year +2 Science
  Ashutosh Sahoo Continue receiving assistance for last two years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.11,000/- helps him studying 2nd year +2 Science   Subash Sahoo Awarded scholarship of Rs.10,000/- to help his study in 1st year I.T.I (Civil Draftsman) course.
  Bhadratanu Sha Continue receiving assistance for last two years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.11,000/- helps him studying 2nd year +2 Science   Manas R. Patra Awarded scholarship of Rs.11,000/- to help his study in 1st year +2 Commerce.
  Khageshwar Panda Awarded scholarship of Rs.11,000/- to help his study in 1st year +2 Science   Puneet T. Hegde Awarded scholarship of Rs.11,000/- to help his study in 1st year +2 Science at Shri Marikamba Govt. PU College, Karnataka

NEMI CHAND JAIN Scholarship

Awardee Scholarship awarded   Awardee Scholarship awarded
Bijaya Ku. Sahoo Continue receiving assistance for last two years and this year’s scholarship of Rs.24,000/- helps him studying 2nd year +3 Science   Aditya Ranjan Panda Awarded scholarship of Rs.24,000/- to help his study in 1st year +3 Science.

11th Annual Interactive Meeting – 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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The children responded with great enthusiasm promising their best efforts for espousing the cause of DIGJYOTI.

2016 Scholars

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PRASANTA KUMAR MISHRA was given scholarships for his +2, +3 and PG in MSW. He is now given assistance of Rs. 3,000 towards the final exam fees of MSW 2016.

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NIRUPAMA NAYAK was given a scholarship of Rs. 10,000 this year to complete her final year +3 Arts at Salipur College.

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SILPA MAHARANA was given a scholarship of Rs. 10,000 this year to complete her final year +3 Commerce at Choudwar College.

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ABHISEK MOHANTY was given a scholarship of Rs. 10,000 this year to complete his second year +3 Science at Ravenshaw College.

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ALEKH CHANDRA SUR was given a scholarship of Rs. 12,000 to complete his 1st year M.Sc. programme at IIT Madras, Chennai.

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NILAM PRIYADARSHINI PANDA was given a scholarship of Rs. 11,000 to complete her 1st year +3 Science programme at Salipur College.

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SUMIT RANJAN SAHOO was given a scholarship of Rs. 11,000 to complete his final year +3 Biotechnology programme at BHU.

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DEBABRATA DASH was given a scholarship of Rs. 11,000 to complete his final year +3 Science programme at Stewart Science College.

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TAPAN KUMAR DASH was given a scholarship of Rs. 10,000 to complete the 1st year of his D.EL.ED.(C.T.) at DIET Puri.

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BHAGYA LAXMI NAYAK was given a scholarship of Rs. 10,000 to complete Final year D.EL.ED. (C.T.) at ETEI, Fakhirpur, Keonjhar.

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PRASANTA SAHOO was given a scholarship of Rs. 12,000 to complete his 2nd year B.Tech programme at N.I.T. Rourkela.

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RUPEN KUMAR SEN was given a scholarship of Rs. 12,000 to complete his 2nd year B.Tech. programme at GITAM, Bhubaneswar.

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DURGA PRASAD SWAIN was given a scholarship of Rs. 12,000 to complete his 2nd year MBBS programme at SCB Medical College.

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ANANYA SARANGI was given a scholarship of Rs. 12,000 to complete her 1st year B.Tech. course at Silicon Institute of Technology.

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SUBHALAGNA MOHANTY was given a scholarship of Rs. 11,000 to complete her +2 Science programme at Salipur Jr. College.

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PINKY MALIK was given a scholarship of Rs. 10,000 to complete her +2 Commerce programme at Salipur Jr. College.

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DUBA MUNA was given a scholarship of Rs. 6,000 to complete his +3 Arts programme at Rajdhani College.

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NIHAR RANJAN NAYAK was given a scholarship of Rs. 11,000 to study in 1st year +2 Science course at U.N. College, Soro.

