APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR SCHOLARSHIPS DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-20

DIGJYOTI Charitable Educational Trust invites applications from meritorious poor orphan and disadvantaged children for award of the following scholarships for higher education during the academic year 2019-20.

DIGJYOTI SCHOLARSHIP: Rs.10,000/- per annum for  most deserving children in the above category, scoring not less than 80% marks after Matriculation. Deserving disabled children and children from Orphanages securing minimum 60% marks will also be considered for this scholarship.

NEMI CHAND JAIN SCHOLARSHIP: Rs.15,000/- per annum to an outstandingly meritorious candidate preferably in the above category securing highest grades both in Matriculation and +2 and admitted in the 1st year of 3 year Degree Course in Commerce. In case deserving students in Commerce is not available, the scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing 1st year +3 Science Course. This scholarship shall be paid for all the three years subject to successful completion of the course every year.

Required Application Form relating to different Scholarships may be downloaded by clicking the below link.

DIGJYOTI SCHOLARSHIP Form 2019-20

NEMICHAND JAIN SCHOLARSHIP Form 2019-20

Children fulfilling the criteria for any one of the above scholarships may apply in the relevant prescribed Application Form with copies of required certificates and send the same to:

The Chairman,
DIGJYOTI,
C-24 HIG, Housing Board Colony, Baramunda, 751003

The last date for receipt of application is 31st August, 2019.

N.B: Students already in receipt of scholarships from the Trust during last year, should apply for continuance if they are pursuing their studies.

13TH INTERACTIVE MEET OF DIGJYOTI HELD ON 27TH JANUARY,2019

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

 

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.

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