Mangalore, August 31: The World Konkani Centre, Mangalore will award Merit Cum Means Scholarships worth Rupees 2.5 Crore to Students from Konkani Communiy in an Award Ceremony at T.V. Raman Pai Convention Centre, Kodialbail on Monday September 2 at 10.00 a.m.
R.V. Deshpande, Minister for Higher Education and Tourism, Government of Karnataka will inaugurate the programme and Dr. P. Dayananda Pai, Chairman, Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation will be presiding over the function.
On this occasion, Dr. Ranjan Pai, CEO Manipal Education and Medical Group will be awarding the scholarships and T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman; Manipal Global Education will deliver the Keynote Address.
J.R. Lobo MLA Mangalore will be the guests of honour of the progrmme.
Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund: ‘Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund’ envisages grant of merit-cum-means scholarship for students having Konkani language as their mother tongue. Instituted by the Mangalore-based World Konkani Centre in the year 2010 as envisioned by the eminent thinker and corporate leader T VMohandas Pai, the VKSSF has since then successfully raised and distributed over 2,000 scholarships to the tune of Rs 3.50 crore.
Eminent Konkani philanthropists like Dr P Dayanand Pai, Ramadas Kamath U, K V Kamath, Jagannath Shenoi, Dr Ranjan Pai, Ronald Colaco, Grace Pinto, A Annappa S Kamath, Rohan Monteiro, Vasanth Bhat, Pradeep G Pai and many more have come forward in support of this fund.
Programmes: VKSSF presently has several scholarship programmes, the flagship programme being the engineering and MBBS scholarship programme with a scholarship amount of Rs 30,000 and Rs 40,000 per year per student, respectively. VKSSF has awarded 860 engineering and 43 MBBS scholarships since 2010. This year too VKSSF will support the professional education quest of 596 engineering and 28 MBBS scholars.
Secondly VKSSF also has a ‘study abroad scholarship’ for higher education abroad, with scholarship amount of Rs 1 lac per year per student. VKSSF has since 2010 has awarded 4 scholarships under this programme and this year too will award 5 scholarships under this category.
In view of widening the scope of the scholarship fund, VKSSF has initiated a new scheme in 2012 to empower communities like, Kudubi, Kharvi etc. Under this scheme VKSSF awarded 749 PUC and degree scholarships with a scholarship amount of Rs 2500 and Rs 5000, respectively. VKSSF has a special programme for degree students of Konkani speaking communities from Kerala state. Apart from this VKSSF has also supported the scholarship programmes like Vidya Poshak of Yakshagana Kalaranga, Udupi and Kharvi Vidya Nidhi, Kundapur.
Kshamata: Kshamata is a programme under VKSSF which is a development model for all scholarship participants to accomplish with an end result of personal growth, leadership development, and a greater appreciation for the Konkani society in particular and global society in general.
Governance of the Fund
As the fund is functioning on the basis of ‘stream’ concept, the entire amount generated every year will be distributed to the beneficiaries and no separate corpus will be maintained. Contributions to the fund will be eligible for tax exemption under section 80(G) of the Income Tax Act.
‘Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund’ is administered by a governing council comprising eminent personalities. U Ramdas Kamath, senior vice-president, Infosys Technologies Ltd, Bangalore is the chairman of the fund and Pradeep G Pai, managing director of Hangyo Ice Creams Pvt Ltd, is the secretary. The council is also guided by Basti Vaman Shenoy, the founder and the president of World Konkani Centre, Venkatesh N Baliga, secretary and board of trustees of Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation.
By: Sathish Kapikad