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SHUBHAM KUMAR DHAL was given a scholarship of Rs. 11,000 to study 1st year +2 Science course at Bhadrak Auto College.

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SUPRIYA MISHRA was given a scholarship of Rs. 10,000 to study in 1st year +2 Arts at Rajdhani College, Bhubaneswar.

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ASHUTOSH SAHOO was given a scholarship of Rs. 11,000 to study in 1st year +2 Sc. at BJB Jr. College.

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BHADRATANU SHA was given a scholarship of Rs. 11,000 to study in 1st year +2 Science at Bhadrak Jr. College.


Nemi Chand Jain Scholarships 2016-17

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ABDUL AZAM KHAN was awarded the Nemi Chand Jain scholarship of Rs. 24,000 to complete his +3 Science course at Ravenshaw University.

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BIJAYA KUMAR SAHOO was awarded the Nemi Chand Jain scholarship of Rs. 24,000 to complete his 1st year +3 Science at Bhadrak Auto College.

Digjyoti Scholars-2015

DIGJYOTI SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES 2015-16

Sri Prasanta Kumar Mishra
At- Kuliabahal, P.O- Jarasingha
Dist- Balangir, Pin- 767067
Contact No- 9938314622
A meritorious poor and orphan boy has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s assistance since 2009-10 and is now studying in 1st year MSW at Yuvodaya College, Balangir. He is awarded annual scholarship of Rs.10,000/- this year
Ms Nirupama Nayak
At- Balashram
KGNM Trust, Satyabhamapur
Dist: Cuttack, Pin- 754 200
A meritorious poor & orphan girl has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s assistance since 2012-13, completing her +2 and 1st year of +3 and now studying in 2nd year of +3 Arts at Salipur is awarded Rs.10,000/- this year.
Ms Silpa Maharana
At- Balashram
KGNM Trust, Satyabhamapur
Dist: Cuttack, Pin- 754 200
A meritorious poor orphan girl has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s assistance since 2012-13, completing her +2 and 1st year of +3 and now studying in 2nd year of +3 Commerce at Choudwar College, is awarded Rs.10,000/- this year.
Sri Prasanta Moharana
At/Po: Bhakar Sahi
Via- Balipatna, Dist: – Khordha, Contact No- 9692907083

A meritorious poor boy has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s assistance since 2012-13, completing his +2 and 2nd year of +3 and now studying in final year of +3 Commerce at U.N. Auto College, Adaspur is awarded Rs.10,000/- this year.

Sri Abhisek Mohanty
S/o- Late Badri Narayan Mohanty
At- Sundarda, P.O- Pahanga, Via- Niali
Dist- Cuttack, Pin- 754 004
Contact No- 9853441491
A meritorious poor and orphan boy who has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2012-13, completing his +2 Science and now studying 1st year of +3 Science at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, is awarded Rs.11,000/- this year.
Sri Alekh Chandra Sur
S/o- Rebatee Sur
At- Gopalpur, P.O:Prathamkhandi
Dist-Jajpur- 755008
Contact No- 9937938783
A highly meritorious poor and orphan boy who has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2013-14 and now studying final year of +3 Science at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, is awarded Rs.11,000/- this year.
Ms Nilam Priyadarshinee Panda
At- Sadhupur, Po- Bodhanga, Via- Nischintakoili
Dist-Cuttack- 754207
A very meritorious poor orphaned girl, who has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s assistance from 2014-15 and now studying 2nd year Science at Salipur College, is awarded Rs.11,000/- this year.
Sri Sumit Ranjan Sahoo
C/o Sri Pradip Kumar Choudhury
At- Rajabagicha, L.B Colony, Qr.No- S/10
Po- Telenga Bazar, Dist-Cuttack-753009
Mob-9090606460

A meritorious poor boy orphaned by death of both parents, is receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2014-15 and now studying 2nd year of +3 Biotechnology course at BHU, is awarded Rs.11,000/- this year.

