Pune: Lila Poonawala Foundation (LPF) has announced its merit-cum-needs based scholarship for the girls in Pune and Pune district. The girls and parents who wish to apply should apply by September 16.
This is the 23rd year that LPF is funding the education of girls. From inception, until now, the Foundation has already given over 8,000 scholarships. Last year itself, around 1,800 girls benefitted from the scholarships in Pune district, and more than 450 in Amravati and Wardha, where the scholarship programme is run, though on a smaller scale than Pune.
Online applications are invited from the candidates who wish to pursue Post-Graduate studies (Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Microbiology, Mathematics, M.Sc. Nursing, Pharmacy, Physics, Statistics) and Under-Graduate studies in Engineering (all streams - BE, second year Engineering after Diploma), Science(B.Sc. in Biochemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Chemistry, Microbiology, Mathematics, Physics) and B.Sc. -Nursing discipline for the academic year 2018 - 2019 in Pune District.
“Along with giving scholarships, we also conduct training and guidance workshops for the girls wherein they are trained in life skills, health and hygiene, skills related to their field of study. We also conduct aptitude tests, industry visits for them. The idea is to ensure an overall development of these girls. That is the reason why our programmes are focussed in Pune district, as it will physically not be possible for us to conduct them in other areas. We do not just want to give them money, but also personally get involved in their lives,” said Lila Poonawala.
Pointing out to the impact education and personality development can create on the lives of these girls, Poonawala said, “While we see maximum girls coming from backward socio-economic classes of the society getting married by the age of 18 to 20 years, I am proud to say that most of our girls don't get married before 25 years of age.”
Application forms for the scholarship programme are available on www.lpfscholarship.com . For UG courses form availability dates and other details, students and parents can check www.lpfscholarship.com.