Pune: Enabling students who are hearing-impaired to pursue higher education through scholarships, Nilam Patel Bahushrut Foundation, a public charitable trust with roots in Maharashtra, has invited applications from interested students this year.
So far 617 hearing impaired students from Maharashtra and Gujarat have benefited from this scholarship. The scholarships are given at SSC, HSC, graduate and postgraduate levels.
Last year the foundation introduced two scholarships for such students who are going abroad to pursue their Bachelors or Masters level degree program in any field in a reputed college or university.
Nilam Patel, Founder and Managing Trustee of the Foundation said, “These scholarships are open to students from Gujarat and Maharashtra only. The application forms can be obtained from the foundation’s website www.bahushrutfoundation.org.”
The main aim of the foundation is to encourage early intervention and inclusive education for hearing impaired students. “Seven awards are also given for academic excellence to the top 7 students who secure the highest and second highest marks every year. Two awards in each category at SSC, HSC and graduate level and one award at postgraduate level examinations have been instituted,” Patel added.
Many students have availed this scholarship, including Sagar Patil. His mother, Nutan Patil, said, “We couldn’t afford a hearing aid for my son. So the principal of the school, who was a friend of Nilam, introduced us to the foundation and Sagar received Rs 5,000 to buy a hearing aid. Now he is an engineer in Larsen & Toubro in Mumbai. He was able to get there through help received by the foundation.”
Maya Deshmukh, mother of Akshay Deshmukh said, “My son is a Deputy Manager in the Bank of Maharashtra in Pune. He
received a scholarship when he was pursuing SSC, HSC and graduation.
“The scholarship motivated him to have a bright future in life, and even despite being a hearing impaired he is successful in his life.”