Sri Debabrata Dash
Qrs No- D/12, Police Lane, Buxi Bazar
Cuttack-753001, Mob-7377656524

A meritorious poor boy orphan boy, is receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2014-15 and now studying 2nd year of +3 Science course at Stewart Science College, is awarded Rs.11,000/- this year.

Sri Pratyush Nandi
C/o Ramesh Ch. Ray
Plot No-1233, Mahanadi Vihar, Cuttack-753004
Mob-9778303239

A meritorious poor boy receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2014-15 and now studying 2nd year of +2 Science course at Ravenshaw Junior Science College, is awarded Rs.11,000/- this year.

Ms. Supriya Muduli
D/o- Rabindra Muduli
At- Kulakaijanga, Po- Biridi, Dist- Jagatsinghpur
Pin-754111

A meritorious poor girl receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2014-15 and now studying 2nd year of +2 Science course at BJB College, is awarded Rs.11,000/- this year.

Sri Tapan Kumar Dash
S/o- Mayadhar Dash
At- Kashiharipur, Po- Gopinathpur, Dist- Puri
Mob- 8658501274A meritorious physically disabled boy receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2014-15 and now studying 2nd year of +3 Shastri Course at NNAC, Sanskrit College, Puri, is awarded Rs.10,000/- this year.
Ms. Rashmi Dash
D/o- Sri Ganesh Prasad Dash
At/P.O- Rahanja, Via- Ranital
Dist- Bhadrak, Pin- 756 111

A very meritorious poor girl receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2010-11 completed +2 Science and DEE Course and now studying 1st year of +3 Science under IGNOU is granted the annual course fee of Rs.3,500/- this year.

Ms. Bhagya Laxmi Nayak
D/o- Sri Ramesh Chandra Nayak
At/P.O- Simulia
Dist- Balasore, Pin- 756 126

A very meritorious poor girl receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2009-10 completed +2 Science Course. After studying in 1st year C.T Course at ETEI, Fakirpur. Awarded  Rs.10,000/- this year.

Sri Prasanta Sahoo
S/o- Sri Harihar Sahoo
At- Habalganda, P.O: Dashipur
Via- Rajkanika, Dist- Kendrapara-754219
Contact No.- 9861128592
A highly meritorious poor boy receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2013-14 completed +2 Science and now reading in 1st year B.Tech at NIT Rourkela is awarded Rs.12,000/- this year.
Sri Rupen Kumar Sen
S/o- Prem Bai Sen
At/Po: Parkod, Via- Khariar Road
Dist- Nuapada- 766104
Contact No- 9438379422
A poor & orphan boy receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2013-14 completed +2 Science and now reading in 1st year B.Tech at GITM, BBSR is awarded Rs.12,000/- this year.
Sri Durga Prasad Swain
At – Erada, Po – Galadhari
Dist- Jagatsinghpur
Contact No- 9090098054 / 9778779166
A meritorious poor boy receiving DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship since 2012-13 and after completing +2 Science is now studing in 1st year MBBS course at SCB Medical College, Cuttack. He is awarded Rs.12,000/- this year.
Ms Ananya Sarangi
At – Shanti Vihar, Aparna Nagar, Chauliaganj
Dist- Cuttack
Contact No- 9439930049

A meritorious poor orphan girl studying 2nd year of +2 Science course at Ravenshaw Junior College, is awarded DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship of Rs.11,000/- this year.

Ms Subhalagna Mohanty
D/o- Late Sachitra Mohanty
At – Mahajan, PO – Nischintakoili
Dist- Cuttack, Pin – 754207

A meritorious poor orphan girl studying in 1st year of +2 Science course at Salipur College, is awarded DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship of Rs.11,000/- this year.

Ms Pinky Malik
C/o- KGNM Trust, Satyabhamapur
Dist- Cuttack, Pin – 754200

A very poor orphan & S.C. girl studying in 1st year of +2 Commerce course at Salipur College, is awarded DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship of Rs.10,000/- this year.

Sri Duba Muna
C/o- Swapna Trust
Unit-5, Opp Commissionarate of Protection of CHild Rights, BBSR
Contact No- 8260788967
A physically handicapped boy studying in 1st year +3 Arts course at Rajadhani College BBSR is awarded DIGJYOTI’s Scholarship of Rs.10,000/-  this year.

Dr. S.S. PRABHU SCHOLARSHIP 2015-16

Ms. Sasmita Panda
D/o- Smt. Minati Panigrahi
At- Bidyadharpur, Po:- Chauliaganj
Dist- Cuttack, Mob: 7536954167

A highly meritorious orphan girl who has been receiving Dr. S.S. Prabhu scholarship since 2014-15 and is now in the final year of M.V.Sc course in Livestock Production & Management in Orissa College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry and is awarded Rs.20,000/- this year to complete her P.G Program

NEMI CHAND SCHOLARSHIP 2015-16

Ms Rajashri Parida
D/o- Sahadev Parida
At- Sadangoi, Via- Delanga
Dist- Puri,
An outstandingly meritorious girl who has been receiving NEMI CHAND scholarship since 2013-14 and is now studying graduation in BJB Auto College, BBSR and is awarded Rs.24,000/- this year.
Abdul Azam Khan
At- Gambharia, Po- Paunskuli, Via- Jamsuli
Dist- Balasore, Pin-756081, Mob- 789431 1 130
A very meritorious poor boy who has been receiving NEMI CHAND scholarship since 2014-15 and is studying in the 2nd year Degree course in Science in Ravenshaw Colllege and is awarded Rs.24,000/- this year.

8th Annual Interactive Meeting

The day long 8th Annual Interactions of DIGJYOTI family took place at the OUAT Guest House premises in Bhubaneswar on 25th December, 2014. To start with the day’s hectic proceedings, the children coming from different corners of the State were taken on sight visits to various locations like Ekamra Vatika, State Assembly, State Secretariat, Indira Park and State Information Centre, etc

The interaction between the beneficiary children, Chairman & Founder Trustees and Trust Members, social activists, functionaries of Orphanages went right throughout the Lunch and beyond till the Post Lunch session began at 3 P.M with participation of Honourable Guests and invitees. Problems faced by children in their studies, their career goals and some social stigmas were heard individually and appropriate guidance given for solutions. The Post Lunch session was presided over by Prof. Manoranjan Kar, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT and Prof. Sankarsana Nanda, Dean, Extension Education of the University who graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Following self introduction by the children, the Founder Chairman of the Trust, Prof. K. Pradhan welcomed the dignitaries in the dais, Trustees, Trust Members, social activists and the scholarship awardee children.

The Secretary of the Board of Trustees, made a brief submission about DIGJYOTI’s achievements over the years since 2006- awarding 69 scholarships to meritorious orphan, poor and distressed children which include two highly meritorious needy children awarded with Nemi Chand Jain scholarship and one student with Dr. S.S. Prabhu scholarship under DIGJYOTI banner. Of the 19 distressed children who have settled themselves in life, four were star attraction of the current year’s Meet. Sri Bipin Kumar Patra, hailing from Phulbani & brought up in an orphanage there, has been employed as a Teacher while Sri Chaitanya Pradhan coming from an orphanage in Angul is a faculty in an Engineering College. Dr. Lal Mohan Alada, a socially and economically challenged distressed boy after his medical education, is now a House Surgeon in the State’s premier Medical College. Ms. Maya Dhal, an orphan child initially brought up in SOS village was adopted by DIGJYOTI by meeting the entire expenditure of her professional degree education and she is now faculty in a Management Institute in the capital city of Bhubaneswar, happily married a few months ago and well settled in life. Maya received the covetous international award “Hermann Gmeiner Award-2014” with a cash prize of 5000 Euro equal to Indian rupees 3.9 Lakhs as the most outstanding among children cared for in SOS Children Village Programs all over the World and have distinguished themselves in terms of their social, cultural and career accomplishments. These glorious achievements of DIGJYOTIANS were loudly applauded by all participants, especially the fellow scholarship awardee children who were greatly inspired. The achievers were felicitated by the Trust


The Secretary of the Board of Trustees, made a brief submission about DIGJYOTI’s achievements over the years since 2006- awarding 69 scholarships to meritorious orphan, poor and distressed children which include two highly meritorious needy children awarded with Nemi Chand Jain scholarship and one student with Dr. S.S. Prabhu scholarship under DIGJYOTI banner. Of the 19 distressed children who have settled themselves in life, four were star attraction of the current year’s Meet. Sri Bipin Kumar Patra, hailing from Phulbani & brought up in an orphanage there, has been employed as a Teacher while Sri Chaitanya Pradhan coming from an orphanage in Angul is a faculty in an Engineering College. Dr. Lal Mohan Alada, a socially and economically challenged distressed boy after his medical education, is now a House Surgeon in the State’s premier Medical College. Ms. Maya Dhal, an orphan child initially brought up in SOS village was adopted by DIGJYOTI by meeting the entire expenditure of her professional degree education and she is now faculty in a Management Institute in the capital city of Bhubaneswar, happily married a few months ago and well settled in life. Maya received the covetous international award “Hermann Gmeiner Award-2014” with a cash prize of 5000 Euro equal to Indian rupees 3.9 Lakhs as the most outstanding among children cared for in SOS Children Village Programs all over the World and have distinguished themselves in terms of their social, cultural and career accomplishments. These glorious achievements of DIGJYOTIANS were loudly applauded by all participants, especially the fellow scholarship awardee children who were greatly inspired. The achievers were felicitated by the Trust

Noting the gleeful mood of the children in a day like the X-mas Day – the holy Birth Day of Lord Christ which signifies wellness for all, Prof. Santosh Kumar Rout, Trustee expressed his sincere hope that the children will imbibe this spirit in life to achieve their goals and espouse the cause for which DIGJYOTI stands.
Mrs Binayini Jena, Trustee & Corporator of the city’s Municipal Corporation, in her emotion filled address eulogized the good work of the Trust and hoped that the students will honestly follow the path of their seniors like Lal Mohan and Maya to establish themselves well in life.
Members of the Trust, Prof. Manoranjan Ray and Prof. Prabhu Charan Lenka, social activist spoke to the children exhaustively and advised them to be sincere in their purpose to achieve their goals.
Mr. Aditya Kumar Nayak, Advocate and a noted social activist from Bhadrak who despite his illness, participated in the interaction with a blind student from Tihidi who is under his close supervision and making steady progress in his study for a sustained livelihood. Mr. Nayak hoped that the Trust will continue its good work in years ahead too.


Mrs. Nivedita Lenka a noted social activist, recipient of Mother Teresa Award and Amma Gourav Award who dedicated her life for the cause of education of meritorious distressed children across the State, gave kaleidoscopic details of her philanthropic work since 2007 and expressed sincere gratitude to DIGJYOTI for providing the right forum for continuing her work of serving the cause of socially and economically challenged children of the state.
Mrs. Dipanjali Mishra, Asst. Headmistress, Sabalakana High School who takes active interest in identifying meritorious needy children for educational assistance from DIGJYOTI, in her lucid verse, was all praise of the Trust’s goals and achievements over the years.
Prof. Sankarsan Nanda, Hon’ble Chief Guest on the occasion eulogized the contributions made by the Trust for the cause of education of meritorious orphan and needy children with a view to settle them in life like Lal Mohan and Maya and assured his continued support to the cause in years ahead.


Trust’s Chairman, Prof. Pradhan while summing up the interaction exercise, pinned his hope on the stakeholders’ successful journey to reach their goal in life and become brand ambassadors to espouse the mission of DIGJYOTI in empowering the orphan and socially challenged distressed children in our society to relieve themselves from the shackle of misery and frustration.
As of DIGJYOTI, Prof. Pradhan informed the gathering that the Trust in its mission to expand its activities has entered into an MOU with Mr. Ram Chandra Prabhu who instituted a scholarship in memory of his illustrious father Late Dr. S.S. Prabhu for award of the same to an outstandingly meritorious Veterinary Graduate for prosecuting Post Graduate studies in the subject of Animal Breeding & Genetics or Animal Production, with a cash award of Rs.20,000/- per annum and after two years when the awardee completes his/her programme, the scholarship will be awarded to another candidate and roll on in similar manner. In the current year, a very meritorious girl, Ms. Sasmita Panda who is doing her Post-Graduation in Animal Production & Management in College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, has been awarded with this scholarship.


Prof. Pradhan also mentioned about formation of an alumni group which he hinted last year and expressed his fond hope that the group will be formed when the number of beneficiaries becomes a little more.
Prof. Manoranjan Kar in his Presidential Address hailed the contributions made by the Trust in providing support and guidance to meritorious orphan, poor and socially challenged children for their education which is the indispensable instrument to empower them in alleviation of their misery and frustration. He also expressed his satisfaction for his association with the Trust’s activities and assured his continued support in future.
The Interaction ended in the evening with the Secretary, Sri B.C. Das extending hearty vote of thanks to the Chair and all participants and amidst thunderous applause making an announcement of on-the- spot contribution of Rs.5,000/- and Rs.5,555/- by Mrs. Binayini Jena, BMC’s local corporator and Prof. Shankarsana Nanda, Dean, Extension Education of Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology respectively as a symbol of their whole hearted and unstinted support and love to DIGJYOTI’s Mission & Goal

Digjyoti Scholars-2014

DIGJYOTI SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES 2014-15

Ms. Sumitra Pradhan
C/o- Secretary, Nehru Seva Sangh
At/P.O- Banpur, Dist- Khurda, Pin- 752031
Contact No- (06756) 223086/223158
A meritorious poor girl of tribal community and an inmate of Nehru Seva Sangh, has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s assistance from 2011-2012. This year she gets annual scholarship of Rs.10,000/- for her study in Final year +3 Arts at Godavarish Mahavidyalaya, Banpur.
Ms Lili Pradhan
C/o- Secretary, Nehru Seva Sangh
At/P.O: Banpur, Pin- 752031, Dist: Khordha
Contact No. (06756) 223086
Lili is a meritorious poor scheduled tribe girl & inmate of Nehru Seva Sangh. DIGJYOTI has been assisting her since 2012-13 and this year she is granted annual educational assistance of Rs.10,000/- for studying in 1st Year +3 Arts at Godavarish Mahavidyalaya, Banpur
Ms Rashmi Dash
D/o- Sri Ganesh Prasad Dash
At/P.O- Rahanja, Via- Ranital
Dist- Bhadrak, Pin- 756 111
Contact No- 9437266592/7539020925
A very meritorious poor girl is DIGJYOTI’s find since 2010-11. She has completed her +2 Sc. Course with flying colours after which she is undergoing the C.T Course and now in final year, she is awarded DIGJYOTI’s annual scholarship of Rs.10,000/-
Sri Prasanta Kumar Mishra
At- Kuliabahal, P.O- Jarasingha
Dist- Balangir, Pin- 767067
Contact No- 9938314622/8658293332
A meritorious poor and orphan boy has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s assistance since 2009-10 and is now studying in 1st year MSW at Yuvodaya College, Balangir. He is awarded annual scholarship of Rs.10,000/- this year
Ms Nirupama Nayak
At- Balashram
KGNM Trust, Satyabhamapur
Dist: Cuttack, Pin- 754 200,Contact no. (0671) 2358753
Nirupama is a meritorious poor & orphan girl sheltered by Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust in their Balashram. She has been given financial assistance from the year 2012-13 and this year she gets annual scholarship grant of Rs.10,000/- to meet her study expenditure in the 1st year +3 Arts class at Salipur Junior College
Ms Silpa Maharana
At- Balashram
KGNM Trust, Satyabhamapur
Dist: Cuttack, Pin- 754 200, Contact: (0671) 2358753
Silpa is a poor meritorious girl sheltered in Balashram of KGNM Trust. She has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s educational assistance since 2012-13 and this year she is granted annual scholarship of Rs.10,000/- for studying in 1st year +3 Arts at Salipur Junior College
Sri Prasanta Moharana
At/Po: Bhakar Sahi
Via- Balipatna, Dist: – Khordha, Contact No- 9692907083
Son of an wage-earner, Prasanta is a meritorious boy belonging to OBC. He has been provided financial assistance since (2012-13) and this year he is also granted annual Rs.10,000/- for his study in 2nd year +3 Commerce
Sri Prasanta Sahoo
S/o- Sri Harihar Sahoo
At- Habalganda, P.O: Dashipur
Via- Rajkanika, Dist- Kendrapara-754219
Contact No.- 9861128592
A highly meritorious poor boy studying in 2nd year +2 Science at Navajyoti Jr.Sc. College, Sishupalgada, Bhubaneswar. He is awarded DIGJYOTI annual Scholarship of Rs.11,000/- to complete his +2 Science Course
Sri Abhisek Mohanty
S/o- Late Badri Narayan Mohanty
At- Sundarda, P.O- Pahanga, Via- Niali
Dist- Cuttack, Pin- 754 004
Contact No- 9853441491
A highly meritorious poor and orphan boy who is studying in 2nd year +2 Science at Ravenshaw Junior College, Cuttack, is awarded DIGJYOTI annual scholarship of Rs.11,000/- this year to complete his +2 course
Sri Alekh Chandra Sur
S/o- Rebatee Sur
At- Gopalpur, P.O:Prathamkhandi
Dist-Jajpur- 755008
Contact No- 9937938783
A highly meritorious poor and orphan boy studying in 2nd year +3 Science at Ravenshaw University, Cuttack who has been awarded DIGJYOTI annual scholarship since last year, is awarded Rs.11,000/- this year
Sri Rupen Kumar Sen
S/o- Prem Bai Sen
At/Po: Parkod, Via- Khariar Road
Dist- Nuapada- 766104
Contact No- 9438379422
A poor & orphan boy studying in 2nd yr. +2 Science at Rajdhani College, BBSR and awarded DIGJYOTI annual scholarship since 2013-14, is awarded the scholarship of Rs.11,000/- this year to complete his +2 course
Sri Sujit Mallik
S/o- Sri Akshaya Mallik
At- Puruna Rekula, P.O- Kamakhyanagar
Dist- Dhenkanal- 759018
Contact No- 9937603830
A meritorious poor & physically disabled boy studying in 2nd year +2 Arts at Kamakhyanagar College, Dhenkanal and who was awarded DIGJYOTI annual scholarship last year, is also awarded Rs.10,000/- this year (2014-15) to complete his +2 course
Sri Manaranjan Samanta
At/Po: Chhabispada Sasan
Via- Tihidi, Dist- Bhadrak-756130
Mob: 9853732180

A meritorious blind boy in extreme poverty and distress due to his father deserting the family, he has been receiving DIGJYOTI’s educational assistance since 2012-13 and this year (2014-15) he is granted annual scholarship of Rs.12,000/- to prosecute his studies in final year +3 Arts Course at Fakir Mohan (Auto) College, Bhadrak

Ms Sushree Sangita Biswal
At- Anantapur, Po- Bhairpur
Via- Bahugram, Dist-Cuttack-754200, Mob-7504802271

Sushree is a meritorious poor girl orphaned by death of her father in a tragic road accident. She has been receiving DIGJYOTI Scholarship since last three years for completing her +2 Science course. This year she is given a financial annual grant of Rs.11,000/-

Ms Nilam Priyadarshinee Panda
At- Sadhupur, Po- Bodhanga, Via- Nischintakoili
Dist-Cuttack- 754207,
Mob-9178816248

A very meritorious poor girl, orphaned by death of her father, is awarded DIGJYOTI annual Scholarship of Rs.11,000/- to prosecute her study in 1st year +2 Science at Salipur College

Sri Sumit Ranjan Sahoo
C/o Sri Pradip Kumar Choudhury
At- Rajabagicha, L.B Colony, Qr.No- S/10
Po- Telenga Bazar, Dist-Cuttack-753009
Mob-9090606460

A meritorious poor boy orphaned by death of both parents, is awarded DIGJYOTI annual Scholarship of Rs.11,000/- for doing his graduation in Bio-technology at BHU

Sri Debabrata Dash
Qrs No- D/12, Police Lane, Buxi Bazar
Cuttack-753001, Mob-7377656524

A meritorious poor boy orphaned by death of father, is awarded DIGJYOTI annual Scholarship of Rs.11,000/- for prosecuting his study in 1st year +3 Science at Christ College, Cuttack

Sri Pratyush Nandi
C/o Ramesh Ch. Ray
Plot No-1233, Mahanadi Vihar, Cuttack-753004
Mob-9778303239

A highly meritorious poor boy admitted in 1st year +2 Science at Ravenshaw Jr. College, Cuttack, is awarded DIGJYOTI annual Scholarship of Rs.11,000/-

Ms. Supriya Muduli
D/o- Rabindra Muduli
At- Kulakaijanga, Po- Biridi, Dist- Jagatsinghpur
Pin-754111

A meritorious poor girl admitted in 1st year +2 Science at B.J.B College, Bhubaneswar, is awarded DIGJYOTI Scholarship of Rs.11,000/-

Sri Tapan Kumar Dash
S/o- Mayadhar Dash
At- Kashiharipur, Po- Gopinathpur, Dist- Puri
Mob- 8658501274

A meritorious physically disabled boy is awarded DIGJYOTI annual scholarship grant of Rs.10,000/- to prosecute his study in 1st year Shastri Course at NNAC, Sanskrit College, Puri

Dr. S.S. PRABHU SCHOLARSHIP 2014-15

Ms. Sasmita Panda
D/o- Smt. Minati Panigrahi
At- Bidyadharpur, Po:- Chauliaganj
Dist- Cuttack, Mob: 7536954167

A highly meritorious girl coming from a poor family and orphaned by death of father and presently admitted in 1st year M.V.Sc course in Livestock Production & Management in Orissa College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry this year (2014-15) is awarded the first Dr. S.S. Prabhu scholarship of Rs.20,000/- per annum which will continue for two years for completion of her P.G Program

NEMI CHAND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES 2014-15

Ms Rajashri Parida
D/o- Sahadev Parida
At- Sadangoi, Via» Delanga
Dist- Puri, Contact No: 8658085421/7749092986
An outstandingly meritorious girl coming from a poor farmer’s family, has been receiving NEMI CHAND JAIN Scholarship of Rs.24,000/- annually for her graduation course in Science since last year. This scholarship is continuing in the 2nd year of her
Degree course this year.
Abdul Azam Khan
At- Gambharia, Po- Paunskuli, Via- Jamsuli
Dist- Balasore, Pin-756081, Mob- 789431 1 130
An outstandingly meritorious poor boy whose father is paralytic and mother in dire distress rears goats for family’s livelihood, is awarded annual NEMI CHAND JAIN Scholarship of Rs.24,000/- from this year to prosecute his study in the 1st year Degree course in Science which will continue for three years. Abdul is the second recipient of this prestigious scholarship